The 20 Most Expensive Public Transportation Systems In The World

zurich public transportation cost expensiveZurich has one of the most expensive public transporation networks.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

For those who can’t afford to own a car in the city, public transportation is the best way to get around. But sometimes, even a subway ride can be a burden on one’s bank account.Ranked in a “Prices and earnings” report by UBS this month, these are the 20 most expensive cities in the world for riding the bus, tram, or metro.

Not surprisingly, the top contenders are from Western Europe, where public transportation networks tend to be well established, efficient, and clean, all of which costs money to maintain.

#20 New York City, United States

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $2.42

Taxi ride: $8.50

Train ticket: $85.98

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#19 Brussels, Belgium

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $2.42

Taxi ride: $15.71

Train ticket: $26.03

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#18 Tokyo, Japan

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $2.46

Taxi ride: $21.42

Train ticket: $44.72

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#17 Auckland, New Zealand

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $2.57

Taxi ride: $13.62

Train ticket: $40.86

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#16 Vienna, Austria

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $2.59

Taxi ride: $17.27

Train ticket: $42.03

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#15 Barcelona, Spain

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $2.59

Taxi ride: $10.36

Train ticket: $41.96

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#14 Dublin, Ireland

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $2.74

Taxi ride: $14.89

Train ticket: $34.53

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#13 Montreal, Canada

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $2.87

Taxi ride: $19.98

Train ticket: $70.58

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#12 Toronto, Canada

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $3.08

Taxi ride: $13.31

Train ticket: $35.62

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#11 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $3.19

Taxi ride: $16.34

Train ticket: $30.05

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#10 Munich, Germany

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $3.24

Taxi ride: $18.04

Train ticket: $71.23

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#9 Frankfurt, Germany

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $3.24

Taxi ride: $16.23

Train ticket: $34.83

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#8 Helsinki, Finland

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $3.28

Taxi ride: $12.71

Train ticket: $34.83

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#7 Sydney, Australia

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $3.43

Taxi ride: $27.78

Train ticket: $58.23

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#6 Geneva, Switzerland

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $3.67

Taxi ride: $27.78

Train ticket: $58.23

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#5 London, England

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $3.70

Taxi ride: $23.03

Train ticket: $81.95

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#4 Stockholm, Sweden

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $4.52

Taxi ride: $24.64

Train ticket: $41.60

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#3 Zurich, Switzerland

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $4.66

Taxi ride: $28.93

Train ticket: $68.47

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#2 Copenhagen, Denmark

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $4.88

Taxi ride: $17.33

Train ticket: $59.92

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

#1 Oslo, Norway

Bus, tram, or metro ticket: $5.12

Taxi ride: $23.22

Train ticket: $48.58

Prices from the UBS report are based on the prince of a single bus, tram or metro ticket, a three-mile taxi ride, and a 125-mile train trip.

Figures are in USD, based on April to May, 2012 exchange rates.

Here's what your money gets you.

NOW WATCH: Executive Life videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.