How to Use Public Transport Abroad

Being abroad can sometimes be a little intimidating when it comes to maneuvering yourself around.  Whether you want to check out your locations tourist attractions or get a bite to eat in a local restaurant, it always helps to have a general idea of ways to get around.  I have included below some of the best ways to get from A to B and some crucial tips that will help you plan your journey accordingly.


When it comes to getting around abroad it is essential to plan to the last detail, with the resources that we have now via the internet this is not hard to do.  Alternatively if you are lacking of free roaming or don’t have the greatest of WiFi connections you can always ask for help from your hotel/hostel.  Familiarize yourself with where you are and the local public transports around you, when you have done this start planning.  There are multiple factors you need to consider whilst planning, whether it is journey times or financial benefits.  What I always consider most important though is having a ‘Plan B’, if you don’t have one you are going to find yourself a little stuck if the bus doesn’t turn up.


Research and planning go hand in hand, getting your research in is a great way of making foreign public transport a lot easier, especially if you do not speak the language.  I always tend to look at alternative routes that are going to be the easiest and most cost effective.  If you anything like me being cost effective when abroad is super important, I know I would be rather spending my money on nice food or a few drinks to unwind on a night.  With the online maps and route planners with now have available to us it is so easy to find all of the information that you need.


Wherever you are in the world now you are graced with excellent public transports and services that can you help you.  I was recently speaking to Boris Blanche about how fantastic the facilities are when it comes to how easy mobility is around the world.  Blanche is managing director of IRU (International Road Transport Union) a role that he has recently been promoted to from his COO role in the company.  Blanche has been described as a committed leader and really knows what he is talking about when it comes to road transport.  Working at IRU Blanche strives for the best when it comes to road transport and has been extremely instrumental with the work that IRU are always looking to improve.  As I mentioned before it can be intimidating to be in surroundings that you are not used to but believe in the service.

Enjoy the Experience

  The experience of being somewhere new is exciting, so never let that slip your mind.  Even when times get stressful try to enjoy the experience.  If there are mishaps don’t let it dampen your confidence or morale, you have more than enough resources wherever you may be.