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Inner-city Mobility in European Cities

As a platform that helps travelers find the fastest and best routes across Europe, Omio understands that a journey doesn’t end at a destination. Navigating around a city, even if it’s your first time there, should be simple, time-saving and cost-effective so that you can enjoy a fully immersive experience.

From the Colosseum in Rome to the Berlin Wall Memorial to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Europe's cities offer countless sites and attractions. In the past, inner-city transportation—aside from the public kind—was limited, but today, urban mobility alternatives such as shared bikes, scooters and e-scooters are all the rage.

We wanted to find out which cities were the best-connected in terms of transport options. To calculate this, Omio compared public transport networks and ticket prices—as well as shared mobility options and their usage fees—across the top 30 destinations in Europe. We then ranked these cities and highlighted the ones with the most convenient and best-value inner-city travel options.

City Final Score
1 Zurich 100.0
2 Berlin 79.0
3 Vienna 78.4
4 Milan 77.2
5 Paris 76.0
6 Porto 74.1
7 Lisbon 72.3
8 Brussels 65.5
9 Warsaw 65.0
10 Frankfurt am Main 57.9

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City Final Score
11 Munich 56.8
12 Madrid 53.6
13 Barcelona 52.1
14 Lyon 51.8
15 Budapest 51.0
16 Manchester 50.3
17 Prague 49.0
18 Valencia 46.8
19 Amsterdam 46.5
20 Rome 42.0
21 Geneva 40.8
22 Copenhagen 33.2
23 Marseille 24.6
24 Bratislava 22.8
25 Stockholm 22.4
26 London 20.6
27 Venice 16.2
28 Salzburg 13.1
29 Edinburgh 12.3
30 Bruges 0.0

Zurich tops the list thanks to its extensive network of transport options. With 60 different tram, train and bus routes, travelers can easily roam from the shores of Lake Zurich to the heart of Switzerland's largest city. Berlin follows in second place, with a wide range of scooters, e-scooters, and rental bikes on offer. With more than 16 shared mobility companies and 8,000+ taxis, Berlin is the European leader for shared mobility and individual urban exploration. Warsaw, Budapest and Madrid stand out for their affordable public transit, making it easy to explore the breadth and depth of their attractions for only one Euro each way. We didn’t forget cabs. Lisbon and Porto, Portugal, offer the best-value cab rides on the continent.

How Omio compiled the rankings

This study examined the 30 most-booked European cities on Omio. Commercial transport providers and municipal sources provided information on public transit services. In order to compare cities of different sizes, we divided transport networks by the population of each city. Find the complete methodology with all sources here.

 

Know before you go: 10 facts about inner-city transport

Whilst analyzing urban transportation in Europe, we discovered some fun facts about each city. Check them out now!

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Top three cities for inner-city mobility


Zurich's 15 tram lines, four S-Bahn (above-ground commuter trains) lines and 67 bus routes not only provide the best urban transport network among all the cities on the list, but also afford stunning views of Lake Zurich and the Alps.


Berlin is the European capital for sharing economy transport. Grab an e-scooter near the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz and scoot your way to Brandenburg Gate in under 10 minutes—no need to hunt for a parking spot!


Austria's capital city is particularly appealing to travelers on a budget. With comparatively low ticket prices for public transport, Vienna's districts are easily accessible for day trips to the city's historical landmarks.


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Deciding on the right location and way to travel in Europe can often be an arduous task, especially given the number of different options at your disposal. Should you take the train through Italy or fly between Paris and the French Riviera? No matter if you want to take it easy and relax in a single location or tick off 12 countries as you travel across the continent—we , at Omio are here to help you perfect your European travel plans!


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Travel to Spain

Besides tapas, bullfighting, flamenco and salsa, Spain is also known for its sandy Mediterranean beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Travelers to Spain can visit famous art galleries and museums in Madrid, run with the bulls in Pamplona, explore the Moorish architecture of the Alhambra in Granada or discover some of the world's best beaches in Barcelona.

Travel to France

From the French Riviera's idyllic Mediterranean coastline to the snow-capped Alps, France is a diverse country with a landscape full of breathtaking cities, majestic rivers, and stunning castles. Visitors can partake in France's world-famous art, food and fashion. No matter if it's your first visit or your fiftieth, France is so full of cultural marvels that it will be sure to delight travelers both young and old.

Travel to Italy

With over 3000 years of history and culture to discover it's no wonder that Italy is the most popular country in Europe for Americans to visit. From the Colosseum to the city's world-famous aqueducts, Rome is filled with Imperial architecture, while Florence hosts many of the Renaissance's artistic masterpieces including Michelangelo's statue of David. For those looking for a taste of Italy, Sicily's seafood, Naples' pizza, and Bologna's pasta cannot be missed.


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All European cities are unique and all have their own rich history and culture. Go to Paris and fall in love or visit Naples and eat your weight in pizza. Where ever you decide to explore, you'll be sure to be in for a treat.

 

How to Travel in Europe

Whatever your preference, traveling around Europe is easy. Every country has their own transport networks, with many countries having strong links with the neighboring countries and beyond. When traveling within a country often buses and trains are a popular way to explore. All the stress of driving, often on the wrong side of the road, is taken away when traveling by public transport. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy the view. 
Alternatively those who want to travel across Europe are privy to many flight options from carrier such as British Airways, Air France and Iberia that will take across the continent. There are also many low-cost options that will also take you all over Europe, including Ryanair, easyJet and Vueling. To discover more about traveling around Europe by either bus, train or plane. Click on the links below.

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Trains: Trains are particularly good if you're traveling with a family or with a lot of luggage, as there isn't an extra cost for normal luggage. Amenities are good and seats are comfortable so they're especially good if you have children.

Buses: Buses are good for backpackers or those on a tight budget. The journey times may be longer but prices don't increase much it means that they're a good option for last minute journeys.

Flights: Flying around Europe is good for those who are traveling light or want see many different countries in a short amount of time. If booked in advance flights can be very cheap but do get more expensive if you leave it to last minute.

Plan your Europe Trip

No matter if you've just graduated from college or are just taking a summer vacation across the pond, taking a multi-city Europe trip is a rite of passage for many American students. There are so many fantastic European destinations it can often be difficult to decide exactly where you want to spend your precious vacation time. As such, a properly planned travel itinerary is essential for using your time and money effectively while in Europe.

Eurail Passes

Eurail passes are a single ticket that allow the bearer to travel on almost any train in Europe. They often provide a convenient way for Americans to navigate the complexity of Europe's train networks. If you value flexibility while traveling or simply don't want to have to meticulously plan out your entire Europe trip ahead of time, a Eurail pass may be the perfect travel companion. However, the variety of options can make choosing the perfect Eurail pass a frustrating experience. Never fear, Omio's got you covered! Check out our comprehensive guide to learn when it makes sense to buy a Eurail pass and how to select the best type of pass for your Europe trip!


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