NYC subway VS. London Tube

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    Aug 11, 2012 8:16 PM GMT
    What is the difference? Which one do you think is easier to learn? How do I understand the tube?

    I just got back from New York and understood the Subway within two days. Just need a little explination on the tube.
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    Aug 11, 2012 8:20 PM GMT
    New York's is very fractured compared to Londons. I prefer the tube for sooo many reasons, it's the best underground train system in the world.
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    Aug 11, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
    What do you mean by fractured?
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    Aug 11, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    Swag saidWhat do you mean by fractured?


    There's the manhattan subway, then there is Queens/Brooklyn and then there is the Bronx. London is one giant interconnected network, hard to get confused.
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    Aug 11, 2012 8:28 PM GMT
    Darren22 said
    Swag saidWhat do you mean by fractured?


    There's the manhattan subway, then there is Queens/Brooklyn and then there is the Bronx. London is one giant interconnected network, hard to get confused.


    You have no understanding of the NYC subway (or just plain basic map reading) if you can think and actually write this!
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    Aug 11, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    Assuming you have reasonable vision, how is it not possible to understand this?

    Find your nearest tube station, find the tube station you want to get to and follow the line or lines that get you there.
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    Aug 11, 2012 8:34 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidAssuming you have reasonable vision, how is it not possible to understand this?
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    Find your nearest tube station, find the tube station you want to get to and follow the line or lines that get you there.


    Exactly like one does in NYC. Simple.
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    Aug 11, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    Sorry, I forgot to add, if you are unfamiliar with London, you will also need a street map. This will show the above-ground locations of all the tube stations in relation to surrounding streets and places of interest. Once you have decided which two stations you wish to travel between, go to your tube map (as shown above) to determine which lines will get you there.

    If you are staying in London for any length of time, it is worth getting an Oyster Card (£5 from tube stations, newspaper shops or online), which will give you a large discount on normal journey prices and save a lot of time. You pre-load the card with cash-value and just sweep it over the reader at the tube station barrier at the start and end of your journey.
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    Aug 11, 2012 8:56 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidSorry, I forgot to add, if you are unfamiliar with London, you will also need a street map. This will show the above-ground locations of all the tube stations in relation to surrounding streets and places of interest.[...].


    The printed NYC maps (and pdf online map) have parts of the street grid system and bus routes / railroad routes so it's relatively easy to know where subway and railroad stops are.

    I just checked the online default map where all one does is click the mouse on a place and it shows what subway trains get you there.
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    NYC subway is SO easy. I don't get why the station isn't the same as the Tube stop.
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:22 PM GMT
    Swag said I don't get why the station isn't the same as the Tube stop.

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    Aug 11, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
    When you get off the Lexington and 86th stop on the Upper East side walk up to street level. That's where you are.

    The way you desribed it, the Tube isn't the same. Maybe I'm reading it wrong.
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    new york can be easier because there are multiple lines and navigating the streets above are much easier... just don't expect to go east-west in manhattan
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
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    I went to New York, I get the subway there. I'm just trying to compare it to the Tube and how to understand it. I don't want to get to London and not know how to get around.
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    calibro saidnew york can be easier because there are multiple lines and navigating the streets above are much easier... just don't expect to go east-west in manhattan


    East to West in Manhattan is fine. Try going South to North in Brooklyn.
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    Swag saidWhen you get off the Lexington and 86th stop on the Upper East side walk up to street level. That's where you are.

    The way you desribed it, the Tube isn't the same. Maybe I'm reading it wrong.


    I get it. That is because, unlike most of NYC, London's streets are not set out on a grid system (London is a very old city). That said, Tube stations are normally named after the street (forget the NYC Grid meaning of 'street') in which they are situated or after a nearby landmark. You need a street map to navigate your way overground and to the nearest Tube station. Once you have found the Tube station, use the Tube map to get you underground between stations.

    This may help:
    http://studenttravel.about.com/od/traintravelintheuk/ss/london_tube.htm
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    lol...tube
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:35 PM GMT
    I remember three things about the London tube:

    1) I had to walk a long way thru some hallway to get from one train to another.

    2) It was hot as hell in the train.

    3) "Mind the gap"


    The Washington DC metro is extremely clean and free of all graffiti. Eating in the subway is strictly forbidden. You are subject to arrest on the spot if caught eating even coming down the escalators. They will slap you in handcuffs and haul your ass away even if you are taking the last bite while on the escalator entering a station or are a minor nibbling french fries.
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    Wow, what a dirty mind I've got today... all I could think was hole to hole combat... then ass2ass!
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    I just came back from London two weeks ago. I was there for two months and the tube may seem intimidating at first, but honestly it is extremely easy to use. And the bus system is just as easy.
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    Aug 11, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
    Does Google Maps give you route directions/schedules/etc in London as it does in US? It has worked very well in my experience.
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    Aug 11, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    As an NYC resident I had no difficulty understanding the Tube map

    Both systems have their quirks as a result of being cobbled together from multiple private systems. But good map skills will help you get around either place easily.
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    Aug 11, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    Paris' subway is pretty cool. PAris - London and NYC are my top 3 subway, and top 3 cities!
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    Aug 11, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
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    Aug 11, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    I have been to both and I must say I understood New York's much faster. The Tube I had to learn on my 8 hour layover, but I gave up and walked.