Popular expat locations vary in transport resources

by Ray Clancy on October 11, 2013

Future expats who may rely on public transport are being urged to consider transport links when researching locations as services can vary considerably from country to country.

Bus services in rural areas can be unreliable in many popular expat locations where routes can be regularly changed or dropped and in urban areas costs vary depending on age and routes taken, according to research from the Overseas Guides Company.


Bus services in rural areas can be unreliable in many popular expat locations and costs can vary

The research shows that in the UK, bus routes are a constant focus of improvement and invaluable to large sections of communities, in both rural and urban areas, but in France the number of services is limited.

Frequency of buses can be poor in much of rural France with many parts served by just one or two buses a day. ‘Although the train services are excellent in France, some villages are quite a way away from the nearest train station and larger supermarkets are usually located on the outskirts of towns,’ said Alexis Goldberg of the France Buying Guide.

In Cyprus it varies according to each district with services being operated by different companies. In the popular Paphos District there is an extensive network of routes, however, the times and frequencies are quite limited. Daily, weekly and monthly passes are available, with a one way adult ticket being €1.50.

‘School children, Cyprus soldiers and children up to the age of six travel free,’ said Lucie Robson of the Cyprus Buying Guide. ‘People holding a Cyprus Social Security card and university students get 50% off. Pensioners used to travel for free until this spring, when the bus companies island wide claimed that use of services had risen owing to the financial crisis and people wishing to budget,’ she added.

Expats in Turkey’s many coastal resorts will hop on a minibus, otherwise known as a dolmus to get around, with local routes covering several kilometres and costing about 2.5TL.

‘Most run to a timetable schedule which for central areas amounts to one dolmus every 20 minutes, while further outlying areas of a town or city will normally run to a half hourly schedule,’ said Andy Probert of the Turkey Buying Guide.

In rural Italy, most villages have bus services that run throughout the day to the nearest town but there are different timetables according to the time of year. Users need to be aware that it can be cheaper to buy your bus ticket beforehand. For example fares bought at ticket machines or in the newsagent coast €1.50 but paying when you get on the bus costs €2.50.

Newcomers should also be aware that the ticket lasts for a fixed time duration of 90 minutes and you can use another bus immediately after only if it is within the 90 minute window.

Bus services in Spain, between towns, are regarded as efficient and inexpensive, although they meander through villages, so a journey by bus will usually take considerably longer than by car.

‘In my town there are a few bus stops but it is often quicker to walk and the climate is generally friendly enough to encourage me to go on foot. You will notice young and old pulling shopping trolleys along,’ said Sally Veall of the Spain Buying Guide.

In Greece, there is a vast bus system with a network connecting to even the smallest villages. ‘I have personally travelled very frequently by bus, both on the mainland and on various islands. I have found the bus system to be punctual, the driving safe and good, the buses of a high quality and the prices very reasonable,’ said Carol Dunning of the Greece Buying Guide.



Thumbnail image for British expat loses court case over voting rights

British expat loses court case over voting rights

May 8, 2013 Italy

A British expat who took a test case to the European Court of Human Rights to try to secure the right to vote in UK general elections has lost the case. Harry Shindler, 93, has lived in Italy since he retired from the army in 1982 argued that he should be allowed to vote in [...]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Strict new dress code being enforced in Rome for locals and visitors

Strict new dress code being enforced in Rome for locals and visitors

August 12, 2010 Italy

Expats in Italy are being reminded that strict dress codes are being stringently enforced with many popular sites refusing entry to those deemed to be wearing less than suitable attire. Top of the list is St Peter’s Square in Rome where a new dress code has been introduced by the Vatican City. Some visitors turning [...]

Read the full article →

Milan City Guide

August 19, 2009 Italy

Milan, or Milano, is a large, highly urbanized city in northern Italy.  It serves as the capital of the Milan Province and the Lombardy Region.  The city is surrounded by industrial suburbs, and is considered as a leading financial, commercial, and manufacturing center in Italy.  Milan also boasts the features of any modern city, such as towering [...]

Read the full article →

Florence City Guide

August 19, 2009 Italy

Florence, or Firenze, is a city situated in the central region of Tuscany in Italy, where it serves as the capital of the region and of the province of Florence.  The city is found on the Arno River at the foot of the Apennines Mountains.  Florence is considered as the cradle of Italian Renaissance and world-famous for its [...]

Read the full article →

I’m Italian and I can give you some info

July 23, 2009 Italy

There’s a rather different but ultimately very interesting thread in the Italian forum which initially began as a question and answer session with one Italian lady, but has since attracted the attention of more people who can add to the subject matter to hand. These are the types of threads which will keep going month [...]

Read the full article →

Earthquake rocks central Italy

April 6, 2009 Italy

An earthquake in central Italy this morning has left 92 people dead (although this figure is rising by the hour) and 1,500 injured. The quake is reported to have hit the Abruzzo area of central Italy at 3:32 AM this morning along a known faultline which has encountered various tremors in the past. Initially the [...]

Read the full article →

Should you make that move to Italy?

December 24, 2008 Italy

The Italian section of the forum has a very interesting post which covers the subject of whether a student should take up the opportunity to move to Italy and what this would entail. This particular post, and numerous others, seems to replicate the process and procedure which many people go through when looking to move [...]

Read the full article →

Rome City Guide

August 19, 2008 Italy

Rome is amongst the most famous cities of Italy. It is also called Roma, and this place is the capital city of Italy. It is also the largest and most densely inhabited commune of the country. It is found in the region of Lazio in central western Italy where the rivers Aniene and Tiber meet. The Vatican [...]

Read the full article →