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The 10 most bus-friendly cities in Europe

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There are many reasons for taking the bus: the environment is protected and – calculated over the year – it is often cheaper and faster to travel by bus in dedicated bus lanes than by car in major cities. No wonder that many cities in Europe are extending their vehicle fleet and the associated infrastructure. Buses from MAN make a significant contribution to this and provide a wide range of different drives. Bus travel is therefore especially eco-friendly and efficient in these ten European cities.

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Helsinki

By 2050, Helsinki is planning to do away with sections of the seven motorways that lead deep into the city. The inner-city space that is regained is intended for new residential concepts, broad boulevards and green areas. Buses and trams are then increasingly to be relied on to reach these new districts. Buses are also embedded into a mobility network for the Finnish capital: the "Whim" app can be used to book a multimodal journey by bus, tram, hire car or even taxi and pay directly online, or obtain unlimited use of the public transport system throughout Helsinki for only 49 euros a month and bike hire for up to 30 minutes per journey at no extra cost.

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Vienna

While other municipalities are still discussing, Vienna had already introduced the 365-euro-ticket in 2012. This ticket enables improved connection between the Lower Austria and Burgenland region and the centre of Vienna, since the surrounding area belongs to the same tariff zone. Buses prove to be true summiteers during journeys into the environs and overcome heights greater than 300 metres to carry passengers to their beloved viewpoints.

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Paris

Buses in Paris travel frequently and with particular punctuality. Why? The city has set the public transport operators certain targets for their efficiency. They can look forward to a bonus payment if 95 per cent of the scheduled journeys per hour are punctual. Penalty payments are due if the ratio is below this and missed targets have to be recovered. How exactly public transport in Paris is organised using MAN buses can be discovered here.

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Munich

Munich continuously works in the expansion of its bus lines as well as in the integration of new neighbourhoods under development into the public transportation system. Parallel to this, Munich is doing even more: new bus lanes are being constructed, which will ensure punctuality and traffic smoothness even in peak hours. Additionally, in 2018 a "City Ring" was created – an exclusive bus line that covers the city centre and offers a quick connection to the city's railway network. This bus line also complements since 2013 the express bus line that only stops at the most important stations apart from offering a cross connection to the underground railway and the rapid-transit railway. In addition, the Stadtwerke München (Munich City Utilities) and the Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (Munich Transport Company) are one of several MAN innovation partners who will be testing the practicality of eBuses in 2020.

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Groningen

How do you keep cars completely away from the city centre? The city of Groningen in the Netherlands has found a solution. Multiple mini shuttle buses drive around the inner city. The aim of these journeys, which only cost 1 euro and are free for families and those who have trouble walking, is to increase mobility and make it more attractive in future not to rely on cars when visiting the city centre.

Text Maximilian Becker
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