When traveling to a big city, taking public transportation may be the most efficient and cost effective way to explore and get around. Although large cities like NYC, DC and London have public transportation, each city’s systems differ.

Here are 5 interesting public transportation systems from around the world.

Head to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and you’ll be using tricycle-like taxis named cyclo to get around. There is only room for two passengers in the back seat and a driver sits in the front and pedals. Although most locals are now taking cars, tourists still enjoy using cycles — just make sure to haggle the price before getting in!


Another tricycle-like mode of transportation is the cocotaxi in Cuba. These vehicles can fit between two to three passengers in the back while the driver pedals int eh front. Cocotaxis gets it’s name from being round and shaped like a coconut. Always be sure to check the safety record of a transportation company before getting in a cocotaxi. 

Travel along 310-square miles of water when in Venice by using a water taxi. This is the best way to explore the city and it’s super affordable.

Explore the highest national capital in the world by using the urban cable car system. La Paz is located 11,500 feet above sea level and utilising this public transportation system is the best way to access the city. 


The Wuppertaler Schwebebahn is known as the oldest electric railway with hanging cars. It first began servicing trailers in 1901 and transports millions of people each year.