How to Plan your Subway, Train, and Bus trips


January 5, 2007   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

We all know how to get driving directions right? Of course we do but if you don’t have a car and your destination is far away, those directions do nothing for you. So what if you have to rely on buses, trains and taxis?

Well, a lot of people already know about Google Transit. If you haven’t heard of this Google service, here is a paragraph:

“Google Transit Trip Planner enables you to enter the specifics of your trip—where you’re starting, where you’re ending up, what time of day you’d like to leave and/or arrive—then uses all available public transportation schedules and information to plot out the most efficient possible step-by-step itinerary. You can even compare the cost of your trip with the cost of driving the same route!”

Google Transit is currently only covering a handful of areas but more are being added.

  • Burbank, California
  • Orange County, California
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Duluth, Minnesota
  • Eugene, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Seattle, Washington

You may have noticed that New York, Chicago and some other huge cities are missing from the Google offering. To hit New York, Chicago, Washington DC and San Francisco, you can check out Again, you are able to plan door-to-door itineraries using subways, trains, and buses.

Hopstop is also quite mobile-friendly as you have the ability to:

  • Get the service remotely on your cell phone or PDA
  • Text or email us address(es) and you’ll receive a reply with subway directions or closest subway
  • Call HopStop and speak your address and we’ll send subway directions to your cell phone

Both sites offer some solid directions and can save you loads of time compared to rummaging through multiple bus line schedules and train itineraries all on your own. Furthermore, anyone seriously interested in saving some money should always look into public transportation before fueling up your tank SUV and heading out!


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