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Default How do i travel by bus/subway in usa cities?

I am coming to usa for interviews with no knowledge of public transport for the cs exam i had a short trip and have no experience of public transport, how do we get bus tickets , are there any proper bus stops etc , help is much appreciated
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where are you landing and where is your cs exam...
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i am coming for interviews not for cs, previously i came for cs and stayed 2 days and had no experience of public transport
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As with most things, google is the best place to start. Start with google maps - look up directions from your desired starting point to your destination, making sure to select the "Transit" button (this one). That will give you a few options for different routes you can take i.e. which bus/subway train. Since every city will have a different numbering system for their buses and trains, the next thing you need to do is google that city's transit system. Go through the bus/subway schedules to familiarize yourself with schedules, routes, where the bus stops, etc.

Let's use Chicago as an example. Let's say you're staying at the Holiday Inn in Skokie, and you have to travel to the CSEC Center for the Step 2 CS. Enter these two as the starting point and destination respectively, and this is what you will get. You need to take bus 290, and the trip will take ~27 minutes. This trip is very simple - 1 single bus, no transfers, no other options. Many trips are not like that, and will involve one or more transfers between buses and/or trains. That's why you should familiarize yourself somewhat with the city's transit system. In Chicago it's the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority), and their website is http://www.transitchicago.com/. You'll find all the information you need regarding fares, schedules, etc.

If you've never used public transport before this might seem a little overwhelming, but once you get comfortable with it (which happens very quickly), you'll realize how efficient it all is. If you have a smartphone with a data plan, even better - you can look all this stuff up on the go, you will always know the quickest/cheapest way to get from A to B, and you will never get lost. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a PM.
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@kalimo87 - yeah agree maps.google.com is where to start, click the button for public transport and that'll give you the exact public transportation route you need to use

Or if you don't mind spending more money can always use a taxi, its a bit more expensive but they'll get you there, and they're everywhere at airports and hotels etc.
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