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    Hello from the UK
    In your opinion (and If you have travelled on it I guess) how does the London underground compare with the NY subway in terms of ease of use, and safety?
    I have no qualms using the L.O. however have had some difficult situations in the Paris Metro and wondered how the subway compares, I am keen to use it on my imminent trip but as 3 ladies on a weekend trip, will we be able to navigate, at the same time not get into trouble?
    thanks

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    nyc subway doesn't have zones like the underground in london... its also much cheaper than the underground.
    if you can read a map, which i assume you can, it'll be easy lol

    as for safety... umm.... i've never had problems on subway but i'll let someone else talk about that :P

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    Default To be on the safe side

    avoid it after 10 PM. The usual rules, mind your bag and wallet, leave the expensive jewelry at home.

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    I've used both tube and subway...
    I vote the NY subway is less difficult to use.
    That being said...philvias' statement about reading
    a map is 100% correct (both sides of the pond)!

    25 years riding the subway- never had a problem
    (other than with the system itself).

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    thanks,
    i am assuming this is the easiest and quickest way around the city, much as london, as opposed to taxi's and/or buses?
    in fact, how big is NY ? haven't got a scaled map !

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    Manhattan Island is about 13 and a half miles long and 2 and a half miles wide.

    New York City total area in square miles: 301

    Area of Manhattan in square miles: 22.7 - 13.4 miles (21.5 km) long and 2.3 miles (3.7 km) at widest point, and .8 miles (1.3 km) at narrowest point.

    scale map here
    http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/world..._york_city.jpg
    subway map here
    http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/subway/Subwaymap.gif

    good place for trivia/facts
    http://www.essentialbigapple.com/facts.html
    Last edited by scumonkey; July 30th, 2008 at 05:44 PM.

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    Another way to do it is to open Google Earth, zero in on London, then using the distance guide, measure 13 miles across London. This will give you an idea of comparative size. Plus if you are here on a trip, you will only be visiting about half of the island.

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    London Underground shuts down late at night.

    NYC Subway operates 24 / 7 -- most of it anyway, except where there are "Service Changes"

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    Riding the NY subway is easier than the London underground..

    Most important is to know if you want to go Uptown or Downtown.

    You can got on the right train but be heading in the wrong direction.

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    Isn't that the best part though? Realizing AFTER the doors have shut that you're on the wrong (direction) train. Haha!

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    Having now rode a few subways across europe and having lived in NY I think all subways are just as easy to use as the other. Ny is the hardest IMO because of the express trains which i havent come across anywhere else although they are incredibly useful. Generally you just need to know which line your on and which direction your going, simple as that.

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    Familiarize yourself with the subway map

    Most Manhattan routes are North (uptown) - South (downtown) along an avenue.

    For a weekend, it's best to purchase an Unlimited Ride Metro Card - One Day Fun Pass.

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    Thanks Zippy for not warning us that the subway map you linked is a PDF (they crash my putter)

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    Sorry about that.

    So have you just resigned yourself to that situation? When I accessed that link, I got a notification of an Adobe Reader update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scumonkey View Post

    ... a PDF (they crash my putter)
    What's up with that? Why can't these computer wizards fix that? I can access pdf files but invariably there is a gumming up that occurs afterwards.

    ARRRRRGGGGGH

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