One of my favorite things about going to school at Pitt is the transportation. A quick walk is all that is needed to get to class, yet there are still busses available in case it is raining or students need to go somewhere further away like the city. I find transportation to be a very important aspect of a city. So far one of my favorite things about Central Europe is the transportation. It is a lot more utilized in these countries, so it is more efficient and easier to use. Overall, I prefer to walk places because you can pass restaurants or sites that you might not otherwise see while on a bus or metro. I also do not like long commutes so the quicker the trip, the better.
In Prague, it is very common to use the metro as a way of commuting. I was able to learn how to use the metro to get to different sites such as the castle and churches. However, our classes were in a building that was right across the street from our hotel so I walked there every time. I would say Prague is the most similar to Pittsburgh because most people walk, but when you need to go somewhere farther there is public transportation. The best thing about Prague was the central location of our hotel. Most days we walked to where we wanted to go with only a few exceptions, which I really enjoyed. The longest walk we had was around 30 minutes, but we saw markets and buildings that were very interesting. I would suggest walking to places and only using the metro on the way back from the destination.
Budapest is a lot bigger than Pittsburgh and the other two European cities we visited. Walking was not possible to get to the places we needed to go, especially because our hotel was not in a central location. We had to use busses, metros, and taxis to get to places such as the castle, downtown, and class. All modes of public transportation were very easy to use and we never had to wait long for our ride to arrive. However, it still took a while to get to our destinations because of how far part everything was. It was typical that the commute included taking a metro and a bus, so a lot of time we took a taxi for a more direct route. I was not a fan on commuting in Budapest, it reminded me of a bigger city such as New York City. I would tell other students visiting here to plan out every day by how close things are to one another to cut down on time commuting.
Krakow is the smallest city that we have visited. It was easily walkable, so much so that we were not even given bus passes for the week we were there. There were still busses and metros that were running constantly, but we did not use them enough to know if they were a good mode of transportation. We had a short walk to all our lectures and the only far places we visited were outside the city. I love to walk to places, so Krakow was my favorite place to commute. It was not as similar as Pitt, but it was nice finding new places by walking to the destinations.