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News article3 February 20201 min read

Public transport in Bucharest compares well to that in other EU capitals

A recent report by Greenpeace Romania analysed sustainable mobility in Bucharest compared to that in other European cities. The new report compared transport in the Romanian capital with that of other European cities, as they had been scored in Greenpeace's 2018 report "Living. Moving. Breathing".

Due to its low public transport fares, as well as the density of the stops, Bucharest's public transport ranked 2nd out of the 14 cities examined, according to the recent report, "Sustainable mobility in Bucharest: An evaluation based on indicators". According to the report, one of the city's negative elements was the lack of an integrated ticket procurement system, such as a unique public transport card that can be reloaded and used for all types of public transport modes.

Bucharest's 2nd place in public transport is the result of attractive pricing and the development of a practical network for users. Experience shows that attracting people to use public transport, and keeping users, depends on various factors such as the tariffs, coverage, frequency, comfort and reliability. In Bucharest, ticket prices cost 2.80 lei (approximately € 0.60) for a trip within the metropolitan area.

On the other hand, Bucharest – along with Rome - was ranked close to the bottom overall, due to its high modal share of personal car use, the low cost of parking per hour and the relatively narrow range of mobility options, as well as the high levels of congestion.

In terms of mobility management, the Greenpeace report highlighted London, Copenhagen and Amsterdam as among the best because of their combination of high hourly parking fees, accessible bike sharing systems and the availability of smartphone electro-mobility applications, as well as the presence of congestion charging schemes in some cases. In these cities, this results in higher levels of walking and cycling, which are encouraged by safer and denser infrastructure for active mobility. Cities such as Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Zurich and Paris offer a relatively high number of shared bicycles and, at the same time, have relatively low rates of travel by private car due to the development of safe infrastructure for bicycles.

Source: Story first published in January by Economica.



Publication date
3 February 2020
  • Collective passenger transport
  • Romania