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The World's Most Expensive Bus Passes

Public transportation is most expensive in Washington, D.C., London, United Kingdom, and Dublin, Ireland, where passes will run you $140 US or above.

The cost of living index analyzes the average income spent on basic amenities such as food, utilities, transport, education, healthcare, rent, clothing, cost of property, and leisure. The index determines the expensive and moderate cities to live and invest. Recurrent expenditure such as rent, food, utilities, and transport determines the sustainability of living in a city. The following cities have the most expensive public transport.

Cities with the Most Expensive Bus Passes

Rockville, MD, United States

The city of Rockville, Maryland is the tenth largest in the state with a population of approximately 67,000. However, the city is among the most expensive in the United States. It is 25% higher than the state average and 50% higher than the national average. The city has the most expensive public transport pass of the world’s 450 largest cities. A monthly pass costs $237 against a national average of $69. The primary modes of transport are bus and metro train. Rockville is expensive because of its proximity to Washington, D.C.; a significant number of people who work in the capital live in the city.

London, United Kingdom

London is an expensive city to live in; it is the 37th most expensive city to live in the world. London is the financial capital of the world. An urban population of 9.8 million and a metro population of 14 million puts immense pressure on the cost of living and the transport infrastructure. A public transport pass costs an average of $172.96 against a national average of $78.62. The alternative is to incur daily transport cost which is $3.14 for a one-way ticket or a taxi ride for $3.10/mile.

Washington, DC, United States

The American capital is the third most expensive city to board public transport. A monthly pass in the city costs $156.20 against a national average of $69. The Federal District covers an area of only 68.34 sq mi but has a population of about 6.2 million. During the day the resident population of the city is about 550,000 but rises to 1.2 million during the day. A majority of those employed in DC commute from Virginia and Maryland, a factor that has contributed to the expensive cost of commuting.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is the most populous city in Australia. The cost of living in the city is relatively higher than in other parts of the country. Australia is generally an expensive country but the income is also significantly higher. The cost of a monthly public transport pass in Sydney $155.38 against a national average of $104.33.

Countries With The Most Expensive Monthly Transport Pass

Ireland is the most expensive country to use public transport. A monthly pass goes for $140.06. Iceland ranks second at $111.59 while Australia ranks third at $104.33. Japan is the most expensive country in Asia at $90.05. Germany and the UK rank 9th and 10th at $81.70 and $98.62 respectively. Canada is the 13th most expensive city at $72.09 while the US ranks 15th with $69.

The World's Most Expensive Bus Passes

RankCityCountryAverage Monthly Transportation Pass (USD)
1Washington, D.C. United States200
2LondonUnited Kingdom179.8
3DublinIreland149.94
4AucklandNew Zealand143.23
5SydneyAustralia135.89
6BrisbaneAustralia121.97
7New YorkUnited States121
8Cincinnati United States120
9TorontoCanada117.37
10MelbourneAustralia113.31
11MiamiUnited States112.5
12ReykjavikIceland111.81
13WellingtonNew Zealand107.42
14AmsterdamThe Netherlands107.35
15BonnGermany107.35
16CologneGermany107.35
17HamburgGermany107.35
18KyotoJapan106.8
19PerthAustralia105.49
20SacramentoUnited States105
21MississaugaCanada104.24
22FrankfurtGermany103.48
23StockholmSweden101.26
24Stuttgart Germany101.15
25ChicagoUnited States100

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