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Old Jan 14, 19, 6:14 pm
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Originally Posted by der_saeufer View Post
At the airport, there's a vending machine at the bus stop that will sell you a ticket for the airport bus, 4.50, also valid for the rest of your trip. Easy. Where it gets stupid is that for any other trip you can only buy single rides (2.10, valid for unlimited transfers within 60 minutes) or 24-hour passes (7.50) on paper tickets. For anything else, you need a plastic MOBIB card for 5. Then you can load 10-ride tickets for 14.

In the most Belgian solution ever, you can't load stored value--you buy 5-ride or 10-ride tickets or 24/48/72 hour passes, because that's how the paper tickets worked 10 years ago. To add insult to injury, you can load products on your card at the vending machines that every station has, but you have to get the card from a human being at a shop. At least you can get them 7 days a week?
If they had put this quote on their website I would have understood the system in 1 minute instead of 1 year.

That's why the map looks like a bowl of spaghetti--the city is small enough that they felt the need to put every bus line on the map as well as metro and tram.
Of course there should be some simplified maps, but I like maps that show every route too. And every transport network should just copy for their info page. It really says something when I found it easier to navigate buses using the Sofia transport website (including sounding words out in the Cyrillic) than, say, De Lijn
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