The Keukenhof 2018

Amsterdam for the Spring Tulips

The Keukenhof is coming and you can save a Euro or two by buying your tickets directly from the vendor, Ticketbar. If you are going to be anywhere near Holland this Spring you should do yourself a favor and look into a visit to the worlds biggest tulip festival, the Keukenhof. The event this year runs from March 22, 2018 to May 13, 2018. Amsterdam is a beautiful city in the Spring, full of youthful energy and very walkable. Getting to the Keukenhof is easy as round-trip buses leave from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport all day long and there are excellent train connections to and from Schiphol and Amsterdam Centraal station.

 

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To travel around Amsterdam and beyond, buy the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) good for travel on trams, buses and metros. The most convenient option for visitors is the day card (valid for one to seven days and starting from €7.50). One-hour tickets can also be bought from the conductor or driver on the tram or bus. Day tickets can be bought on the tram or purchased in advance at ticket offices.

 

 

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Getting Around In Rome (Part 2)

Using Rome Public Transit

The Rome public transportation system is an integrated network of fast rail (Metro), trams, regional trains and buses that serve Rome and outlying suburbs.

The Metro is the easiest to figure out and the fastest way to get around Rome. It consists of three lines, the A, that runs east west, the B that runs north south and a spur of B known as the B1.

Rome bus routes run everywhere but maps are difficult to come by and figure out. There are three (maybe as budget cuts keep changing these) electric bus routes (115, 116,117) that run around central Rome that will get you to a number of attractions.

The regional rail system connects the outlying areas including the airports and the seaport of Civitavecchia.

Ticket options are:
  • B.I.T. standard ticket, valid for one Metro ride or 100 minutes on all buses allowing transfers. €1.50
  • 24 hour ticket – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome for 24 hours from validation. €7.00
  • 48 hour ticket – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome for 48 hours from validation. €12.50
  • 72 hour ticket – valid for unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome for 72 hours from validation. €18.00
  • C.I.S. €24.00. Weekly ticket – valid for 7 calendar days

Note: Public transportation is free for children under 10 years old.

Using Tickets

The system features a card ticket that can be purchased at vending machines in any metro station, convenience stores or newsagents.. To get into the Metro, you have to insert the ticket into a turnstile and recover it. On buses and trams, you just get on board and be prepared to show it to a ticket inspector on request. To first use a ticket for a bus or tram you must validate the ticket by time-stamping it in a machine located on the bus or tram.

What’s not covered for the visitor by Rome public transport tickets:

  • The Leonardo Express train running non-stop between Fiumicino Airport and Rome’s Termini Station.
  • Any airport bus or train to either of Rome’s two airports, Fiumicino or Ciampino.
  • The trains to and from Rome’s cruise port, Civitavecchia.

The Roma Pass

The Roma Pass is the “official” tourist sightseeing pass for the City of Rome (but not Vatican City) and is offered by the the City of Rome authorities themselves who own or manage most of the sights and museums you will want to see in the City of Rome.

You can get them at the official tourist offices in Rome including at Termini Railway Station, or you can conveniently buy them in advance on-line.

A 72 hour pass is Euro 38.50

A 24 hour pass is Euro 28.00

The Roma Pass has 4 main components:

  • Free entry to the first 2 visited museums and / or archaeological sites of your choice.
  • Concessionary tickets to all other museums and / or archaeological sites visited after
  • Free use of the city’s public transport network for 3 days.
  • A Rome city map

There is a 48 hour version that offers the same as the 3 day version, but only allows free entry to the first attraction and 2 days travel on Rome public transport.

Hop-on Hop-off Buses

Rome’s hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses.

One Day Hop-On, Hop-off Ticket (€28 per person)

Stops include the Colloseum, Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and six more stops.

The hop-on, hop-off bus departs from 2 terminals and includes 10 stops covering all of the city’s major attractions

3-In-1 Saver Ticket (€80 per person)

Enjoy 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tour that covers city’s major attractions

Skip The Line to the Colosseum and the Vatican Museum

Onboard audio commentary in 8 languages is included

Free WiFi on all the buses

Clicking on maps will link to high resolution maps.

Rome public bus routes

Getting Around Disney World

Before you plan a trip to “The World” it might be helpful to understand the transportation systems. The basic drive in and spend a day at a park is pretty straight forward. Get inside The World and follow the signs to the selected park. Pay about $20, park and take the transports to the park entrance. Beyond that the options are many.

Magic Kingdom Transportation Center

First each resort has its own parking and usually when we visit, after check-in, that’s where the car stays. If you are staying at one of the resorts near the Magic Kingdom (The Contemporary, The Polynesian, The Grand Floridian) you are on the monorail loop that stops at each resort and the Magic Kingdom entrance along with the “transportation center”. You also have New York style ferries that travel back and forth from the transportation center to the Magic Kingdom entrance. There are also smaller boats from each of these three resorts that sail across Seven Seas Lagoon to the Magic Kingdom entrance. Each resort also has a bus stop with service to each of the parks and Disney Springs running about every 15 to 20 minutes. There is also the option of switching monorails at the station and going over to the main Epcot entrance. Also in the Magic Kingdom neighborhood are the Wilderness Lodge and the Fort Wilderness campground, that along with busses also have boats over to the Magic Kingdom entrance.

Boat Service

There are a few resorts that have regular boat service to Disney Springs. They include Saratoga Springs, Port Orleans & Riverside. Saratoga Springs is also close enough to Disney Springs for a nice walk along the trails around the lake.

There is boat service in the Boardwalk area with stops at Boardwalk, Swan & Dolphin, Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts with short trips to the Disney Studios Park and Epcot. There are also sidewalks that will take you from these hotels to The Disney Studios Park and Epcot.

The remainder of the resorts rely on the bus system to get around. Regarding the bus system, you can take a bus from almost all hotels to the six parks (2 water parks) and Disney Springs but you cannot take a bus from one resort to another unless they share the same route. To go from one resort to another you will have to go to a park bus stop or Disney Springs and switch to a bus going to the other resort. Another word of caution, normally, if you are a resort guest you can drive to other resorts and park. Unfortunately in busy periods they will restrict parking to only guests of that resort so you may get turned away.

It has recently been announced that Walt Disney World will be starting a dedicated taxi service soon to provide rides between any location inside the “World” for a flat fee (one report says $29).