The 16 most expensive cities in the world for commuting to work

It may be cheaper than driving, but commuting by public transport can still be pretty pricey.

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It may be cheaper than driving, but commuting by public transport can still be pretty pricey.
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  • Commuting to work via public transportation is usually cheaper than driving everywhere.
  • But in these major cities, a monthly pass for public transportation may still be a major expense.
  • The most expensive cities for commuting to work are in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

Next to housing, transportation is one of the largest recurring expenses people face. In a major metropolis, that likely means a fair amount of time packed into the subway, trolley, or bus getting a little too acquainted with your fellow city dwellers.

The good news: It’s better for the environment, and, depending on where you live, it may be cheaper than owning a car.

The bad news: It can still be really expensive.

In London, the most expensive city in the world for public transportation, you’ll need to shell out nearly $197 for a month of riding the Tube. In New York City, a monthly transit pass costs $121.

That’s according to a recent report by Deutsche Bank, which analyzes the cost of living and compares prices among the largest cities around the world.

The report sources prices from Expatistan, a site that tracks cost-of-living expenses in over 200 countries, for a “monthly ticket public transport” in nearly 50 cities.

Here are the 16 most expensive cities in the world for commuting via public transportation each month. All prices are in US dollars.


16. Paris — $88.90

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15. Oslo, Norway — $89.40

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14. Zurich — $94.70

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13. Berlin — $97.50

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12. Stockholm —$98.50

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11. Chicago — $101

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10. Wellington, New Zealand — $102.50

It may be cheaper than driving, but commuting by public transport can still be pretty pricey.

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9. Frankfurt, Germany — $106

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8. Amsterdam — $108.40

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7. Melbourne, Australia — $110.40

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6. Toronto — $113.50

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5. New York City — $121

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4. Sydney — $127.10

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3. Auckland, New Zealand — $137.10

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2. Dublin — $143.80

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1. London — $196.50

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