015 Negotiating the Subway
A: It's my first visit to Prague, I'll be here for three days for a conference, then I have a day on my own to do some sightseeing before I head back home. What do you suggest I see when I'm here?
B: There are many interesting places you should be sure to see. One problem is transportation, however. Because the city is very old, the roads are narrow and congested. If you only have three or four days to visit, you don't want to spend them waiting in traffic in a cab. I suggest you take the subway.
A: The subway? But is there a subway station next to my hotel? I have to go between the conference center and the hotel several times a day.....
B: No worries, there's a subway station at the conference center itself, and a shuttle from your hotel to the conference center that takes only 5 minutes. When you do your personal sightseeing, you can first take the shuttle to the conference center, then hop on the metro.
A: Is it expensive to ride on the underground?
B: You can get a daily pass that will allow you to travel unlimited for the whole day for about 6 dollars. Otherwise, you can pay by trip, which is about 50 cents to 2 dollars each trip, depending on how far you go.
A: Is it easy to get lost?
B: No, no... .it's very hard to get lost. There are two lines, one that goes in a circle, the other that is straight. If you get lost, there are always subway attendants that can help you find your way.
A: Excuse me, can you help me figure out how to get to the Wudaokou subway station from here?
B: Sure.... first you're going to have to buy a ticket to ride on the subway. The Wudaokou station is on the lightrail, so you'll have to transfer. Be sure you buy a combination ticket for the regular subway and the lightrail. It should cost you 5 yuan.
A: An after I buy the ticket, where should I go?
B: You can take the red line train from here, but you'll have to transfer to the blue line at Fuxingmen transfer station. After you transfer, take the blue line that is heading north towards Fuchengmen.
A: so I transfer from red to blue, then how long do I ride the blue?
B: You'll take the blue line until you reach Xizhimen. That's a big station, so there will likely be a lot of people getting off at that stop. You can transfer to the lightrail there, you'll have to exit the subway and present the unused portion of your combination ticket to the ticketmaster, they'll give you a new ticket to use on the lightrail system.
A: It sounds so complicated!
B: No, not the really, don't worry about it, like I said there'll be a lot of people there doing the same thing that you are doing, so just follow the crowd, There's only one direction to go, so you won't get on the wrong train. Head north on the Yellow line, and you'll see Wudaokou in just a couple of stops.
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