Many tourists ride the free Staten Island Ferry just to see the skyline and the Statue of Liberty, but New York isn't the only place where public transportation provides outstanding vistas.

In many major cities across the world, sublime views can be had for as little as a one-way commuter fare. And you'll get the added bonus of spending time with actual residents, avoiding those pesky other tourists. If you too want the real local experience, hop on a city bus, take a tram, board a ferry or discover a unique form of public transit in one of these nine

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