Do you ever sit in peak-hour traffic, listening to the same podcast or top hit on the radio, and wonder: how else could I get around?
In other parts of the world, some communities aren’t driving down an everyday highway or taking your average train or bus. From hovering across the ocean to navigating a road that vanishes twice daily, some commuters are challenging travelling convention to get from A to B.
We’ve explored 10 of these unique ways to commute. So you can truly appreciate how encompassing some of these commutes are, we’ve ranked them based on their total distance: one being the longest distance and 10 the shortest.
Another system that takes commuters to new heights is the oldest electric monorail in the world: the Wuppertal Schwebebahn – or, the Wuppertal Suspension Monorail.
According to its official website, this unique system is Wuppertal’s major landmark and popular means of commuting for 20 million passengers annually.10
Cologne engineer Eugen Langen invented the monorail, which opened in early 1901.11 The network is mostly suspended above the Wupper – the city’s stunning river.
Even the most frequent travellers aren’t immune to the stunning views of the historical buildings, green hills and river.
In one of Schwebebahn’s brochures, it jokes that as the monorail passes certain homes in Kaiserstraße, residents could almost serve commuters coffee and cake; that’s how close the monorail runs to the buildings!12