7 Public Transportation Etiquette Tips


With the world opening back up to travel, it's important to know these seven public transportation etiquette tips to follow anywhere you go.

7 Public Transportation Etiquette Tips

Traveling and seeing the world can be an incredible and enriching experience. Every sight you see, experience, and encounter is an opportunity to make memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. When you travel with family and friends, those outings tend to be even more memorable and rewarding.

It’s possible for many of us, that we haven’t been on vacation since 2019 or 2020, and we may have forgotten some important things you need to do before embarking on any vacation. In this post, we’ll remind you of public transportation etiquette tips, and also offer alternatives that are acceptable to do, so you’ll spend less time worrying and more time unwinding and having fun.

1 – No Smoking on Any Transit Vehicle:

And this includes bus and train stations and individual bus stops as well. There may be designated areas in which passengers can smoke, but this varies by transportation vehicle and region. That said, nicotine users are finding less harmful and less invasive (to others) ways to fulfill a nicotine fix. In fact, when traveling to and in Sweden, you may notice that passengers are using snus, which is a smokeless tobacco product. In fact, you can purchase these nicotine pouches from online retailers, like Snusdirect, so that you can have them ready in your carry on bag or purse for travel. A little about about snus:

Snus in Modern Times:

The history of snus goes back about 200 years in time! Today, it’s a popular option for those determined to quit smoking since studies have determined that snus should be promoted as a smokeless option, as it is shown to be much less harmful than smoking. There is now a huge variety of snus products available that differ in terms of flavor, strength levels, size, comfort, and dampness.

Using Nicotine Pouches:

Many people, including many in Sweden where snus originated, use it instead of smoking. It’s available in two main forms – loose snus and packed snus – and can be moist or semi-moist. It’s a tobacco product containing tobacco, that is ground and mixed with water and flavoring agents. You can get it in small cans (loose), or sachets, much like tea bags. Portion snus is easier to carry around, and travel with. Nicotine pouches are regarded as the tobacco-free version of snus. They are placed under the upper lip, where they exude nicotine for upwards of an hour. The products are safe to swallow, and spit-free.

Now, Let’s Talk About Six Other Public Transportation Tips:

2 – Follow the Rules of the Road:

That’s right. In the United States, we stand on the right and walk/pass on the left. And when you’re walking through a station or using escalators or stairs, stand on the right.

3 – Always Let Passengers Exit First:

No matter the vehicle you’re entering (plane, bus, train, boat, etc.), when the doors slide open, or the boat docks, let passengers exit before attempting to board. And do not block their way as well. If you were trying to get off a transit vehicle, you would want a clear and safe path to disembark. Always do the same for others. And be on the lookout for wheelchairs and strollers, which are sometimes exit last.

4 – Talk Softly and Quietly:

Many people use transit time to sleep, rest, work, etc. Having loud conversations on your mobile phone or with your seat mate can be inconsiderate to others. Also be mindful of the language you use, and the fact that there could be children nearby.

5 – If Necessary, Give Up Your Seat:

Obviously if the seating is on the emptier side, you can take it. You may notice someone who really needs a seat, or a more convenient seat. It is common courtesy to give it up if you see children, elderly passengers, pregnant passengers, and injured or disabled passengers.

6 – Take Up Only the Space You Need:

Don’t put your bag on the seat next to you, especially if your transit vehicle is crowded, and also don’t block aisles with your belongings or your feet. Be mindful of not blocking doors or emergency exits as well. It’s a courtesy to put your belongings at your feet.

7 – Respect Staff and Property:

This SHOULD be a no-brainer, but it probably happens a lot. Give your driver or pilot or captain a friendly “hello” and “thank you” when you enter and exit the vehicle. Don’t hold up long conversations with the staff, because you don’t want to hold up their time and energy. As for public transportation, you already know not to smoke, but make sure not to eat or drink if it’s not allowed. And if it is, clean up after yourself. Don’t vandalize. And cover your coughs and sneezes, and sanitize anything you have touched.


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