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SuzinQ8 test
6/18/2009 12:46 EST


I moved here recently and am having some trouble getting around. Taxis are really expensive as my regular transportation, so I want to try the bus system. Is it safe? I tried to look online and find the bus schedules but it was difficult to find info...and I'm wondering if they even run on the schedule. Any advice or sites where I can access the info would be appreciated.

I have transportation to/from work, mainly I'm trying to get from Salmiya to the National Evangelical Church on the weekends.

Thanks!

SunflowerMom
6/18/2009 13:24 EST

I would not ride the bus system here. It is not reliable time wise and I personally would not feel safe. That's just me. Before I got a car, I had a taxi driver that would take to the church for 1.500 to 2kd. If you like I cangive you his #

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babyofmine
6/19/2009 00:51 EST

I wanted to give you the Citybus site but when I stumbled on this: http://fahimi.org/?p=179 - very informative and I agree with all of it. I want to add though, riding on the bus in Kuwait is safe, ladies have front seats and the poor tired folks at the back will never bother you. You may have occasionally company of rude Kuwaiti teenagers though, but the bus driver will deal with them. What may not be safe is waiting for the bus, so avoid standing alone on remote freeway bus stops and you should be fine.

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SuzinQ8
6/20/2009 07:50 EST

Thanks to you both for the input. I took the bus yesterday, it didn't go perfectly but I think I'll try it again. The website links were very helpful!

Thank you!

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Kwater
6/23/2009 11:46 EST

I've been in q8 9 months in faraway Fahaheel and enjoy riding the bus to go where I need to go. I've learned a lot of tips, can give you the web sites (KPTC and City Bus) and give you some do's and don'ts. It's safer than driving the death defying roads, only problem I have ever had is when kids throw rocks and break windows, and I was sitting a windows that broke and was not afffected, except for a little glass, but I've ridden over 100 hours night and day bus rides and have enjoyed them. Great, very cheap way to see the city as a whole and see people you may not see .I'll be glad to help, I think that the bus even for a woman is very safe and far safer than driving or cabs for general trips, the people are very courteous, hard working mind their own business people and the women sit in the front of the bus if they wish and men get up and move to let women sit in the front rows...that might have been done 100 years ago in America....I would have no qualms in riding a bus, but very very few expats do. IF I can help let me know.

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Mirpur
7/9/2009 06:25 EST

Bus system in Kuwait, no doubt is very well managed. A big number of peopel daily travel by buses, I don't have much experience inside riding, but for ladies it is always safe journey ,,, By the way if matter is once in week to come to city ,, There are some private taxis who take nominal charges...,

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irishoo
8/5/2009 05:53 EST

hi suzin

the is no problem in bus transport its gud to get tht and babz in weekend u can hire taxi if u planing to go to church, i m asian guy looking for a friend like u can we be in touch do reply i will wait

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MikeD
8/5/2009 07:44 EST

I have used the bus system for a year without any major issues.
I have seen a regular bunch of what I assume to be european teachers use the bus during the week, but european females are scarce so you will get stared at lol.

Always sit in the front - try to make sure you have the correct change - I travel daily to work and back from Salmiya to Sharq and it costs 200 Fills each way. Having the correct change helps the driver keep his eyes on the road!

Note that there are 2 bus companies that run similar routes to get to the same destination.
I use 999 which runs all the way from Fahaheel to town via Salmiya.

I battled to also find the bus routes but you might want to go to the main depots in town to ask for info or to see if they have any maps.
I have yet to see any route map as I basically spent a few trips on all the busses in my area just to see where they go lol

The only issue I have faced is with the kids that tend to run in packs and cause mayhem at the back of the bus - they won't bother ladies though.

Busses can be frustrating at certain times due to traffic jams i.e. from town between 17h30 and 19h30 and on the weekend (Friday) the busses are completely packed in town when the midday Mosque is finished.

Best check the local bus stops near you as to the numbers and then also the ones out at your church - you will probably have to see if they intersect anywhere by trial and error. If you go to a bus depot the drivers will be able to explain the routes if there is no printed info.

http://fahimi.org/?p=179

http://www.twgkw.com/route.htm

http://www.ekwt.com/kptc_busroutes.htm

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