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How well do you know your trams from your tandems? Put your knowledge to test in our quiz of travel and transport in and around Europe.

 

From the daily commute to weekends away and long summer holidays, travel is an inescapable part of modern life. We’ve trawled the length and breadth of the continent in search of transport trivia for our quiz. How does your knowledge of Europe on the move compare to what we discovered?

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Driving on the left
Photo: Tony Webster (Flickr); Licence: CC BY 2.0 *Image cropped by E&M

First things first, how many European countries drive on the left-hand side?

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The answer is four. Besides the obvious UK, Cyprus, Malta and the Republic of Ireland also drive on the left. Funnily enough, they’re all islands – it must be something in the water…

A number of other other European countries, including Italy, Portugal and Switzerland, drive on the right, but have their trains running on the left. Confusing.

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Electric cars
Photo: Fiona Bradley (Flickr); Licence: CC BY 2.0

Which country sells the most electric cars in Europe?

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Norway leads the way when it comes to electric cars; in the first half of 2014, over 15 % of all cars sold were electric. Buying an electric car in Norway is not only good for the environment, as the country produces all of its electricity from hydroelectric power, but also allows you to avoid paying things like car and road tax. On top of that, you get free city centre parking too.

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Cycling
Photo: William Murphy (Flickr); Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0

Sticking with environmentally-friendly forms of transport, what is the European cycling capital?

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This title is probably best deserved by the Dutch town of Houten, where an impressive 44 % of daily journeys are made on the back of a bike. As far as actual capital cities are concerned, it’s Copenhagen that takes the honour, with pedal power accounting for 35 % of daily journeys.

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Train station
Photo: Christiaan Triebert (Flickr); Licence: CC BY 2.0

What is the longest train journey you can take in Europe?

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At 3315 km, the Moscow to Nice service is the longest European rail journey. It takes 47 hours and travels through Russia, Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, France and Monaco. A second-class ticket will set you back around 270 €, but they do have special rate for newlyweds travelling within a month of their wedding. What a way to start a marriage – two days stuck on a train together…

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Railway station
Photo: Hege (Flickr); Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

And talking of things that seem to go on and on forever, where in Europe can you find the railway station with the longest name? And, for a bonus point, can you pronounce it?

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The Welsh island of Anglesey boasts the railway station with the longest name: Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch. Or, if your Welsh isn’t up to scratch: “Saint Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio of the red cave”. Quite the mouthful.

Llanfair PG
Photo: G1MFG (Wikimedia Commons); Licence: CC0 1.0

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Tickets
Photo: Paul Simpson (Flickr); Licence: CC BY 2.0

Last but not least, in which European capital is public transport available for free?

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Though those who live in the more notoriously pricey cities of Europe might well turn green with envy to discover this, registered residents of the Estonian capital Talinn do not have to pay for their public transport. London, Paris, Munich – please take note.

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Teaser photo: Bill Dickinson (Flickr); Licence: CC BY-NC 2.0

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    Tobias Melzer is a Munich-based photographer. When not taking photos or writing quizzes, he makes a mean goulash.

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