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Reaching the Beaches

Grab your towel and your metro ticket! Some cities are lucky enough to have beaches in their vicinity which can be reached by subway. Here's one list with real subways and another one with trams and commuter lines, so the same city can appear twice. Thanks to all who contributed.


AthensMediterranean SeaMetro Line 1 at Faliro station is within walking distance of a beach (although the water is not very clean in the city's vicinity). There is also a new tram line that runs from the center of the city to the shore which then splits and runs for several kilometers each way along the shore.
BarcelonaMediterranean SeaBarceloneta (400 m from beach), Ciutadella Vila OlÝmpica (200 m from beach), El Maresme F˛rum (500 m from beach). Other stations close to beaches: Bogatell, Llacuna, Poble Nou, Selva De Mar, Bes˛s Mar.
BilbaoBay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean)Line 1 to Larrabasterra (2 km from beach and surfing spot).
BostonAtlantic OceanRevere Beach and Wonderland stations on the Blue Line. Andrew station (underground) with a short walk to Carson Beach. Savin Hill station for Savin Hill and Malibu beaches. North Quincy station for Quincy's Tenean Beach and Wollaston station for Wollaston Beach. Orient Heights station.
BusanKorea StraitFor Haeundae Beach take subway line 2 and get off at Haeundae station (exit 3 or 5). Walk 10 minutes.
ChicagoLake MichiganMany beaches are within ten minutes walking distance of the Red or Purple line stations, which both run parallel to the shore on the North Side of the city. Bryn Mawr and Thorndale are very close (about a quarter mile). Clark/Division on the Red line is a half mile from Oak Street beach. Davis on the Purple line is about a half mile from Evanston beach.
Copenhageněresund (Baltic Sea)ěresund station, Amager Strand station, and Fem°ren station are each about 500 m away from different parts of the big Amager Strandpark. Kastrup station is also close to a beach.
Los AngelesPacific Ocean1st Street station (Blue Line).
NaplesMediterranean SeaMergellina (line 2), Arco Mirelli and San Pasquale stations (under construction on line 6), all 200 m from the beach of Via Caracciolo.
New YorkAtlantic OceanSeveral elevated subway stations near Coney Island and Rockaway Beach.
NewcastleNorth SeaTyne&Wear metro to Cullercoats, South Shields, Tynemouth or Whitley Bay.
Rio de JaneiroAtlantic OceanSiqueira Campos or Cardeal Arcoverde stations (both underground) on Line 1 (5 to 10 minutes walk to Copacabana beach). Botafogo or Flamengo stations (both underground on Line 1: 10 minutes walk to Botafogo beach at Guanabara Bay).
RotterdamZevenhuizen lakeNesselande station on line B.
StockholmBaltic Sea fjordsHńsselby Strand (above ground) and Farsta Strand (underground).
TaipeiDanshui River, Taiwan StraitThe Taipei Metro goes to Damshui/Tamsui, which is a resort on the Danshui River at the point where it enters the Taiwan Strait. It's a popular resort with the people of Taipei.
ValenciaMediterranean SeaMetro line 5 tram extension to Marina Reial Joan Carles I. Metro tram line 4 to Eugenia Vi˝es and Les Arenes.
ViennaDanube riverDonauinsel station is near a beach. There's an artificial beach near Schwedenplatz and Schottenring stations. The same beach can be seen through windows in the tunnel from line U4, which runs parallel to it.


The DART commuter rail is running north and south of Dublin along the coast around Dublin Bay. Killiney is one of the stations right next to the beach. The photo shows the view out of the window near Killiney station.

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Trams and Commuter Metros

AdelaideGulf St Vincent (Southern Ocean)Adelaide in Australia has many beaches but Grange beach is easily reached by their very efficient rail system.
BarcelonaMediterranean SeaBarcelona has two suburban lines (R1 and R2) which follow the coastline, stopping off at many beachside towns and resorts (including Sitges).
BerlinWannsee lakeLine S1 to Nikolassee (trip takes about 30 minutes).
BostonAtlantic OceanIn Boston's MBTA commuter rail, the stations in Rockport, Manchester and Beverly Farms (all on the Rockport Line) are a short walk from beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.
BrisbaneSouth Pacific OceanBrisbane's Airtrain goes to Robina station at the spectacular Gold Coast beach. The trip takes approximately 75 minutes.
BrusselsStrait of Dover (North Sea)Intercity trains run from Brussels to Ostend (Oostende) or Knokke at the coast in 80 minutes. From there, the Kusttram, an interurban LRT, goes along the entire Belgian coast between Knokke at the border with the Netherlands and De Panne near the French border. The Kusttram was rated number 21 world travel secret by Lonely Planet Magazine in July 2009. Length: 69 km, frequency: every 20 minutes, trip duration: 139 minutes. The high speed ride, mostly on its own right of way, offers frequent views of fishing villages, Napoleonic forts, and rolling dunes, and, of course, stops at beaches. There's a station of remarkable old design in De Haan [], [].
ChicagoLake MichiganChicago's Metra system takes you to Illinois Beach State Park through the Zion and Withrop Harbor stations on the Union Pacific/North Line. Also, on the South Shore Line, you can access the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
DublinIrish SeaDART commuter train service runs to Killiney, Bray and Greystones, all of which have beaches (but not all sandy).
FukuokaKorea Strait (Sea of Japan)For Mitoma beach east of the city, take the subway to Kaizuka station, then transfer to the Nishitetsu Miyajidake line to Mitoma station. Takes about 20 minutes or so. From the station, it's a 10 minutes walk to the beach. Serves as a surfing spot around the end of August.
GlasgowFirth of Clyde (English Channel)Glasgow Central to Ayr commuter line (the same line which serves Prestwick Airport) goes to Irvine, Troon, Prestwick and Ayr in the West of Scotland. These places are popular for day trips from Glasgow. Trains run every half hour, the trip takes 30-50 minutes.
HamburgBaltic SeaA regional rail line runs from Hamburg Central Station via LŘbeck to TravemŘnde Strand (300 m from beach). Takes about 90 minutes.
LisbonAtlantic OceanTake Lisboa-Estoril-Cascais line to beaches at Parede, Carcavelos and Santo Amaro (Oeiras).
LondonEnglish Channel (Atlantic Ocean)Frequent suburban line services from King's Cross, City Thameslink, London Bridge or Victoria station to Brighton (trip takes approx. 50-70 minutes) or from Gatwick airport to Brighton (30 minutes). The London, Tilbury and Southend line goes to Southend and Margate, popular resorts on the Essex coast.
MelbournePacific OceanCommuter train network with stations at various beaches.
New YorkAtlantic OceanLong Beach station on the Long Island Railroad is only 6 blocks from the beach. In New Jersey (suburban New York), the North Jersey Coast Line has many stops near Atlantic Ocean beaches.
PerthIndian OceanSuburban network with stations at beaches.
PhiladelphiaAtlantic OceanThe Atlantic City Line runs from Philadelphia (30th Street Station) to Atlantic City. The trip takes about 90 minutes.
RomeMediterranean SeaLido di Ostia railway (transfer from metro line B) links the city centre with Ostia (100-200 m from the shore).
San DiegoPacific OceanYou can take the Coaster commuter train to beaches in California. All of the stations north of Sorrento Valley are just a few blocks from Pacific Ocean beaches.
San FranciscoPacific OceanMetro tram line N to Ocean Beach, metro tram line L to San Francisco Zoo.
SingaporeSingapore Strait (Pacific Ocean)From Harbour Front metro station take cable car or Sentosa Express monorail to Sentosa Island.
TorontoLake OntarioA beach is being "constructed" between the Spadina and Rees stations of the Harbourfront light rail line. Queen trolley line runs within a block of "The Beaches" along the shore east of downtown as well as a block north of the western beaches (Sunnyside, Humber Bay, Mimico, Long Branch etc.) along The Queensway and (of course) Lake Shore Blvd.

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