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Metro and Underground Maps Designs Around the World

October 4th, 2010

In this post, we have collected some interesting metro map designs around the globe. These maps show the infrastructure of the city; each city is different from another because of the look, feel, regional culture, typography and many other things. These maps would be helpful for you in exploring these differences and would also come handy when you want to find out any place in the city. As designer, you can also learn a bit or two about wayfinding graphics when analyzing these designs. So, here’s the inspiring compilation of metro maps from around the world.

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Europe

Paris, France

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London Map

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Berlin, Germany

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Naples, Italy

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Oslo, Norway

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Lille – France

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Frankfurt Subway Map, Germany

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Oslo, Norway

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Prague, Czech Republic

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Barcelona, Spain

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Athens, Greece

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Munich, Germany

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Vienna, Austria

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Lyon, France

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Bucharest, Romania

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Buenos Aries, Argentina

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Lausanne, Switzerland

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Brussels, Belgium

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Milan, Italy

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America

Boston, USA

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NYC Subway Map

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Chicago’s Metro

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WASHINGTON D.C., USA

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SAN FRANCISCO

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Atlanta, United States

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Baltimore

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Osaka Railway System

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Cleveland, United States

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Brasilia, Brazil

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BARCELONA

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Houston Metro Map

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New York, United States

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Montreal, Canada

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Asia

Beijing, China

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Hong Kong

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Moscow, Russia

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Pyongyong, North Korea

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Tokyo City Map, Japan

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Singapore Metro

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Hokkaido Railway System

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DUBAI, UAE

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Kyoto, Japan

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Bangkok, Thailand

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Mumbai, India

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SHANGHAI, China

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Deagu, South Korea

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Kiev, Ukraine

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71 comments for „Metro and Underground Maps Designs Around the World
  1. Hitesh Mehta on October 4th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Fabulous!

  2. John Paul on October 4th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Well made .

  3. Heesa Phadie on October 4th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Those are great!

  4. vatsal on October 4th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    missed out new delhi , india

  5. Brayden Styles on October 4th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    you missed Toronto’s Subway Map http://subway.umka.org/map-toronto.html

  6. Torstein on October 4th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Isn’t both Moscow and Kiev in Europe? ;)

    • Stac on October 4th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      Moscow is in Russia :)
      Both europeans and asians want to see it on their continent :)

      • Des on November 28th, 2012 at 1:24 am

        Err… Russia is in both Europe and Asia. Moscow, however, is in Europe. It’s on the west side of the Ural mountains, so there’s no doubt about that at all.

    • Brandon Lewis on October 4th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

      Yes, Kiev and Moscow are both European cities. Russia, west of the Ural Mountains, is all Europe.

  7. mannuel on October 4th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Nice post, don’t forget the newly built Guatrain in South Africa. Recently launched, pre World Cup 2010.

    http://join.gautrain.co.za/map.aspx

  8. Rick on October 4th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Interesting how so many use the same design, give or take.

    Convergent independent design, mimicry of original design or deliberate family style for ease of interpretation?

  9. Jim Ramsden on October 4th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    That’s an impressive collection, boarding on nerdy infact :)

  10. Stac on October 4th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    There is an official metro map for Moscow in this post.

    But Ilya Birman have disigned a better map. Take a look, see the difference: http://ilyabirman.ru/portfolio/moscow-metro/

    From his page (translated by Google):
    “There are maps in the cars of one of the fastest and most reliable subway in the world, which is painful to see. I drew a good one.”

    Important differences between offical and Birman’s map:
    “Station, connected by junctions, integrated into knots. Names of stations not get on the adjacent line. Proper use of uppercase and lowercase letters, the names easily readable even in small bowls. Lines signed not only a legend, but in the end stations.”

  11. Stac on October 4th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    There is an official metro map for Moscow in this post.

    But Ilya Birman have disigned a better map. Take a look, see the difference: ilyabirman.ru/portfolio/moscow-metro/

    From his page (translated by Google):
    “There are maps in the cars of one of the fastest and most reliable subway in the world, which is painful to see. I drew a good one.”

    Important differences between offical and Birman’s map:
    “Station, connected by junctions, integrated into knots. Names of stations not get on the adjacent line. Proper use of uppercase and lowercase letters, the names easily readable even in small bowls. Lines signed not only a legend, but in the end stations.”

  12. Koen Hendrix on October 4th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Great stuff, nice to compare the differences between all these designs!

    Also, I’d like note that Buenos Aires is not Europe. Quite far away from it, actually :)

  13. Neshama on October 4th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Excellent comparison!

    Just note that Buenos Aires is in South America and Barcelona is in Europe. I think they got mixed up =P

    • zedkin on October 5th, 2010 at 9:12 am

      I was just going to comment that….

  14. Alex Mitchell on October 4th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Have been to Tokyo a few times and always so incredibly grateful at how well organised and designed their maps are. It was one of my biggest worries, as I’m not used to these mass networks of lines, etc. Next challenge; driving!

  15. Shafiq Najam on October 4th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    This post is very helpfull for me, thank you so much for sharing quality information.

  16. Marta Sylvia del Río on October 4th, 2010 at 5:58 pm
  17. insaneminotaur on October 4th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Nice! But you forgot the second longest metro in Europe: Madrid’s metro in Spain. It has a nice new design:
    http://www.softguides.com/madrid_guide/maps/graphics/madrid-zones-photos/metro-madrid-map-2007.gif

    Also pretty interesting, its circular alternative:
    http://www.inconexo.com/2010/05/10/plano-de-metro-de-madrid-circular/

  18. Rebecca on October 4th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    That is an interesting collection. I remember seeing a show about the London map and the work that went into making it not only functional, but a selling point.

  19. Eh on October 4th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I would also like to chip in that Buenos Aires is definitely not in Europe, although it is very much like a European city.

    Similarly, Barcelona is in Spain, which is Europe… Not the Americas.

  20. Raúl Rodríguez on October 4th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Muy bueno, pero falta el Metro de Santiago de Chile
    http://www.metro.cl/estacion/plano-red

  21. Ash on October 4th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Nothing from Australia :( ?

  22. Alexandre on October 5th, 2010 at 2:40 am

    WTF, where it is São Paulo, Brazil?!

  23. Fazal Majid on October 5th, 2010 at 5:09 am

    I don’t know where you got the San Francisco map from, it does not look anything like the much nicer official one posted in the subway:
    http://transit.511.org/static/providers/maps/SF_712200722845.gif

    Most of SF’s transit is buses rather than subways, and this is the map users see more often:
    http://transit.511.org/static/providers/maps/SF_123200991053.gif

  24. gopalb on October 5th, 2010 at 6:25 am

    What about Kolkata(Calcutta) and Delhi Metro….

  25. Sam on October 5th, 2010 at 6:40 am

    CityRail in NSW, Australia has a zoomable network map at http://www.cityrail.info/stations/network_map

  26. Stijn on October 5th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    FYI: Osaka (Japan) has been sorted under “America”.

  27. Kyros Koh on October 5th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I’m impressed with all the metro and underground maps over the world. Yet featured Singapore’s (where I’m belong). *thumbs up*

  28. Zentaurus on October 5th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Muy interesante, pero concuerdo con Raúl, ¡falta el de Chile!

    Thanks for this post, it’s very interested and I’ll definitly keep it bookmarked.

  29. Zentaurus on October 5th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Muy interesante, pero concuerdo con Raúl, ¡falta el de Chile!

    Thanks for this post, it’s very interesting and I’ll definitly keep it bookmarked.

    (sorry for the other comment, moderator).

  30. hansOlo on October 5th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Barcelona (Spain) in America?
    Kiev (Ukraine) in Asia?
    Moscow (Russia) in Asia?
    … something must be wron :D

    and… why there is Munich, but not Hamburg? http://www.big-foot.de/images/Hamburg_U_S_Bahn_Stationen_2.jpg

  31. DesignMango on October 5th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    It is really interesting to see how they are all different, thanks

  32. Damian on October 5th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Great collection! but is not Buenos Aries, is “Buenos Aires”. And is in South America. Regards!

  33. Mahéshieux on October 5th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Priceless collection. But London Underground maps seems to be out-dated one.

  34. Kristin on October 5th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Ooh, what fun. I lived on the Boston system all childhood and early adulthood. Funny how seeing that map gives me the warm fuzzies.

  35. TDinLA on October 5th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Would love to see Los Angeles added. Yes there is a subway system!

  36. Jordan on October 5th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    The NYC subway map in your post is waaay outdated…

  37. Sebastián Fernández on October 5th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Buenos Aires en Europa, Barcelona en America… revisen eso, creo que no son los únicos.

    Saludos

  38. Juliano Frezza on October 5th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    and São Paulo ? The biggest city in South America !!!

  39. Andrea Fercia on October 5th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    why “Buenos Aries, Argentina” is under “Europe” category? and btw it’s spelled “Aires” not “Aries”… see http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar
    you Americans… :-)

  40. sebasp on October 5th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    http://geohostel.com/site/img/mapa-sitva.png

    METRO DE MEDELLÍN, COLOMBIA

  41. Caio Freitag on October 6th, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Where is São Paulo – Brazil?

  42. Amer harb on October 6th, 2010 at 7:19 am

    2 important cities metro are not mentioned (Stockholm, and Istanbul)

    1- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_Metro
    2- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istanbul_Metro

  43. Paulistano on October 6th, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Where is the Map of Our Stylish and Modern Metro? – Sao Paulo City – The third biggest city in the World !

  44. Pinolo2 on October 6th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Nice collection!
    Here you can find Rome’s map:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2d/Metroroma02.png

  45. Rick on October 6th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Inspiring collection!
    And here’s a map of the metro in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c9/Metrokaart_Rotterdam_per_17_augustus_2010.svg

    Actually Metro is an Dutch acronym for:
    Met Een Teringgang Rotterdam Onderdoor

    In English:
    Travelling very fast via Rotterdam’s underground

  46. Denis on October 6th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    The map of the Moscow metro is better here:
    http://www.artlebedev.ru/everything/metro/map/

  47. drocvega on October 6th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Where´s Mexico?????

  48. Fernando on October 6th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Nice.
    Please update with the new São Paulo metro’s map – São Paulo, Brasil ( http://www.metro.sp.gov.br/redes/mapa.pdf ).

    Tks,

  49. Luiz on October 7th, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Wonder work. You May add Madrid and Sao Paolo – Brazil. Both have large recent ampliations

  50. Luiz on October 7th, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Please, anybody have statistics about this theme: What is the longest, the shortest, the fastest, largest, ….???

  51. zeruch on October 7th, 2010 at 4:21 am

    O___O buenos aires in europe? barcelona and osaka in america? sorry, but someone forgot to see the map of the wolrd here u¬¬

    and i agree, where is mexico´s metro map? is one of the most biggest subway in the world (and is growing up today)

  52. Ushuaia Info on October 7th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Buenos Aires is in America

  53. JavoVzla on October 8th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    y el Metro de Caracas? :S

  54. JavoVzla on October 8th, 2010 at 5:57 pm
  55. Sachin on October 10th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Montreal, Canada……..is the one which i like most….almost all of them are nice anyways, but some are little complex…

  56. blink4blog on October 10th, 2010 at 10:28 am
  57. Aleksandr on October 11th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    The author is stuck in 1999 according to the map he picked for NYC subway system. Just for your information, it changed.

  58. Fabio on October 19th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    In Brazil you just put the Brasilia subway, which is the smallest of the country, should have shown the subway in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest. Who sees the subway map of Brasilia think we don’t have a good transport system and the subway in Sao Paulo is considered one of the best in the world.
    See the link with map of São Paulo subway: http://www.metro.sp.gov.br/redes/mapa.pdf

  59. Cristine on October 22nd, 2010 at 1:35 am

    And São Paulo????????????????????

  60. Daniela on October 23rd, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Falto el metro de Caracas-Venezuela

  61. sadeck on October 23rd, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Don´t forget the excellent subway system of Middle-Earth:
    http://0.tqn.com/d/scifi/1/0/q/n/-/-/ThereAndBackAgain2010.jpg

  62. Marcelo Santos on October 27th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Guys,

    I know that SP subway it´s the largest subway in Brazil, but all about the Rio de Janeiro´s subway?

    Here is the link: http://www.metrorio.com.br/diagrama_20_08.pdf

  63. ferchongo on November 25th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    where is mexico?????

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  65. Ray on September 6th, 2011 at 5:26 am