Oct 04 2010

Metro and Underground Maps Designs Around the World

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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.


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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Comments and Discussions
  • Hitesh Mehta, 04 October 2010

    Fabulous!

  • John Paul, 04 October 2010

    Well made .

  • Heesa Phadie, 04 October 2010

    Those are great!

  • vatsal, 04 October 2010

    missed out new delhi , india

  • Brayden Styles, 04 October 2010

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

  • Torstein, 04 October 2010

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

    • Stac, 04 October 2010

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

      • Des, 28 November 2012

        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, 04 October 2010

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

  • mannuel, 04 October 2010

    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

  • Rick, 04 October 2010

    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?

  • Jim Ramsden, 04 October 2010

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

  • Stac, 04 October 2010

    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.”

  • Stac, 04 October 2010

    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.”

  • Koen Hendrix, 04 October 2010

    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 :)

  • Neshama, 04 October 2010

    Excellent comparison!

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

    • zedkin, 05 October 2010

      I was just going to comment that….

  • Alex Mitchell, 04 October 2010

    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!

  • Shafiq Najam, 04 October 2010

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

  • insaneminotaur, 04 October 2010

    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/

  • Rebecca, 04 October 2010

    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.

  • Eh, 04 October 2010

    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.

  • Raúl Rodríguez, 04 October 2010

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

  • Ash, 04 October 2010

    Nothing from Australia :( ?

  • Alexandre, 05 October 2010

    WTF, where it is São Paulo, Brazil?!

  • Fazal Majid, 05 October 2010

    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

  • gopalb, 05 October 2010

    What about Kolkata(Calcutta) and Delhi Metro….

  • Sam, 05 October 2010

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

  • Stijn, 05 October 2010

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

  • Kyros Koh, 05 October 2010

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

  • Zentaurus, 05 October 2010

    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.

  • Zentaurus, 05 October 2010

    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).

  • hansOlo, 05 October 2010

    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

  • DesignMango, 05 October 2010

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

  • Damian, 05 October 2010

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

  • Mahéshieux, 05 October 2010

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

  • Kristin, 05 October 2010

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

  • TDinLA, 05 October 2010

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

  • Jordan, 05 October 2010

    The NYC subway map in your post is waaay outdated…

  • Sebastián Fernández, 05 October 2010

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

    Saludos

  • Juliano Frezza, 05 October 2010

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

  • Andrea Fercia, 05 October 2010

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

  • sebasp, 05 October 2010

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

    METRO DE MEDELLÍN, COLOMBIA

  • Caio Freitag, 06 October 2010

    Where is São Paulo – Brazil?

  • Amer harb, 06 October 2010

    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

  • Paulistano, 06 October 2010

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

  • Pinolo2, 06 October 2010

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

  • Rick, 06 October 2010

    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

  • Denis, 06 October 2010

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

  • drocvega, 06 October 2010

    Where´s Mexico?????

  • Fernando, 06 October 2010

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

    Tks,

  • Luiz, 07 October 2010

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

  • Luiz, 07 October 2010

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

  • zeruch, 07 October 2010

    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)

  • Ushuaia Info, 07 October 2010

    Buenos Aires is in America

  • JavoVzla, 08 October 2010

    y el Metro de Caracas? :S

  • JavoVzla, 08 October 2010

    +Info http://www.metrodecaracas.com.ve/

  • Sachin, 10 October 2010

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

  • blink4blog, 10 October 2010

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    http://www.mymalaysiabooks.com/maps/LRTmap.gif

  • Aleksandr, 11 October 2010

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

  • Fabio, 19 October 2010

    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

  • Cristine, 22 October 2010

    And São Paulo????????????????????

  • Daniela, 23 October 2010

    Falto el metro de Caracas-Venezuela

  • sadeck, 23 October 2010

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

  • Marcelo Santos, 27 October 2010

    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

  • ferchongo, 25 November 2010

    where is mexico?????

  • Stiller, 23 May 2011

    very good post, i certainly love this amazing site, continue it

  • Ray, 06 September 2011

    official NYC Subway Map PDF:
    http://the4040club.com/html/Manhattan_Subway.pdf

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