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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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Hitesh Mehta
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

Fabulous!

John Paul
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

Well made .

Heesa Phadie
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Heesa Phadie
5 years 10 months ago

Those are great!

vatsal
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

missed out new delhi , india

Brayden Styles
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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

Torstein
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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

Stac
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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

Des
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Des
3 years 9 months ago

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
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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

mannuel
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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
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Rick
5 years 10 months ago

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?

Shaun
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Shaun
5 years 10 months ago

Most of the designs stem from the original work done on the London Underground map by Harry Beck.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Beck

Jim Ramsden
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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

Stac
Guest
5 years 10 months ago
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… Read more »
Stac
Guest
5 years 10 months ago
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… Read more »
Koen Hendrix
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5 years 10 months ago

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
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Neshama
5 years 10 months ago

Excellent comparison!

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

zedkin
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zedkin
5 years 10 months ago

I was just going to comment that….

Alex Mitchell
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5 years 10 months ago

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
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5 years 10 months ago

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

Marta Sylvia del Río
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Marta Sylvia del Río
5 years 10 months ago
insaneminotaur
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insaneminotaur
5 years 10 months ago

Nice! But you forgot the second longest metro in Europe: Madrid’s metro in Spain. It has a nice new design:

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

Rebecca
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5 years 10 months ago

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
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Eh
5 years 10 months ago

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
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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

Ash
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Ash
5 years 10 months ago

Nothing from Australia :( ?

Alexandre
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Alexandre
5 years 10 months ago

WTF, where it is São Paulo, Brazil?!

Fazal Majid
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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:

Most of SF’s transit is buses rather than subways, and this is the map users see more often:

gopalb
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5 years 10 months ago

What about Kolkata(Calcutta) and Delhi Metro….

Sam
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Sam
5 years 10 months ago

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

Stijn
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5 years 10 months ago

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

Kyros Koh
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Kyros Koh
5 years 10 months ago

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

Zentaurus
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5 years 10 months ago

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
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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
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5 years 10 months ago

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?

DesignMango
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5 years 10 months ago

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

Damian
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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

Mahéshieux
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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

Kristin
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5 years 10 months ago

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
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TDinLA
5 years 10 months ago

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

Jordan
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

The NYC subway map in your post is waaay outdated…

Sebastián Fernández
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5 years 10 months ago

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

Saludos

Juliano Frezza
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5 years 10 months ago

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

Andrea Fercia
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Andrea Fercia
5 years 10 months ago

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
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sebasp
5 years 10 months ago

METRO DE MEDELLÍN, COLOMBIA

Caio Freitag
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Caio Freitag
5 years 10 months ago

Where is São Paulo – Brazil?

Amer harb
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Amer harb
5 years 10 months ago

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

Peter Johnston
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Peter Johnston
5 years 10 months ago

Here’s the official map of the Stockholm Metro (Tunnelbanan). http://sl.se/ficktid/karta%2Fvinter/Tub.pdf

Paulistano
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Paulistano
5 years 10 months ago

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

Pinolo2
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

Nice collection!
Here you can find Rome’s map:

Rick
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Rick
5 years 10 months ago

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
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Denis
5 years 10 months ago

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

drocvega
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drocvega
5 years 10 months ago

Where´s Mexico?????

Fernando
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Fernando
5 years 10 months ago

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
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Luiz
5 years 10 months ago

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

Luiz
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Luiz
5 years 10 months ago

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

zeruch
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zeruch
5 years 10 months ago

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
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

Buenos Aires is in America

JavoVzla
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JavoVzla
5 years 10 months ago

y el Metro de Caracas? :S

JavoVzla
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JavoVzla
5 years 10 months ago
Sachin
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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

blink4blog
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5 years 10 months ago

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Aleksandr
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Aleksandr
5 years 10 months ago

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

Fabio
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Fabio
5 years 10 months ago

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
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

And São Paulo????????????????????

Daniela
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Daniela
5 years 10 months ago

Falto el metro de Caracas-Venezuela

sadeck
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sadeck
5 years 10 months ago

Don´t forget the excellent subway system of Middle-Earth:

Marcelo Santos
Guest
5 years 10 months ago

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
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ferchongo
5 years 9 months ago

where is mexico?????

Stiller
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5 years 3 months ago

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

Ray
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Ray
4 years 11 months ago
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