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.

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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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      1. 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.

  1. 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?

  2. 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.”

  3. 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.”

  4. 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 :)

  5. Excellent comparison!

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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).

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

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

  13. 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)

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

  15. 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

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