25 Most Extensive Metro Systems In The World

Posted by on December 26, 2012


Paris Metro

With one of the densest metro systems in the world, Paris has 301 stations dotting 133 miles of underground.

Mexico City Metro

Mexico City MetroIt’s the second largest metro system in North America after New York City with 195 stations and 140 miles of track.

Madrid Metro

Madrid MetroAlthough Madrid is only the 50th most populous city in the world, its metro is the 6th longest with 182 miles of track dotted by 300 stations.

Moscow Metro

Moscow MetroAfter Tokyo and Seoul the Moscow Underground is the third busiest rapid transit system in the world. It has 186 stations lining 192 miles of track.

Berlin S-Bahn

Berlin S-BahnShort for Schnellbahn or “fast train” the Berlin S-Bahn has 166 stations along 206 miles of track.

New York City Subway

New York City SubwayProbably the most well known metro in the world when it comes to the number of stations, New York City has them all beat with 421. Unlike some of its Asian counterparts however, it has a bit less track with only 209 miles.

Beijing Subway

Beijing SubwayHaving undergone rapid expansion in the last decade the Beijing Subway now has 218 stations along 231 miles of track.

Seoul Metropolitan Subway

Seoul Metropolitan SubwayPossibly the most heavily used metro system in the world, everyday nearly 8 million people are shuffled among 314 stations on 242 miles of track.

London Underground

London UndergroundAs the oldest metro system in the world the London Underground has track dating back to 1863. It serves 270 stations over 250 miles of track.

Shanghai Metro

Shanghai MetroOpening in 1995 this is one of the fastest growing rapid transit systems in the world. Although it has only 285 stations it covers 264 miles of track which is more than any other metro system in the world.
Syed Balkhi


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  • Adam

    It seems that there’s not a person on the web that actually knows -or at least understands- the track length of the NYC Subway……… the ‘route length’ (loose term) is 209 miles…… but the ‘track length’ is far more at **656miles** (and that does not include non-rider track… that distance is over 840 miles). The NYC Subway has dedicated express tracks (a world first) unlike the London Underground… etc… so while the ‘route distance’ may not be as impressive as others…. any given ‘route’ may have 4+ tracks (lines) on it for different services. If that’s not enough for you, an entire new line is being dug stretching the length of Manhattan… creating a new service/train (the T train) and extending the Q line up to the very top of Manhattan. Lastly, it should be noted that the NYC subway does not include the PATH/QPATH lines, LIRR, NJT, Amtrak, etc…. much of which is technically part of the NYC rapid rail transit system. See what I’m getting at?

    • Adrian

      Syed has been very up front in not claiming any partcular accuracy because in truth sorting out which netwrok is “biggest” is like grappling with a jellyfish. In my local case, London, there is another system, the Docklands Light Railway, and now a third player with London Overground which joins up a lot of pre-existing suburban rail with tunnels and other links, and bothe interchange seamlessly with the Underground. Add to that the new Crossrail that is being built and the fact that the Underground operates mainly north of the river Thames because of the difficult geology to the south, where a baffling maze of suburban surface lines have their own big network and comparison becomes pointless. Other cities have similar complexities. But thanks to Syed we get a glimpse of 25 important networks all in one place.

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  • Erik Griswold

    Sorry, but the “S” in “S-Bahn” stands for “Stadt”, i.e. “City” Railway.