25 Most Extensive Metro Systems In The World

Posted by on December 26, 2012

Measuring the most extensive metro system in the world isn’t as cut and dry as it seems. First off, what exactly constitutes a metro? Does it have to be underground? And do we count the number of stations or the length of the track? Generally the two follow one another closely but not always. For the purposes of this list we decided to go with length of track but we are by no means claiming that this is the best or only way. So keeping all of this in mind we bring you the 25 most extensive metro systems in the world.


10

Paris Metro

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

9

Mexico City Metro

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

8

Madrid Metro

Although 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.

7

Moscow Metro

After 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.

6

Berlin S-Bahn

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



5

New York City Subway

Probably 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.

4

Beijing Subway

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

3

Seoul Metropolitan Subway

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

2

London Underground

As 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.

1

Shanghai Metro

Opening 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.