Design Around the World: Metro Maps

Every city looks and feels unique. Regional culture, typography, dialect, local customs and many more factors play a part in defining a city’s differences.

Those differences determine how that city sees its citizens and how it wants to represent itself to others.

For each city with one, the metro plays a part in defining those differences. The metro maps in this post show the skeletons of these cities. Each map explores the paths taken by the residents of that city.

The design and style of the maps appears reflective of the particular place. They may be seen as not only maps, but individual expressions of a local identity.

Here’s a great compilation of metro maps from around the world…


Amsterdam, Netherlands


Athens, Greece


Atlanta, United States


Barcelona, Spain


Baltimore, United States


Bangkok, Thailand


Beijing, China


Berlin, Germany


Boston, United States


Brasilia, Brazil


Brussels, Belgium


Bucharest, Romania


Buenos Aries, Argentina


Bursa, Turkey


Busan, South Korea


Caracas, Venezuela


Chicago, United States


Cleveland, United States


Copenhagen, Denmark


Deagu, South Korea


Delhi, India


Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Glasgow, Scotland


Helsinki, Finland


Istanbul, Turkey


Kiev, Ukraine


Kobe, Japan


Kyoto, Japan


Lausanne, Switzerland


Lima, Peru