8 of the Best Metro Systems



Urban rail systems are an integral part of the transportation system of any major city. Each day, millions of people around the world transit across their cities via these networks of rails, train cars, and stations. Hundreds of cities around the world have some version of a rail system and more are being conceived and built every day. Here are 11 stations that lead the pack in terms of quality, efficiency, and reliability.





London Underground (the Tube)


Year Built - 1863

Cost to Ride - £5.50 to £6.00

Number of Stations - 270

Track Length - 402 km (250 mi)

Annual Ridership - 1.3 billion





Hong Kong MTR


Year Built - 1910

Cost to Ride - Varies based on distance travelled

Number of Stations - 163

Track Length - 211 km (131 mi)

Annual Ridership - 1.68 billion





Seoul Metropolitan Subway


Year Built - 1974

Cost to Ride - 1,350KRW (Additional fees after 10KM traveled)

Number of Stations - 728

Track Length - 353.2 km (219.5 mi)

Annual Ridership - 1.91 billion




Tokyo Metro


Year Built - 1927

Cost to Ride - 170 to 320 Yen based on distance traveled

Number of Stations - 180

Track Length - 195.1 km (121.2 mi)

Annual Ridership - 2.75 billion




Paris Métro


Year Built - 1900

Cost to Ride - €1.90

Number of Stations - 304

Track Length - 225.1 km (139.9 mi)

Annual Ridership - 1.5 billion






New York City Subway


Year Built - 1863

Cost to Ride - $2.75

Number of Stations - 472

Track Length - 399 km (248 mi)

Annual Ridership - 1.7 billion





Moscow Metro


Year Built - 1935

Cost to Ride - 60 ₽

Number of Stations - 276

Track Length - 412.1 km (256.1 mi)

Annual Ridership - 2.5 billion






Madrid Metro


Year Built - 1919

Cost to Ride - €1.50 to €3.00

Number of Stations - 302

Track Length - 293 km (182.1 mi)

Annual Ridership - 657 million