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TRAVEL GEEKS


THE INFO


GOING UNDERGROUND 1863


The year in which the London


Underground, the world’s oldest underground railway


system, opened. 3.46 IN NUMBERS NEW YORK


CITY SUBWAY 472


The number of stations on the system, around 60% of which are underground.


180ft The distance beneath


street level of 191st Street — the deepest station on the network.


31 miles The longest possible journey


with no change of trains, from 207th Street in Manhattan to Far Rockaway in Queens.


Most accessible subway systems percentage of stations with step-free access


£17.5bn


The cost of building Saudi Arabia’s new


Riyadh Metro system, which is due to launch this year.


142 nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel 100%


SHANGHAI METRO


100% SEOUL SUBWAY 53%


MADRID METRO


51%


TOKYO METRO


33%


MEXICO CITY METRO


SOURCES: ATLAS OBSCURA; VISITSTOCKHOLM.COM; MTA.INFO; WEFORUM.ORG; TFL.GOV.UK


TOKYO MOSCOW SHANGHAI BEIJING SEOUL NEW YORK CITY NEW DELHI GUANGZHOU MEXICO CITY HONG KONG LONDON


2.37 2.04 1.99 1.89 1.81 1.79 1.73 1.68 1.60 1.06


FROM THE OLDEST TO THE BUSIEST, WE GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE WORLD’S SUBTERRANEAN METRO SYSTEMS. WORDS: NICOLA TRUP


WORLD’S BUSIEST METRO SYSTEMS FIGURES FOR ANNUAL NUMBER OF PASSENGERS, IN BILLIONS


TAKE THREE beautiful stations


T-CENTRALEN, STOCKHOLM More than 90 of Stockholm’s 100 metro stations are


decorated with unique artwork. T-Centralen was the first to be styled this way when it opened


in 1957; today, its cave-like Blue Line platform is painted in a pretty blue-and-white motif.


KOMSOMOLSKAYA, MOSCOW First opened in 1952,


Komsomolskaya is one of the most dramatic stations on the Moscow Metro, with a vaulted yellow baroque ceiling, marble columns and chandeliers.


TOLEDO, NAPLES


Decorated in a different colour on each level, with a glistening blue ceiling mosaic and LED light boxes displaying images


of rolling waves, Toledo Metro Station is a sight to behold.


6


THE NUMBER OF STATIONS ON THE CARMELIT IN


HAIFA, ISRAEL — ONE OF THE WORLD’S SMALLEST SUBWAY SYSTEMS. IT HAS JUST FOUR CARS,


SIX STATIONS AND ONE 1.1-MILE TUNNEL.


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