The Best Underground Transit Systems in the world

Metro_2This is interesting news: Virgin Vacations decides the Top 11 Underground Transit Systems in the world.

No.1 is London, England. It’s Europe’s largest metro subway system and is the world’s oldest underground system. No.2 is Paris, France which is a the second oldest in the world. No.3 is Moscow, Russia! (really!) It has the biggest ridership of all metro systems throughout the world. Hmm I wanna try it. No.4 is Madrid, Spain! (really!). It’s the second largest underground system in Europe. Then No.5 is Tokyo, Japan. It carries approximately 2.8 billion people per year to 282 subway stations. Hm, okay. BUT I can’t agree with the later part! In addition to underground subways, the Tokyo transit system consists of the Toden Arakawa light rail line (one train car!) and the Ueno Zoo Monorail (run between only two stations!). What? Where is JR, auto driving train Yurikamome, and other major railways? Actually I have never ridden the Ueno Zoo Monorail (monkey train!) . Strange article…orz.

Anyway when you use the subway in Tokyo, to choose a transfer point is very hard. On the train map, you can see two lines are connected to each other, but sometimes you have to walk very long to transfer. And you need to be careful when you use Oedo line and make an appointment. Their stations are built in very deep and you may take 10 minuste returning to the ground after you get off trains. Here is an English train route finder. It will help you when you come to Tokyo. By the way, talking about the Tokyo subway, some will remember this Sarin attack. I remember the day because my mom called me at my job to ask, "Are you okay?"

7 Comments so far

  1. James Hart (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

    I’ve ridden all 5, lived in 4 of those cities and would have to disagree. I’d probably put them in reverse order….

    London is slow, unreliable, very expensive and too hot in the summer, Paris smells, Moscow was cool as a museum exhibit, but I’m not sure about riding it every day.
    On the other hand, Madrid was very impressive: clean, efficient & really cheap.
    Meanwhile, Tokyo just amazes me everyday; sure it gets too crowded at times, but how they get a train coming through every 2 minutes at peak rush hour, each one fully packed, I don’t know.
    20 million people travel daily on 70+ train and subway lines with around 1000 stations. That’s 7.3 Billion passenger journeys per year….
    Wikipedia article

  2. Noah (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

    I don’t know how any list of the best underground networks in the world could neglect New York as a top-3 or higher! Not only was it the a href=””>first widespread network in existence, but it is also by far the largest, and as a New Yorker, I must say the system overall is incredibly accurate, simple and convenient!

  3. winemaster (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 4:08 am


    It is the Budapest underground which is the second oldest in the world, oldest on the European continent.

    Paris metro: The initial line was inaugurated in 1900, during the Exposition Universelle world’s fair.

    Bp metro: Completed by the deadline, it was inaugurated on May 2 1896, the year of the millennium (the thousandth anniversary of the arrival of the Magyars), by emperor Franz Joseph.

  4. James Hart (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

    Peter in Manila has blogged on the story!

  5. Martin (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

    Tokyo has had a monorail from the Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho since 1964.

    Oldest in Asia?

  6. Christophe (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    I think a better subway transfer site in English and Japanese is the Tokyo Transfer Guide.

    Did they even come to Tokyo to ride on the subways here!?? I have also been on many subway systems in the world and I think Tokyo ranks #1 – on time, fast, lotsa lines, and clean!!

  7. Maddy (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

    Posted by: James Hart at March 13, 2007 03:56 PM

    Tokyo has had a monorail from the Haneda Airport to Hamamatsucho since 1964.

    Oldest in Asia?

    Actually James the oldest Monorail in Japan (and probably Asia is the Ueno Zoo Monorail. Though it is COMPLETELY insignificant in terms of tranportation, it was the first!

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