The Essentials

Judging a City By Its Subway System

If you’re looking for convenient and efficient public transit in a big city, then check out the cities with the largest subway systems.

Seoul, South Korea, has the fifth largest subway system in the world with nearly 220 miles.

The New York City metro subway is fourth with 248 rail route miles and has more stations than any subway system in the world.

The London Underground is third at 250 miles and carries about 5 million passengers each day.

The busiest and second largest subway system in the world is in Beijing, which extends 452 miles and carries nearly 11 million riders each day.

And the largest subway system in the world goes to Shanghai with rail routes that cover 462 miles in total and believe it or not… it’s still expanding.