The World Beneath: A Subway Guide
Collected by Elena Lopez
Ruta Metro Insurgentes a EH, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The Polanco Metro’s staircase not only looks like a piano; it is a piano. During certain times of the day and night a switch is turned on and the steps become keys, resonating with the notes people make as they climb up and down.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is a city that brings together the finest elements of your imagination, and puts them in one perfect place for your real life enjoyment. Sadly, one of those perfect elements will soon come to an end. Dating all the way back to 1913,...
New York, NY 10017, USA
You'll always find a cast of colorful characters on the inside of New York City subway cars, but for a glimpse of some with their colors on the outside, head to the Shuttle between Grand Central Station and Times Square. The subway cars on this...
Atocha, Madrid, Spain
This historic train depot is the heart of transit for Madrid. Serving local as well as high-speed AVE trains, it also plays a key role in the ever-expanding railways of Europe. I stumbled upon Madrid's first railway station, which was inaugurated...
28045 Madrid, Spain
Close to the Spanish railway museum is the metro stop Arganzuela - Planetario, which is on the #6 line, the circular one. As the name suggests, there is also a planetarium close by. The main wall in the station has a bit of a worldly motif as...
141-10 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Afar's description of the Are We There Yet? theme: "Embarking on your daily commute or navigating the Japanese subway. What surprises have you uncovered while getting from point A to point B that AFAR travelers would want to hear about?" is easy...
Lindavista Vallejo III Secc, 07750 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Kwai Chung, Hong Kong
It’s not often that subway systems get the appreciation they deserve, but the MTR in Hong Kong is certainly worthy of this honor. The system is enormous and provides cheap and easy transportation to just about all parts of the city. If you’re not...
New Town, 120 00 Prague 2, Czechia
a great way to get around Prague in the Czech Republic is to take the subway. Serving both sides of the river you can explore much more if you can get around like this. Each stop has its own color for the panels and you quickly learn the ones in...
Centralplan 15, 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden
When in Stockholm, try this budget attraction—the subway! This really is art underground, literally. It is called the longest art museum in the world. Over 90 of the 100 stations in Stockholm have been decorated with sculptures, mosaics,...
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Hard to believe, but one of my positive experiences in crowded New Delhi was to take the Metro. India of course has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately; sadly, sexual violence is pervasive in the country. For single female travelers,...