Underground metro stations are associated with rats, garbage, noise and filth, not their interior design. However, there are a few subway stations in the world that go against the grain, standing out as excellent examples of the beautiful architecture and unique design that can be created in underground spaces.

The interiors achieved in some of these underground stations become all the more impressive when you consider the particular challenges to creating comfortable spaces below the surface of a city. The architects must keep track of the structural integrity of the walls, air circulation, excessive moisture, and a million other concerns. Their maintenance is another difficulty entirely – one that transit organizations often have difficulty with.

In this list, you'll not only find the most famous, elegant stations of Moscow subway and New York subway, but also some very modern ones in Madrid and Oslo metro. Vote for your favorite stations and, if there's a beautiful metro station in your city that should be on this list, we'd love to see it!

#1

Toledo Metro Station, Naples, Italy

Toledo Metro Station, Naples, Italy

Toledo Metro Station, Naples, Italy Toledo Metro Station, Naples, Italy

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DABlumenhagenLoiselle
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5 years ago

Gorgeous!

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#2

Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya And Park Pobedy Stations, Moscow, Russia

Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya And Park Pobedy Stations, Moscow, Russia

Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya And Park Pobedy Stations, Moscow, Russia

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VictoriaPerciante
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5 years ago

Russians metro stations are THE BEST I ever saw

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#3

Rådhuset Station, Stockholm, Sweden

Rådhuset Station, Stockholm, Sweden

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LisaUlfves
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5 years ago

Nice, but the top one is Rådhuset station. Not Solna.

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#4

Avtovo Metro Station, St. Petersburg, Russia

Avtovo Metro Station, St. Petersburg, Russia

Avtovo Metro Station, St. Petersburg, Russia Avtovo Metro Station, St. Petersburg, Russia

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JeromeJanelle
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5 years ago

This picture is the station Komsomolskaya in Moscow.

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#5

Tilework In Szent Gellért Square, Budapest, Hungary

Tilework In Szent Gellért Square, Budapest, Hungary

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DABlumenhagenLoiselle
Community Member
5 years ago

This is beautiful. One of my biggest complaints about most metro stations is that they are so dark. This one is nice and bright.

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#6

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China

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MayaAb
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5 years ago

WOW!!!! just WOW!!!

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#7

University Of Naples Subway Station, Italy

University Of Naples Subway Station, Italy

University Of Naples Subway Station, Italy University Of Naples Subway Station, Italy

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MayaAb
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5 years ago

I want candy

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#8

Arts Et Métiers Station, Paris, France

Arts Et Métiers Station, Paris, France

Arts Et Métiers Station, Paris, France

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HipChick
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5 years ago

I have been in this station and the picture doesn't do it justice. Gorgeous.

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#9

Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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FabioNodari
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5 years ago

I live just 5 minutes from this amazing station... http://www.fabionodariphoto.com/wrp/formosa-boulevard-metro-piu-spettacolare-del-mondo

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#10

Kungstradgarden Metro Station, Stokholm, Sweden

Kungstradgarden Metro Station, Stokholm, Sweden

Kungstradgarden Metro Station, Stokholm, Sweden

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МладенВеликов
Community Member
5 years ago

The floor on the second picture looks like Bulgarian flag. :)

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#11

City Hall Station, New York

City Hall Station, New York

City Hall Station, New York

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Tantethenoma
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5 years ago

Oh, now this is classic and peaceful.

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#12

T-Centralen Station, Stockholm, Sweden

T-Centralen Station, Stockholm, Sweden

T-Centralen Station, Stockholm, Sweden

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MayaAb
Community Member
5 years ago

Aqua station :D

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#13

Olaias Station, Lisbon, Portugal

Olaias Station, Lisbon, Portugal

Olaias Station, Lisbon, Portugal

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José Valente
Community Member
3 years ago

Don't get me wrong, in combining kitsch, colour and brutalist post modernism in architecture (I'm told many people love the style and this is obviously not a purist example of it) this is by no means the worse (and it looks better than you'd guess from the pics if you haven't been there) you could have chosen but there much more beautiful (Parque), original(Campo Pequeno) and yes, even Poetic stations (Cidade Universitária). All have works of art. And if you are going to go for impressive post-modernism with better art you could always plump for Oriente as apart from some fairly awesome panels you'll just have a two (or three) level climb and you are in Gare do Oriente one of the most beautiful multimodal (but really mainly railway) station on the continent.

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#14

Stadion Station, Stockholm, Sweden

Stadion Station, Stockholm, Sweden

Stadion Station, Stockholm, Sweden

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MayaAb
Community Member
5 years ago

Stockholm has the most beautiful stations!! Great architecture.. Magnifique!!

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#15

Slavyansky Bulvar Station, Moscow, Russia

Slavyansky Bulvar Station, Moscow, Russia

Slavyansky Bulvar Station, Moscow, Russia

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Tantethenoma
Community Member
5 years ago

Simple and relaxing

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#16

Stockholm, "the Water Lily Station" - Näckrosen

Stockholm, "the Water Lily Station" - Näckrosen

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Elena Joland
Community Member
5 years ago

intresting

#17

Atocha, Madrid, Spain

Atocha, Madrid, Spain

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Fernandito
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5 years ago

It is both, train and metro station. http://www.adif.es/es_ES/infraestructuras/estaciones/60000/informacion_000070.shtml.

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#18

Georg-Brauchle-Ring, Marienplatz and Candidplatz U-Bahn Stations, Munich, Germany

Georg-Brauchle-Ring, Marienplatz and Candidplatz U-Bahn Stations, Munich, Germany

Georg-Brauchle-Ring, Marienplatz and Candidplatz U-Bahn Stations, Munich, Germany Georg-Brauchle-Ring, Marienplatz and Candidplatz U-Bahn Stations, Munich, Germany

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AlfredoPagnotta
Community Member
5 years ago

Some U-bahn stations in Munich are really beautiful I live in Munich since more than one year but I don't know 2 of those three!!

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#19

Tunel, Istanbul Old Metro, Turkey

Tunel, Istanbul Old Metro, Turkey

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Tantethenoma
Community Member
5 years ago

Dull and dark

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#20

Metro Station Wilhelminaplein (wilhelmina Square), Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Metro Station Wilhelminaplein (wilhelmina Square), Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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IlonaKnape
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5 years ago

i love it cause i live there

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#21

Oez, Munich

Oez, Munich

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Tantethenoma
Community Member
5 years ago

Mm..conveyor belt..

#22

Malostranská Station In Prague.

Malostranská Station In Prague.

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JasonHuntley
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5 years ago

Dalek design

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#23

Budapest Metro 4

Budapest Metro 4

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#24

São Bento Station, Porto, Portugal

São Bento Station, Porto, Portugal

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Necy Guerreiro
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2 months ago (edited)

that ist not underground station, it is a train station!

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#25

"zoloti Vorota" Station, Kiev, Ukraine

"zoloti Vorota" Station, Kiev, Ukraine

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#26

Hamburg Hafencity Metro

Hamburg Hafencity Metro

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Community Member
5 years ago

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pana53/12948237143/in/photostream/

#27

Namur Station Lighting, Montréal

Namur Station Lighting, Montréal

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Tantethenoma
Community Member
5 years ago

Should there be naked men in those balls?

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#28

Finding It Hard To Step Up

Finding It Hard To Step Up

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DorindaMartin
Community Member
5 years ago

Some of the top 15 and your ideas of good design seem to be in the eye of the beholder and not judged on all round merit.

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#29

Kyoto Station, Japan

Kyoto Station, Japan

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#30

Metro Station Plac Wilsona, Warsaw, Poland

Metro Station Plac Wilsona, Warsaw, Poland

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Kinga Walenta
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7 months ago (edited)

Most beautiful metro station i've even been

#31

Syntagma Station, Athens, Greece

Syntagma Station, Athens, Greece

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anweko
Community Member
5 years ago

this is station Acropolis

#32

Liège Guillemins, Belgium

Liège Guillemins, Belgium

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Juraj Kováč
Community Member
11 months ago

Again, a train station – not a metro station.

#33

#17 U3-volkstheater, Vienna, Austria

#17 U3-volkstheater, Vienna, Austria

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FrankHuber
Community Member
5 years ago

What about Nürnberg? I think about the one giving you a great optical Warp Drive style illusion when entering the station

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#34

Bochum Rathaus, Germany

Bochum Rathaus, Germany

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5 years ago

http://www.coolibri.de/blogs/stadtschwarm/2013/08/08/katja-kulin-gedicht-fur-eine-haltestelle-oder-bochum-rathaus-sud/

#35

Parque Metro Station, Lisbon, Portugal

Parque Metro Station, Lisbon, Portugal

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Community Member
5 years ago

On the ceiling is writing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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#36

Devyatkino, St. Petersburg, Russia

Devyatkino, St. Petersburg, Russia

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#37

Arbatskaya Station, Moscow, Russia

Arbatskaya Station, Moscow, Russia

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#38

U-bahn Station Westfriedhof, Munich, Germany

U-bahn Station Westfriedhof, Munich, Germany

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#39

Metro Station Pannenhuis - Brussels

Metro Station Pannenhuis - Brussels

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#40

Lavov Most Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

Lavov Most Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

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#41

Kremlevskaya Metro Station, Kazan, Russia

Kremlevskaya Metro Station, Kazan, Russia

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#42

Almaty, Kazakhstan - Metro Station "baikonyr"

Almaty, Kazakhstan - Metro Station "baikonyr"

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#43

National Stadium Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

National Stadium Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Mihaela Dineva
Community Member
5 months ago

It’s National Palace of Culture station

#44

Metro Station In Dubai - Uae

Metro Station In Dubai - Uae

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Tantethenoma
Community Member
5 years ago

Let's go shopping!

#45

Caís Do Sodré Metro Station, Lisboa, Portugal

Caís Do Sodré Metro Station, Lisboa, Portugal

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#46

Rákóczi Square, Budapest, Hungary

Rákóczi Square, Budapest, Hungary

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#47

Belgica Station - Brussels

Belgica Station - Brussels

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#48

Estación De Metro Arganzuela-planetario (madrid, España)

Estación De Metro Arganzuela-planetario (madrid, España)

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#49

Namur Station Lighting, Montreal, Canada

Namur Station Lighting, Montreal, Canada

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Tantethenoma
Community Member
5 years ago

Those balls again.. Great for advertising products...or scantily clad men..

#50

Duvbo Subwaystation, Stockholm

Duvbo Subwaystation, Stockholm

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#51

Nydalen Metro Stastion, Oslo, Norway. Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter

Nydalen Metro Stastion, Oslo, Norway. Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter

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#52

Terreiro Do Paço Metro Station, Lisboa, Portugal

Terreiro Do Paço Metro Station, Lisboa, Portugal

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#53

Lisbon Airport Metro Station, Portugal

Lisbon Airport Metro Station, Portugal

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Necy Guerreiro
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

That is my Picture! https://youtu.be/sR88TP1y_2Q

#54

Emirates Towers Metro Station, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emirates Towers Metro Station, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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#55

Mladost 3 Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

Mladost 3 Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

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#56

Joliot Curie Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

Joliot Curie Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

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#57

European Union Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

European Union Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

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#58

Musagenitsa Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

Musagenitsa Station, Sofia, Bulgaria

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#59

Metro Station Wilhelminaplein, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Metro Station Wilhelminaplein, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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#60

Hamburg, Hafencity Metro Station

Hamburg, Hafencity Metro Station

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Maya Ab
Community Member
5 years ago

I kind of like it.. But I wouldnt dare going down there alone, doesnt look safe at all.. So dark and mysterious tho, Its cool!

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#61

Metro Copilco Station (mexico City) . Mexico.

Metro Copilco Station (mexico City) . Mexico.

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#62

Bochum, U35 Haltestelle Rathaus

Bochum, U35 Haltestelle Rathaus

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SharonDrage
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5 years ago

boring

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#63

Almaty, Kazakhstan - Metro Station "alatau"

Almaty, Kazakhstan - Metro Station "alatau"

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#64

Metrostation Wilhelminaplein

Metrostation Wilhelminaplein

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#65

Hafencity University, Hamburg, Germany

Hafencity University, Hamburg, Germany