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30 busiest subways in the world

Last updated on: August 3, 2012 08:40 IST

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There are around 160 metro systems in the world. The first metro system, the London Underground, was opened in 1863.

Let's take a look at 30 busiest subways in the world.

Tokyo Metro, Japan

Annual passenger rides: 3.16 billion

Global rank: 1

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Image: Passengers wait for a train on a platform at Tokyo Metro's Hibiya station.
Photographs: Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters

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Moscow Metro, Russia

Annual passenger rides: 2.4 billion

Global rank: 2

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Image: A view of Park Kultury metro station in Moscow.
Photographs: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

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Seoul Metro, South Korea

Annual passenger rides: 2.04 billion

Global rank: 3

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Image: A view of a Seoul subway station.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters

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Shanghai Metro, China

Annual passenger rides: 2 billion

Global rank: 4

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Image: A man holds an Apple iPad as he travels on the subway in downtown Shanghai.
Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

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Beijing Metro, China

Annual passenger rides: 1.84 billion

Global rank: 5

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Image: Beijing subway controllers inside a station.
Photographs: Darren Whiteside/Reuters

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New York City Metro, United States

Annual passenger rides: 1.6 billion

Global rank: 6

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Image: A woman wheels luggage along the subway platform at the 34th Street Penn Station stop in New York.
Photographs: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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Paris Metro, France

Annual passenger rides: 1.5 billion

Global rank: 7

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Image: A view of a metro station in Paris.
Photographs: Thomas White/Reuters

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Mexico City, Mexico

Annual passenger rides: 1.4 billion

Global rank: 8

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Image: Dancers perform at Mexico City subway station.
Photographs: Daniel Aguilar/Reuters

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Hong Kong

Annual passenger rides: 1.32 billion

Global rank: 9

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Image: Couples pose for photographers in a subway train during a mass wedding in Hong Kong.
Photographs: Kin Cheung/Reuters
Tags: , Hong Kong

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Guangzhou, China

Annual passenger rides: 1.18 billion

Global rank: 10

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Image: Vehicles travel in the main street during night time in Guangzhou.
Photographs: Kin Cheung/Reuters
Tags: , China , Guangzhou

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London, United Kingdom

Annual passenger rides: 1.06 billion

Global rank: 11

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Image: A passenger waits at Blackfriars London Underground station in London.
Photographs: Chris Helgren/Reuters

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Osaka, Japan

Annual passenger rides: 877 million

Global rank: 12

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Image: Passers-by walk under advertisements in the Dotonbori shopping and amusement district in Osaka.
Photographs: Issei Kato/Reuters
Tags: , Osaka , Japan

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St Petersburg, Russia

Annual passenger rides: 829 million

Global rank: 13

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Image: People enjoy a warm day on the banks of the Neva River in central St Petersburg.
Photographs: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Annual passenger rides: 754 million

Global rank: 14

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Image: Revellers parade in Sao Paulo.
Photographs: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
Tags: , Sao Paulo , Brazil

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Singapore

Annual passenger rides: 744 million

Global rank: 15

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Image: Commuters wait to board an MRT train at a station in Singapore.
Photographs: Tim Chong/Reuters
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Cairo, Egypt

Annual passenger rides: 700 million

Global rank: 16

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Image: A woman speaks on the phone at a metro station in Cairo.
Photographs: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters
Tags: , Egypt , Cairo

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Madrid, Spain

Annual passenger rides: 642 million

Global rank: 17

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Image: People wait to get on subway trains in Madrid.
Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters
Tags: , Madrid , Spain

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Santiago, Chile

Annual passenger rides: 621 million

Global rank: 18

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Image: A dancer from a Peruvian folkloric group passes through a turnstile at a subway station in Santiago.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters
Tags: , Santiago , Chile

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Prague, Czech Republic

Annual passenger rides: 585 million

Global rank: 19

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Image: A view of the Castle tower shows the Unesco protected medieval city of Cesky Krumlov, 160km south from Prague.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters

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Vienna, Austria

Annual passenger rides: 534 million

Global rank: 20

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Image: A view of Vienna International Center and UN headquarters in Vienna.
Photographs: Herwig Prammer/Reuters
Tags: , Austria , Vienna

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Caracas, Venezuela

Annual passenger rides: 510 million

Global rank: 21

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Image: People have a drink at 360, a three-tiered rooftop bar, in Caracas.
Photographs: Jorge Silva/Reuters
Tags: , Venezuela , Caracas

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Berlin, Germany

Annual passenger rides: 508 million

Global rank: 22

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Image: People are reflected in a shop window as they walk in Potsdamer Street in Berlin.
Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters
Tags: , Germany , Berlin

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Taipei, Taiwan

Annual passenger rides: 505 million

Global rank: 23

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Image: The Taipei 101 building is seen before Earth Hour in Taipei.
Photographs: Pichi Chuang/Reuters
Tags: , Taiwan , Taipei

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Kiev, Ukraine

Annual passenger rides: 502 million

Global rank: 24

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Image: People walk in front Kiev's Opera in downtown Kiev.
Photographs: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
Tags: , Ukraine , Kiev

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Tehran, Iran

Annual passenger rides: 459 million

Global rank: 25

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Image: A woman speaks on her mobile phone at the midway point of a slope at Shemshak ski resort.
Photographs: Caren Firouz/Reuters
Tags: , Iran , Tehran

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Nagoya, Japan

Annual passenger rides: 427 million

Global rank: 26

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Image: Visitors look at the Earth Room, the world's first 360-degree all-sky image system, in Nagoya.
Photographs: Issei Kato/Reuters
Tags: , Nagoya , Japan

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Annual passenger rides: 409 million

Global rank: 27

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Image: Overview of Buenos Aires 9 de Julio Avenue.
Photographs: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

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Athens, Greece

Annual passenger rides: 388 million

Global rank: 28

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Image: A mural of praying hands is displayed on the side of a hotel in central Athens.
Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

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Barcelona, Spain

Annual passenger rides: 381 million

Global rank: 29

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Image: A view of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and Barcelona's skyline.
Photographs: Albert Gea/Reuters
Tags: , Barcelona , Spain

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Munich, Germany

Annual passenger rides: 360 million

Global rank: 30


Image: People relax in sun in Munich's English garden.
Photographs: Michaela Rehle/Reuters
Tags: Germany , Munich

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