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Voices in the Deep


Departure sounds and next-station announcements in subway systems around the world.

It would be an exaggeration to say that one could learn languages by listening to metro announcements, but a visitor can at least get a good impression of the local language and its pronounciations from the periodically repeated announcements on trains. Anyways, the audios on this page can evoke memories of your last holiday trip. More sounds can be heard in the video section.

The following list has been compiled after discussions at Urbanrail newsgroup and Skyscrapercity and has grown to its current nerdy size due to contributions from an incredible number of readers. Even more details about announcements can be found in the according Voices in the Deep thread in the metrobits.org Forum.




AmsterdamAn electronic "ding-dong" signal. There is also a "ding" and in a pre-recorded voice the next station name. At the terminus, the voice says "Endpunt".
Ankara"Booop! Ding-dang" sound when the doors close.
AthensThere is a series of beeps that starts when the doors start closing and stops when they are closed. Then when a train reaches the next station there is a ding-dong and a station announcement in both Greek and English (English added for the 2004 Olympics). Lines 2 and 3: There is a continuous beep when the doors start closing until they are closed.
AtlantaThe MARTA subway in Atlanta has a 1 kHz beep going off four times on the newer trains, like: "boop-BOOP-BOOP-BOOP". The old trains have a loud "PONG".
BangkokAll pre-recorded voices. MRT (MTA): In English "Please stand clear of the closing doors [beep-beep-beep]" (doors close). In Thai, "Sa-taa-nee-tor-pai: [name]", in English, "Next station: [name] – (Interchange station to line... / or interchange with BTS skytrain)". (Start decelerating), in Thai (or English when the name of the station is exactly the same in both languages), "[name], Kaa-ruu-na-ra-wang Ka-na-kaw-ork-jark-rod". In English, "[name], Please watch the gap between train and platform". BTS (Skytrain): "Beep-beep-beep-beep-beep" (doors close). In Thai, "Sataneetorpai, [name]", in English, "Next station: [name]".
BarcelonaAfter closing doors with a several-notes sound, a recorded announcement says: "Pròxima estació [name], enllaç amb línia [number]" (wav). This is Catalan and means "Next station [name], transfer with line [number]".
BeijingAll trains (except Line 5, 8 and 10) have a loud ringing bell sound moments before the doors close. Older trains have a faint beep when the doors open and close. Newer trains have 1 or 2 beeps when the doors open and 1, 2 or 3 beeps as the doors close depending on the line. All announcements are in Mandarin and English: "Lieche qianfang de chezhan shi [name of station]. You zai [station] xiache de chengke, qing nin tiqian zuo hao zhunbei. [Station] jiu yao dao le." (Which means: The next station for this train is [station]. Passengers alighting at [station], please get ready. We will soon be arriving at [station]" (mp3 from beijing-visitor.com). When the train gets into the station: "[station] dao le", which means, "we've arrived at [station]".
BerlinAfter a train arrives in station: "Zug nach [terminal station]" (meaning "Train to [terminal station]"), a few moments before departure: "Einsteigen, bitte" ("Please board"; mp3 from haltestellenansage.de), departure announcement: "Zurückbleiben, bitte!" ("Please stand back"; mp3 from haltestellenansage.de), all by a pre-recorded female voice) and a buzzing while the doors close, similar to Paris. Next-station announcements are like "[Dong] [name], Übergang zur U-Bahnlinie [line], Ausstieg rechts" ("[Dong] [name], transfer to subway line [line], exit on the right"; mp3 from haltestellenansage.de).
BilbaoThere's a faint chirping sound while the doors are open and a series of warning beeps when they close. A pre-recorded female voice announces transfer stations in Basque and Spanish. For other stations the generic station name is announced only once.
BonnNo sound, each set of doors has sensors and closes when no one is between them.
BostonOn older trains, the doors make a "ding ding" or "ding dong" sound. There are new trains with automated announcements on the Red and Green Lines: As a train leaves a station, it says "Next stop, [name]". As the train enters a station, it says "Entering [name]". There is no announcement for closing doors, just "Beep beep". At major transfer points where rail lines cross, after the "Entering" announcement, the train says "Change here for the [name] Line" (such as the Green Line or Red Line, etc.)
BresciaOn the trains, the next station is announced twice ("prossima fermata [station name]"; "treno in arrivo a [station name]"). There is a permanent beeping while the doors are open, and a slightly faster beeping when they close. When closing, a female voice says "porte in chiusura" ("doors closing").
BrisbaneCommuter rail: The driver or one of the staff who sit on the 'cabins' dings a 'bell' twice, then over a PA system a recorded voice says "Doors closing, please stand clear". IMU: wma from railmedia.com.au. Airport line at Nerang: wma from railmedia.com.au.
BrusselsA high pitch buzzing noise. Some Brussels trains now have next-station announcements. There is a three tone chime and the station is announced in both French and Flemish or vice versa and sometimes just one language.
BucharestA pre-recorded female voice says "Atentie se inchid usile" which means "Mind the closing doors". Newer trains have beeping sounds as the doors close, older trains not. Between stations she says "Urmeaza statia [station name] cu peronul pe partea dreapta/stanga" which means "The next station is [station name] with the platform on the right/left side".
Budapest"[Dong-ding] Tessek vigyazni, az ajtok zarodnak" ("Please be careful, the doors are closing"), pre-recorded male voice (mp3 from metrobudapest.fw.hu). In refurbished trains there's a female voice: "[Dong-ding] Kerem vigyazzanak, az ajtok zarodnak" (meaning the same, mp3 from freeweb.hu).
Buenos AiresBeep sound in some of the lines (lines B, C, D). "Próxima estación: 9 de Julio/Carlos Pellegrini (depending on the line you're travelling), combinación con linea B Alem-Los Incas, línea C Constitución-Retiro y linea D Congreso de Tucumán-Catedral".
BuffaloThe door-closing signal is a two to three second long series of harsh, fast, very high-pitched beeps (sounds like "scree-scree-scree-scree-scree..."), followed by a simple live announcement of the next station by the train driver. Every few stations, a live warning is announced: "No smoking, drinking, eating, playing of radio or tape players allowed in all Metro vehicles and stations". The sequence and announcement wording is unchanged from the time the system opened in 1984.
CairoMultiple "ding-dongs" announce the closing doors. Older trains have a beeping noise.
CaracasA buzz indicates the closing doors, around two seconds long and similar to the one in Paris. Next-station announcements are spoken live by the operators: "Estación [station name] – Transferencia Linea dos y Linea tres" ([Station name] station – correspondence with lines 2 and 3). A very (in)famous delay announcement is: "Debido a un arrollamiento en la estación Colegio de Ingenieros, el servicio de trenes presenta un fuerte retraso en estos momentos" (Due to a holdup in Colegio de Ingenieros station, train service is suffering from a heavy delay).
ChennaiNo announcements.
ChicagoA very friendly, pre-recorded male voice talks almost permanently to the passengers: "[Ding-dong] doors closing" (wav from chicago-l.org). "... Adams and Wabash is next. Doors open on the right at Adams and Wabash. Transfer to Green, Purple, and Brown Line trains at Adams and Wabash" (wav from chicago-l.org). "... This is Adams and Wabash. Transfer to Green, Purple, and Brown Line trains at Adams and Wabash. This is an Orange line train to Midway." And sometimes, one of the following is being added: "Standing passengers: please do not lean against the doors.", "Priority seating is intended for the elderly and passengers with disabilities. Your cooperation is requested.", "Soliciting on CTA trains is prohibited. Violators will be arrested.", "Smoking, littering, and playing radios or loud devices is prohibited.", "Your attention please. We are being delayed because crews are working on the track ahead. We expect to be moving shortly.", "Your attention please: We are being delayed, waiting for signals ahead. We expect to be moving shortly.", "Thank you for riding the CTA Orange Line." (chicago-l.org).
ChongqingWhen a train nears and arrives at a station, an automated voice announces (first in Chinese, then in English) the name of the station, and notable sites located nearby.
CologneNo sound, each set of doors has sensors and closes when no one is between them.
DaejeonA buzzing sound as the doors close.
DelhiSeveral "ding-dong" noises when the doors close. Announcements are in Hindi and English (since the local language and the national language are the same – Hindi).
DetroitThe closing chimes on Detroit's People Mover are exactly the same as on Toronto's subways (see there).
DublinDART: Doors: soft whistling/chirping noise before and during door closing. Lights also flash. On board (male voice): "This train is for: [final destination]". Chime, "Your attention please. The next station is [name]" – "This is [station name]". Other announcements (all prefixed with a chime followed by "Your attention please!"): "For your comfort and safety, please do not smoke or place your feet on the seats". "For your safety, CCTV is fitted on this train". LUAS: Doors: There's a soft tone and lights flash above every door before they close. A female voice "Doors are about to close" is sometimes used ahead of that announcement, particularly when departing from the end of the line. Stations: "The next stop is [station name]". On arrival at the stop "[station name]" in English and Gaelic. It will also add other information like "Change here for... " or "Last stop". Other announcements: "Thank you for traveling with LUAS". "Please keep your feet off the seats".
FrankfurtNo sound, each set of doors has sensors and closes when no one is between them. If there's someone between the doors, the driver can activate an automated announcement "Bitte zurücktreten" ("Please step back"). Next-station announcements are pre-recorded in German, for some stations in the central area in English too.
GenoaBuzzing when doors close.
Guangzhou"[Dong-dong] Xia4yi2zhan4" (Mandarin) – "Haa6Yat1Zaan6" (Cantonese) – "The next station is [name]" (English). "Qu4wang3 [station name and major attractions] de4 cheng2ke4, qin2 zhun2bei4", which means "Passengers for [name and attractions], please be prepared (for alighting)". – "Xia4che1shi2, Qing2xiao3xin1 lie4che4 yu3 zhan4tai2 zhi1jian1de4 kong1xi1", which means "Please mind the platform gap between the train and the platform when alighting". – "Chu4za2shi2, chi2 dan1cheng2piao4 de4 cheng3ke4, qing2jiang1 cheng2piao4 zhi2jie1 tou2ru4 zha3ji1 de4 hui2sou1kou2", which means "Passengers holding single-ride tickets, please put your tickets into the barriers when you are leaving."
HamburgA pre-recorded female voice says "Zurückbleiben bitte!" (MP3), followed by about 16 short beeps. The same voice announces the next stations in the trains, "Nächster Halt: [station name]". It is the voice of Ingrid Metz-Neun, who has dubbed Marilyn Monroe in German versions of many movies. For some stations, a male voice follows in English with reference to places of interest.
HelsinkiOlder trains have a faint chime sound before closing the doors, newer trains have three beeps. Next-station announcements are in Finnish and Swedish, Rautatientori station (central station) also in English.
Hong KongPre-recorded messages in Cantonese, Mandarin and English inside the train: "Tsing2 Mat6 Kau3 Gaun6 Tsae1 Mun4 – Qing3 Bu2yao4 Kao4jing3 Che1men2 &ndash Please stand back from the doors [do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do]" (numbers denote tunes of syllable) before the doors close (rm from ushb.net). "Ha Yat Jaam: Tai Jee. Sing Hak Hoh Yee Juen Sing Tsuen Wan Seen Wong Tsuen Wan Yuen Tou Gok Jaam" (Cantonese). "Xia Yi Zhan: Tai Zi. Cheng Ke Ke Yi Huan Cheng Quan Wan Xian Qian Wang Quan Wan Yuan Tu Ge Zhan" (Mandarin). "Next station: Prince Edward. Interchange station for the Tsuen Wan Line towards Tsuen Wan" (English). (ushb.net.) Departure announcements outside the trains are different: "Tsing2 mat6 kau3 gaun6 yuet6 toi4 mok6 mun4 – ching bu yao kao jin yue tai mu men – Please stand back from the platform screen doors".
IstanbulWhen the doors close, there is a "ding-dang" noise. Pre-recorded female voice in Turkish announces the next station.
IzmirFor every stop a pre-recorded female voice announces the name of the station. The same voice also warns for the closing of the doors: "Dikkat! Kapilar kapanacak [ring]" in Turkish (which means "Attention! The doors will be closed").
KaohsiungMusical sounds play shortly before departure and three beeps when the doors close [youtube.com].
KazanAutomated voice in Russian: "Ostorozhno, dveri zakryvayutsya, sleduyushchaya stantsiya ..." (Attention, doors closing, next station is ...) and "Stantsiya ..., konechnaya, prosiba osvobodit? vagony i ne zabyvat? veshchi" ("... station -- terminal station, please leave the train and don't forget your belongings"). The announcements are also provided in Tatar language.
Kharkov"Oberezhno, dveri zachinyayutsa – nastupna stantsiya [station name]" ("Mind the closing doors – next station is [station name]") (wav from voices.metro.ru).
Kiev"Oberezhno, dveri zachinyayutsa – nastupna stantsiya [name]" ("Mind the closing doors – next station is [station name]") (wav from voices.metro.ru).
KolkataAll announcements are in three languages – Bangla (local language), Hindi (national language) and English. The announcement is of the form 'The Next Station is XYZ, platform on the right/left'. There are only beeps for closing doors, no announcements.
Kuala LumpurPutra: chime (ding-dong tune). Star and KTM Komuter: up-down tune, ERL: "[breep breep breep]". Monorail: up-down tune before doors close, recorded announcements first in English and then in Malay: "The next station is [name], Stesen berikutnya [name]", at transfer stations: "Alight here for [lines]. Tukar sini untuk [lines]". After some stations, the name of a sponsor follows, e.g. "The next station is Imbi, Hotlink. Stesen berikutnya Imbi, Hotlink."
KyotoIn Kyoto, the subway plays beautiful guzheng (sort of an Asian violin) compositions for its door-closing tones.
LilleThe very same buzzing sound as in Paris. A pre-recorded female voice announces the next station shortly before arriving: "[station name]".
LisbonBuzzing before the doors close. On the train: "Ding-dong...Proxima estacao: [station name]".
LiverpoolMerseyrail: An obscure sound. On refurbished trains, next station is announced by a pre-recorded voice.
LondonA faint chirping sound before the doors close. Announcements differ: Jubilee Line ("Please mind the doors"), Northern Line ("Stand back from the doors"), Bakerloo Line ("This train is about to depart, please mind the doors"; this is rarely said though), the rest just seem to make a beeping noise or on the Central Line just a loud kind of screech... When the train comes to a halt, there's sometimes the famous recurring "Mind the gap!" by an automated male voice (wav), sometimes a single "Mind the gap between the train and the platform" by a female voice (wav from emmaclarke.com).
Los AngelesMetro Red and Purple lines: "ding-ding" (wav). LRT lines: a high-pitched beep.
Lyon"[Bup bup bup bup bup bup bup bup bup]". A pre-recorded voice in French announces the next station. It goes something like "[three descending tones] prochain arret [station name] – correspondance avec ligne [line number]". If exiting to the right is necessary, the voice will say "descendre à la droite".
MadridBuzzing before departure. Before arriving to the station, a recorded announcement says: "Próxima estación [name], correspondencia con línea [number]". This is Castilian and means: "Next station [name], transfer with line [number]". Sometimes, especially in old stations on line 1 they have also this text: "Próxima estación: Tirso de Molina. ¡Atención! Estación en curva, al salir tengan cuidado de no introducir el pie entre coche y andén", which means: "Next station: Tirso de Molina. Attention! Station is in a curve; while you get off the train, mind your step, don't step between the train and the platform." Line 6 and 7 have older trains and those have a whistle sound when the doors close.
ManilaManila LRT: The messages played to announce next station and arriving station are pre-recorded in English and Tagalog. "Next station: Gilmore / Ang susunod na istasyon ay Gilmore" or "Arriving at Santolan Terminal Station / Padating na sa Santolan Terminal Station".
MarseilleBuzzing like in Paris.
Mexico CityOlder trains have a 3-seconds "BOOP" sound and a recorded voice announcement in Spanish. Newer trains on Line 2 have a buzz that sounds like "TURU-RU" and then "Por favor, permita el libre cierre de puertas" ("Stand clear of the closing doors, please"). Next-station announcement: "TURU-RU – Próxima estación: [name]" ("Next station: [name]").
MiamiTwo-tone digitalized chime.
MilanA beep and a voice saying things like "Centrale - Fermata Centrale", "Duomo - Fermata Duomo".
Minsk"Astsiarozhna, dzvery zachinyayutsa – nastupnaja stantsiya". The text is identical to those in Moscow, Kiev, Kharkov etc. but is in Belorussian (voices.metro.ru).
MontrealSome refurbished trains occasionally use 4 beeps as the doors close. Most trains still have no signal at all for closing doors. However, the conductors will often rattle the doors to warn users to hurry up... or after an unusually long stop on the platform that the train is about to leave. Conductors can also stop the doors in mid-range to allow someone running up to the door to sneak in at the last moment. Announcements are in French. After leaving stations, it's simply "Prochaine station: [name]." When arriving at a station, it's "Station: [name]". When leaving the terminus, it's "La STM vous souhaite la bienvenue à bord. Prochaine station, [name]." ("The STM bids you welcome on board. Next station: [name]".)
Moscow"Ostorozhno, dveri zakryvayutsa – sleduyuschaya stantsiya [station name]" ("Mind the closing doors – next station is [station name]") (wav from voices.metro.ru).
MumbaiSuburban Railway: no announcements. Monorail: Before the doors close, automated male voice: "Stand clear, doors closing!" Female voice: "Next station: [station name]. Please make way for alighting passengers!" Before the doors open at a station, female voice: "Door opening. Please stand clear of the door!"
MunichType B trains now have LED lights and an oscillating whistle after the "Bitte zurückbleiben" spoken live by the driver. The announcement is sometimes succeeded by "Die Türen schließen" ("Doors closing"). Type C trains have a pre-recorded "Bitte zurückbleiben" and a buzzing sound like the Berlin U-Bahn. Some of the next-station announcements are in English also.
New York"Stand clear of the closing doors, please [ding-dong, ding-dong]" in newer trains by a pre-recorded voice (mp3 from subwaynut.com). In older trains, drivers often swallow a couple of syllables and only mumble something like "Clear closing doors!", or there's no announcement at all.
NewcastleBuzzing (like an electronic alarm clock), then a female pre-recorded voice: "Doors closing".
Nizhny NovgorodText is similar to other Russian metros (wav from voices.metro.ru).
NovosibirskText is similar to other Russian metros (wav from voices.metro.ru).
Nuremberg"Zurücktreten bitte", spoken live by the driver, who is at that time out on the platform with a wired microphone, watching the closing doors. On the newer U-Bahn trains, there is a high and low tone for the next station announcement, with a pre-recorded female voice: "[ding-dong] Nächster Halt – Plärrer – Umsteigemöglichkeit zur Linie U1. In Fahrtrichtung rechts aussteigen".
OportoBuzzing. When it arrives and leaves the stations: "[Trim, trim]".
OsakaNext-station announcements in Japanese and English.
OsloOlder trains have driver announcements, newer ones have recorded voices. Typical announcements: "Dørene lukkes" ("Doors closing"), "Neste stasjon [name]" ("Next station [name]"). MX class trains have a low "bip-bip-bip" when the doors close. Before intersections, they say "Dette er linje x til [terminal station]" ("This is line x to [terminal station]"). At certain stations, "Vær oppmerksom på avstanden mellom tog og plattform" ("Mind the gap between train and platform").
ParisBuzzing indicates the closing doors (mp3 from navily.net). Next station announcements can be heard on line 1, 3 and 14. Before some announcements, a jingle is played (mp3 from navily.net) . On RER lines at this moment only newer or renovated trains have automated announcements. At curved stations there is the message "Attention à la marche en descendant du train", which means "Watch your step as you disembark."
Perth"[Ding] Doors closing [ding]." Transperth trains have several screeching beeps while the doors close. Announcements inside the train: "Next station: [station name]". On arrival: "This is [station name]".
PhiladelphiaOn the Broad Street Line, the trains have two chimes at the same tone "[dong-dong]" and a two-tone chime before any announcements. The Market-Frankford Line has automated announcements that go something like this: "This is a 69th Street train making all stops. This is a Frankford train making A stops. A stops only! [same for B] Doors opening! Doors closing!"
PortlandLight rail: "The doors are closing" (female voice).
PraguePre-recorded chime and then a female voice: "Ukoncete prosim, vystup a nastup, dvere se zaviraji." – "Pristi stanice: [name]" (wav from metroweb.cz), which means "Please finish alighting and boarding, doors closing" – "Next stop: [name]". When there is a final stop, the voice says: "Konecna stanice, prosime vystupte." – "Terminus, please leave the train". This is both in Czech and English for the tourists.
Rhine-RuhrNo sound, each set of doors has sensors and closes after a few seconds when no-one is between them.
Rio de JaneiroA siren-like sound (resembling a crying baby or meowing cat) of variable duration announces the closing doors. A pre-recorded female voice announces the next stations in Portuguese and English ("Proxima estacao: [name] ... – Next stop: [name] station").
RomeBuzz. On line B, stations are announced with the words "Prossima fermata", followed by the name of the station and the same announcement in (poor) English, "Next stop" and the name of the station.
RotterdamIn newer trains there is a three-tone signal (low-high-low) announcing departure. Doors start closing during the last tone. The older trains just have a very short and not very loud 'ping' just before the doors close. In all trains there is a pre-recorded (female) voice announcing the next station just before arriving in it: "station [name], hier kunt u overstappen voor (change here for) [line/branch]".
Saint PetersburgPre-recorded "Ostorozhno, dveri zakryvautsa" ("Mind the closing doors") (wav from voices.metro.ru). Upon arriving the message is "Stanciya [name]. Sleduyuschaya stanciya – [name]. (Perehod na liniyu [number])" ("Station [name]. Next station – [name]. (Transfer to line [number])".
San FranciscoBART (newer trains) and MUNI: one-tone beep before the doors close. BART (older trains): "The doors are closing – please stand clear of the doors". This announcement is made at scheduled departure time (20 seconds after the train is stopped or at scheduled departure time, whichever is later) and the doors may actually close quite a bit later without any warning. This is only on trains that are led by an A-cab train (those that have slanted cabs).
San JuanTren Urbano: 3 or 4 beeps. Sometimes the operator also says "Cuidado, cerrando puertas".
SantiagoThere's a doors-closing beep like in Paris, sometimes accompanied by a message in Spanish "Cuidado con el cierre de puertas" ("Caution with the closing doors") (amr). Most stations are not announced, except interchanges, where the driver says in Spanish: "Proxima estación [station name], lugar de combinacion a linea [line number]" ("Next station [name], transfer to line [number]"). At termini, something like "Señores pasajeros! Estacion terminal [station name], se les recuerda a los pasajeros que todos deben bajar del tren, Metro de Santiago agradece su preferencia" is announced ("Dear passengers! Terminal station [name]. Take note everyone should get off the train, Metro de Santiago appreciates your choice"). Some trains have automated voices. Opening doors are announced "Permita bajar antes se subir" ("Let alight before boarding"), closing doors, "[beep] Se inicia el cierre de puertas" ("[beep] Closing of doors begins") (Youtube).
Sao PauloA long beep.
SeoulSome trains have buzzing noises (completely different than Paris) that sound like "le-le-le-le-le-le-le-le-le-le" until the doors close. Some just have a conductor standing outside and the conductor closes the doors when nobody in in the way. Next-station announcements in Korean and English.
ShanghaiDoors-closing signal is a "beep-beep-beep...", continued until the doors are closed and accompanied by flashing lights above the doors. Pre-recorded announcements on the ride: "Next station is [name]." Before the train stops, you hear in Mandarin Chinese "Arrived at station [name]", followed in English:"We are now at [name]."
Shenzhen"[Dong-dong] – Xia4yi2zhan4 [name]" (Mandarin) – "Haa6Yat1Zaan6 [name]" (Cantonese) – "The next station is [name], left/right doors will open". – "Qian3wang3 [station name and major attractions] de4 cheng2ke4, Qian3 zai4 ci3zhan4 xia4che1" – "Passengers for [name and attractions], please alight at this station".
SingaporeAnnouncements differ. Lines operated by SMRT: "Doors are closing", followed by about 15 ultra-short beeps (amr). "Next station, [name]", station announcements "[Name], [name]". At underground stations: "Please mind the platform gap". Lines operated by SBS Transit: "Doors closing", followed by short beeps. "Next station [English name], [Chinese name].
Sofia"[Ding-dong] Vnimanie, vratite se zatvariat! Sledvashta stantsia: [station name]", meaning "Warning, the doors are closing! Next station [station name]". On arrival: "[Dong-ding-dong] Stantsia: [station name]".
StockholmA buzzing sound, several seconds long, announces the closing doors (wav by K. Karlsson), rarely preceded by an announcement "Dörrarna stängs". Inside the trains, a pre-recorded female voice says: "Nästa: [name]" (meaning "Next stop: [name]") and, occasionally: "Byte till Tvärbanan" ("Change for tram line") (wav by K. Karlsson).
SydneySydney's millennium train goes like this: "Beep Beep Beep!" – "Please stand clear. Doors closing. Next stop, Town Hall. Get off at Town Hall for Queen Victoria Building and Darling Harbour". On other lines, most train sets have recorded announcements "Stand clear, doors closing" or the newer one "Doors closing, please stand clear," in some train sets followed by different kinds of beeps. Some trains beep also when doors open. On the Illawarra Line, when it approaches a station, a female voice announces: "Next stop, [name]". For transfer stations it adds: "Passengers should change at [name] for services to [name]" (wav).
TaipeiFirst a departure signal that is a "chattering" siren sound, then a door signal that is a "hi-lo" siren sound.
TashkentSee here: (voices.metro.ru).
TehranA few beeps before the doors close. Next-station anouncements in the train are in Farsi language by a recorded female voice.
TokyoAsakusa Line (Keikyu train in this soundfile): door chime (rm from ototetsu.jp). Yamanote line: In some stations, hypnotizing little melodies are played before departure (e.g. au or au from issp.u-tokyo.ac.jp). Yamanote announcement (wav by Simon ten Kate).
TorontoThe drivers call the station (usually "[Name] station is next. [Name] station.") There is a three-note chime (G, E, C downward) announcing the closing doors (wav from ttc.ca). A new call system with an automated female voice says "Next stop is [name] station. [Name] station." Then as the train decelerates entering the station, "Now arriving at [name] station. [Name] station." The first single note of the chimes is also played when the doors open (G note).
ToulouseBefore doors close there's a buzz like in Paris. After departure, a female recorded voice says "Prochaine station: [name]" ("Next station: [name]"), and repeats the station name once again before the train stops. Before transfer stations, she adds: "Correpondance: ligne [line name]".
TurinBuzzing when doors close (similar to Paris). "[Chime] prossima stazione: [name] – next station: [name]" (mp3).
ValenciaThere's an electronic guitar-like sound before the announcement of the next station in Valencian (Catalan): "Pròxima parada: [station name], correspondència amb la línia [line]".
VancouverBeep or musical notes C#, G#, C# (upward) (wav from vanmag.com).
ViennaThe train operator says "Zug fährt ab" ("Train going to depart") before the doors close. After the voice warning, the door closes simultaneously with a short but loud "boop". A few seconds after the U-bahn train departs the station, there is a high and low pitch bell, and then the name of the next station announced in a "robotic" sounding male voice with a bit of a Viennese accent. Any connections to busses, trams or other trains are announced. For example: "[ding dong] [station name]. Umsteigen zu den Linien [lines]".
WarsawA low pitched "bup-bup-buuuuup" as the doors close. Next-station announcements: metro.waw.pl.
WashingtonAn automated "Doors closing, [ding-dong]" (wav from orenstransitpage.com). A new type of announcement says: "Doors opening, step back to allow customers to exit. When boarding, please move to the center of the car. – [Ding-dong ding-dong] step back, doors closing!".
ZurichS-Bahn trains and new Cobra trams use High-German for the next-station announcements. These can be either male or female. It goes something like "[low and high tones] [station name]".



Websites with Audio Files


chicago-l.org Chicago's L
haltestellenansage.de Metros and trams in Germany and UK
members.aol.com/hisakyu Japanese metros and railways
pixy.issp.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~ueta Japanese railways
navily.net Paris, sounds of metro, RER, tram, and bus
voices.metro.ru Russian metros

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