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Guided Metro Tours

Tours of metro systems, led by experts in the field.

For dates and reservation, contact the tour operator or check their website. For recommendations of unaccompanied tours, see the Self-Guided Metro Tours section.

AmsterdamAn excursion around the North-South Metro Line project, including an informative film and a short guided walk along the many construction places in the Old Centre. Duration: 2 up to 3 hours. From 22 euros per person. Tour operator: Top Tours BV.
BerlinWalking tours on metro tracks. Tour operator: BVG (metro operator).
BerlinNight tours of metro tunnels on a curious topless carriage. The 2 hours tour runs along several metro lines, covering a distance of 35 kilometers. Book early. Tour operator: BVG (metro operator).
ChicagoTours on Chicago's architecture by Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF). Learn about the history of the famous "L" system and how it has shaped the development of the surrounding buildings and districts within the Loop. Only about 15 minutes of this two-hour tour is on a train, while most of the remaining tour takes place outdoors standing on the station platforms. Tour operator: CTA (subway operator) and Chicago Architecture Foundation.
HamburgTwo free guided tours are occasionally being offered in German: one is a look behind the scenes of metro operation and security, the other one is a visit to the operations control centre. Check website for dates. Reservation is mandatory. Tour operator: HHA.
London2-hour tour of the world's oldest transit system. Hear the fascinating and bizarre stories behind the history and design. Travel along the proposed "Viking Line" and see the "ghost station" at the British Museum. Tour operator:
Los AngelesTours of the artwork in the Metro Rail system, led by trained Metro Docent Council volunteers. Tour operator: MTA (metro operator).
MadridA guide accompanies you to normally inaccessable places. Includes the Anden 0 Chamberi exhibition and museum metro station as well as archaeological displays in another station. Fee: 30 euros. Tour operator:
Mexico CityThe official metro operator offers guided tours of maintenance workshops, control centres, substations etc. (in Spanish; booking required). Tour operator: Metro de la Ciudad de México.
Moscow2-hour privately operated guided tour in English through all the must-see stations. Tour operator: Firebird Travel.
NaplesMetro Art Tour: According to the website, guided tours to stations of art take place every Tuesday 10:30, leaving from Toledo station, duration about 90 minutes. Reservation is not necessary. Tour operator: Metro Napoli.
New YorkGuided tours to places that tap into a wide range of interests: art, technology, urban history, or to the famous abandoned City Hall station (members only). Tour operator: New York Transit Museum.
ParisGuided walking tours of interesting spots in the metro system. Tour operator: ADEMAS (Association D’Exploitation du Matériel Sprague).
ParisGuided night tours on a historic train for about €50 from time to time. Tours are suspended at the moment "due to an incident" in 2007. Tour operator: ADEMAS (Association D’Exploitation du Matériel Sprague).
Saint PetersburgA tour visiting the most opulent stations like Avtovo Station and Kirov Plant station. Behind this beauty there’s an astonishing history to be told, along with humorous anecdotes and city legends. Fee: 24 euros. Tour operator:
Sao PauloThere's a program called "Conheça seu metrô" ("Know your metro"), which occurs always on Saturdays (in Portuguese). Two stations are selected for each Saturday. Email to to show interest. The number of participants is limited. The tour begins with a lecture about the São Paulo Metro, its history and technologies, some data and precautions while you are inside the system. Then, the group will be shown around the supervision centre for lines 1, 2 and 3 near Vergueiro station and travel some metro section inside a train cab. Tour operator: Metro SP.
StockholmSince 1997, SL has been running regular guided tours of the art in the Stockholm Metro. The tours are in Swedish all year round, with English tours available in the summer. Each week, four or five stations are visited with an expert, qualified guide who will tell about the art, the architecture and the artists behind the works. There is no extra charge for the guided tours, but you will need a valid ticket in order to join. Tour operator: SL (metro operator).
Stockholm'The Art in the Stockholm Metro' guided tours, duration 1-1,5 hour, visiting 4-6 stations. Tour operator: Föreningen Stockholms Auktoriserade Guider.
TorontoJoe Clark, journalist, typesetter and presenter of talks about historic TTC station typography, has hosted guided tours on station tiling and typography in Toronto's subway stations in 2007. He might possibly host more such tours. Tour operator: Joe Clark.

Last update to this page: 10 March 2013. Database entries may be newer.

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