Variations of the letter M... and other metro logos of the world.
How to find the subway? Nearly all metros have logos or symbols marking their station entrances and rolling stock, as well as printed matter, such as maps or tickets. The logos vary widely across the globe. Since most metros around the world are indeed called 'metro', quite a bunch of the logos are more or less fancy variations of the letter M. (Fewer metros are called 'subway', 'underground', 'U-Bahn', 'T-bana' or something completely different.)
187 metro logos, sorted by cityThere are different kinds of metro logos: In some cities, a logo stands for the metro system itself, while in others, logos represent one or several operating companies. So there may be more than one logo in one city, while in another, a logo can consistently stand for the system.
Some logos are ubiquitous, at least nationwide:
Germany: all metros use a blue U logo (LRTs have slightly derived ones). Suburban railways use a green S logo.
Italy: most cities use a white letter M on a red square for metros.
Spain: most suburban railways (called Cercanias) bear the same red C logo.
Former Soviet Union: many cities are using derived versions of a red sloped letter M for their metros.
Due to the significant differences in usage, this list can merely give a rough overview. If a city uses a logo for the metro system itself, the list will prefer it over company logos. The logos displayed here have been reproduced from official sources like websites or documents (not Wikipedia!) Logos are protected by owners' copyright; the low-resolution images of the logos displayed here are for informational purposes only.
If you know of another logo worth to be included here, please visit the Metrobits Forum or write an email to . Thanks to all who've been contributing so far.
Find an interesting review of this page and witty analysis of the subject here: Eric Jaffe: 77 Ways to Design the Letter 'M'.
The former Metro Logos page is still here.
Page updated 20 Sep 2013 (logo items may be more recent).
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