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World's Most Crowded Subways

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Prepare to jostle with millions of tourists and locals when you head underground in these big cities.

No. 3 (tie) Moscow

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Annual Ridership: 2.46 billion

Moscow’s subway system registered its highest number of daily passengers—9.2 million—on November 29, 2012. Some likely passed through just to marvel at the ornate stations, with flourishes like marble floors, intricate mosaics, and sculptural busts. (Kievskaya is our pick for one of the world’s most beautiful stations.) Look for motifs like the hammer and sickle that date to the Soviet era. Stalin made speeches from the platforms of Mayakovskaya station, and the deep tunnels served as air-raid shelters during the Battle of Moscow in 1941.

Source: Moscow Metro, 2012

World's Most Crowded Subways

No. 3 (tie) Moscow

Annual Ridership: 2.46 billion

Moscow’s subway system registered its highest number of daily passengers—9.2 million—on November 29, 2012. Some likely passed through just to marvel at the ornate stations, with flourishes like marble floors, intricate mosaics, and sculptural busts. (Kievskaya is our pick for one of the world’s most beautiful stations.) Look for motifs like the hammer and sickle that date to the Soviet era. Stalin made speeches from the platforms of Mayakovskaya station, and the deep tunnels served as air-raid shelters during the Battle of Moscow in 1941.

Source: Moscow Metro, 2012

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