Most subway stops, train stations and railways are dingy, dark and allow little circulation. No matter where you are in the world you have probably experienced something similar. Not all public transportation stations have to be this bad, in fact check out some of the most interesting metro stations around the world.
In Athens, Greece, some of the metro stations display archaeological exhibits and are the closest thing to a museum under ground. Greece is full of archaeological sites, incredible ruins and artifacts, how could they possibly display them all. Now a few train stations have murals and a replica of Parthenon friezes to showcase the rich history of the city of Athens.
Lisbon, Portugal is home to some of the most interesting and beautifully tiled metro stations. Some stations have particular theme or colors, while others are more complex and feature local clay stones.
It took 23 years of construction to create this stone metro station in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The marble floors are carefully laid to look like a Oriental rug and elaborate designs or stone and marble create the walls and ceiling.
Taipai’s metro station boast a kaleidoscope of colors throughout the underground. Light, glass and fine art all together in one location. The exciting design has helped channel commuters to the underground and away from street traffic and walking traffic in the busy city.
These are proof that public transportation can be pristine and add a little local flavor for locals and tourists to enjoy.