World Metro Map by Mark Ovenden

From my London Underground Tube Diary - Taken from the Penguin book "Transit Maps of the World" by Mark Ovenden

  • Jason Turner 6y

    If only ... might be a bit less hassle than flying ;-)
  • alxflickrrr 6y

    Very funny ))
    Very good work!
  • Jock 6y

    Brisbane's Citytrain obviously isn't an "Urban rail system".
  • Thom 6y

    What exactly is the criteria for inclusion? Edinburgh would only seem to qualify because it is currently building a tram system. But Leipzig, for example, has many trams and is not included.
  • Globe199 6y

    Minneapolis is west of Chicago, not east.
  • dwayne miras 5y

    crazy map :P
  • Kamlan Munsamy 5y

    pretty cool. :)
  • Brian Kelley 5y

    Thanks for allowing this to be used on a CC licence. I have used it in my blog:


    Brian -
  • lovemark2008 5y

    Hi everyone, it's Mark Ovenden here, creator of the map you've been chatting about above :-)

    Here's some background and copyright info:

    The diagram was made for a book about subway/metro/transit map design.

    UK hardback 2003/5:
    First version in Dutch:,-M.,-Metrokaarten-van-de-were...
    Most recent American edition (paperback):

    It is also available as a poster:

    And as a 'Travel Journal':

    The reasoning behind it was to include all the cities that were mentioned in the book. This included full heavy Metro systems, a handful of more S-Bahn-like commuter systems which had metro-esque maps, hybrid light-rail/light-metro's and some modern LRT systems (but NOT ALL because of space & availability of maps - hence why certain important systems like Leipzig and many 'heritage' tram systems were not included in the book OR the map). It doesn't mean that they are not good systems, it was simply a practical issue!

    We are currently preparing a revised edition which will no doubt have more pages and a wider spec - and that will undoubtedly mean a new map, on which I will try to include all the systems mentioned above :-)

    In terms of copyright, though I own the original idea, we were exceptionally honored to be given permission to use the official Transport For London font (New Johnston), and permitted to make a map which closely resembles the London Underground diagram (colours/station markers, shape, interchange markers etc) - only a tiny handful of these have been permitted so far for example Simon Pattersons wonderful "Great Bear". We were also fortunate that Alan Foale who works at LS London and is the person who currently updates the official Tube map for TfL was kind enough to take my scrappy design and make it look like this map does!

    If you are going to post this map on your blog I cannot see any problem with that provided you explain what the map is and where it's from (ie "Taken from the Penguin book "Transit Maps of the World" "). However because it is copyrighted you cannot use it to profit from (ie to print copies on a t-shirt and sell them down the market/on ebay etc).

    Anyway hope that clears it up and do feel free to add more suggestions and/or contact me directly via the website:

    Cheers map-lovers :-)
  • Seth Levy 5y

    Thanks mister, I would love an updated version. You may want to switch Minneapolis and Chicago on it!
  • Pablo west Photos 5y

    the connected world cool :)
  • welovemaps 5y

    This is a great map, and we are planning to include it in our new blog for schools/teachers

    Do you know if there is a copy of the iconic London tube map that can be used in a similar way?
  • Moshe Feder 5y

    I love Mark's book (I have both editions) and this fantasy map. I'm delighted to learn it's available at the Transport Museum shop in London and I'll be sure to get it next time I'm there!
  • Stephen Rees 4y

    OK for your revised addition please note that the blue line should extend from Seattle to Vancouver, and that Pittsburgh is NOT between Baltimore and Washington
  • mbruck77 4y

    The map places Frankfurt between Nürnberg and Munich. In reality Nürnberg is between Frankfurt and Munich (Wikipedia).
  • Michel 3y

    Great map.
  • Oeiras Commute 2y

    Great map, congratulations! Optimum reading of Lisbon's strategic location on the Atlantic forespringing to both North & South America and Europe's Westernmost gateway , that's the spirit!
  • EyeonEarth 2y

    It's a small world after all. We've shared it on our Facebook timeline:!/pag...
  • Dorothy Tecklenburg 2mo

    switch Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Pittsburgh is north of Baltimore.
  • Dorothy Tecklenburg 2mo

    Also switch Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Pittsburgh is north of Baltimore.
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