International study reveals Europe’s best metro systems, London comes in third place

International study reveals Europe’s best metro systems, London comes in third place

With public transportation an obvious cost efficient and environmentally friendly way of travelling, metro systems have arguably never been more popular.

To celebrate some of the best feats of modern engineering, Excel Pest Services have crunched the data to show how some of the biggest, most used subway systems stack up against each other. The data reveals that London ranks in third place, according to the data.

This is based on six different data points from each track’s length to the number of stations – and the ratio of the two. Also considered was the quality of reviews, cleanliness and air quality whilst travelling.

London’s third place finish is down to a few of the key data points in the study. The track length is the longest in Europe and North America and just Madrid, Paris and New York have more stations than the English capital.

The study combines the amount of waste, quality of waste management per city and population, to create a new cleanliness index for each city’s metro system.

With this index in mind, London ranks as one of the cleanest cities for travelling underground, trailing to just Copenhagen. London’s underground comes in way cleaner than the study’s average.

Travellers on the London underground are amongst some of the most satisfied journey makers, if TripAdvisor reviews are anything to go by. Over 57% of reviews are 5* in London’s favour – this 6th highest in the category.

High quality exploration

In Europe, Paris has the highest number of metro stations per 10 kilometres. The French  capital has 13.5 per 10km – the same as New York City’s and over double that of London’s. This high density makes exploring the city a piece of cake with access to just about anywhere.

Other top performing cities in this category include Budapest, Glasgow and Barcelona.

At the opposite end of this particular category is the northern Spanish city of Bilbao, Turkey’s Istanbul and Helsinki where there are around 6 stations per 10km of track. The average is 9.6.

Traveller satisfaction

Of all metro systems in the study Vienna has the highest percentage of 5 star reviews in the study. According to TripAdvisor data over 76% of reviews for Vienna’s local transportation system are the highest possible. This is followed by Amsterdam (67%) and Munich (60%). Bilbao and London make up the top five for traveller satisfaction.

In Europe, Rome’s metro system is the poorest rated with just 6% of responses coming in as ‘Excellent’. Lille and Stockholm make up the bottom three with 24% of 5 star reviews for each.

Cleanliness underground

Based on this data, Copenhagen is named as having the cleanest metro system with a waste management index considerably higher than the study’s average. London and Paris rank as runners up in the category with Lille and Vienna closely behind.

Istanbul, Budapest and Lisbon feature at the bottom of the cleanliness rankings.

Mask up to travel

Of course, wearing masks on public transport looks like something which may stay around for a while; and whilst helping prevent the spread of airborne diseases, wearing a mask is reportedly a good way of blocking out air pollution.

Those in Milan and Istanbul should probably be keeping the masks at hand whilst on public transport (and on the streets) with waqi.info data revealing that their air quality has an index score of 87. This is based on the density of PM2.5 and PM10. Hamburg follows with an index of 78.

The cities leading the way for air quality whilst travelling in Europe are Oslo, Lisbon and Prague where their air quality index is around 10. The average is 41.

Published at Thu, 26 May 2022 12:05:43 +0000



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