If you've ever seen old photos of New York's subway system in the 1970s, the thought of being stuck in an underground metro might conjure up thoughts of graffiti, rats, stuffy air and grime. But it doesn't have to be that way. Here are 15 examples of gorgeous underground metro stations that really celebrate the art of public transit.
The spacey Toledo Metro Station in Naples, Italy.
Crimson beauty Rådhuset Station in Stockholm, Sweden.
Moscow's Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya and Park Pobedy golden stations.
The bright colors and mosaics of St. Petersburg, Russia's Avtovo Metro Station.
It would be hard not to pick up the pace and keep it moving in Shanghai's Bund Sightseeing Tunnel.
The steampunk copper interior of the Arts et Métiers station in Paris.
The comic book Pop Art patterns of tilework in Szent Gellért Square in Budapest, Hungary.
The gorgeously global stained glass art in the Formosa Boulevard Station in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
The bright psychedelia of the University of Naples station in Italy.
Stockholm, Sweden's Kungstradgarden Metro Station.
New York's gorgeously tiled City Hall Station.
The beautifully arctic blue and white rocks of the T-Centralen Station in Stockholm.
Olaias Station in Lisbon, Portugal has all the bright colors of a toy store.
Go under the rainbow of the Stadion Station of Stockholm.
The Slavyansky Bulvar Station in Moscow gives you the feeling of strolling down a bright outdoor boulevard.
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