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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = subway_entrance
The entrance point of a subway
Rendering in openstreetmap-carto
Group: Metros
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: approved

A subway entrance is a place where people enter or exit a train station

It is not the point where you validate your ticket. A subway entrance might get you to underground shops before you reach the platform, or it might get you to an overpass/underpass crossing a street.

This tag is also used to map subway exits.

How to map

A subway entrance is tagged as a node on a way leading to (or exiting from) the station: an entrance in a building, start of stairs...

Node attributes:

Key Value Description
railway subway_entrance Mandatory.
name Name Recommended. Name of the exit if is known. Not the name of the station
ref Reference Optional. Reference of the entrance if it has one. Some subway networks use numbers or codes to identify exits, e.g. "2" or "B1".
bicycle yes / no Optional. Accessible with bicycles (default is no).
wheelchair yes / no Optional. Accessible by wheelchair.

Add this node to a relation public_transport=stop_area without role. Optionally you may set the role to "entrance", but this information is already held by the node itself.

Note that an entrance may lead to more than one stop area, in which case add it to the relevant stop areas.

If the node is an entrance-only or exit-only, add oneway=yes to the way going through this entrance.


This convention is based on original approved tag and currently observed tagging practices, see talk page.

Mapping subway entrances can be used by pedestrian routing softwares: when exiting a station, it can tell the name of the exit the nearest to your destination (as there is likely no GPS signal to guide you through an underground station).

See also

  • barrier=turnstile - For tagging some doors/gates/barriers where you validate your ticket.
  • public_transport=station - Tag for public transport stations.
  • Railways - Page all about mapping the various features of railways (including subways).