Train and Airport Signs Part 1

This gallery presents the collection of photos submitted for the World Of Signage Photo Contest1 by the readers of Smashing Magazine. We received over 2,500+ photos from our readers across the globe, and present a selection of the most interesting photos in the overview below.

The topic of this gallery is Train and Airport signs, i.e. signs that depict the various typographic styles and letterforms visible in all manner of transit stations. Please notice: each photo has a certain license, provided in the description of the photo. Before using the images for private or commercial projects, make sure that the license allows you to do so. Also, you can click on the photos for a larger preview.

Please feel free to take a look at other submissions as well (links to other galleries are listed in the end of this gallery).

Train / Airport Signs

Airport Transfer Desk

Airport Transfer Desk [ large preview2 ]
"Transfers betweeen Terminals." Photo taken by Anbazhagan63 from India.

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At the Airport

At the Airport [ large preview5 ]
"A few Services available at the airport." Photo taken by Anbazhagan63 from India.

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Airport Shower

Airport Shower [ large preview8 ]
"A dayroom and shower shop at the Narita Airport in Japan." License: NC. Photo taken by Alex Ho9 from USA.

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On the way to the airport

On the way to the airport [ large preview11 ]
"The window of the airport bus on the way back from Melbourne to Sydney." Photo taken by Matias Causa12 from Argentina.

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Mainz roemisches theater bahnhof

Mainz roemisches theater bahnhof [ large preview14 ]
"Warning sign at Mainz Römisches Theater Bahnhof, Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz." Photo taken by Taylor Mcconnell15 from USA.

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Union Station – Go By Train

Union Station – Go By Train [ large preview17 ]
"Sign for Union Station train station in Portland, Oregon USA." License: All Rights Reserved. Photo taken by Ed Wheeler18 from USA.

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Exiting

Exiting [ large preview20 ]
"Lost in the ever similair train stations of the world." Photo taken by Andrew May21 from Australia.

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Munich bound

Munich bound [ large preview23 ]
"Sign on a train trip to Munich." Photo taken by Jeremiah Shaw24 from USA.

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Way to Shin Osaka, Nagoya

Way to Shin Osaka, Nagoya [ large preview6826 ]
"The Direction to go to Nagoya and also to let us know when the train will come." Photo taken by Puspita Sekarsari6927 from Indonesia.

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Washington Train

Washington Train [ large preview29 ]
"Close up of an antique train in Snoqualmie, Washington." Photo taken by Bonnie Jones363330 from USA.

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Scenic Route Train

Scenic Route Train [ large preview32 ]
"Close up of an antique train in Snoqualmie, Washington." Photo taken by Bonnie Jones363330 from US.

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Train 529

Train 529 [ large preview35 ]
"Close up of an antique train in Snoqualmie, Washington." Photo taken by Bonnie Jones363330 from USA.

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Notice on escalator

Notice on escalator [ large preview38 ]
"Simple yet effective visuals that cuts across language barriers. (Found in one of the train stations in Korea.)." Licensed: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Photo taken by Yestine Goh39 from Singapore.

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Don’t Break a Leg

Don’t Break a Leg [ large preview41 ]
"This sign warns people from running across the train tracks when a train is coming. The logo succeeds in communicating what NOT to do." Designed by Priscilla Barcellos from USA.

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American Express Rewards Card

American Express Rewards Card [ large preview43 ]
"American Express Rewards Card advertisement at train station. The floor is written with “Points” while the walls have other information about the product." Licensed: Please seek approval from me before using this image. Designed by Thivy from Singapore.

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Train

Train [ large preview45 ]
"Train Signs." Photo taken by Anselm Christophersen46 from Denmark.

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Skövde Central Station Sign

Skövde Central Station Sign [ large preview48 ]
"A really beautiful, accessible and easy to understand sign on a Central Station in Skövde. The sign illustrates bus station, taxi and train platforms. Note that everything is also written in Braille code." Photo taken by Igor Jovic5249 from Sweden.

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Falköping, Meeting Point sign on a Train Station

Falkoping, Meeting Point sign on a Train Station [ large preview51 ]
"A meeting point sign on a train station in Falköping, a really small town in Sweden. Note that it’s also written in Braille code." Photo taken by Igor Jovic5249 from Sweden.

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SIR

SIR [ large preview54 ]
"Staten Island Rail Train Sign." Photo taken by Erecia Williams55 from USA.

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F1 Train Advertisement

F1 Train Advertisement [ large preview57 ]
"Singapore F1 Night Race Advertisement at a train station." Licensed: Please contact me for any use other than exclusively for the contest and reproducing it on the contest page. Designed by Vathani from Singapore.

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Visa Train Advertisement

Visa Train Advertisement [ large preview59 ]
"Visa Advertisement along the escalator down to the train station." Licensed: Please contact me for any use other than exclusively for the contest and reproducing it on the contest page. Designed by Vathani from Singapore.

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Train station sing

Train station sing [ large preview61 ]
"This is a sign in the subway in orange indicating inforamtion about the station." Designed by Carmen Sosia from USA.

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Tunnel

Tunnel [ large preview63 ]
"Signals for the train in a railway tunnel." Designed by Sergio Oraa Alcalá from Spain.

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Fashion Police

Fashion Police [ large preview65 ]
"Posted near the train station exit in Monaco. I actually witnessed an office ask a gentleman to button up his shirt." Photo taken by Stephen Harrison66 from USA.

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Way to Shin Osaka, Nagoya

Way to Shin Osaka, Nagoya [ large preview6826 ]
"The Direction to go to Nagoya and also to let us know when the train will come." Photo taken by Puspita Sekarsari6927 from Indonesia.

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Queretaro airport arrivals

Queretaro airport arrivals [ large preview71 ]
"International, National, and bathroom signs at a small Mexican airport (Queretaro)." Photo taken by Alicia Ramirez787572 from Canada.

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Queretaro airport bar

Queretaro airport bar [ large preview74 ]
"Bar sign at a small Mexican airport (Queretaro)." Photo taken by Alicia Ramirez787572 from Canada.

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Queretaro airport customs

Queretaro airport customs [ large preview77 ]
"Customs and Immigration signs at a small Mexican airport (Queretaro)." Photo taken by Alicia Ramirez787572 from Canada.

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Cphan Please Wait Airport Bangkok

Cphan Please Wait Airport Bangkok [ large preview80 ]
"The signs that I shot during my travel." Photo taken by Christina Phan8481 from Indonesia.

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Cphan Wayout Airport Bangkok

Cphan Wayout Airport Bangkok [ large preview83 ]
"The signs that I shot during my travel." Photo taken by Christina Phan8481 from Indonesia.

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Typography in Frankfurt

Typography in Frankfurt [ large preview86 ]
"Signage in the Frankfurt Airport. Very good application of typography to perspective view." Licensed: Free for non commercial use. Photo taken by Luis Palolo87 from Portugal.

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Indian visa and plane ticket

Indian visa and plane ticket [ large preview89 ]
"I took this one just before leaving from Buenos Aires to Mumbai, while I was waiting at the Ezeiza Airport in Argentina." Photo taken by Nicolás Montecchiari90 from Argentina.

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Dubai International Airport No Smoking

Dubai International Airport No Smoking [ large preview92 ]
"No smoking signage placed on a security camera in dubai international airport." Licensed: Creative Commons. Photo taken by Anas Marwan93 from UAE.

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Exit sign

Exit sign [ large preview95 ]
"Exit sign Airport Kuala Lumpur." Designed by Kristina Ivandic from Croatia.

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Caution

Caution [ large preview97 ]
"A sign of ‘not to use escalators with luggage’ in KKI Airport, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)." Photo taken by Waseef Akhtar98 from Saudi Arabia.

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Thank you!

Thanks to all participants for taking their time for preparing and sending submissions for the contest and creating a unique and diversified gallery presented above. We truly appreciate and respect your efforts and your time, folks!

Further Galleries

You may want to take a look at other contest galleries, too:

Katrín Svana Eyþórsdóttir is a media artist and designer from Iceland. You can follow her on twitter.

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    Yayy… my SIR was shown :). thanks guys. that “F1 Train Advertisement” & “American Express Rewards Card” is really hot as well.

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