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This article is considered accurate for the current version of the game.

The starting view of a Map with the starting tile highlighted

Maps are the areas where you build your city. Each map is divided into 2x2km tiles. The full map consist of 9x9 tiles (324 km2), but only the middle 5x5 tiles (100 km2) are playable terrain. Out of these, 9 tiles (36 km2) are unlockable in the base game; there are some mods that can increase the amount of playable tiles to 25 or 81. A map has different Natural resources placed on it.

Starting maps[edit]

Several of the maps are based on real locations and are noted where known.

  • Cliffside Bay -
  • Foggy Hills -
  • Grand River -
  • Green Plains - Washington DC
  • Riverrun - Rivers in St Louis
  • Black Woods - Stockholm
  • Islands - Venice
  • Shady Strands - The Strait of Bosphorus
  • Two Rivers -
  • Sandy Beach - San Francisco
  • Diamond Coast - Hong Kong
  • Lagoon Shore - Greece
  • Snowy Coasts -
  • Icy Islands -
  • Frosty Rivers -

Map creation and sharing[edit]

Cities: Skylines offers an in-game map editor and fully integrated sharing through steam workshop. You may also take a heightmap and use it in the map editor.

Creating a map[edit]

Main article: Map Editor

To create a map the player clicks the tools button in the main menu then you click the map editor. The player than can choose a landscape type and click create to open the map editor. The player can then begin terraforming, place water sources, highways and train track, lay ship- and plane routes and adjust the ocean.


A list of mods which modifies something with the map: