EU Regions by Annual Riders per Subway Station

Apr 24, 2019
Annual Riders per Subway Station in EU Regions

The chart above shows the number of annual riders for every subway station in each EU region.  One million annual riders is the equivalent of 2,740 riders a day.  The Eastern EU is in a class all its own.


  • The difference between the region with the most annual riders per subway station, the Eastern EU, and the region with the least, the Southern EU, is 3.11 million.
  • The Eastern EU has 2.04 times the annual riders per subway station that the Southern EU does.
  • Italy has seven subway systems, France has six, the United Kingdom and Germany each have four, Spain has three, and the Netherlands has two, all other states have one.
  • The Eastern EU has more annual riders per station than any subway system in any other region.


  • Data is from 2017.
  • Greece is currently working on building a subway system for Thessaloniki which is expected to have 3.44 million annual riders per station which would lower Southern EU's riders per station down to 2.86 million.
  • The Eastern EU consists of Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
  • The Western EU consists of Germany, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, and Luxembourg.
  • The Northern EU consists of Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.
  • The Southern EU consists of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, and Malta.
  • All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.


The Western EU has the most stations by far, the most riders, but comes in second in this metric.  The Eastern EU which tops this metric comes in third in number of stations and number of riders.  The Southern EU comes in second in number of riders and number of stations but last in this metric.  The Northern EU ranks third in this metric but trails all the regions in number of riders and stations.

The Northern EU has the smallest range in this metric ranging from a low of 2.70 million riders per station in the Helsinki Metro to a high of 3.53 million riders per station in the Stockholm Metro.  The Eastern EU has the widest range with a low of 2.64 million annual riders per station in the Sofia Metro to a high of 8.55 riders per station in the Budapest Metro.


Wikipedia.  2019.  "List of Metro Systems."  Accessed February 24, 2019.

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