EU and US Regions by Annual Riders per Subway Station

Apr 25, 2019
Annual Riders per Subway Station in EU and US Regions

The chart above shows the number of annual riders for every subway station in each EU and US region.  One million annual riders is the equivalent of 2,740 riders a day.  The Eastern EU dominates all other regions.


  • The difference between the region with the most annual riders per subway station, the Eastern EU, and the region with the least, the Southern US, is 4.66 million.
  • The Eastern EU has 4.26 times the annual riders per subway station that the Southern US 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.  Pennsylvania and California have two subway systems, New York has three, all other states have one.
  • The Eastern EU has more annual riders per station than any subway system in every region except the Northeastern US.


  • Data is from 2017.
  • Hawaii is currently working on building a subway system for Honolulu which is expected to have 2.02 million annual riders per station and lower the West's riders per station to 2.13 million.
  • 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 Northeastern US consists of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • The Northern EU consists of Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.
  • The Southern EU consists of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, and Malta.
  • The Western US consists of California, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming.
  • The Midwestern US consists of Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
  • The Southern US consists of Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
  • 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 fourth in number of stations and number of riders.  The Southern US comes in last in all three metrics.

The Midwestern and Southern US subway systems with the most annual riders per station have less riders per station than the systems with the least riders per station in the Eastern and Northern EU and the Western US.


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