EU Regions by Number of Subway Riders

Mar 20, 2019
Subway Riders in EU Regions

The chart above shows the number of subway riders in each region.  The Western EU has more subway riders than all other regions combined.


  • The difference between the region with the most subway riders, the Western EU, and the region with the least, the Northern EU, is 4,773,450,000 riders.
  • The Western EU has 10.86 times the subway riders that the Northern EU does.
  • The Paris Metro and the London Underground each have more riders, 1,518.6 million and 1,378 million respectively, than each of the Eastern and Northern EU.
  • The Madrid Metro (626.4 million), Milan Metro (569.5 million), and the Berlin U-Bahn (563 million) each have more riders than the Northern EU.


  • Data is from 2017 except for the Genoa and Rome Metros which are from 2012, the Nuremberg U-Bahn and Athens and Turin Metros which are from 2015, the French, Polish, Romanian, and United Kingdom subways which are from 2016, and the Catania Metro which is from 2018.
  • Greece is currently working on building a subway system for Thessaloniki.
  • All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.
  • The Western EU consists of Germany, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, and Luxembourg.
  • The Southern EU consists of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, and Malta.
  • The Eastern EU consists of Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
  • The Northern EU consists of Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.


The Western EU accounts for over half of all subway riders in the EU at 55.10%.  It, with the Southern EU make up over four-fifths of the subway riders in the EU at 81.28%.

The Paris Metro makes up 28.89% of the Western EU's total riders, the Madrid Metro makes up 25.08% of the Southern EU's total, the Stockholm Metro accounts for 72.93% of the Northern EU's total, and the Prague Metro accounts for 33.45% of the Eastern EU's total riders.


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

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