Mar 27, 2023 • Blog

Compare Public Transport Connectivity In Europe

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What is public transport density?

We’ve created a way to identify how public transport friendly a country is. The purple highlights all the areas of a country that can reach some sort of public transport service.

How we built the maps

  • We used our own public transport database to identify the lat/long of each public transit stop
  • We drew a 15 minute walking catchment area around each stop to identify the other surrounding areas with easy access (using the TravelTime API)
  • We then exported the SVG file using QGIS

How to read the map

The more purple the area is, the greater the public transport density of an area. The white areas show where public transport is not reachable.

Where did we get the data from?

Our public transport model consolidates the timetables from thousands of different providers and agencies to produce an overall model of public transport for a country. At last count we had over 3m public transport stops and stations worldwide.

We include all combinations of public transport including train, bus, coach, metro, tram, and ferry. Walking is also included for all public transport journeys.

Our in-house data team updates this data globally at least every two weeks, so it is always right up-to-date with changes to timetables and services.

Explore our transport data in more detail

What can it be used for?

  • Public transport network planning and development
  • Travel plans - how easily can tourists explore the country using public transport
  • Predicting commuting/travel habits in a local area
  • Identifying the cause of road network congestion

Next Steps

We have created one of the largest public transport databases not only for the given but also for 100+ countries worldwide. Explore our data further:

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