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 started by plotting every single public transport stop. Then we drew a 15 minute walking catchment area around each stop to capture anyone in the local area that needs to walk to a local train, bus or tram station. 

      For the visualisation we selected the 10 largest economies in Europe. Turkey and Russia are not included in this list because the countries are only partially in Europe, with the other part classified as Asia.

      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 80+ countries worldwide. Explore our data further:

      Location data
      Data visualisation

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