Top 10 Busiest Métro Stations in Paris

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The Paris métro, operated by RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens), is the second-busiest subway network in Europe after Moscow with 1.541 billion passengers in 2012. It is also one of the densest transit systems in the world and one of the oldest (the first line opened in 1900). The Paris métro has 303 métro stations, 62 of them offering connection between lines. Here is the Top 10 busiest métro stations in Paris according to 2012 statistics…


The Busiest Métro Stations in Paris

The five busiest métro stations in Paris are those serving train stations: Gare St Lazare, Gare du Nord, Gare de Lyon, Gare Montparnasse, and Gare de l’Est (Paris’ sixth railway station – Gare d’Austerlitz – is ranked 23).

The busiest métro station in Paris is Gare du Nord, serving lines 4 and 5. Situated in the 10th arrondissement, the métro station is connected to one of France’s busiest train stations with trains serving RER lines B, D and E (via Magenta station), Transilien Nord commuter trains, regional trains to the north of France, Thalys high-speed train to Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne, and Eurostar to London.

The first station in the list that does not serve any railway station is République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11) with 16.6 million passengers. Opened in 1904, it took its name from Place de la République, a large square at the border between the 3rd, 10th and 11th arrondissements.

It is important to note that these statistics do not include traffic from the RER network. The second column shows both traffic (métro + RER).

Rank    Métro Stations Passengers 2012    Traffic with RER   
1 GARE DU NORD

49,721,477

96,148,975

2 SAINT-LAZARE

45,666,162

no data

3 GARE DE LYON

34,971,365

79,654,020

4 MONTPARNASSE-BIENVENUE

31,453,903

5 GARE DE L’EST

20,018,847

6 REPUBLIQUE

16,670,353

7 BIBLIOTHEQUE

15,866,423

8 CHATELET

14,118,575

9 LA DEFENSE

13,968,642

44,212,345

10 BASTILLE

13,187,049


The list goes on…

The list of the busiest métro stations ranking 11 to 50:

Rank    Métro Stations Passengers 2012    Traffic with RER   
11 LES HALLES

12,895,661

25,023,652

12 HOTEL DE VILLE

12,778,262

13 OPERA

12,606,068

14 FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

12,582,337

15 PLACE D’ITALIE

12,110,645

16 BELLEVILLE

11,650,697

17 NATION

9,789,555

14,028,206

18 STRASBOURG-SAINT-DENIS

9,637,816

19 ESPLANADE DE LA DEFENSE

9,502,985

20 PALAIS-ROYAL

9,496,063

21 PORTE D’ORLEANS

9,463,988

22 PLACE CLICHY

9,345,445

23 GARE D’AUSTERLITZ

9,304,834

96,148,979

24 PORTE DE CLIGNANCOURT

9,133,819

25 SAINT-MICHEL

9,119,538

16,950,488

26 BARBES-ROCHECHOUART

9,104,266

27 CHARLES DE GAULLE-ETOILE

9,037,623

18,814,385

28 PORTE MAILLOT

8,913,838

no data

29 TROCADERO

8,652,608

30 HAVRE-CAUMARTIN

8,233,710

31 BIR-HAKEIM

8,109,322

16,117,402

32 LA MOTTE-PICQUET-GRENELLE

8,053,581

33 CHAUSSEE D’ANTIN-LA FAYETTE

7,850,185

34 STALINGRAD

7,786,098

35 GAMBETTA

7,653,199

36 MADELEINE

7,237,082

37 CRIMEE

7,206,325

38 GRANDS BOULEVARDS

7,151,007

39 AUBERVILLIERS-PANTIN-QUATRE CHEMINS

7,145,774

40 BOBIGNY-PABLO PICASSO

7,113,513

41 INVALIDES

7,095,632

14,739,542

42 CONCORDE

7,052,932

43 MAIRIE DE CLICHY

6,944,913

44 CHATEAU ROUGE

6,914,813

45 OLYMPIADES

6,906,890

46 PONT DE NEUILLY

6,752,497

47 ANVERS

6,650,804

48 PORTE DE VERSAILLES

6,644,069

49 CHATILLON-MONTROUGE

6,483,965

50 SAINT-PAUL

6,443,074

If the network of stations of Châtelet-Les Halles was considered as one interchange station (métro stations Châtelet and Les Halles, serving lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14 and RER A, B and D), the total number of passengers would be of 39,142,227.

The vast network of underground passageways linking métro stations Saint-Lazare, Opéra, Havre-Caumartin, Saint-Augustin to RER E station Haussmann Saint-Lazare and RER A station Auber totalised more than 75,509,487 passengers in 2012 (missing data for RER E station Haussmann Saint-Lazare).


The least busy métro station of Paris

Twelve stations welcome less than one million passengers: Saint-Fargeau, Vaneau, Falguière, Porte d’Auteuil, Danube, Chardon-Lagache, Bolivar, Buttes-Chaumont, Pré-Saint-Gervais, Pelleport. The least busy métro station in Paris is Église d’Auteuil (line 10 westbound service only) in the 16th arrondissement. Situated in the neighbourhood of Auteuil, it was originally named Wilhem, a French musician. In 1921, it took the name of the nearby church as some people were convinced that the station referred to Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

Rank    Métro Stations Passengers 2012
301 ÉGLISE D’AUTEUIL                

179,009

Sources: statistics based on 2013 RATP report, retrieved in May 2015 from Tout-Paris.org.


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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