List of busiest railway stations in North America

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This is a list of the busiest railway stations in North America. The figures are collected by the different operating agencies of each railway station, and are estimates based on ticket usage data, crowd sizes and other extrapolations.


This list ranks railway stations in North America based on annual volume of passengers traveling by passenger rail or commuter rail only. Other visitors are not included.

For example, Grand Central Terminal, a major attraction on its own right in New York City, has nearly 500,000[1][2][Note 1] people visiting the station daily either to shop, dine, conduct business, meet family and friends, or admire the station. Those visitors are not included in the count of passengers as they are not using the passenger rail or the commuter rail services. Similarly, Grand Central Terminal also has a major subway station in its vicinity which processes nearly 45 million[3] passengers annually but since they arrive and depart using the subway, they are also not included in the final passenger count.


Only stations which process at least 10 million annual passengers are shown.

Rank Railway Station Annual entries/exits (millions)
City Country Main Services Number of platforms Interchange systems Image
1 New York Penn Station 107.416[4][5][6][7][Note 2] New York City  United States Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, NJ Transit, Metro-North (begins 2025) 11 (21 tracks) New York City Subway Moynihan Train Hall interior, Dec 27 2022.jpg
2 Toronto Union Station 72.410[8] Toronto  Canada Amtrak, GO Transit, Union Pearson Express, Via Rail 12 (16 tracks) Toronto streetcar, Toronto subway Toronto - ON - Union Station (innen).jpg
3 Grand Central Terminal 67.326[9] New York City  United States Metro-North Railroad 44 (67 tracks) New York City Subway Grand Central (12).jpg
4 Jamaica Station 59.803[10] New York City  United States Long Island Rail Road 6 (10 tracks) AirTrain JFK, New York City Subway Jamaica station sunset, waiting.jpg
5 Chicago Union Station 43.948[11] Chicago  United States Amtrak, Metra 30 Chicago "L" Union Station 2.JPG
6 Ogilvie Transportation Center 31.905[12] Chicago  United States Metra 8 Chicago "L" Ogilvie Transportation Center.jpg
7 South Station 28.875[13] Boston  United States Amtrak, MBTA Commuter Rail 13 MBTA subway South Station from Dewey Square, September 2011.jpg
8 Newark Penn Station 17.881[14][5][15][16] Newark  United States Amtrak, NJ Transit 6 Newark Light Rail, PATH Newark Penn Station June 2015 001.jpg
9 Hoboken Terminal 14.950[17][5][18] Hoboken  United States NJ Transit, Metro-North Railroad 10 Hudson–Bergen Light Rail, PATH, NY Waterway Hoboken Terminal waitingroom 78076.jpg
10 Washington Union Station 13.665[19][20] Washington, D.C.  United States Amtrak, MARC Train, Virginia Railway Express 18 DC Streetcar, Washington Metro Union Station Washington DC.jpg
11 30th Street Station 12.270[21][22][23] Philadelphia  United States Amtrak, NJ Transit, SEPTA Regional Rail 9 Market–Frankford Line, SEPTA subway–surface trolley lines 30th Street Station Philadelphia July 2016 002 edit.jpg
12 Los Angeles Union Station 10.999[24]


Los Angeles  United States Amtrak, Metrolink 9 Los Angeles Metro Rail Union Station profile, LA, CA, jjron 22.03.2012.jpg
13 Buenavista railway station 10.950[27] Mexico City  Mexico Tren Suburbano 3 Mexico City Metro Estación Buenavista CDMX.jpg
14 Millennium Station 10.764[28] Chicago  United States Metra, South Shore Line 6 Chicago "L" Randolph Street Terminal (Millennium Station).jpg
15 Montreal Central Station 10.687[29][30][31] Montreal  Canada Amtrak, Exo, Via Rail 7 Montreal Metro Gare centrale de Montreal - 011.jpg

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 750,000 people visit Grand Central Terminal and over 250,000 are commuters who commute using passenger rail, commuter rail, subways and buses. Which gives 500,000 non-transit visitors.
  2. ^ Total is derived by adding up passengers on LIRR, NJ Transit and Amtrak. LIRR 2017 Totals breaks down as follows: 117180 daily weekday arrivals, 116160 daily weekday departures, 48960 Saturday arrivals, 48470 Saturday departures, 36950 Sunday arrivals, 40700 Sunday departures. This gives us a yearly total of ((117180+116160)*5+(48960+48470)+(36950+40700))*52 = 69,722,560. NJ Transit 2017 Totals breaks down as follows: 93,305 weekday arrivals and departures from Penn Station. Breakdown for Saturday and Sunday is not given but it can be calculated by looking at the percentage drop in total ridership. 307853 total trips took place on NJ Transit on a weekday, 104088 took place on Saturday and 87709 on Sunday. Which means ridership on Saturday is 33.8% that of an average weekday and ridership on Sunday is 28.5% that of a weekday. Which gives (93305*0.338) = 31547 arrivals and departures from Penn Station on Saturday and (93305*0.285) = 26853 arrivals and departures from Penn Station Sunday. Giving us a yearly total of ((93305*5)+31547+26853)*52 = 27,296,100. Amtrak 2017 total is: 10,397,729. Totaling up these 3 figures gives us: 69,722,560+27,296,100+10,397,729 = 107,416,389


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