18 million passengers more than last year


28.8 million passengers travelled by railway in September of this year. This means a rise by 11.2% in comparison to September of 2018. 247 million passengers chose railway travel in the three quarters of 2019. This means an increase by almost 18 million passengers (8%), comparing year-to-year statistics.

September of this year – in comparison to the previous months of 2019 – has brought a record with regard to the number of passengers. Such result has not been recorded for years. 28.8 million passengers, transport service at the level of 1.8 billion passenger-kilometres and operational service at the level of 13.9 million train-kilometres mean results higher by 11.2%, 5.1% and 4.2% respectively than in the same month of last year.

The results for the 9 months of 2019 have shown that the level of almost 80% of the whole passenger number from last year was reached. For years the 4th quarter of each year has brought one of the highest values, what today allows for estimation that the result for the whole year of 2019 will be at a higher level that the one for 2018 - it should reach the level of close to 330 million passengers using railway as means of transport – predicts Mr. Ignacy Góra, Sc. D., President of the Office of Rail Transport. – Such rise in the popularity of railway travel may be a result of activities like European Mobility Week (destined to support sustainable means of transport), which takes place in September of every year. In that period carriers usually introduce special offers, like a 1 PLN-ride or even free-of-charge travels. Such results have also been influenced by attractive non-fare offers, possibility of cheaper travels for groups or joint offers with bus transport. Every such special offer draws passengers to railway travel – he adds.

In the period January-September the carriers transported almost 247 million passengers, transport service amounted to almost 16.7 billion passenger-kilometres and operational service – almost 127 million train-kilometres. These values were higher by 7.71%, 4.56% and 2.21% respectively than in the corresponding period of last year.

In September an average travel distance amounted to 64 kilometres and was by 3.7 kilometres shorter than in September of 2018.

The complete data can be found in the Statistics section.

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