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A few days after a mysterious list of the 51 busiest train stations in the world emerged on the Internet an expanded version listing the 100 busiest train stations around the globe has shown itself.

Although other countries such as China and Germany made appearances, the densely populated island of Japan still holds 82 of the bustling transport hubs. And while Japan seems full of stations that resemble Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, only the top 10 are really that freakishly large and chaotic.

We’ve probably all seen the world famous images of Japanese commuters being shoved onto a train like so many complimentary hotel towels into a suitcase. Still, let’s see it again because it’s funny.

Actually, for the most part the trains run smoothly and people board and get off in an orderly fashion. The drivers are professional and conduct things (mostly) like a perfectionist.

For example, here’s a platform for the Yamanote Line at the busiest train station in the world, Shinjuku Station. Despite the hundreds of people lining the platforms, trains smoothly roll in and out every two minutes or so stopping for a mere 40 seconds at a time. Check it out for some medium-paced, orderly action!

And so without further ado, here is the expanded list of 100 busiest train stations in the world. These figures are ranked on the number of passengers per year.  Again, this data came to light with very little in the way of details such as transfers being included or the year measured, and could easily be subject to change.

1 Shinjuku (Tokyo, Japan)

2 Shibuya (Tokyo, Japan)

3 Ikebukuro (Tokyo, Japan)

4 Umeda-Osaka (Osaka, Japan)

5 Yokohama (Kanagawa, Japan)

6 Kita-Senju (Tokyo, Japan)

7 Nagoya (Aichi, Japan)

8 Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)

9 Shinagawa (Tokyo, Japan)

10 Takadanobaba (Tokyo, Japan)

11 Namba (Osaka, Japan)

12 Shinbashi (Tokyo, Japan)

13 Tennoji (Osaka, Japan)

14 Akihabara (Tokyo, Japan)

15 Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan)

16 Sannomiya (Kobe, Japan)

17 Omiya (Saitama, Japan)

18 Yurakucho-Hibiya (Tokyo, Japan)

19 Nishi-Funabashi (Chiba, Japan)

20 Meguro (Tokyo, Japan)

21 Daimon-Hamamatsucho (Tokyo, Japan)

22 Ueno (Tokyo, Japan)

23 Oshiage (Tokyo, Japan)

24 Paris Nord (Paris, France)

25 Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan)

26 Machida (Tokyo, Japan)

27 Gare de Chatelet-Les Halles (Paris, France)

28 Kawasaki (Kanagawa, Japan)

29 Roma Termini (Rome, Italy)

30 Tamachi-Mita (Tokyo, Japan)

31 Kyobashi (Osaka, Japan)

32 Funabashi (Chiba, Japan)

33 Ayase (Tokyo, Japan)

34 Hamburg Central (Hamburg, Germany)

35 Yoyogi-Uehara (Tokyo, Japan)

36 Kamata (Kamata, Japan)

37 Gotanda (Tokyo, Japan)

38 Kichijoji (Tokyo, Japan)

39 Kaneyama (Aichi, Japan)

40 Musashikosugi (Kanagawa, Japan)

41 Fujisawa (Kanagawa, Japan)

42 Oimachi (Tokyo, Japan)

43 Nakano (Tokyo, Japan)

44 Tachikawa (Tokyo, Japan)

45 Iidabashi (Tokyo, Japan)

46 Kashiwa (Chiba, Japan)

47 Hakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

48 Tsuruhashi (Osaka, Japan)

49 Nishi-Nippori (Tokyo, Japan)

50 Nakameguro (Tokyo, Japan)

51 Zurich Main (Zurich, Switzerland)

52 Osaki (Tokyo, Japan)

53 Ebisu (Tokyo, Japan)

54 Frankfurt Central (Frankfurt, Germany)

55 Munich Central (Munich, Germany)

56 Otemachi (Tokyo, Japan)

57 Shin-Osaka (Osaka, Japan)

58 Mizonoguchi (Kanagawa, Japan)

59 Sapporo (Hokkaido, Japan)

60 Jimbocho (Tokyo, Japan)

61 Sengakuji (Tokyo, Japan)

62 Nippori (Tokyo, Japan)

63 Ichigaya (Tokyo, Japan)

64 Kokubunji (Tokyo, Japan)

65 Milano Centrale (Milano, Italy)

66 Yodoyabashi (Osaka, Japan)

67 Noborito (Kanagawa, Japan)

68 Wakoshi (Saitama, Japan)

69 Matsudo (Chiba, Japan)

70 Fukuoka-Tenjin (Fukuoka, Japan)

71 Shanghai (Shanghai, China)

72 Berlin Central (Berlin, Germany)

73 Totsuka (Kanagawa, Japan)

74 Kinshicho (Tokyo, Japan)

75 Cologne Central (Cologne, Germany)

76 Yotsuya (Tokyo, Japan)

77 Shin-Kiba (Tokyo, Japan)

78 Gare Saint-Lazare (Paris, France)

79 Tsudanuma (Chiba, Japan)

80 Asakadai/Kita-Asaka (Saitama, Japan)

81 Shin-Koshigaya/Minami-Koshigaya (Saitama, Japan)

82 Ebina (Kanagawa, Japan)

83 Seoul (Seoul, Korea)

84 Shimokitazawa (Tokyo, Japan)

85 Chiba (Chiba, Japan)

86 Ochanomizu (Tokyo, Japan)

87 Okachimachi (Tokyo, Japan)

88 Amsterdam Central (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

89 Dusseldorf Central (Dusseldorf, Germany)

90 Hanover Central (Hanover, Germany)

91 London Waterloo (London, England)

92 Sakae (Aichi, Japan)

93 Nihonbashi (Tokyo, Japan)

94 Kanda (Tokyo, Japan)

95 Nagatsuda (Kanagawa, Japan)

96 Hiyoshi (Kanagawa, Japan)

97 Sugamo (Tokyo, Japan)

98 Ginza (Tokyo, Japan)

99 Ogikubo (Tokyo, Japan)

100 Sendai (Miyagi, Japan)

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  •  Walking through Shinjuku station (3+ / 0-)
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    Mishima, koNko, TheMomCat

    is a task in agility.   Many times I have been there during the rush hour, and many of people have I been forced to meet closer than was comfortable.   Ahh the memories...

  •  Its an embarasment... (4+ / 0-)

    We have none of them.  

    Under capitalism man exploits man, under communism the roles are reversed.

    by DavidMS on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 06:02:09 PM PST

  •  I just sat here and watched train after train. (1+ / 0-)
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    And it was awesome, except for the first one. that was some heavy duty squishing of people.

    •  Feature, not a bug. (1+ / 0-)
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      Many stations in Japan, Taiwan and China have "Platform Attendants" whose job is to pack sardines and quickly and efficiently as possible.

      And "please mind the platform gap" !

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 06:51:42 PM PST

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      •  it was nice how they made sure all the (2+ / 0-)
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        Mishima, koNko

        clothing was tucked in.

        •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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          That's important because coat tails are untimely connected to sardines.

          My vote for the most polite platform attendants goes not to Japan, but Hong Kong, which has an assortment of gentle & polite part-timers who push and shove as a last resort, something that can't be said for all the little grannies rinding the trains.

          MTRC customer service rocks.

          What about my Daughter's future?

          by koNko on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 06:52:44 AM PST

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  •  On a daily basis, Shinjuku is undoubtedly No. 1 (2+ / 0-)
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    Mishima, Roadbed Guy

    But during peak traffic during the Lunar New Year, I'm pretty confident the Guangzhou East station and Shanghai North and South stations are far more crowded both in total number of people passing through the stations in a day and people/things per unit area.

    And it so happens this week is the kick-off of the "Greatest Human Migration", by about Thursday, these stations will be incredibly crowded inside and out.

    I work for a JP company headquartered in Shinjuku-ku and visit often, so I have a reasonable basis for comparison.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 06:49:24 PM PST

    •  Yeah, what are these -subway stations? (1+ / 0-)
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      It totally boggles the mind that China is not heavily represented on this list -really, how can it NOT be?

      •  Of the stations under discussion (2+ / 0-)
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        Roadbed Guy, Mishima

        Shinjuku Station is a vast, sprawling station that integrates JR Light Rail, JR Shinkenzen and Tokyo Subway trains on a combination of Elevated tracks, over-built with high rise office and commercial buildings, and subterranean commercial shops. So it is not just a major transportation hub, but also a very populous office, shopping and entertainment district, and (close to) the Tokyo Municipal Government Headquarters. My company head office it there.

        China has a tendency to build multiple stations in large cities    as it has more land than Japan, so on a per station basis the traffic would be less than Shinjuki (but comparable to say Osaka).

        Shanghai North, Shanghai South, Hongqiao Station, Shanghai West and Guangzhou East are also large transportation hubs that integrate Metro (subway) local rail, long distance rail and HSR lines. They are smaller than Shinjuku, but during Spring Festival (aka Chinese New Year) they get overwhelmed beyond capacity of all trains as millions head-off to visit ancestral homes or to go out for tourism (Guangzhou East has trains to Hong Kong).

        Making things worse, if the weather is bad and heavy snow falls, some line will get delayed as they dig out and that can really overload the stations.

        Guangzhou (in South China Guangdong province) has a very high population of migrant or relocated workers so the peak travel at the start and end of the holiday is unbelievably intense.

        Another big Chinese station is Wuhan (Central) as this new station is a HSR rail hub in the center of China connecting many other regions.

        Absolutely, on a daily or average basis, Shinjuku should be the world's busiest by a significant margin, walking around the station on surface level (can be done) would take about an hour, it's that big.

        What about my Daughter's future?

        by koNko on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 07:25:23 AM PST

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        •  Thanks for the information (1+ / 0-)
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          although having been to places like Hong Kong and Osaka, I remain skeptical that the latter really should have that many more train stations on the list than the former.

          And not having been to India I have no first hand experience, but rumor has it that a whole boatload of people travel by train in that country as well.  But yet, it seems to be oddly under-represented on the list . . ..

  •  Safety Regulations Exist? (2+ / 0-)
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    Rashaverak, Mishima

    Serious question. Are there no safety regulations on passenger ratios in given size cars??? It is hard to believe that such regulations do NOT exist, also hard to believe they were not wildly violated in this video. Even restaurants are regulated as to what their maximum capacity is. And in the case of a train, it is not just space, it is weight, which will affect performance and balance of the cars.

    "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

    by HeartlandLiberal on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 04:46:31 AM PST

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