Number of passengers in public transportation up in 2021

Ljubljana – The number of passengers carried in public transportation in Slovenia was up significantly last year compared to 2020. However, taking into account all the restrictions due to the epidemic, the numbers recorded in 2021 are still relatively low compared to the pre-Covid year 2019, the Statistics Office said on Tuesday.

Although passenger numbers increased in 2021 compared to 2020, it needs to be said that public transportation did not operate at all in spring and parts of autumn 2020 due to the epidemic, or operated with many restrictions, the office added.

Buses in urban mass transit networks carried 30.8 million passengers last year, which is 22% more than in 2020. Buses on public long-distance services and regular international services carried almost 17 million passengers in 2021, a quarter more than in 2020.

In comparison, the number of passengers carried by buses in urban mass transit networks in 2019 was 58.6 million, while long-distance and regular international bus services logged 28.4 million passengers in the pre-Covid year.

An increase in the number of passengers was also recorded in rail and air passenger transport, as trains carried 11.9 million passengers in 2021, almost double the number recorded in 2020.

The Ljubljana airport recorded similar statistics, as just under 420,000 passengers travelled via the airport in Brnik, around 45% more than in 2020.