The National Rail Census 2021 captures the number of individuals boarding and alighting at each station in the country on a single day in 2021.
It provides a snapshot of patronage across the country at all stations and on all services on this date. It is not intended to represent an accurate picture of overall rail service usage, which instead is recorded in Iarnród Éireann’s annual patronage data. While the census can help to illustrate trends over time, each individual year the census data is subject to variation based on factors such as operating conditions, weather, service delays, etc. It is nonetheless a useful barometer.
The previous version was the NTA Heavy Rail Census Report 2019