We have all spent more time than we care to remember in stations waiting for missed connections or delayed trains. After the obligatory cup of tea there is not much else to keep you entertained except huddling from the inevitable rain in the waiting room which, despite the ban, still has a hint of stale smoke.

But there are railway stations around the world that offer more than hot beverages and gloomy stationary stores. Here I have compiled some of the most beautiful railway stations of the world. I hope you will like it.

Union Station


Union Station in Los Angeles, California, which opened in May 1939, is known as the “Last of the Great Railway Stations” built in the United States.

Beijing West railway station


Beijing’s West Railway Station is located in western Beijing. Opened in early 1996 after three years of construction, it is the largest railway station in Asia.

Grand Central Station


Grand Central Terminal is a terminal station at Manhattan in New York City. It is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms 44, with 67 tracks along them.

Wellington Station


Wellington Railway Station is the southern terminus of New Zealand’s North Island Main Trunk railway. In terms of number of services and in passenger numbers, it is New Zealand’s busiest railway station.

Shanghai Railway Station


Shanghai Railway Station is the main railway station in Shanghai. It is one of the top class railway stations in China. Its passenger traffic is heaviest at all railway stations in Shanghai.

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station


Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was completed in 1910 to replace an older station on the same site. The station is notable for its architecture, adopting a mixture of Eastern and Western designs.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof


It is the main railway station in Berlin, Germany. Designed by the Hamburg architecture firm it began full operation in May 2006. The station serves an estimated 1,800 trains and 350,000 passengers per day.

Union Station Washington DC

Union Station is the grand ceremonial train station designed to be the entrance to Washington, D.C., when it opened in 1908. It is one of the busiest and best-known places in Washington, D.C., visited by 32 million people each year.

Gare du Nord, Paris


Gare du Nord offers connections with several urban transportation lines. By the number of travelers it is the busiest railway station in Europe and one of the busiest in the world.

Kiev Passenger Railway Station


Kiev Passenger Railway Station is Kiev’s main passenger railway station, serving more than 170,000 passengers per day. The station provides long-distance service including international, and a short-distance service to nearby regions.

Author Ahsan Mukhtar

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28 Responses to 10 Most Beautiful Railway Stations of the World

  1. Yves says:

    Have you checked out the Calatrava station in Liège? Quite stunning.

  2. Eddie says:

    No St. Pancras Station or ANY of the fantastic British Railway Stations made this list??
    Sorry, but this “10 list” is just not well thought out.

  3. Richard says:

    How can you possibly leave out St. Pancras station in London. Opened in 1868, it was one of the masterpieces of the architect, George Gilbert Scott. It was renovated this century at a cost of well over $1 Billion, and is a masterpiece in a city of spectacular train stations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Pancras_railway
    Paddington Station in London is also worth a long look

  4. Richard says:

    How can you possibly leave out St. Pancras station in London. Opened in 1868, it was one of the masterpieces of the architect, George Gilbert Scott. It was renovated this century at a cost of well over $1 Billion, and is a masterpiece in a city of spectacular train stations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Pancras_railway
    Paddington Station in London is also worth a long look

  5. lipo says:

    you left the railway station in maputo!!! anyway, I guess you have never been there… http://www.galenfrysinger.com/mozambique_railway_station.htm

  6. Colin says:

    What about Victoria Terminus in Mumbai?

  7. Colin says:

    What about Victoria Terminus in Mumbai?

  8. antwerpisthebest says:

    and where is the central station of Antwerp???
    according to my opinion that is the most beautiful station in the world!!!

  9. antwerpisthebest says:

    Antwerp?

  10. Olly says:

    George Gilbert Scott's masterpiece's Victoria Terminus in Bombay(now Mumbai) and St Pancras station,London DEMAND inclusion on this laughable Amerocentric,eccentric and wilfully bogusly eclectic list. I beg of you,come to your senses,think again and rectify the matter.

  11. andy says:

    i dont saw with my own eyes the other stations – but up to photos in web i think too, that ANTWERP station MUST be in this this list in every case!!!

    andy from slovakia

  12. Farhan says:

    what about king cross railway station and victoria mombai

  13. Flahony says:

    I agree with the fact that the amazing antwerp central station is one of the most beautiful ever built

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  15. Amara says:

    Central Station in Groningen is my favorite tbh.
    http://www.oldengarm.com/03-12-23%20groningen-03.JPG

  16. Sean Kevin Hernon says:

    And without St. Pancras International, the list loses any credibility.

  17. Alamgir Majid says:

    may be you have never seen the Centraal Station Antwerpen,Belgium

  18. phil c says:

    I travel through St Pancras weekly and am frankly glad to see it snubbed. No waiting rooms for passengers, instead, a massive shopping centre – station planners admitted this was to force people to take refuge in shops! Those post-renovation shops pack out a concourse that goes on above the long maze of underground connections, also lined with the ‘world’s longest champagne bar’, which is rarely ever populated more than sparsely – because if you’re going to drink champagne, you’re not going to do it in a huge draughty building next to WHSmiths. And then there are the East Midlands Trains platforms…

    Kings Cross and Paddington also mentioned – beautiful? Really? Have you ever journeyed through them? The majority of the comments seem to come from bitter Brits who haven’t looked twice at some of these beauties.

  19. Daniellspam says:

    Lisbon Train StationSpanish architect Santiago Calatrava
    Lisbon Gare do Oriente. North Train Station on Expo Park.

    Oriente Station is one of the world’s largest stations, with 75 million passengers per year which makes it as busy as Grand Central Terminal in New York.http://www.flickr.com/photos/migone/10509623/

  20. D Allwyn says:

     check Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus dear

  21. Omprakashjoke says:

    why the mumbai railway station is not here which beside being very beautiful also a UNESCO’s world heritage site

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