10 Most Beautiful Train Stations In The World

Oct 15, 2019

1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, India:-

This UNESCO World Heritage Site, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, features a ideal and stunning fusion of Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival and traditional Indian Mughal styles. The building, opened in 1887, was designed by Frederick William Stevens and named in honor of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee that took place the same year.

2. Grand Central Terminal, USA:-

While most people call it Grand Central Station, this New York landmark is actually officially titled Grand Central Terminal. Either way, it is arguably the most famous train station in the U.S. and has repeatedly been named the most beautiful station in the world. It also happens to have the most platforms of any station in the world, with 44 platforms set on two separate levels.The current Grand Central building was completed in 1913 and designed by the architectural firms of Reed and Stem and Warren and Wetmore. The iconic clock in the main concourse was designed by Henry Edward Bedford.

3. Liege-Guillemins, Belgium:-

Planes and automobiles have made train travel a less popular means of transportation, so many of the truly great train stations were built during the Victorian and Edwardian Era. But every now and then a new train station actually manages to make its mark on the world. Such is the case with Liege-Guillemins, which opened in 2009.The design, by architect Santiago Calatrava, is strikingly modern, with a monumental arch that reaches 105 feet tall consisting of steel, glass, and white concrete. While the station only houses five platforms, it is one of the most important hubs in Belgium because all of the tracks are compatible with high speed trains.

4. Dunedin Station, New Zealand:-

George Troup designed the Dunedin Railway Station in a revived Flemish renaissance style, which ended up earning him the nickname of “Gingerbread George.” The building was completed in 1906, but since passenger rail traffic has drastically increased over the years, it is now used for more than just railway business. In fact, the station’s upper floor is home to both the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and the Otago Art Society.

5. Antwerp Central, Belgium:-

Antwerp Central—or Antwerpen-Centraal, if you're a local—is the main station for Antwerp, Belgium’s second most populated city. The original station opened in 1905, featuring stone terminus buildings and a massive dome over the waiting room hall. The design by Louis Delacenserie features so many varying architectural styles that many people have a hard time categorizing it at all, but somehow, the eclectic styles work together.

6. Luz Station, Brazil:-

Designed by Walter Macfarlane & Co. Saracen Foundry Glasgow and completed in 1901, this station is particularly notable for being assembled in Glasgow, then disassembled, shipped to Brazil, and then reassembled in its current location. During the early part of the 20th century, Luz Station was the main entrance to Sao Paulo, but since then, rail transportation in Brazil has declined as has the neighborhood where the station is located. Even so, the station is still stunning and attracts a good number of visitors, many of whom are also there to see the Museum of the Portuguese Language located inside the station.

7. Atocha Station, Spain:-

The largest railway station in Madrid, the current Atocha station building was constructed in 1892. Architect Alberto de Palacio Elissagne worked with Gustave Eiffel to design the wrought iron renewal style building, which was named after a nearby church dedicated to Our Lady of Atocha.

8. Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Malaysia:-

Built to replace an older station on the same site, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station was the city’s main railway hub up until Kuala Lumpur Sentral was opened in 2001. The striking building, completed in 1910, incorporates a variety of design elements from all over the East and West, sometimes referred to as Neo-Moorish/Mughal/Indio-Saracenic/Neo-Saracenic. Obviously this list couldn’t possibly contain every beautiful train station in the world, so if you have any particular favorites, feel free to mention them in the comments. And if you happen to be traveling via train any time soon, remember to take a good look at the stations you visit—their beauty just might add to your experience.

9. Istanbul Sirkeci Terminal, Turkey:-

Also known as the Istanbul Terminal, this station was designed by architect Jachmund and first opened in 1890. The design is considered to be one of the most famous pieces of European Orientalism and has influenced numerous architects since it was built. The terminal was also quite modern for its time, offering built-in gas lighting and heating from the day it was opened.

10. Haydarpasa Terminal, Turkey:-

Istanbul is home to not one, but two of the most beautiful train stations in the world. The Haydarpasa Terminal has traditionally served trains to the Asian side of Turkey while the Sirkeci Terminal served trains coming to and from the European side, though since the Haydarpasa Terminal is currently closed for upgrades, most of the tracks have been rerouted to other stations, including the Sirkeci Terminal.The neo-classical structure was designed by architects Otto Ritter and Helmut Conu and was completed in 1909. Construction was particularly labor intensive because the building’s foundation was laid out on wood piles driven into the mushy shore land that was reclaimed from the sea.