The best railway stations in Europe named – and it’s London’s St Pancras International that is No1 (with not a single French station in the top 10)

  • Researchers ranked more than 50 of the biggest railway stations across Europe 
  • Stations were scored on factors including quality of signs and number of shops
  • Zurich Central Station is second while Germany’s Leipzig Central Station is third
  • At the very bottom of the ranking is Magenta station in the French capital

London’s St Pancras International has been named as the best railway station in Europe in a new ranking.

Researchers looked at 51 of the biggest stations across Europe and scored them on factors including the quality of signage, the convenience of accessing platforms and the number of shops and restaurants.

Zurich Central Station in Switzerland is second in the ranking while Germany’s Leipzig Central Station is third.

London’s St Pancras International, pictured, which has been named as the best railway station in Europe in a new ranking

The ranking, called the European Railway Station Index, has been compiled by the Consumer Choice Center (CCC).

Other factors that were taken into consideration when creating the ranking were the availability of ride-hailing services, the number of international destinations served, the average number of strike days and the existence of first-class lounges.

Topped-ranked St Pancras claims the number one spot because researchers say it has a ‘low number of strike days, high passenger convenience and international connectivity’.

Second-place Zurich was found to have a high number of shops and restaurants, while Leipzig claims third for serving 51 domestic and six international destinations.

Zurich Central Station is in second place. It was praised for its high number of shops and restaurants

Zurich Central Station is in second place. It was praised for its high number of shops and restaurants

Leipzig claims third for serving 51 domestic and six international destinations

Leipzig claims third for serving 51 domestic and six international destinations 

In fourth place is Rome’s Termini station and in fifth spot is Munich Central Station.

Hamburg and Berlin Central Stations are joint sixth, with Milan Centrale Station in eighth.

Moscow Kazansky and Frankfurt Central Station make up the rest of the top 10 in joint ninth place.

Other railway stations in the UK in the ranking are Birmingham New Street (joint 11th), London Bridge (joint 14th), London Victoria (joint 20th), London Liverpool Street (joint 25th) and London Euston (joint 32nd).

The station at the bottom of the ranking is Magenta station in Paris.

Also faring badly are Nørreport Station in Copenhagen (50th), Haussmann-Saint-Lazare (49th) and Châtelet–Les Halles (48th). The latter two are both in Paris.

In fourth place is Rome's Termini station. It is one of two Italian stations to make the top 10. The other is Milan Centrale

In fourth place is Rome’s Termini station. It is one of two Italian stations to make the top 10. The other is Milan Centrale 

Fred Roeder, managing director of the Consumer Choice Center, said: ‘As any traveller knows, during peak times, many railway stations struggle with passenger peaks, and that experience trickles down to everyone who takes a train.

‘High points were awarded to the stations that offered great destinations around the continent and also had a healthy mix of shops, restaurants, and conveniences.

‘We also rewarded stations that experience the lowest number of strike days, something passengers in many countries could only wish for.

‘London St Pancras does not just look like a station from another world but also leads this index as Europe’s best railway station. Generally, Germany and Italy lead the way in Europe.

‘Half of the top 10 stations in Europe are in Germany and two are in Italy. Not a single French station made it in the top 10.’

THE TOP 51 RAILWAY STATIONS IN EUROPE 

1. St. Pancras International, London

2. Zürich Central Station

3. Leipzig Central Station

4. Roma Termini

5. München Central Station, Munich

6= Hamburg Central Station

6= Berlin Central Station

8. Milano Centrale, Milan

9= Moscow Kazansky

9= Frankfurt Central Station

11= Bern Railway Station

11= Birmingham New Street

13. Hanover Central Station 

14= Utrecht Central Station 

14= London Bridge 

16. Gare du Lyon 

17= Nuremberg Central Station 

17= Cologne Central Station 

17= Naples Central Station 

20= London Victoria 

20= Vienna Central Station 

20= Rotterdam Central Station 

23= Düsseldorf Central Station 

23= Amsterdam Central Station

25= London Liverpool Street 

25= Gare du Nord, Paris 

27= Essen Central Station 

27= Bremen Central Station

29= Stuttgart Central Station 

29= Paris Saint Lazare 

31. Gare Montparnasse, Paris 

32= Moscow Kursky

32= London Euston

32= Barcelona Sants 

32= Madrid Atocha 

36= London Waterloo 

36= Berlin Zoologischer Garten

38= Firenze Santa Maria Novella, Florence 

38= Bologna Central Station 

38= Roma Tiburtina 

41. Moscow Yaroslavsky 

42. Helsinki Central Station 

43= Wien Mitte, Vienna 

43= Berlin Friedrichstraße

43= Dortmund Central Station

46. Oslo Central Station 

47. Torino Porta Nuova, Turin 

48. Châtelet–Les Halles, Paris 

49. Haussmann-Saint-Lazare, Paris 

50. Nørreport , Copenhagen 

51. Magenta, Paris  

Source: Consumer Choice Center  

 



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