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
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
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