9 Most Dreamy Train Stations in the World You Must Visit
October 28, 2020
Trains stations all over the world are a witness to human strength, fragility and love for adventure. We at the Good Humans Club are fond of writing and exploring the grand, dreamy and beautiful things, places and thoughts that humans could explore. We loved writing this piece and we hope you will delight in reading it too.
𝓛𝓲è𝓰𝓮-𝓖𝓾𝓲𝓵𝓵𝓮𝓶𝓲𝓷𝓼 𝓻𝓪𝓲𝓵𝔀𝓪𝔂 𝓼𝓽𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷
Gare de Liege-Guillemins in Liege, Belgium is an open air building that was completed in 2009. It has soaring white beams and massive arch over the tracks. The station is used by 15,000 people on a daily basis, which makes it the 11th busiest station in Belgium.
This ultramodern train station definitely worths a visit, even if you won’t come to Liége by train. It’s an architectural masterpiece authored by Santiago Calatrava that also creates the desire of visiting his hometown, Valencia, another medieval town like Liége, perhaps even prettier.
It has 9 tracks and 5 platforms (three of 450 m and two of 350 m).The canopy covers five platforms and extends over 145 meters. This train station is so impressive. Everywhere you go looks like a CGI image. There is harmony and symmetry when you stand central to anything, and yet the vistas frequently change and reveal themselves to you as you pass by. It is a very calm and beautiful train station.
Gare de Liege-Guillemins in Liege, Belgium has an amazing glass design with impressive dimensions. Really open design. Clear easy to understand ticket machines with help on hand for the technophobes! Clear platform signage and you can actually hear the announcements unlike most UK stations.
𝒢𝓇𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒞𝑒𝓃𝓉𝓇𝒶𝓁 𝒯𝑒𝓇𝓂𝒾𝓃𝒶𝓁 | 𝒩𝑒𝓌 𝒴𝑜𝓇𝓀
The Grand Central Terminal in New York is a period piece. It reflects a grand era, a place where paintings are seen in high ceilings- it is a real tribute to the ingenuity of humankind. It has a great food court and in winter, it is royally decorated to bring in the Christmas cheer.
The historic building is very well maintained and the observation levels are a wonderful place to look down onto all the happenings. It’s also a great place to grab a cup of whatever you prefer – tea, coffee, soup – and sit back, relax and do some crowd watching.
The Grand Central Station in Mid-town Manhattan is a sight to behold where both tourists and commuters alike can start or end their passenger rail journey.
This art deco building completed in 1913 is complete with an oyster bar and other eateries. Newspapers and magazines can be picked up at the kiosk inside the terminal before one starts their journey north to Westchester County or on to Connecticut. For longer rail journeys, go to Penn Station where Amtrak has departures throughout much of the country.
This has to be up there as one of the most iconic New York landmarks, along with the Empire State, Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler Building. The sheer size and beautiful architecture really takes your breath away. Lots of great places to eat in the food hall, hidden bars and fabulous shopping arcades – must visit even if you’re not catching a train.
𝒢𝒶𝓇𝑒 𝒟𝓊 𝐿𝓎𝑜𝓃 | 𝒫𝒶𝓇𝒾𝓈
The Gare Du Lyon Train Station in Paris was first built for the World Exposition of 1900. It is considered a classical architecture and known for the distinct large clock tower atop one corner of the station. It is similar to that of the Big Ben clock tower in the UK at the Houses of Parliament.
It is the home of the station house restaurant Le Train Bleu which has served drinks and meals to travellers since 1901. It is known for its ornate and luxurious decor.
Le Train Bleu restaurant is a very special place. The dining room is so exquisite. The large hall is a temple to travel with beautiful frescoes adorning the ceiling. Each one evokes a different destination just as the delicious dishes transport you to a land of culinary delight. Truly excellent service made our evening a perfect voyage.It is historic, unequalled in the flamboyance of its design and scale; a century-old throwback to when train travel required luxury amenities equal to the expectations of long distance travelers.
Today the Gare de Lyon or the Station of Lyon is officially one of the biggest railway stations in the world. It has the ability to handle 90 million passengers each year. It is the third busiest train in France and it was named after the city of Lyon.
This train station in Paris has an amazing French rococo architecture and impressive French restaurants. It is free to stroll and explore the shops inside whether you are traveling or not. There are also several big and small hospitals surrounding the train station including the University hospital. Also the Paris Zoo is located just across the station or river Seine- it is just walking distance.
𝒞𝑒𝓃𝓉𝓇𝒶𝓁 𝑅𝒶𝒾𝓁𝓌𝒶𝓎 𝒮𝓉𝒶𝓉𝒾𝑜𝓃 | 𝑀𝒶𝓅𝓊𝓉𝑜, 𝑀𝑜𝓏𝒶𝓂𝒷𝒾𝓆𝓊𝑒
The Central Railway Station in Maputo is administered by the Mozambique Ports and Railways, it is on the CFM Sul line, and links South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. It was constructed starting 1908 until 1916 using the Beaux-Arts style, which is inspired by the French Gothic and Renaissance elements in the 18th and 19th Century.
Maputo Central Station is one of the most beautiful train stations in Mozambique. It is a very impressive building with lots of details from days gone by. The place is clean, and comes with a museum and cafe inside. Visitors can see lots of pictures telling the history of the train station and how it was planned and executed. Outside of the station is a busy and bustling city with local folks.
You can tour the museum for MTS 50 as entry fee, and explore it and have a wonderful time for 45 minutes up to 1 hour. Some of the parts in the movie Blood Diamond ( Leonardo Dicaprio) was filmed here. This train station is ranked as the third most beautiful in the world.
This train station exudes a relaxing vibe, guests and travellers can come for a nice coffee and eat delicious pastries as they stop and relax. Despite the buildings being old, they are well managed. There are also a lot of historical monuments that guests can explore.
Kanazawa Station | Kanazawa, Japan
The Kanazawa Station in Japan is one of the most pleasant looking train stations in the world. The architects strived to balance modern style while making sure to respect Japanese tradition. The Kanazawa Station has a massive wooden gate, and people who are exiting the station cannot help but be impressed when they see the vermilion structure. It also has a huge glass dome of the plaza roof rising behind it.
In the station building’s central concourse you can see that the roof is supported by a series of wooden pillars joined at the top by wooden beams. Built from local cypress wood there are 12 of these gates with 24 pillars. Take a closer look at them and you will see embedded in each one a beautiful piece of art. These artworks represent Kanazawa’s heritage crafts of lacquerware, woodwork, and ceramics.
It is a truly wonderful architecture that blends modern style with respect for tradition. From a distance, the contours of Kanazawa Station resemble a Samurai helmet, a testament to Japanese attention to detail.
There is so much to say about it from the drum-like legs of the Tsuzumi-mon gate, to the traditional crafts such as washi paper found in different parts of the station, to the shinkansen platforms where the pillars are decorated with gold leaf, to the simple but lovely water garden outside. As if that isn’t enough there is some of the best shopping and food/restaurants to be found here too!
Kanazawa Station is beautiful, impressive, well planned and very convenient for travellers.
The station itself is small but packed with all the necessities you need. Make sure to pick up Kanazawa’s speciality souvenir and treats before you leave Kanazawa because you won’t find it anywhere else.
There are shopping mall right next to the station where you can find restaurants on the 6th floor. The bus stop is stop is right in front of the main entrance of the station and has a roof over it so you can stay dry during rainy days.
Antwerpen-Centraal | Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp Central is the main train station in Belgian City of Antwerp, it is operated by the NMBS. The train station building is stone-clad, it was designed by local architect Jan Van Asperen.
The Antwerp Central is an iconic structural building, it has recently undergone refurbishment. The great entrance hall has mostly been left alone, but as you enter deeper into the train station you will observe the upgrades.
The building looks fantastic, and worth visiting. This train station is kingly and has an imposing grandeur effect. It is also close to major attractions like the zoo and the comic murals that surround Antwerp.
Sirkeci Station | Istanbul
The Sirkeci Station in Istanbul is part of its historic culture, it sits right next to the Golden Horn and just northwest of Gülhane Park and the Topkapı Palace.
Guests would describe the Sirkeci Station as an impressive Ottoman station, the building houses a cafe restaurant and a small museum relating to Turkish railways. You can stop and relax and get some coffee or tea. You will get a nice and relaxed feeling, while in the middle of Istanbul.
It used to be a great hub for train transportation in Europe, nowadays there are still some international route but not as in the past. Good to visit and see how it was important in the old days. Now there is a metro station connecting to the other side of Bosphorus strait called Marmaray.In fact is more a train station because even the price is different from metro 5,20 TRY instead of 2,60. Good option to use this train to visit Uskudar district.
Sirkeci station has been largely modernised (a new front entrance, Metro station, etc), but retains some of its old charm remaining from the days of being the terminus for the Orient Express. One platform, the old waiting room, a museum and the restaurant retain some of their old charm.
No longer used as a station, it’s now home to the Istanbul Railway Museum.
St. Pancras | London
St. Pancras International, is the terminus for Eurostar services from London, Belgium, France and Netherland. It has high speed trains and stands between the British Library, the Regent’s Canal and the King’s Cross Railway station.
St. Pancras Station is one of the loveliest international train stations in the world. It first opened in 1868, it was built to connect London to all the major cities in the UK & Europe. There are 4 main services from the station which includes the Eurostar, East Midlands Railway, Southeastern & ThamesLink.
It is Victorian architecture at its finest, open for 24 hours and is now more than just a train station. It has many shops and cafes, as well as restaurants inside.
The Queen’s favourite shop, Fortnum & Mason is also available in the finely restored building. Some famous shops like Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Ted Baker, Boots, Kate Spade & L’Occitane are inside and sure to make you smile. Best of all, there’s a Pret A Manger & M&S Simply Food store. You can do your groceries here before returning to your hotel or Airbnb froom. The train station has free WiFi throughout the train station.
Travelers can Order tickets online and then order lunch and wine during the trip.
São Bento Railway Station | Porto, Portugal
São Bento Railway Station is a 20th-Century railway station terminal located in the civil parish of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso in the municipality of Porto district of Porto. The English translation of the name is Saint Benedict. It is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and as a National Monument of Portugal.
This train station is more than just a railway station, it is an amazing tourist spot in its own right. The tiles and the artworks in the walls are so intricate and heavenly to look at. Just imagining all who have passed through the Historic Railway Station, is breathtaking and mind-blowing.
If you ever want to see the best tiles which are painted by hand, you should definitely add this railway station into your travel itinerary.
The “Estação de S. Bento” is an ex-libris of the city of Porto for its architecture, history and urban life.The station itself is functional and beautiful, with tile frescos covering the entire inside entrance area. They tell a great story and you should check it out!
This station is HUGE and the tiles are renowned. You can just wander in and see them all on offer for free without having to purchase a train ticket.