From Baroque ceilings to atriums from Hollywood’s most iconic films, these train stations transcend the average transportation hubs and have evolved into must-visit destinations. How many have you explored?!
The busiest railway station in the world, outside of Japan.
Visitors to the breathtaking Gare du Nord will be greeted by 23 perfectly sculpted statues representing the destinations served by the Chemin de Ferd Nord company. This massive station sees an average of 190 million travelers per year, and was built between 1861-1864.
Amazing mosaics, Corinthian columns, and Baroque ornaments abound!
Among the breathtaking architecture and mosaics lining the walls, a stroll through this gem of Moscow retells the stories of some of the most iconic moments in Russia’s history; visitors can even stumble upon a platform of former leader Vladimir Lenin at the end of the platform!
Visit Platform 9 ¾!
The heart and soul of the city can be felt with a stroll through this imposing rail station. This station is also home to the famous Platform 9 3/4, take a photo in front of this iconic spot before catching your train onward!
As seen in some of Hollywood’s most iconic films!
With more platforms (44) than any other station in the world, Grand Central Terminal has become a must-see on any New York bucket list. Uncover its secrets from a hidden bar to the “Whispering Gallery” or enjoy a game of tennis in the court upstairs!
Lush garden filled with tropical flowers and turtles!
Madrid's largest railway station has all of the makings of your typical train station, with one exception: a indoor tropical forest home to a variety of plants and even some wildlife!
Built at the site at a former Benedictine monastery.
20,000 tin-glazed ceramic tiles line the atrium walls of this station, depicting scenes from Portugal’s history, from battles to royal meetings to successful conquests.
Nicknamed the “Railway Cathedral.”
This breathtaking transportation hub is always on the list for “most beautiful train stations in the world,” and it’s not hard to see why! With its glass vaulted ceilings and lavish towers, a trip to this station is sure to leave visitors in awe. You’ll even find a diamond gallery that houses over 30 diamond shops – a truly luxurious experience!
Bask in the beauty of the “Dome of Light.”
From the outside, this stations seems just like any other. However, this train station has a secret; inside you’ll find one of the most breathtaking celebrations of color and light.
Moorish is more!
Commuters are sure to feel like royalty when pulling into this Moorish-style station! The all-white architecture paired with arched windows, endless corridors, and intricate domes mold together to create something out of a dream.
Also known as the world’s longest art exhibit.
Over 90 of the 100 subway stations in Stockholm have been transformed into exquisite works of art by over 150 artists. From sculptures to installations to paintings, each station is themed and celebrates the station’s history or significance; visit the blood-red cave of Solna Central Station, or walk under the rainbow archs of Stadion Station.
T-Centralen Station in Stockholm, Sweden
Stadion Station in Stockholm, Sweden