For travelers, train stations are a magical place. In Europe, especially, they serve as a point from which you are able to travel to a wide variety of destinations in an idyllic setting, observing the landscape and the gradual changes that define the path between one place to another.
Let’s take a look at some of the busiest train stations in Europe, where travelers realize this moment on a daily basis.
Gare Du Nord: Paris, France
With 206.7 million passengers passing through its halls per year, Paris’s Gare du Nord station is the busiest in Europe and one of the busiest in the world. From here, travelers go to all points of France as well as other countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.
Hamburg Hauptbahnhof: Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg Hauptbahnhof is, perhaps surprisingly, the second-busiest station in Europe with an annual tally of 200.7 million passengers. Not only a hub that serves the entirety of the German railway network, but it also connects northern Germany and Scandinavia with Central Europe.
Châtelet–Les Halles: Paris, France
Paris has two of the three busiest train stations in Europe, with the second station in the French capital averaging 179.9 million passengers per year. This station isn’t as commonly visited by tourists, as it mainly serves suburban railways connecting satellite Parisian towns with the city.
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof: Frankfurt, Germany
Germany makes another appearance on the list with the fourth-busiest station on the continent. 164 million passengers pass through the Frankfurt train station on an annual basis, which the German rail company describes as the country’s most important station due to its central location.