Railway Stations Index

St. Pancras International désignée meilleure gare d’Europe

Quelle gare offre le voyage le plus agréable en Europe? Le collectif indépendant de défense des consommateurs qui agit à l’échelle du vieux continent (Consumer Choice Center) vient de titrer Londres St. Pancras International dans un classement qui prend en compte la fréquentation, le nombre de jours de grève, les services aux voyageurs…

Londres et l’Allemagne

Si Londres obtient la médaille d’or, l’Allemagne se détache largement comme le pays où le voyage en train est le plus pratique et le plus confortable. Successivement, Leipzig, Munich, Hambourg, Berlin, Francfort et Hanovre s’illustrent dans le haut du tableau. 

Ce classement prend en compte un grand nombre de critères. La propreté des gares mais aussi la clarté des affichages, le nombre de jours de grève, la proportion d’entreprises ferroviaires se partageant les rails, la diversification des boutiques et des restaurants, la présence d’ascenseurs ou encore la desserte de destinations internationales ont été identifiés pour proposer le classement le plus clair. 

Pays du train par excellence, la Suisse s’impose comme la deuxième destination où il est le plus aisé de monter à bord: Zurich est deuxième et Berne dixième. L’Italie ferme la marche des pays les mieux représentés grâce à Rome (4e) et Milan (8e).

Top 10 des meilleures gares ferroviaires d’Europe:

1. London St Pancras International (Royaume-Uni)

2. Zurich Central Station (Suisse)

3. Leipzig Central Station (Allemagne)

4. Roma Termini (Italie)

5. München Central Station (Allemagne)

6. Hamburg Central Station (Allemagne) – ex-aequo avec Berlin Central Station (Allemagne

8. Milano Centrale (Italie)

9. Moscow Kazansky (Russie) – ex-aequo avec Frankfurt Central Station (Allemagne)

10. Bern Railway Station (Suisse)

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The Consumer Choice Center is the consumer advocacy group supporting lifestyle freedom, innovation, privacy, science, and consumer choice. The main policy areas we focus on are digital, mobility, lifestyle & consumer goods, and health & science.

The CCC represents consumers in over 100 countries across the globe. We closely monitor regulatory trends in Ottawa, Washington, Brussels, Geneva and other hotspots of regulation and inform and activate consumers to fight for #ConsumerChoice. Learn more at consumerchoicecenter.org

Estas son las mejores estaciones de tren de Europa

Tanto los responsables políticos como los ciudadanos se han ido concienciando en los últimos años del riesgo para el medio ambiente que suponen los viajes en avión. De ahí que muchos turistas, siempre que sea posible, estén optando por desplazarse en tren, incluso en trayectos de larga distancia.

A raíz del crecimiento de los viajes en tren, el Consumer Choice Center ha elaborado un informe llamado European Railway Index (Índice Ferroviario Europeo), que clasifica a las mejores estaciones del Viejo Continente basándose en distintos factores como número de pasajeros y plataformas, cantidad de destinos naciones e internacionales, limpieza o accesibilidad. El estudio da una puntuación por cada dato analizado siendo de 139 la máxima posible.

El informe analiza un total de 50 grandes estaciones de Europa y llama la atención que entre los 10 primeros puestos de la lista hay cinco de Alemania.

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The Consumer Choice Center is the consumer advocacy group supporting lifestyle freedom, innovation, privacy, science, and consumer choice. The main policy areas we focus on are digital, mobility, lifestyle & consumer goods, and health & science.

The CCC represents consumers in over 100 countries across the globe. We closely monitor regulatory trends in Ottawa, Washington, Brussels, Geneva and other hotspots of regulation and inform and activate consumers to fight for #ConsumerChoice. Learn more at consumerchoicecenter.org

Ferrovie, due stazioni italiane tra le prime dieci in Europa

Il Consumer Choice Center (CCC) ha esaminato le 51 maggiori stazioni ferroviarie d’Europa e le ha classificate in base all’esperienza dei passeggeri, analizzando una combinazione di fattori che vanno da come sono affollate le piattaforme all’accessibilità, dal numero di destinazioni nazionali e internazionali alla pulizia. Tutto sommato, per l’Italia, i risultati sono lusingheri.

La top ten

I giudici hanno incoronato St. Pancras International di Londra come la migliore stazione ferroviaria d’Europa. Zurigo si è collocata al secondo posto mentre la stazione centrale di Lipsia ha conquistato il gradino più basso del podio ponendosi come la migliore in Germania.

Subito sotto (quarto posto) c’è la prima stazione italiana che è quella di Roma Termini seguita da Monaco di Baviera. La Germania fa tripletta con Amburgo e Berlino pari merito al sesto posto (si parla sempre di stazioni centrali) mentre ottava è la seconda stazione italiana, Milano Centrale. Chiudono la classifica della top ten Mosca Kazansky e ancora un impianto tedesco, quello di Francoforte.

A livello di nazioni, dunque, svetta la Germania con cinque stazioni, seguita dall’Italia con due e quindi Gran Bretagna, Svizzera e Russia con una.

Secondo CCC tutte brillano grazie al basso numero di giorni di sciopero, alle diverse destinazioni offerte, all’accessibilità per i passeggeri su sedia a rotelle e alle diverse offerte alimentari e commerciali. In tal senso le stazioni francesi sono state escluse per i troppi giorni di sciopero mentre Roma Termini potrebbe avere una valutazione migliore ma offre solo sei destinazioni internazionali contro, ad esempio, le cinquantuno di Lipsia.
Milano Centrale, per contro, ha un’offerta commerciale meno convincente.

Il resto della classifica

Naturalmente, ci sono altre stazioni italiane che compiono in questa classifica delle prime 51 in Europa: abbiamo Firenze Santa Maria NovellaRoma Tiburtina Bologna Centrale tutte appaiate al 38esimo posto!

Poi troviamo Torino Porta Nuova al 47esmo posto. La maglia nera della classifica (51 posto) va alla stazione di Parigi Magenta.

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The Consumer Choice Center is the consumer advocacy group supporting lifestyle freedom, innovation, privacy, science, and consumer choice. The main policy areas we focus on are digital, mobility, lifestyle & consumer goods, and health & science.

The CCC represents consumers in over 100 countries across the globe. We closely monitor regulatory trends in Ottawa, Washington, Brussels, Geneva and other hotspots of regulation and inform and activate consumers to fight for #ConsumerChoice. Learn more at consumerchoicecenter.org

London St Pancras is named Europe’s best railway station

From its soaring gothic spires to its vast glazed roof to its croissant-packed concourse below, St Pancras station is well loved by Londoners. 

But now its status is official: St Pancras International has been named the best railway station in Europe by the Consumer Choice Centre.

St Pancras, which serves 35.6 million passengers a year, came out top among Europe’s 50 biggest stations for accessibility for wheelchair users, cleanliness and range of destinations served. Wheelchair users have previously praised the station’s step-free access to the Underground and helpful staff.

The European Railway Station Index also noted St Pancras’s excellent range of shops and restaurants (although they gave it minus points for rail strikes – boo!) and scored it a superb 116 points out of 139. 

St Pancras International even beat Zürich Central to the top spot, despite the Swiss station’s 100 percent score for cleanliness. There is NO DIRT on Zürich station.

Other London stations have done us proud too. The newly-refurbed London Bridge made it into fifteenth place and London Victoria got the twentieth spot.

Feeling inspired? Eurostar’s just opened a direct train from St Pancras International to Amsterdam from April, from just £35 each way. A direct service to Rotterdam opens in May.  

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The Consumer Choice Center is the consumer advocacy group supporting lifestyle freedom, innovation, privacy, science, and consumer choice. The main policy areas we focus on are digital, mobility, lifestyle & consumer goods, and health & science.

The CCC represents consumers in over 100 countries across the globe. We closely monitor regulatory trends in Ottawa, Washington, Brussels, Geneva and other hotspots of regulation and inform and activate consumers to fight for #ConsumerChoice. Learn more at consumerchoicecenter.org

London St Pancras tops list of Europe’s best train stations

Europe’s best train station for passengers has been revealed, with London St Pancras taking the top spot.

A new survey from the Consumer Choice Centre has ranked Europe’s fifty largest train stations by a series of metrics including accessibility, cleanliness, number of platforms, hospitality and number of strike days, to give a composite score out of 139.

St Pancras topped the list with a score of 116, thanks to its low number of strike days, international connectivity, and convenience for passengers.

No other UK station made the top 10, with Birmingham New Street coming in 12th with a score of 93. London Bridge came 15th, London Victoria 20th, and London Liverpool Street 22nd.

The rest of the top ten was dominated by German stations, with Leipzig, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin and Frankfurt all making the list.

Europe’s top 10 stations for passengers

StationScorePassenger volume (per year)
St Pancras International11635.6m
Zurich Central Station111154.6m
Leipzig Central Station11043.8m
Roma Termini108150m
Munich Central Station103127.8m
Hamburg Central Station99200.7m
Berlin Central Station99110m
Milan Central Station96120m
Moscow Kazansky9450.1m
Frankfurt Central Station94164.3m

Fred Roeder, managing director of the Consumer Choice Center, said the ranking demonstrates the power of offering both practicality and comfort at major railway stations.

“As any traveler knows during peak times, many railway stations struggle with passenger peaks, and that experience trickles down to everyone who takes a train.

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“High points were awarded to the stations that offered great destinations around the continent, but also a healthy mix of shops, restaurants, and conveniences found at the station.

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

Europe’s worst 10 stations for passengers

StationScorePassenger volume (per year)
Paris Magenta4141.3m
Copenhagen Norreport4353.7m
Paris Haussmann-Saint-Lazare4444.6m
Paris Chatelet-les-Halles58179.9m
Torino Porta Nuova6070m
Oslo Central Station6154.8m
Dortmund Central Station6347.4m
Berlin Friedrichstrasse6376.7m
Vienna Wien Mitte6397.8m
Helsinki Central Station6473.2m

The bottom of the list was dominated by French stations, with three of the bottom four all located in Paris.

Paris Magenta came last with a score of 43, suffering especially from the number of strikes days that it has been struck by, followed by Denmark’s Copenhagen station, and Haussmann-Saint-Lazare and Chatelet-Les-Halles in Paris.

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The Consumer Choice Center is the consumer advocacy group supporting lifestyle freedom, innovation, privacy, science, and consumer choice. The main policy areas we focus on are digital, mobility, lifestyle & consumer goods, and health & science.

The CCC represents consumers in over 100 countries across the globe. We closely monitor regulatory trends in Ottawa, Washington, Brussels, Geneva and other hotspots of regulation and inform and activate consumers to fight for #ConsumerChoice. Learn more at consumerchoicecenter.org

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.’

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The Consumer Choice Center is the consumer advocacy group supporting lifestyle freedom, innovation, privacy, science, and consumer choice. The main policy areas we focus on are digital, mobility, lifestyle & consumer goods, and health & science.

The CCC represents consumers in over 100 countries across the globe. We closely monitor regulatory trends in Ottawa, Washington, Brussels, Geneva and other hotspots of regulation and inform and activate consumers to fight for #ConsumerChoice. Learn more at consumerchoicecenter.org

London St Pancras named Europe’s best train station

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The win was accredited to its low number of strike days, high passenger convenience and international connectivity.

London St Pancras has been named the best train station in Europe in a new comprehensive report compiled by the Consumer Choice Centre (CCC).

The European Railway Station Index scored Europe’s 50 largest railway stations out of a possible 139 points across criteria including accessibility for wheelchair users, cleanliness, signage, platforms and range of destinations served.

They were also scored on the choice of restaurants and shops and first-class lounge facilities, plus points were subtracted based on the number of days affected by rail strikes.

German stations

St Pancras placed top with an overall score of 116, with Birmingham New Street (12th), London Bridge (15th) and London Victoria (20th) also making it into the top 20.

German stations ranked the best overall, with five of the top 10 based in Germany: Leipzig, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin and Frankfurt.

Italy also had two entries, with Roma Termini and Milan Central Station ranking fourth and eighth respectively.

At the other end of the spectrum, Magenta station in Paris achieved the lowest score (41), followed by Nørreport station in Copenhagen and Haussmann-Saint-Lazare in Paris.

Strike days, passenger convenience and international connectivity

“Train travel has received a more important role in Europe in recent years,” said the CCC.

“Policy makers and consumers have oriented toward train travel as a means of reducing carbon emissions.

“While we at the Consumer Choice Center stand for choice and technology neutrality, we want to use the rise of interest in long distance train travel as an opportunity to show which railway stations in Europe are the most convenient for travellers.”

The CCC attributed St Pancras’ win to its low number of strike days, high passenger convenience and international connectivity.

“The fact that it also hosts the longest champagne bar in Europe did not influence this ranking,” it added.

Europe’s 10 best train stations

St Pancras, London, UK

Zürich Central Station, Zurich, Switzerland

Leipzig Central Station, Leipzig, Germany

Roma Termini, Rome, Italy

München Central Station, Munich, Germany

Hamburg Central Station, Hamburg, Germany

Berlin Central Station, Berlin, Germany

Milan Central Station, Milan, Italy

Moscow Kazansky, Moscow, Russia

Frankfurt Central Station, Frankfurt, Germany

Europe’s 10 worst train stations

Magenta, Paris, France

Nørreport, Copenhagen, Denmark

Haussmann-Saint-Lazare, Paris, France

Châtelet–Les Halles, Paris, France

Torino Porta Nuova, Turin, Italy

Oslo Central Station, Oslo, Norway

Dortmund Central Station, Dortmund, Germany

Berlin Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, Germany

Wien Mitte, Vienna, Austria

Helsinki Central Station, Helsinki, Finland


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LONDON ST PANCRAS CROWNED BEST TRAIN STATION IN EUROPE

London St Pancras has been named Europe’s best train station in a new ranking.

The European Railway Station Index, compiled by the Consumer Choice Centre (CCC), scored Europe’s 50 largest railway stations out of a possible 139 points, across criteria including accessibility for wheelchair users, cleanliness, signage, platforms and range of destinations served.

They were also scored on the choice of restaurants and shops and first-class lounge facilities, plus points were subtracted based on the number of days affected by rail strikes.

Home to Eurostar services to France, Belgium and the Netherlands, St Pancras placed top with an overall score of 116.

However, it was the only UK station to make the top 10.

German stations were rated the best in general, with five of the top 10 based in Germany: LeipzigMunich, Hamburg, Berlin and Frankfurt.

Italy also had two entries, with Roma Termini and Milan Central Station ranking fourth and eighth respectively.

Several more British stations made it into the top 20: Birmingham New Street (12th); London Bridge (15th); and London Victoria (20th).

At the other end of the spectrum, Magenta station in Paris achieved the lowest score (41), followed by Nørreport station in Copenhagen and Haussmann-Saint-Lazare in Paris.

Many of the French capital’s stations ranked poorly due to the high number of strike days affecting travel.

“Train travel has received a more important role in Europe in recent years,” said the CCC. 

“Policy makers and consumers have oriented toward train travel as a means of reducing carbon emissions. 

“While we at the Consumer Choice Center stand for choice and technology neutrality, we want to use the rise of interest in long distance train travel as an opportunity to show which railway stations in Europe are the most convenient for travellers.”

The CCC attributed St Pancras’ win to its low number of strike days, high passenger convenience and international connectivity.

“The fact that it also hosts the longest champagne bar in Europe did not influence this ranking,” it added.

Europe’s 10 best train stations

  1. St Pancras, London, UK
  2. Zürich Central Station, Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Leipzig Central Station, Leipzig, Germany
  4. Roma Termini, Rome, Italy
  5. München Central Station, Munich, Germany
  6. Hamburg Central Station, Hamburg, Germany
  7. Berlin Central Station, Berlin, Germany
  8. Milan Central Station, Milan, Italy
  9. Moscow Kazansky, Moscow, Russia
  10. Frankfurt Central Station, Frankfurt, Germany

Europe’s 10 worst train stations

  1. Magenta, Paris, France 
  2. Nørreport, Copenhagen, Denmark 
  3. Haussmann-Saint-Lazare, Paris, France
  4. Châtelet–Les Halles, Paris, France
  5. Torino Porta Nuova, Turin, Italy
  6. Oslo Central Station, Oslo, Norway
  7. Dortmund Central Station, Dortmund, Germany
  8. Berlin Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, Germany
  9. Wien Mitte, Vienna, Austria
  10. Helsinki Central Station, Helsinki, Finland

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Danmarks togstationer er ikke gode

Mange lufthavne bruger millioner på at gøre opholdet for passagererne mere behageligt. I København er der f.eks. kommet mange flere restauranter, mens Singapore Changi har udvidet med en ægte indendørs regnskov at slappe af i mellem flyvningerne – inklusive et vandfald over flere etager.

Jernbane-stationer forbinder de fleste af os sikkert med en anden oplevelse:

Ret kedelige afgangs- og ankomst-haller, der godt nok kan være interessante rent i arkitekturen, men hvor kiosker og fastfood restauranterne er de samme overalt. Desuden kan det være iskoldt at stå på perronerne, hvor vinden kommer pivende ind.

Der er dog heldigvis forskelle – bestemt også til det bedre. Dem har det internationale Consumer Choice Centre været på udkig efter i sit første European Railway Index. Det skal fremover fungere som en bibel over gode og mindre gode togstationer i vores verdensdel.

Forbruger-organisationen med base i USA har sendt testpersoner ud til hundreder af togstationer og målt dem på kriterier som renlighed, udvalg af destinationer og kødannelser på perronerne.

Europas bedste jernbane-station er St. Pancras i London. Herfra afgår de hurtige Eurostar tog til Europa, og stationen opnåede en score på 116 points.

St. Pancras gennemgik for nogle år siden en omfattende modernisering, der kostede næsten 5,6 milliarder kroner. I dag omfatter stationen både et shopping center, en bus station, et større antal restauranter og cafeer samt et eget hotel.

Tyskland er det land i Europa, der har flest togstationer i Top-10. Faktisk ligger halvdelen af toplisten syd for den danske grænse – nemlig Leipzig, München, Hamborg, Berlin og Frankfurt.

Italien har to stationer med i Top-10, mens hverken Danmark eller de øvrige nordiske lande har kunnet kvalificere sig til en placering blandt de bedste.

Faktisk er der kun to skandinaviske togstationer med blandt Europas 50 bedste. Det er Helsinkis hovedbanegård på en 42. plads med 64 points og Oslos Central Station med 61 points som nummer 46.

Ikke just imponerende resultater, når den maksimale score er 139. Og hvor er de danske stationer….


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Europe’s Best Train Stations

The Consumer Choice Center has published its first annual European Railway Index, which ranks Europe’s most passenger-friendly train stations on criteria such as cleanliness, access to destinations and crowd levels on platforms. St. Pancras in London, a hub for Eurostar services to continental Europe, was ranked number one with a score of 116. It underwent an £800 million refurbishment which was completed in 2008 and it boasts a shopping center, a coach facility and a hotel.

Zürich Hauptbahnhof comes second on the ranking with 111, just ahead of Leipzig Hauptbahnhof in Germany. In fact, German stations account for five of the top-10 with Münich, Hamburg, Berlin and Frankfurt all present. Italy has two entries in the top-10, Rome’s Termini station and Milano Centrale, while Moscow Kazansky comes in eighth.

Infographic: Europe's Best Train Stations | Statista

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