European Railway Station Index 2021

The coronavirus crisis has significantly restricted the freedom to travel in Europe and globally. Long train voyages have now become just a memory for most of us. However, with the pace of the vaccine roll-out progressing, there is every reason to be optimistic about regaining our freedom to travel this summer. As consumers across Europe rush to book business trips and vacations, our European Railway Index will come in handy.

Inspired by two indices, the European Consumer Airport Index and European Train Station Index 2020, we looked at Europe’s 50 largest railway stations and ranked them in terms of passenger experience and according to a mix of factors ranging from how crowded platforms are and accessibility to the number of destinations.

This is the second Annual Edition of the European Railway Station Index, seeking to rank Europe’s most passenger-friendly railway stations. We found data on the stations’ websites, online statistics, and conducted our own research to collect all necessary information. We have also considered the feedback we received from the media and the public on the first edition and did our best to improve it.

Overall Score: Top 10 Railway Stations for Passenger Convenience in Europe

Leipzig Hauptbahnhof in Leipzig, Germany leads the list of best railway stations in Europe. The station offers the greatest number of domestic destinations and an array of shops and restaurants. Several different railway companies use Leipzig Hauptbahnhof which made it stand out in the top 5.

Wien Hauptbahnhof, St. Pancras (last year’s winner moved a bit down which can also be explained by the limited Eurostar services) follow Leipzig Hauptbahnhof in spots two and three respectively. Amsterdam Centraal and Moscow Kazansky share the 4th spot

Top 10 - Railway Stations

RANK RAILWAY STATION CITY TOTAL SCORE
1 Leipzig Hauptbahnhof Leipzig 116
2 Wien Hauptbahnhof Vienna 108
3 St. Pancras London 106
4 Amsterdam Centraal Amsterdam 101
4 Moscow Kazansky Moscow 101
5 Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof Frankfurt am Main 96
5 München Hauptbahnhof Munich 96
6 Moscow Kursky Moscow 95
7 Milano Centrale Milan 93
8 Birmingham New Street Birmingham 91

The maximum possible score for a railway station is 133 points. Please see the methodology for for information.

Railway Station Index

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