30 of the Best Train Stations in the World

Amazing train stations around the world

– Written by Victoria Philpott

Flashy train stations are designed to create an impression on anyone passing through. Back when train travel was the only option, and a damn exciting one at that, money was ploughed into making the buildings as grand as they can be.

A city’s train station is a symbol of their empire and wealth, so let’s see who looks like the wealthiest in the world and which hostels – according to Google Maps – are the closest to the most incredible train stations in the world…

#1 Antwerp Central Station, Belgium

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The Alias Youth Hostel is 1km, a 13-min walk and a 6-min bus ride away. Dorms start from €19.50pppn and privates from €50pppn. More hostels in Antwerp. Thanks for the pic debs-eye

#2 Dunedin Train Station, New Zealand

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The Living Space Dunedin is 600m, a 7-min walk and a 2-min drive away. Private rooms from €24.32pppn. More hostels in Dunedin.  Thanks for the pic  jmcgross.

#3 Helsinki Central Railway Station, Finland

Cool train station in Finland

Hotel Finn is 600m and a 7-min walk away. Private rooms from €29.75pppn. More hostels in Helsinki. Thanks for the pic Jorge Lascar.

#4 Porto São Bento Station, Portugal

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Tattva Design Hostel is 400m and a 5-min walk away. Shared rooms from €15pppn and private rooms from €22pppn. More hostels in PortoThanks for the pic Yellow.Cat.

#5 Paris Gare du Nord, France

Cool train stations in Paris

La Vieille France is just 250m and a 3-min walk away. Private rooms start from €40pppn. More hostels in Paris. Thanks for the pic markhillary

#6 NYC Grand Central Station, New York

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Hotel 31 is 1km away and a 15-min walk. You could cycle it in 6 mins or drive for 3. Private rooms start from €28.33pppn. More hostels in New York CityThanks for the pic DanDeChiaro.

#7 LA Union Station, California

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Stay on Main is 2.4km away, a 26-min walk and a 7-min drive. Shared rooms start from €26.44pppn and private rooms from €49.10pppn. Thanks for the pic vagueonthehow.

#8 London King’s Cross Station, England

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YHA London St Pancras is 300m away and a 4-min walk. Shared rooms start from €26.96pppn and private rooms from €31.17pppn. More hostels in London. Thanks for the pic Peter G Trimming.

#9 Istanbul Sirkeci Station, Turkey

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Best Town Palace Hostel is 800m away and a 10-min walk, or you can drive for 3 mins. Private rooms from €25.83pppn. More hostels in IstanbulThanks for the pic Allie_Caulfiel.

#10 Lisbon Central do Rossio Station, Portugal

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Lisbon Destination Hostel is actually IN the Central do Rossio Station. Dorms start from €17pppn and private rooms from €30pppn. More hostels in Lisbon. Thanks for the pic zoonabar

#11 Madrid Atocha Train Station, Spain

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Sol Hostel is 1.7km away, which is a 20-min walk – or you can drive it in 9 mins or get the metro for 12. Dorms start from €14pppn and private rooms from €13.95pppn. More hostels in Madrid. Thanks for the pic PromoMadrid.

#12 Amsterdam Centraal Train Station, Netherlands

Cool train stations in Amsterdam

There are quite a few hostels near Amsterdam’s Centraal Station, so I’ve gone for the highest rated. The Flying Pig Downtown Hostel is 400m away and a 5-min walk. Private rooms from €21.90pppn. More hostels in Amsterdam. Thanks for the pic jakeliefer.

#13 Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, India

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Hostel New Bengal is 650m and an 8-min walk away, or you can take a bus for 5 mins. Private rooms from €20.81pppn. More hostels in Mumbai. Thanks for the pic Arian Zwegers.

#14 Denver Union Station, CO

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Denver International Hostel is 1.5km and an 18-min walk away. You can drive it in 5 mins. Shared rooms start from €11.25pppn. More hostels in Denver. Thanks for the pic Loco Steve.

#15 Halifax Railway Station, England

cool train station in Halifax

Imperial Crown Hotel is 150m and a 2-min walk away. Private rooms start at €30.63pppn. Thanks for the pic burge5k.

#16 Ushuaia Tren del Fin del Mundo, Argentina

Cool train station in Argentina

Posada Costa Serena is, err, 6km away, so unless you fancy the 1 hour 18 min coastal walk (sounds good to me) you’ll need to travel 11 mins in the car. Private rooms start from €27.39pppn. More hostels in Ushuiaia. Thanks for the pic Leandro’s World Tour

#17 Kanazawa Station, Japan

Hotel Hinodeya is a 4-min walk away. Private rooms start from €42.37pppn. More hostels in Kanazawa. Thanks for the pic  Paul Mannix.

#18 Maputo Train Station, Mozambique

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Hotel VIP Maputo is just 850m and a 4 min walk away. Private rooms start from €80pppn. More hostels in Maputo. Thanks for the pic Don Salmone

#19 Haydarpasa Station, Istanbul

Amazing train stations around the world
Hush Hostel Lounge is just a 550m and a 7-min walk away. Dorm rooms start from €12pppn and privates from €18pppn. More hostels in Istanbul. Thanks for the pic calflier001.

#20 Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Berlin, Germany

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MEININGER Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof is 120m and a 2-min walk from the station. Dorms start from €12pppn and private rooms from €13pppn. More hostels in Berlin. Thanks for the pic freakyman.

#21 Nordpark Cable Railway, Innsbruck, Austria

Cool train station in Innsbruck
Thanks for the pic travelsilicon.

#22 Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Malaysia

Incredible train station in Kuala Lumpur
Pods the Backpackers Home is 1.7km away and a 20-minute walk. Or you could drive for 3 mins. Dorm rooms start from €8.73pppn private rooms from €9.75pppn. More hostels in Kuala Lumpur. Thanks for the pic jimmyharris.

#23 Gare de Strasbourg, France

Cool train stations in France
Hotel Bristol is 250m and a 3-min walk from the station. Private rooms start from €43.75pppn. More hostels in Strasbourg. Thanks for the pic frankartculinary.

#24 Lviv Station, Ukraine

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The Georgehouse Hostel is 1.8km away and a 20-minute walk or 7 mins in the car. Dorms start from €8.46pppn. More hostels in Lviv. Thanks for the pic lukasz.kryger

#25 Keleti Station, Budapest, Hungary

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Locomotive Light Hostel is 350m away and a 5-min walk. Shared and private rooms start from €10.55pppn. More hostels in Budapest. Thanks for the pic  NoMeEscuches.

#26 Central Station, Groningen, Netherlands

Cool train stations around the world
Hostel Pension Tivoli is 550m and a 7-min walk away. Private rooms start from €20pppn. More hostels in Groningen. Thanks for the pic The Wolf.

#27 Calatrava Station, Liège, Belgium

Cool train station in Liege, Belgium
Husa de la Couronne is just 53m and 56 secs away from the station! Private rooms start from €37.50pppn. Thanks for the pic Bert Kaufmann

#28 Gare de Limoges-Bénédictins, Limoges, France

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Hotel de France is 400m and 5 mins away. Private rooms from €19.25pppn. Thanks for the pic Karine C.

#29 Hua Hin Railway Station, Thailand

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Baan Manthana Hotel is 600m and 7 mins from the station. Private rooms start from €9.83pppn. More hostels in Hua Hin. Thanks for the pic UweBKK (α 550 on )

#30 Southern Cross Station, Melbourne

Cool train station in Melbourne

Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill on Collins is 170m and a 3-min walk away. Private rooms start from €41.50pppn. More hostels in Melbourne. Thanks for the pic AdamSelwood.

Thanks to everyone for the pictures and to Kevin for the top one. Please note, all images were used under the Creative Commons License at the time of posting. 

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