Lonely Planet Writer

Are these the most beautiful train stations in the world?

With recent news that one of Europe’s most unique and opulent stations, Canfranc International Railway in the Spanish municipality of Canfranc may soon be resurrected after years of decay and deterioration, we have taken a look at some of the more architecturally interesting train stations around the world.

 

Washington D.C.'s Union Station is right in the centre of the US capital. Image by: Getty Images
Washington D.C.'s Union Station is right in the centre of the US capital. Image by: Getty Images
In Kanazawa, Japan, the Tsuzumi-mon at Kanazawa Station symbolises a traditional Japanese instrument called Tsuzumi (or hand drums). Image by: Getty
In Kanazawa, Japan, the Tsuzumi-mon at Kanazawa Station symbolises a traditional Japanese instrument called Tsuzumi (or hand drums). Image by: Getty
Travel to the Land Down Under, then look up at the Shot Tower in Melbourne, Australia.
Image by: Getty
Travel to the Land Down Under, then look up at the Shot Tower in Melbourne, Australia. Image by: Getty
San Bento Railway Station (1916). Designed by Josa Marques da Silva and is known for its tile panels  depicting scenes from Portugal's history. Porto, Portugal. Image by: Getty Images
San Bento Railway Station (1916). Designed by Josa Marques da Silva and is known for its tile panels depicting scenes from Portugal's history. Porto, Portugal. Image by: Getty Images
You can visit the Oriente Railway Station by Santiagio Calatrava in Lisbon, Portugal. Image by: Universal Images Group via Getty Images
You can visit the Oriente Railway Station by Santiagio Calatrava in Lisbon, Portugal. Image by: Universal Images Group via Getty Images
You can get just about everywhere in Europe using trains, so try starting out or ending up in Rotterdam, The Netherlands at the New Rotterdam Central Station. Image by: Getty Images
You can get just about everywhere in Europe using trains, so try starting out or ending up in Rotterdam, The Netherlands at the New Rotterdam Central Station. Image by: Getty Images
6. Mozambique.
The African coastal country is off the tourist track – seeing just 1.7 million tourists to its 28.8 million locals. 
Image by: Adrien Barbier/Getty Images
6. Mozambique. The African coastal country is off the tourist track – seeing just 1.7 million tourists to its 28.8 million locals. Image by: Adrien Barbier/Getty Images
Visiting the Mayakovskaya Metro Station in Moscow, Russia is a trip you likely won't forget. Image by: Toby Forage/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Visiting the Mayakovskaya Metro Station in Moscow, Russia is a trip you likely won't forget. Image by: Toby Forage/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Take a look into the future of travel with the Liége-Guillemins Railway Station in Guillemins, Belgium, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Image by: Getty
Take a look into the future of travel with the Liége-Guillemins Railway Station in Guillemins, Belgium, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Image by: Getty
The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia offers visitors optical illusions, so make sure you know which direction you're headed. Image by: AFP/ MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images
The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia offers visitors optical illusions, so make sure you know which direction you're headed. Image by: AFP/ MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images
You may not find Harry Potter or the real Platform 9 3/4, but King's Cross Station is more than worth the visit if you find yourself in London, England. Image by: Getty Images
You may not find Harry Potter or the real Platform 9 3/4, but King's Cross Station is more than worth the visit if you find yourself in London, England. Image by: Getty Images
Grand Central Station is hard to miss if you're coming to New York City by train. Image by: Getty
Grand Central Station is hard to miss if you're coming to New York City by train. Image by: Getty
New Zealand: Dunedin, city of the Otago Region, in the South Island. The railway station built in the Edwardian Baroque style. Image by: Andia/UIG via Getty Images
New Zealand: Dunedin, city of the Otago Region, in the South Island. The railway station built in the Edwardian Baroque style. Image by: Andia/UIG via Getty Images