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What is the biggest railway station in your country? Show us pictures and give us some information :)

I think the bussiest railway station in the Netherlands is Utrecht, but I'm not sure.
 

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Belgium : Bruxelles Midi

21 tracks :

1-2 stub for Eurostar to/from London (fenced)
3-6 Thalys, TGV, ICE
7-21 domestic traffic
22 stub domestic traffic, mainly used as engine pocket

Approximately 1000 trains per day, which is not bad at all for a city of
1.5 million inhabitants (compare with a city of similar importance in
France, for example...)

Controlled by one giant electric relays tower (built in the 70ies) with a few
computerized extensions.

Leads to 4 main lines to the south (one of them 4 tracks, the 3 others 2) and
to the north, to the north-south connection, going through Brussels
underground to Central and North, 6 tracks all the way, 20
trains/hour on each track during the peak hours.

Nice place for train watching.

See also (sorry, in french)
http://www.belrail.be/F/infrastructure/gares/index.php?gare=FBMZ&page=image
 

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How are you measuring busiest? Is it foot traffic because stations with several subway lines would win that.

Is it entirely rail foot traffic or number of trains terminating/departing from the station?

For the year 07/08 counting entry/exits

London Waterloo 100,306,690
London Victoria 77,462,118
London Liverpool Street 57,789,977
London Bridge 54,124,745
London Charing Cross 39,063,680
London Euston 29,341,183
London Paddington 29,224,721
London Kings Cross 24,629,269
East Croydon 22,583,906
London Cannon Street 22,177,066
 

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I think the train station in Amsterdam is the biggest train station in the Netherlands

- Daily ridership = 250.000 (2008)
- Platform tracks = 11

Rotterdam has approx. 110.000 passengers a day and Utrecht 151.000 a day.

Altough Amsterdam has the most passengers a day it is mostly said that Utrecht has the bussiest station in NL, I don't know why. I though that as well.
Utrecht train station has 55 million passengers a year and it now expanding (finished in 2013) to 100 million passengers a year. I don't know about Amsterdam.
 

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Hamburg Hbf., Frankfurt/Main Hbf. and Cologne Hbf. are the busiest in Germany. Which is number one, differs from what is counted. Passengers, number of trains etc.
In know that Cologne Hbf. and Frankfurt Hbf. have much more than 2000 trains per day each.
 

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In portugal:


Lisboa main stations:

Entrecampos = 300.000 daily (4 main platforms have an urban/comuter train entering/exiting the station at any time during rush hour(including some diesel hauled intercity and even a couple of pendolinos)) (plus 2 aditional tracks for regional trains)
Cais do Sodré = 270.000 daily (terminal station w/6/7 tracks, commuter only)(also has a huge FERRYBOAT terminus with more than 80.000 daily passengers)
Oriente = 205.000 daily (8 tracks serve all kinds of traffic)
Rossio = 70.000 daily (terminal station with 4+1 platforms, comuter only) (notice that EVERY one of the 4+1tracks has a platform in each side for ease of boarding(not counted as 10 platforms since they serve only 5 trains))

(rounded the numbers a little bit)

I don't know the numbers of portocity main stations:
S.Bento = ???
Campanhã = ???

^^ The "urban" trains literally "dump" almost everyone from the metropolitan areas in those six stations ... Rossio Oriente and Entrecampos are served by the "Sintra Line" wich is said to be the most heavily used comuter route in all of europe. :cheers:
 

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In Spain is Madrid Atocha;

2006 data draws an average of 215,744 pax/day, not counting subway. Now it should be much more thanks to the Madrid - Barcelona line, and when the HSR tunnel crossing Madrid is built, it should be around 250000/day. It´s also the busiest in number of trains. It has 25 tracks.
 

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Hamburg Hbf., Frankfurt/Main Hbf. and Cologne Hbf. are the busiest in Germany. Which is number one, differs from what is counted. Passengers, number of trains etc.
In know that Cologne Hbf. and Frankfurt Hbf. have much more than 2000 trains per day each.
Hamburg HBF:
passengers and visitors (daily): 450.000
long distance and regional trains (daily): 720
S-Bahn commuter rail (daily): 982
total trains (without U-Bahn): 1702

Frankfurt HBF:
passengers and visitors (daily): 350.000
long distance and regional trains (daily): 632
S-Bahn commuter rail (daily): 1100
total trains (without U-Bahn): 1732

München HBF:
passengers and visitors (daily): 350.000
long distance and regional trains (daily): 466
S-Bahn commuter rail (daily): 967
total trains (without U-Bahn): 1433

All data taken from the operator of the railway stations, Deutsche Bahn AG. U-Bahn-traffic is not taken into account as they are not operated by Deutsche Bahn.

Cologne has about 250.000 passengers and visitors and 1230 trains in total (again without U-Bahn) daily.

As there are no turnstiles, counting passengers and visitors separately is impossible. Usually the big stations in Germany also have a rather big integrated shopping part.
 

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According to my information Frankfurt/Main has ca. 290.000 passengers daily and Cologne Hbf. has 270.000 passengers daily. Both are the main high speed hubs in Germany.
 

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By the way, the busiest in the world is Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. Not counting Tokyo metro, the number was around 2,750,000 a day during 2008. If you count metro and all the adjacent stations -those connected with Shinjuku by walking corridors- the number goes 3,859,000 a day.
 

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Altough Amsterdam has the most passengers a day it is mostly said that Utrecht has the bussiest station in NL, I don't know why. I though that as well.
I think Utrecht is the bussiest station in the Netherlands, at least it's the largest station with 19 tracks.

Utrecht is located centrally in the Netherlands, All major lines in every winddirection in the Netherlands are crossing Utrecht Centraal. And Utrecht is the most important railway hub of the Netherlands.

Every train in the city of Utrecht is passing Utrecht Centraal. Amsterdam has more big junction stations like Amsterdam South/WTC or Amsterdam Sloterdijk. So not every train who is passing Amsterdam, doesn't have to pass Amsterdam Centraal.
 

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I guess Utrecht Central has the most trains passing through the station. But Amsterdam has more passengers entering and leaving trains (see some posts above), the way "bussiest stations" are usually measured.

Many passengers don't get off their train in Utrecht. Most major intercity services have Utrecht as an intermediate stop, rather as their final destination. I wonder whether passenger who change trains are included in these statistics.

A very good thing about the major Dutch railwaystations is their efficiency: they have less tracks than other major European stations but can handle a lot of traffic.
 

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^^

The transferring passengers aren't measured, and those are far more at Utrecht Central than at Amsterdam Central Station. Utrecht Central is the dutch national train hub, Amsterdam Central is a local hub. And Utrecht Central is the only station in Utrecht where intercity trains from Amsterdam are stopping, while Amsterdam has 5 stations where intercity trains from Utrecht are stopping.

Our railwaystations are indeed efficient, we hardly don't have any terminals, virtually only stations where trains can go in both directions.
 

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Busiest Station in Denmark:

Nørreport (in Copenhagen): 250.000 daily passengers (Metro + S-tog + Normal trains)

It's counted as the number of people who get on trains at the station (DSB hires people-counters at all stations once a year). The numbers range from 57.000 to 80.000 to 250.000, but since 250.000 seems a little bit more realistic, I decided to use that...

It is an underground through station and has 2 S-tog tracks, 2 regular train tracks, and 2 metro tracks, with trains every minute or two.
 

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A very good thing about the major Dutch railwaystations is their efficiency: they have less tracks than other major European stations but can handle a lot of traffic.
Well, dutch stations indeed usually have less tracks than in other countries,
but those tracks are usually longer, enough to receive two trains on the
same track at the same time. Switches allow those trains received on the
same track to pass each other. Very clever and doesn't exist anywhere
else that I know of. This way, you can make connections beween four
different trains on the same platform, without having to use stairs, which
is very handy for passengers, specially those loaded with tons of luggage...
But it also makes people walk a lot more to reach their train from the
station concourse than in a more classical station. And as foreign people
are not much used to this disposition, it is often difficult for them to find
their way. My son missed his train to Brussels in Amsterdam because of
that, just two days ago...
 

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Ten busiest train stations in Italy:
Roma Termini: 400.000 pax/day about 800 trains/day
Milano Centrale: 320.000 pax/day about 500 trains/day
Torino Porta Nuova: 192.000 pax/day
Firenze Santa Maria Novella: 162.000 pax/day
Bologna Centrale: 160.000 pax/day about 800 trains/day
Napoli Centrale: 137.000 pax/day
Milano Cadorna: 110.000 pax/day
Venezia Mestre: 85.000 pax/day
Venezia Santa Lucia: 82.000 pax/day
Verona Porta Nuova: 65.000 pax/day
 
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