train and subway stations that are worth a visit

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Estação da Luz

São Paulo, Brazil

From the outside, it may look like Big Ben. And, in fact, the structures of the station opened in 1901 were brought over from England by the company that built the São Paulo Railway, the first railway in the state. Nearby, you’ll find the lovely Jardim da Luz and the Pinacoteca museum.

Avenida Prestes Maia, 925

Pinacoteca: Praça da Luz, 2

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Estação Olaias

Lisbon, Portugal

On the outside, the colors of Estação Olaias can be seen on colorful walls. But they are nothing compared to the inside. With stained glass in warm colors, the station on the Red Line was considered one of the most beautiful in Europe by CNN and one of the coolest in the world by the Huffington Post.

Rua de Olivença

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Gare de Lyon

Paris, France

In order to not miss your train, arrive early to explore this station: take pictures of its 220-foot [67 m] tall clock, learn more about its history (which witnessed revolutions like the Paris Commune), or stop by the traditional restaurant Le Train Bleu – its sumptuous décor will take you on a trip back in time, to the 1900s.

Gare de Lyon: Place Louis-Armand Le

Train Bleu: Place Louis-Armand

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Grand Central Terminal

New York, United States

“Meet me at the clock,” say the New Yorkers, referring to the famous attraction in the terminal. A meeting point is necessary, as 750,000 people pass through the 1913 building – which cost the equivalent of US$ 2 billion – every day. Currently, it’s also a tourist attraction, with 60 shops, 35 eateries, and an events schedule of concerts and exhibitions.

89 East 42nd Street

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St Pancras International Station

London, United Kingdom

In the heart of the oldest underground railway network in the world, St Pancras offers more connections than any other London station and is the departure point for international trains. St Pancras is an icon of Victorian architecture, home to works of art like the famous statue of poet Sir John Betjeman.

Euston Road

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Flinders Street Station

Melbourne, Australia

The oldest terminal is Australia was inaugurated in 1854. The stunning building, with a yellow façade and copper dome, was built later, in 1910. Nearby, you’ll find the Australian Centre for the Moving Image – one of its galleries, incidentally, offers access to three of the station’s platforms.

Flinders Street Station: Flinders Street

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Estación de Atocha

Madrid, Spain

At first sight, Atocha may look like a giant greenhouse. And it’s not far from the truth: its glass roof has created the perfect environment for a botanical garden with over 250 tropical and subtropical species. A green freshness for anyone passing through the busiest station in the country.

Glorieta Emperador Carlos V