The news that London’s Waterloo station is set to top 200 million rail passengers a year propels it to the top of the league table of Europe’s busiest rail terminals. However, there are plenty of capital-city railway stations around Europe that still offer crowd-free tranquillity.
There are many European capital city railway stations with just a handful of trains each day. Pristina station in Kosovo has just three daily departures. Even the star of the day, the early morning service to Skopje, doesn’t pull crowds. It rarely has more than a handful of passengers, who can stretch out in its two carriages.
In the Albanian capital, Tirana, the railway station was so little valued it was recently swept away in a huge urban renewal project. Residents of the capital can still take the bus to nearby Kashar, from where seven trains each day trundle down to the port of Durres. But Tirana now ranks alongside Andorra La Vella, Valletta and Vaduz as one of Europe’s trainless capitals.