SCF: Premium stations are an attractive destination for the retail industry

Premium railway stations, belonging to Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A. (Polish State Railways), are special places on the map of the largest Polish cities. They are interesting facilities for tenants, where, as one of the few travellers and residents, they can also do shopping and use services seven days a week. The PKP company is the exhibitor of the autumn edition SCF 2020 CEE

There are over 630 railway stations in Poland and 90% of them are buildings managed by Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A. (Polish State Railways). Premium stations deserve special attention - facilities located in large cities, such as Warsaw, Katowice, Wrocław or Kraków. PKP manages 17 such stations.

Good location, rich offer

Premium railway stations are seen as showcases of cities and the whole country. They attract tenants by their attractive location in the centres of large agglomeration centres, which guarantees a large flow of passengers, i.e. potential customers. The largest transport hubs, such as Warsaw, Poznań or Kraków, serve an average of tens of thousands of travellers per day. According to the study of the Office of Railway Transport "The largest railway stations in Poland", on average 58 thousand passengers a day were served at the stations Wrocław Główny and Poznań Główny, at the station Warszawa Wschodnia over 47 thousand passengers a day. 

During a visit to the station, passengers can take advantage of a wide range of commercial offers to do shopping in a grocery store or press point, spend a nice time waiting for the train with a cup of coffee in a café or confectionery, use the restaurant or even send a registered letter at the post office.

The great advantage of having premises in Premium railway stations, compared to traditional street locations and strictly commercial facilities, is that they can be opened all week long, also on Sundays and holidays. These facilities are also attractive to tenants due to their rent rates, which vary depending on the city in which they are located.

Comfortable and functional for all

Most of the Premium railway stations have been modernised as part of the investment programme implemented by PKP S.A. The facilities are adapted to the needs of various groups of travellers, including people with disabilities. They have ramps, lowered checkout windows and modern toilets. There are also paths for the blind and visually impaired and tactile maps of the facilities.

The attractiveness of Premium stations is influenced not only by their functionality and comfort of use, but also by their aesthetic values. They are mostly historical buildings with very interesting architecture, such as those in Lublin, Gdynia or Wrocław. There are also very modern buildings, such as the main stations in Katowice and Krakow.