Railways: at the heart of cities and everyday life


A specialist in catering in high foot traffic areas like railway stations, Areas aims to support the strategy of concession grantors and make travelers’ life easier. The Group is committed to making railway stations people-friendly and modern living spaces where real life and pleasure meet by combining the concepts of catering and retail to match the needs of travelling consumers.

What Nils wants,


It's to wait for his next connection in relaxing surroundings, away from the crowd, and enjoy a good cup of coffee while replying to his urgent emails.


See what we've put together for Nils, at the Gare du Nord railway station, Paris, France.

Gare du Nord railway station, Paris, France

750,000 people pass through Gare du Nord every day.

Your journey, your break


Every railway station has a specific layout, size and location, as well as a unique travelers’ typology. Commute, business or weekend, travelers all have a different experience at the station. The Group develops brands and services that can meet the expectations and needs of every traveler so that railway stations turn into a venue of choice.


  • No.1 in the French railway stations catering market
  • 84 railway stations in Europe
  • 219 restaurants and points of sale

Making railway stations friendlier


plays a major role in the global process aiming to re-humanize railway stations by modernizing spaces, adding new services, and enhancing hospitality and customer relationships. The objective is to turn railway stations into welcoming living spaces where travelers can enjoy themselves while they’re there. Passengers can thus benefit from their in-station time to relax and have something to eat. In a bid to transform the station into a pleasant living space which is closer to the heart of the city, Areas provides innovative catering solutions, as well as lounge areas that bring together popular brands, its own concepts and related services.

Downtown catering pulling into the station


Areas has introduced main-street brands at the heart of the railway stations, such as Paul, Quick, monop'daily, Costa Coffee... These quickly recognizable brands have strong reputations and provide reassuring landmarks for travelers. They guarantee a successful and friendly break by providing a real diversity of dining solutions (gourmet, dietary, cozy, on the go...) for all tastes and all budgets.

A few references

  • Paris Gare de Lyon
  • Paris Montparnasse
  • Madrid Atocha

Services improving the travelers’ comfort


A railway station is a busy, high-traffic area where people often wait and sometimes experience some degree of stress. Depending on each station’s specificities, Areas has developed a wide range of services to offer maximum comfort and convenience for the travelers: passenger information and entertainment display systems, luggage lockers, concierge services, access to Wi-Fi, devices recharging points and playgrounds for kids.