Central Railway Station

Central Railway Station is a major architectural landmark in Sydney

Sandstone facade of Central Railway Station in Sydney
Sandstone facade of Central Railway Station in Sydney cc licensed photo by Wikipedia user Adam.J.W.C.

Sydney's Central Railway Station is a grand and stately building that rivals major train stations from around the world. It brings out memories of the early days of rail travel.

With a rich history going back to the construction of its predecessor, a single platform station with a corrugated metal shed built in 1855, Grand Central Railway Station has come a long way. The current station was built in 1906 from Pyrmont sandstone that is common in the area. The design was a collaboration between architect Walter Liberty Vernon and a railway engineer named Henry Deane. The goal was to create a station that rivalled the grandeur of some of Great Britain's Grand Stations. The design included a tall clock tower.

Today the station serves over 80,000 commuters daily. There is a total of 27 platforms; however, not all are actively used. As as a tourist using public transit, it will be hard for you to miss this stately Sydney landmark.

While visiting, you can go for a Central Station self-guided tour which explores 13 different parts of the station and gives you some historical background for each section.

Nearby attractions: Powerhouse Museum and Capitol Theatre.

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Address: Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

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Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light RailCentral Station0 minutes
T1, T2, T3, T4 or T5Central Station0 minutes

How to get to Central Railway Station by Train

By Train or Light Rail exit at Central Station.

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Rated 3.7 out of 5Central Star Rating

5 Star Rating It's a good station

cityraildude - 1 month ago

2 Star Rating The old Southern Cross station out in in Melbourne looks like a proper 21st century build "Central" railway station. No focus or priority given to service and convenience.

Chris Channel - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating early november 2018.. our experience of Central Station varies.. 1/ concourse is easier to navigate.. Very Good 2/ departure board is excellent.. should be 5 stars. 3/ FOOD== AT 7 P.M Virtually non existent..Eatery in what looks like dining/bar - can,t serve you i am closing...MOVE along to " take away.. Choices were not really inviting. Looked for best of a bad lot..HAM&CHEESE in triangular pack (app $9.00)... HOW WRONG WE WERE...DRY, COLD and TASTELESS. Should have found something to toast.. THEN along to SWANKY "RESTAURANT" at 7.50 p.m for 1 quick drink.. NO can do we are closing 8 o,clock.. Apparently the whole food area is run by an INTERNATIONAL Company who run stations World Wide... BRING BACK MACCAS or HUNGRY JACKS.. DON,T People want to MOVE quickly on Railways .. DEFINITELY a 2 STAR for the FOOD AREA.. HOPE this HELPS..

Kerry Foster - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Busy, large, bustling station, with plenty of helpful friendly staff and volunteers. Lots of easy to follow signage. If planning on using trains, buses and ferries, get a free opal card for discount fares. Using card, Sunday is all day travel for $2.50, so you can go to the blue mountains for $2.50.

La Manivela Suelta - 3 months ago

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