Central Station is an iconic railway station located south of the Sydney CBD. It is sometimes referred to as the Central Railway station, or simply Central, and it is the largest and busiest train station in the state.
Part of the reason for this is that it services most of the lines on the train network and moves more than 10 million passengers each year.
Central Station Sydney, Map, Address, Platforms, Parking, Hotel & Food
The station is set on a city block close to Surry Hills, Haymarket and the CBD. The station is bounded by Pitt Street, Eddy Avenue and Elizabeth Street. With its rich history and great cultural significance, it is one of the most important landmarks in Sydney.
The present station was first opened to the general public in 1906. It is interesting to note that the new station incorporated the Mortuary Train Station which, just as the name suggests, was used to facilitate funeral processions to the nearby Rockwood Cemetery. The station has since undergone redevelopment to maintain its integrity and continue to serve millions of passengers every year.
Central Station is made up of both ground level and underground platforms. The latter was constructed as part of the Eastern Suburbs Railway, and in recent years, underground platforms have also been built to expand the train station.
For first-time visitors, it helps to know that the station serves all of the city’s suburban lines, with the exception of Carlingford and Cumberland lines. There are also long-distance train services to different parts of the state.
One of the things that set this train station apart is its proximity to bus and coach services. Some bus services make departures from nearby Railway Square, with long-distance coach services available on Pitt Street.
Look out for the indicator board which is located at the main concourse. If you are interested in exploring the city, you will be fascinated to learn that the original indicator board is preserved at the Powerhouse Museum. This board had 22 vertical panels which have since been replaced by computer screens to ease getting by at Central Station.