Old station front, still in use as a side entrance.
The station opened in 1842 as the original terminus of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, before the line was extended in 1846 through the Haymarket tunnels and Princes Street Gardens to what is now Waverley station. Its name has always been just 'Haymarket', as opposed to 'Edinburgh Haymarket' - although the latter designation is used in timetables by some train operating companies for the purpose of clarity.
The station has four through platforms and, since December 2006, one bay platform on the north side of the station. As a general rule, trains to and from stations across the Forth Bridge use Platforms 1 and 2, with trains to and from Glasgow and the West Coast Main Line using Platforms 3 and 4. The bay platform (Platform 0) was built for services terminating at Haymarket while major engineering works were taking place at Waverley station. All platforms are electrified.
Platforms 0 to 4 at Haymarket (in 2011) showing all platforms electrified, showing the tunnels leading to Waverley station to the east.
The station was listed amongst the most congested on the Scottish railway network due to rapid increases in passenger numbers. Network Rail has recently completed a £24M upgrade following the 2007 business plan, which suggested that options for remodelling passenger facilities at the station were to be considered during the period of the plan. The installation of passenger lifts was scheduled to be completed by December 2010; all platforms would then become fully accessible to those with reduced mobility. A new concourse, and other improvements to the capacity of the station as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme, were completed in December 2013.
Haymarket TMD, a service and maintenance depot, is located 0.6 miles (1 km) west of the station, on the north side of the railway, adjacent to Murrayfield Stadium.
The railway station is served by Edinburgh Trams service, which began operating in May 2014. Renovations to station, in compliance with the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme, have turned it into an intermodaltransport interchange, whereby it is simple to connect between the trams, Lothian Buses, National Rail and taxi services.