Kiev Passenger Railway Station

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Ukrainian: Залізнична станція "Київ-Пасажирський"

Railway station
Station statistics
Address Vokzalna Ploshcha, Kiev, Ukraine
Coordinates 50°26′26″N 30°29′22″E / 50.44056°N 30.48944°E / 50.44056; 30.48944Coordinates: 50°26′26″N 30°29′22″E / 50.44056°N 30.48944°E / 50.44056; 30.48944
Connections tram, Metro (Vokzalna station, Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line)
Structure type at-grade
Tracks 14
Parking yes
Other information
Opened 1870
Rebuilt 1932, 2001
Electrified 1950
Owned by Ukrzaliznytsia
Terminus Southwestern Railways Terminus
The current main railway station, showing how it fits into the landscape
The former two-platform brick station building of Old English Gothic style in the 19th century.

Kiev Passenger Railway Station (Ukrainian: "Київ-Пасажирський", Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi) is a complex of the non-terminus Kiev's Central Station building and adjoining "Southern Station" building that are connected by a broad passenger viaduct, plus the adjacent terminus Suburban Station, together serving more than 170,000 passengers per day (as of 2005). "Southern Station" is a misnomer in virtually universal usage in Kiev, referring to a large entrance with ticket booths on the other side of the tracks from the Central Station building. The station complex thus provides long-distance and international services, and short-distance service (elektrichka) for suburbs (including dacha areas), minor city stations, and nearby regions.

The Kiev Metro station Vokzalna[1] is adjoining the complex, constituting the station's main intersection with city transport. The Kiev tram terminal Starovokzal'na (Ukrainian: "Старовокзальна") (the terminal for Kiev's High-Speed Tram line) is also adjacent via a passageway.

History and architecture[edit]

The only preserved Ukrainian-built Soviet steam freight locomotive FD (Luhansk Lokomotive Factory) plinthed IS20-578 at Kiev Railway Station

The old Kiev railroad station was constructed during 1868-1870, as a part of Kiev-Balta and Kiev-Kursk railroad constructions, which were also completed in 1870. The station was located in a valley of Lybid’ river, replacing soldiers' and gendarmes' settlements. The two-floor brick station building of Old English Gothic style was by the architect М. V. Vyshnevetskyi.[2]

The current Central Station building was constructed in 1927-1932 and designed by O. Verbytskyi. It was built in the style of Ukrainian Baroque with some elements of Constructivism. The Central Station building is designated as the Landmark of Architecture, numbered 193.

In 2001, the building was restored to roughly its original state. In the same year, the new modern "Southern Station" building was erected at the opposite side of Central Station's sixteen tracks, being in reality not a separate station but merely another large entranceway to the Central Station, with new ticket windows and linked by a hallway above the track accesses. The renovation project also included two large underground parking structures, one of which remains uncompleted to the date.

Name disambiguation[edit]

Officially, Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi Railway Station is regarded as the whole huge complex of passenger terminals, railways, depots etc. with respective personnel. Practically, such installations in post-Soviet countries are widely known as railroad vokzals, which means the building(s) and services immediately serving passengers for various types of transport. The official name Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi is not used colloquially, appearing only in tickets, schedules etc. By the same token, the locally popular terms "Central Station" and "Southern Station" do not appear in such technical literature, as for internal purposes they are treated as the same location.[3]

The name Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi (literally Kiev Passenger) is also used to differentiate it from other railway stations across the city such as Kyiv-Volynsky, Kyiv-Moskovsky, Kyiv-Tovarny, others.

Development plans[edit]

Currently the station is severely overloaded with suburban traffic, intercity traffic (especially during the height of winter and summer holidays), and also subway traffic (in daily rush hours). Relief plans include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Part of Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line.
  2. ^ "The Capital's Railway Station". Southwestern Railways of Ukraine. Retrieved April 12, 2006. 
  3. ^ "CIS Train Schedule". Railsoft,Inc. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 

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