Varese railway station
21100 Varese VA
|Distance||18.458 km (11.469 mi)
|Opened||26 September 1865|
|Electrified||October 14, 1901|
|Manager||Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
Varese railway station (Italian: Stazione di Varese) serves the town and comune of Varese, in the region of Lombardy, northern Italy. Opened in 1865, it is a terminus and junction of two secondary railways, the line to Gallarate and the line to Porto Ceresio, respectively.
The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). However, the commercial area of the passenger building is managed by Centostazioni. Each of these companies is a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's state-owned rail company.
Train services are operated by the lombard railway company Trenord.
Varese railway station is situated at Piazzale Trieste, on the eastern edge of the city centre.
The station was opened on 26 September 1865, together with the rest of the Varese–Gallarate railway. It remained a terminal station until 18 July 1894, when the Porto Ceresio–Varese railway was opened.
Until the early 1990s, there were active goods services along the lines to Varese, and the station had a goods yard. Since then, following the termination of goods services, that yard has been transformed, with the agreement of FS, into a car parking station.
In addition to the five tracks used for passenger service, there are some tracks near the station used to store rolling stock that is out of service. These tracks are also a base for rail vehicles used for local line maintenance.
Train movements 
The station is the terminus of line S5 of the suburban rail service to Milan. It is also the terminus of Trenitalia regional trains for Milano Porta Garibaldi and Porto Ceresio on Lake Lugano, near the border with Switzerland.
As from 2013, Varese railway station will become international, upon the opening of the new Varese–Arcisate (I)–Stabio (CH)–Mendrisio railway, which will branch off at Arcisate from the Varese-Porto Ceresio line, and then enter Switzerland at Stabio. On the new line, regional trains will link Varese with Mendrisio, and there will also be direct trains between Malpensa Airport and Lugano.
The station is located a few hundred metres (or yards) from Piazzale Fratelli Kennedy, which has a bus station for urban bus lines, and from the suburban bus stops at Varese Nord railway station, with which, according to a municipal project, it should be unified.
Unification of the two stations would no doubt be useful to facilitate interchange of passengers between trains of the two different railway companies serving the two stations. However, it would also be difficult to achieve, because the two stations, as well as being at a slight difference in altitude, are separated by a market square and the Piazzale Kennedy bus station.
See also 
- History of rail transport in Italy
- List of railway stations in Lombardy
- Rail transport in Italy
- Railway stations in Italy
- Alessandro Tuzza and others. "Prospetto cronologico dei tratti di ferrovia aperti all'esercizio dal 1839 al 31 dicembre 1926" [Chronological overview of the features of the railways opened between 1839 and 31 December 1926]. Trenidicarta.it. Alessandro Tuzza. Retrieved 7 January 2011. (Italian)
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|Preceding station||Milan suburban railway service||Following station|