Belgrade Main railway station

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Belgrade Main Railway Station
Железничка станица Београд Главна / Železnička stanica Beograd Glavna (Serbian)
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Station building and surroundings
Location Savski trg 2, Belgrade
 Serbia
Owned by Serbian Railways
Platforms 6 bay platforms
Tracks 13
Connections 100 m: Belgrade Bus Station
Bus interchange 36, 46, 51, 78, 83, 91, 92, 511, 551, 552, 553, 601, A1, E1
Tram interchange 2, 3, 7, 9, 12, 13
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Parking Yes
History
Opened August 23, 1884

The Belgrade Main railway station (Serbian: Железничка станица Београд Главна / Železnička stanica Beograd Glavna) is the main intercity train station in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is the busiest train station in the country and a major railway hub in the region. It was built between 1882 and 1885 after the designs of the architect Dragutin Milutinović, and it has the status of the сultural monument of great importance.[1]

After opening of the new Belgrade Center station (Prokop) in January 2016, it was announced that the passenger trains will be gradually relocated to the new station during 2016.[2] The Main station is expected to be closed afterwards, freeing up the space for the Belgrade Waterfront.

History[edit]

The station is directly connected with the construction of the first Serbian railway line Belgrade–Niš, finished in 1884. The site where the railway station was built was called Ciganska Bara and later on Bara Venecija. The building is constructed after the railway stations of the big European countries and is a monumental edifice. It was built between 1882 and 1885 after the designs of the architect Dragutin Milutinović, and it has the status of the сultural monument of great importance.[3]


Beograd glavna railway station
Karađorđeva St.
Beograd glavna
Savski trg Bus interchangeTram interchange
6
5
4
3
2
1
Nemanjina St. Bus interchange
Post office
Mail siding
Savska St.

The first train from this station departed towards Zemun with courtly honours, on 20 August (1 September) 1884, at 3 pm.[4] The first passengers were King Мilan, Queen Natalija and the Crown Prince Аleksandar Obrenović, on the way to Vienna. More than 200 foreign guests and couple of thousands of citizens attended the opening ceremony of the station.[5] The first composition towards Niš departed three days later, whereas the first regular line to Niš started on 3/15 September at six o`clock. On the same day, the line to Pest was established, and at the beginning only two trains a day departed on these lines.[6] From 1980 till 2009, next to the railway station entrance there used to be a locomotive of the Blue train, which was used by Marshal Tito.

The Cultural Monument[edit]

At the time of the construction, the building represented one of the most monumental buildings and the symbols of royal capital of that time. It is one of the first railway stations in Serbia, whose design included a specific architectural program and contents adapted to the European technical achievements. It is designed in the style of academism, as a representative edifice, with the dynamic floor plan. The central classicist projection of the main entrance with the triangular tympanum dominates over the architectural composition. With its specific solutions, the building stands as a proof of the technical and architectural development of Serbia in the last decades of the 19th century.

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:[7]

International train services[edit]

Preceding station Srbija voz Following station
Terminus
Avala
Novi Beograd
Toward Vienna
Ivo Andrić / Beograd
Novi Beograd
Toward Budapest
EuroNight 414/415
Novi Beograd
Toward Schwarzach St. Veit
410/314 - 315/411
Novi Beograd
Toward Ljubljana
Balkan
Rakovica
Toward Sofia
Hellas
Rakovica
Toward Thessaloniki
Tara / Lovćen
Rakovica
Toward Bar

Domestic train services[edit]

Preceding station Srbija voz Following station
Terminus
30
Novi Beograd
Toward Subotica
50
Resnik
Toward Prijepolje
70
Topčider
Toward Niš
71
Topčider
Toward Mala Krsna

Heritage railway[edit]

Preceding station Srbija voz Following station
Terminus
Romantika
various destinations

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zavod za zaštitu spomenika kulture grada Beograda
  2. ^ "Vucic opens Prokop railway station after 40 years". Tanjug. 26 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Zavod za zaštitu spomenika kulture grada Beograda
  4. ^ Srpske novine, 21 August 1884
  5. ^ 24 sata“ – „Na mestu železničke stanice pre dva veka bila je bara“, 5. March 2012.
  6. ^ Srpske novine, 2. September 1884.
  7. ^ Srbija voz schedule for 2017 (in Serbian) (accessed 24 February 2017)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Belgrade Main railway station at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 44°48′31″N 20°27′20″E / 44.80861°N 20.45556°E / 44.80861; 20.45556