Estación Central (railway station)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Estación Alameda
Estación Central de Santiago de Chile.JPG
The station photographed in 2012.
Location Avenida Bernardo O'Higgins 3170, Estación Central, Santiago, Chile
Coordinates 33°27′07″S 70°40′44″W / 33.45194°S 70.67889°W / -33.45194; -70.67889
Owned by Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado
Line(s) Red Sur EFE,
Ramal Cartagena
Tracks 8
Opened 1885
Rebuilt 1897

Estación Alameda (unofficially Estación Central) in Santiago, Chile, is the city's only railway station after the closure of the Estación Mapocho, serving southern Chile (passenger trains no longer serve northern Chile). It is on the Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins, facing Matucana avenue.


It opened in 1885, with the building designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1897, and its metallic structure built by the French firm Schneider of Le Creusot. It was declared National Monument in 1983 by the government,[1] protected by law against being demolished or remodeled. It has long been a reference point for travellers and locals; it is so well known that it gave the name to the municipality and commune where it is located, Estación Central.

It has experienced a revival as the government railway Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado has been modernized to restore the bygone appeal for train travel. These efforts have met with moderate success.

It is an important hub for public transportation, with a Santiago Metro station and three intercity bus terminals within walking distance. Many local bus lines stop at the station and a medium-sized shopping center is adjacent.

The nearby San Borja Bus Terminal is within walking distance and connected by a medium-sized complex of shopping centers.

The central gates of the station are a transfer point to the underground Santiago Metro Line 1 Estación Central metro station.

Lines and trains[edit]

The following lines and trains terminate here:


Adjacent stations[edit]

Estación Pedro Aguirre Cerda   Red Sur EFE   Terminus
Estación Maipú   Ramal Cartagena (Cargo)   Terminus



Station History

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°27′07″S 70°40′44″W / 33.45194°S 70.67889°W / -33.45194; -70.67889