Varanasi Junction railway station

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Not to be confused with Varanasi City railway station.
Varanasi Junction
Regional rail and Light rail station
Varanasi Railway Station.JPG
Location Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh
Coordinates 25°19′37″N 82°59′11″E / 25.32694°N 82.98639°E / 25.32694; 82.98639Coordinates: 25°19′37″N 82°59′11″E / 25.32694°N 82.98639°E / 25.32694; 82.98639
Elevation 80.71 metres (264.8 ft)
Line(s) Varanasi-Lucknow line
Mughalsarai-Kanpur section
Varanasi–Rae Bareli–Lucknow line
Varanasi-Sultanpur-Lucknow Line
Platforms 9
Tracks 13
Connections Prepaid Auto cum Taxi Stand
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Parking Available
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code BSB
Zone(s) Northern Railway, North Eastern Railway
Division(s) Lucknow (NR)
Opened 1872; 144 years ago (1872)
Electrified Yes
Previous names Oudh & Rohilkund Railway
Varanasi Junction railway station is located in Uttar Pradesh Varanasi
Varanasi Junction railway station
Varanasi Junction railway station
Location within Uttar Pradesh Varanasi

Varanasi Junction, popularly known as Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station is the rail hub in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.


It is partly under the administrative control of Lucknow Division of the Northern Railway Zone, and partly under the administrative control of Varanasi Division of the North Eastern Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. Former Railway Minister Ms.Mamata Bannerjee included Varanasi Cant in World-Class Railway Stations development project.


The first railway line to Banaras or Benares was opened from Howrah in December 1862 and was built by the East Indian Railway Company. The station was built on right bank of the Ganges. Later in 1872, Oudh & Rohilkund Railway Company opened rail line from Benaras to Lucknow. In 1887, Dufferin Bridge was constructed over the Ganges at Benares allowing trains to go to Mughalsarai.

The present building towards city side was constructed during the regime of Mr Kamlapati Tripathi (1975-77) as railway minister. Cantonment side building was opened in 1998 by then railway minister Mr Nitish Kumar. The circulating area was renovated in 2008.

Tourist Information Centre at Varanasi Railway Station, Varanasi


The Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station has modern Route Interlock System with automated signalling system. In early 2016, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation rated the facility the worst large station in India based on cleanliness.[1]


  1. ^ "Surat railway station cleanest: survey". The Hindu. New Delhi. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 

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