Samara Railway Station is the central railway hub in the city. Its new building is the tallest railway building in Europe (total height is 101 m with a 14 m spire). There is an open observation deck at the height of 95 m (currently closed). The station can handle 11.8 thousand passengers per day, while the station building has a capacity for more than 2,600 people.
Trains go in all directions from here or in transit from Central Russia to Siberia, from Siberia to the South, and from Central Russia to Central Asia. Most passengers go to Moscow and the South (in summer).
The first railway station building was designed by Nicolas de Rochefort and opened in 1876, but was demolished by 2001 to give way to a new one. Many people still believe that it was possible to somehow incorporate the original building into a new project. Another historical place used for the Ticket Offices was also demolished. It housed a large map of Soviet railways on one of the walls.
Tranzit Hotel is located in the station building. Samara Railway Station also houses small railway museum and temporary photo exhibitions.
If you would like to go to the (almost) top of the station tower you can do it every day at 9am, 10am, 3pm, 4:30pm, and 6:30pm (local time). Excursion lasts about 25 minutes. Unfortunately now visitors are not allowed onto an open observation balcony, but you will still get to the 12th floor level with panoramic views on Samara. Ticket costs 200 ₽ if you are alone, or 100 ₽ for each person in a group. Call +7-846-303-2947. Reservations are made at the Ekonom lounge within the station’s tower.
Samara Railway Station has a sister station – Gare de Toulouse-Matabiau in France.
1 Komsomolskaya Ploshchad
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