June 2020 marks the 106th anniversary of the Yekaterinburg Railway Station. It is a transport hub, actively integrated into the urban environment and is a local attraction. In addition, it is one of the largest in Russia and the largest in the Ural region, taking the leading place in passenger traffic after the stations of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The station consists of several buildings: a new building, a baggage compartment building and two railway station buildings recognized as historical and architectural monuments. The old building after the restoration in 2003 became the Museum of History, Science and Technology – one of the most popular attractions of the city. The railway station of the station until 2010 retained the Soviet name Sverdlovsk-Passenger, after and to the present day Yekaterinburg-Passenger. The main building of the station has been reconstructed many times in its history, this was due to the growth of the population, and then with the increase in passenger traffic on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The latest and most extensive work was carried out in 2018. They were timed to coincide with the World Cup, which was also held in Yekaterinburg. The area of the station is 19,000 sq. m., at the same time it can accommodate up to 5,000 people. Every day, the station's services are used by more than 18.5 thousand passengers, with a maximum capacity of no more than 25,000 people.
The station is located at ul.22 Vokzalnaya Street.It is not difficult to get to it by car. A significant part of the Forecourt is used as a parking lot, so there will be no problems with parking the car. Municipal parking is available to the public, but is subject to a fee. Taxi services are also available. You can also get to the train station by regular public transport (buses, trolleybuses, trams, minibuses) and by metro to the Uralskaya station, which is 200 meters away.
Every day, up to 60 long-distance trains in seven directions and more than 180 suburban trains depart from the Yekaterinburg railway station. Yekaterinburg-Passazhirsky is a junction station of the Trans-Siberian railway. On domestic routes, trains run to Moscow, Novorossiysk, St. Petersburg, Anapa, Kislovodsk, Samara, Chelyabinsk, Perm and other cities of the country. In addition, the station provides direct non-stop communication with Minsk, Beijing, Warsaw, Gomel and other cities of the near and far abroad. Therefore, this station can be called a crossroads of continental significance. Suburban electric trains go to the following stations: Sverdlovsk-Sortirovochny, Keramik, Kuzino, Shalya, Kamensk-Uralsky, Bogdanovich, Nizhny Tagil, Asbest, Bazhenovo, Verkhny Ufaley, Druzhinino, Kamshylov, Yegorshino and others.
The railway station infrastructure has been adapted for people with limited mobility. Six induction systems for the hearing-impaired are installed throughout the station complex (including in ticket offices and waiting rooms); navigation and information signs are adapted for people with visual impairments.
The station has all the conditions for comfortable leisure, so that passengers do not get bored waiting for the train. In the building there are cafes, bars, restaurants, many shops, including souvenir shops. As we noted earlier, you can pass the time in the Museum of History, Science and Technology of the Sverdlovsk Railway (14 Vokzalnaya Street), which is located in the old station building. In the central waiting room there is a prayer room of the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. This is another local attraction. In addition, take a walk along the station square, where there is a monument of industrial architecture of the early XX century-the mill of merchant Borchaninov and a monument to tank soldiers and home front workers. In recent years, the square has often become a venue for exhibitions and concerts. Thus, the role of railway stations, which was laid down in the 19th century, as public spaces and points of cultural attraction, is being revived.
There are also 24-hour information centers at the station. They are located in the lobby of the second floor and in the hall of long-distance ticket offices. On the third floor of the station there is a paid waiting room of increased comfort, comfortable waiting rooms, a mother and child room. Waiting room number four, designed for passengers with children, has a children's play area. There is also a business hall for official receptions and meetings. Free Wi-Fi is available. In addition, passengers can use the services of luggage storage and hand luggage, office and sanitary services, services of stay or transit accommodation at the train station (fourth floor of the building). There are ATMs, a barber shop, a nail bar and much more on site.
Since the station is located in the central part of the city, there are many cafes and restaurants around, in addition to those that are in the station itself. Shops and supermarkets, as well as a large selection of hotels and hostels. For example, the hostel "Penaty", mini-hotel Yug, hotel "Marins Park Hotel", Hotel Orion, Hotel Crystal.
Around the clock, the Yekaterinburg railway station welcomes passengers, providing them with a comfortable stay within the walls of the station. The well-thought-out infrastructure of the station complex allows travelers to usefully organize their leisure time before the arrival of the train – how to relax in the waiting rooms, replenish their vitality in the cafe, get acquainted with local attractions, and all this without leaving the territory of the station.