Timișoara North railway station

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Timișoara North railway station

Gara Timișoara Nord
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General information
Location2 Gării Street, Timișoara
Coordinates 45°45′4″N21°12′27″E / 45.75111°N 21.20750°E / 45.75111; 21.20750
Owned by Căile Ferate Române
Line(s)9 (see below)
Train operators CFR Călători
Regio Călători
Astra Trans Carpatic
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Architect Ferenc Pfaff
Architectural style Neoclassical (original)
Previous namesIosefin (1897–1919)
Domnița Elena (1919–1944)
Timisoara North railway station

Timișoara North railway station (Romanian : Gara Timișoara Nord) is the main railway station in Timișoara and also the largest railway station in western Romania. [1] With an average daily ridership of about 5,530 passengers, Timișoara North is one of the busiest railway stations in Romania. [2]



Iosefin railway station in 1904 Jozsefvarosi palyaudvar Fortepan 86454 (restored).jpg
Iosefin railway station in 1904

The first passenger station was built in 1857 on the site of the former freight warehouse. [3] Although small in size, the station provided rail connections to cities such as Arad, Orșova, Bucharest, Reșița, as well as other nearby localities. [3] As the number of passengers increased, the old station no longer met the needs. In this regard, a new monumental station was inaugurated in 1897. The designer of the station was Hungarian architect Ferenc Pfaff (1851–1913), whose name is linked, among others, to the stations of Szeged, Pécs, Miskolc, Debrecen, Rijeka, Zagreb, Bratislava, Košice, Vršac, Cluj-Napoca, Jimbolia or Arad. [4] Construction costs amounted to almost four million Kronen. [4] Its original name was Josefstädter Bahnhof (in German) [5] or Józsefvárosi indóház (in Hungarian), [6] translated as Iosefin railway station, after the name of the district where it is located. Built in neoclassical style, under the influence of the French Renaissance, the complex was dominated by the main body with three monumental arched gates guarded laterally by two bastions with towers and the facade was decorated with a group of four statues framed by first-floor windows. [3] In the middle of the station square was a small park surrounded by an iron fence and planted with conifers. [3] By the early 20th century, 49 passenger trains and 30 freight trains transited the new station daily. [3] The famous Orient Express stopped in this station starting with 1905. [3]

In 1919, after the union of Banat with the Kingdom of Romania and the establishment of the Romanian administration in Timișoara, the station was renamed Domnița Elena railway station, after the wife of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, [7] a name it bore until World War II. [4] However, most people in Timișoara called it the "Big Station" (Romanian : Gara Mare). On 3 July 1944, the station was heavily damaged by the bombings of Allied aviation, and on the night of 30/31 October 1944, it was bombed again, this time by Luftwaffe, being almost completely destroyed. [8] The reconstruction was partially done according to the initial plans. Until the 1960s, the east wing of the old building was still in place, but in 1976 it was modernized, and the architectural style changed radically. [9]

In 2020, CFR signed a contract worth almost 4.5 million euros for the rehabilitation and refurbishment of the station. The works mainly aim at restoring the facade, repairing the pedestrian tunnel and arranging the station forecourt. [10] [11]


From Timișoara North start nine railway lines, which connect Timișoara to cities located both in Romania and Hungary, and from there to other cities in Europe: [12]


As of 2017, Timișoara North serves about 174 trains, [2] including domestic trains to the majority of Romanian cities operated by Căile Ferate Române, as well as international trains to Budapest. Trains to Belgrade have been discontinued as of 1 August 2017. [13] The train route now only runs as far as the Romanian border village of Stamora Germană in the commune of Moravița, 5 km from the Serbian border.

Public transport

Timișoara North can be accessed by trolleybus, tram and bus: [14]

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