Travel By Train Often? Know The Difference Between Terminus, Central & Junctions

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| July 6 , 2017 , 13:35 IST

Trains are the most common and most important mode of transport for the people in India. But we keep hearing the different terminologies like Junction, Central and Terminus while boarding and getting off the train. So here we explain the difference between all three terms


A station is called a terminus or terminal when the tracks end. The trains can enter and leave only in one direction. Few important terminus includes:

Bandra Terminus (BDTS)

Cochin Harbour Terminus (CHTS)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and etc


A station is called a Central when it is the most important/busiest station out of multiple stations in the same city. A Central is usually very large and lots of trains pass through it daily. It’s not necessary to have a central station if there are more than one stations in the city. Probably these are the oldest central that is why they have retained their names. Primarily 5 Central stations exist in India.

Mangalore Central (MAQ)

Mumbai Central (BCT)

Chennai Central (MAS).


A station is called a junction if there are at least 3 routes going out of that station. Trains coming in should have at least 2 routes to leave, then a station is called a junction.