Main Street Station
Richmond VA 23219
- Mon: 8am-7pm
- Tue: 8am-7pm
- Wed: 8am-7pm
- Thu: 8am-7pm
- Fri: 8am-9pm
- Sat: 8am-8:30pm
- Sun: 8am-8:30pm
Anyone driving through the city of Richmond has probably noticed the imposing clock tower and distinctive red roof of Main Street Station. One of the most recognizable and important landmarks in the city, Main Street Station is still a working Amtrak station in addition to being a great architectural achievement and a popular wedding venue.
Public Parking and Transportation to Main Street Station
Perhaps the most obvious way to visit Main Street Station is to arrive by train. The clock tower and roof extend above the raised Interstate 95 bridge, so the brilliant architecture is visible simply by driving by on the interstate, and the GRTC buses that serve Richmond are available to travelers at Main Street Station. Parking is available on site and charges according to the amount of time spent in the lot. Remember that train service is active, and while the recently renovated building is well worth a look, be respectful to travelers that are commuting within.
Best and Worst Times to Visit Main Street Station
While this isn't entirely relevant if you're passing through Main Street Station as a commuter, tourists should consider that rush hour is probably not the wisest time for sightseeing. In general, visits to Richmond are best in late spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming, the temperature is comfortable, and mosquitoes are not yet at their worst.
Admission to Main Street Station
There are no admission fees to visit Main Street Station, unless you happen to have purchased a train ticket and plan to arrive via Amtrak. Facility rentals are available for a fee, and as the historic building is a picturesque backdrop for stylish weddings, this is common.
Must See and Do at Main Street Station
Visitors are always impressed walking through the beautifully restored transportation hub. Be sure to admire the iconic clock tower and enjoy feeling like an old-fashioned movie star in the outstanding lobby.
Other Places to Visit Near Main Street Station
As should be expected of a transportation hub, Main Street Station is conveniently located downtown with easy access to most of the city of Richmond. The 17th Street Farmer's Market is just minutes away, as is the trendy boutique neighborhood of Carytown, where locals love to dine and shop. Don't miss a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and enjoy a plate of Richmond tradition at Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue.
Insider Tip for Visitors to Main Street Station
There are a lot of excellent opportunities for photography at Main Street Station, but be aware that even though it is a historic location with great aesthetic appeal, active transportation hubs are still monitored closely by the authorities. Be mindful not to give the wrong impression, and perhaps speak to someone in the Richmond Metropolitan Authority to let them know that you're a tourist.
Author's bio: Kitty Lusby is an author and self proclaimed adventurer from the Richmond, Virginia area. She believes that travel is a necessity and does it as often as possible.