Baker Street station in London is the oldest underground station in the world. It opened on January 10, 1863, as part of the world’s first underground railway, the Metropolitan Railway. The station was originally named “Metropolitan Railway Station, Baker Street”, but the name was shortened to “Baker Street” in 1868.
Baker Street station is located in the City of Westminster, in central London. It is on the junction of Baker Street and the Marylebone Road. The station is served by the Metropolitan, Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Jubilee lines.
The station is a Grade II* listed building. It is a relatively small station, with just two platforms. However, it is a very busy station, with over 25 million passengers using it each year.
Baker Street station is famous for being the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes. The fictional detective’s address is 221B Baker Street, and the station is home to a Sherlock Holmes museum.
The station is also a popular tourist destination, due to its historical significance and its association with Sherlock Holmes.
The Second Oldest Underground Station
The second oldest underground station in the world is the Tünel in Istanbul, Turkey. The Tünel opened on January 1, 1875, and is the world’s first underground funicular railway. The line is just 573 meters long, and connects Karaköy and Beyoğlu.
The Tünel is a popular tourist destination, and is one of the most iconic landmarks in Istanbul.
Other Oldest Underground Stations
The following are some of the other oldest underground stations in the world:
- City Hall station in London, opened in 1890.
- Southwark station in London, opened in 1890.
- Temple station in London, opened in 1890.
- Gower Street station in London, opened in 1863 (now known as Euston Square station).
- Farringdon station in London, opened in 1863.
- Great Portland Street station in London, opened in 1910.
- Paddington station in London, opened in 1863.
These stations are all important historical landmarks, and they continue to serve millions of passengers each year.