Salem Junction railway station

Salem Junction
சேலம் சந்திப்பு
Indian Railway Station
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Location Junction Main road, Suramanagalam, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates 11°40′17.05″N 78°6′47.6″E / 11.6714028°N 78.113222°E / 11.6714028; 78.113222
Elevation 288 m above sea level
Owned by Indian Railways
Line(s) Jolarpettai-Shoranur line
Platforms 6
Tracks 8
Connections Goods terminal, Taxi Stand, Satellite Town Bus Terminal
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities Available
Other information
Station code SA
Fare zone Southern Railways
Electrified Yes
Passengers 50,000 per day on average

Salem Junction railway station (station code: SA; Tamil:சேலம் சந்திப்பு ரயில் நிலையம்) is a junction railway station situated in Salem and the headquarters of the Salem Railway Division of the Southern Railway Zone in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It was one of the top 100 revenue stations in the country, and a major transit point in Southern India.


Salem Junction is an important railway junction in the Southern Railway and is the headquarters of the Salem Railway Division, which is the biggest division in the Southern Railway. Salem has five railway routes merging at the junction, thus playing an important transit point in Tamil Nadu. Many Trains are passing through Salem Junction and Direct Trains are available for the following destinations as mentioned below (along with the routes):

Trains passing through Salem Junction

(Towards / Via)

Direct trains to major cities
Towards Jolarpettai

(via) Karuppur

  • Chennai Central, Vellore, Tirupati
  • Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Rajkot
  • Vijayawada, Vishakapatnam, Bhubaneshwar, Howrah, Guwahati
  • Hyderabad, Nagpur, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Allahabad, Varanasi
  • Jhansi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur
  • Jaipur, Agra, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Jammu
Towards Bangalore

(via) Dharmapuri, Hosur

  • Bangalore, Mysore
  • Pune, Mumbai
  • Kacheguda (Hyderabad), Nagpur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Agra, Nizamuddin (Delhi)
Towards Mettur Dam

(via) Omalur Junction

  • Mettur Dam
Towards Erode

(via) Sankagiri

  • Tiruppur, Coimbatore
  • Kozhikode, Mangalore
  • Ernakulam (Kochi), Thiruvananthapuram, Nagercoil, Kanniyakumari
  • Madurai, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Nagercoil, Kanniyakumari
  • Tiruchchirapalli, Thanjavur, Mayiladuturai, Velankanni
Towards Virudhachalam

(via) Salem Town

  • Virudhachalam, Viluppuram
  • Chennai Egmore, Puducherry
  • Cuddalore, Mayiladuturai, Nagore
Towards Karur

(via) Rasipuram, Namakkal,Mohanur

  • Dindugal, Palani
  • Madurai, Tirunelveli, Nagercoil

Apart from these railway routes, there is a freight line from Salem to Steel plant.


Amenities available at Salem Railway Junction are reservation counters in the 1st floor of entrance building, unreserved ticket counters, car parking, satellite bus station (for buses to places within city and north west suburbs), two wheeler parking, auto stand, ATMs, vegetarian and non-vegetarian restaurants, book stall, snacks, AC waiting hall, non-AC waiting hall, restrooms, railway lodges, and tea stalls. Soon[when?] Salem Junction is going to have support for physically challenged passengers.

There is a subway to connect platform no. 3, 4 and a foot over bridge to connect platforms 4 & 5. A new modern office is going to be constructed.[when?] More important is Chennai to Coimbatore via Salem Junction is being improved[when?] to double track to provide faster transport which is under feasibility study.

Construction of rail yard to operate more originating trains from Salem Junction is under consideration.[when?]


Salem Junction comes under "A1" category station of Indian Railways, along with Erode Junction. Salem Junction generates more revenue to Salem railway division next to Coimbatore Junction.[citation needed]

Important originating trains

Passenger trains

  • Coimbatore-Salem MEMU
  • Salem-Katpadi MEMU
  • Yeswanthpur-Salem Fast Passenger
  • Salem Mettur Dam Passenger
  • Salem-Vridhachalam Passenger
  • Salem - Karur Passenger
Passing Passenger Trains
  • Bangalore-Nagore Passenger
  • Erode-Jolarpet Passenger
  • Erode-Mettur Dam Passenger
Railway stations in Salem city
  • Salem Junction SA
  • Magnesit Junction - MGSJ ( 3km )
  • Salem Market - SAMT ( 4km )
  • Salem Town - SXT ( 6km )
  • Neykkarapatty - NEA ( 7km )

Important trains passing through Salem