The old railway station located in the center of the city (today’s Museum of the City of Skopje) started operating in 1940 and was one of the oldest railway stations in the Balkans. After the catastrophic earthquake of 1963, in which among other constructions it was also damaged, the development of a new plan for the city began.
The author of this building is the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange (1913-2005). The building is located 1 km from the center of Skopje. It is as well a part of the mega structure “City Gate” which did not experience its complete realization.
The railway station is built as an above-ground structure, with 10 tracks, placed on a massive concrete bridge with a length of 1450 meters. It is interesting to stress that this is the largest bridge construction in the country, but also a great example of the Brutalist Architecture in the capital.
The new railway station was built between 1971 and 1981, and the first train arrived at the Transport Center on July 27, 1981.
Today the Transport Center encompasses the Railway, Intercity and City Bus Station.