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S-Bahn: trains on the right

S-Bahn: trains on the right

Given the recent temporary close of the U1 line of Vienna’s subway, another alternate means of transport towards Kagran is the local Schnellbahn (or S-Bahn) between Südtiroler Platz and Praterstern, provided by Austrian railway company ÖBB. However, as of 6 August 2012, the Viennese rail network will be upgraded to international standards and trains will depart […]

Partial U1 Closure

Partial U1 Closure

One of Vienna’s oldest underground lines, the U1, will be partially closed from 7 July until 26 August between Reumannplatz and Schwedenplatz, due to urgently needed maintenance. Opened in 1978 and extended in 1980 and 2006, the red-line is Vienna’s prime route, as it connects the city centre with Kagran in the North, and Favoriten […]

Sharing a laugh

It was the end of a long day, as I boarded a relatively full U-Bahn. Usually, I’ll take a book out on public transport. Aside from anything else, it saves me from having to endure that favourite public pastime of the Viennese in transit: staring shamelessly at other passengers. But I couldn’t find my book, so indulged […]

Be Your Own Taxi Driver

Be Your Own Taxi Driver

Vienna is well-known for its bikes, buses, trams and U-Bahn, but another new form of public transportation has hit the streets in recent year: car sharing. Ideal for quick shopping trips, moving belongings, or an escapade out of town, renting shared vehicles offers the speed, freedom, and mobility that other modes of public transport cannot […]

Fining Man’s Best Friend

A 26-year-old woman riding the Straßenbahn in Graz in mid-April is caught without a ticket by one of the Schwarzkappler, or undercover ticket-checkers, circulating and performing random checks. She has a valid ticket; only, her dog doesn’t. The fine? €62. No, they don’t expect the dog to pay it. According to Graz Holding, the pooch, […]

Vienna: Green parking fees

Vienna: Green parking fees

New parking fees introduced in March in Vienna encourage the use of public transport by making short-term parking more costly. The new fee scheme raises the prices for a 30-minute parking ticket to €1 (from 60 cents), an hour ticket to €2 (from €1.20), and a two hour ticket to €4 (from €2.40), while also […]

Westbahn: A Rough Start on Austria’s Privatised Rails

When its first sky blue and olive green trains set off on the route between Vienna and Salzburg in December 2011, Westbahn founder Stefan Wehinger and his team knew the climb would be steep, and that the details would make the difference. The main draw is the €23.80 fare between the two cities, roughly half […]

10,000 New Transit Passes

The skyrocketing prices of petrol triggered an increased use of means of public transportation in Vienna. Over 10,000 new customers have bought year passes (Jahreskarten) within the past six months, according to the Wiener Linien, a number that usually takes a year to achieve. “Public transportation allows you to travel more cheaply, faster and more […]

Vienna: Tales of Transport

Buskers, babushkas and abandoned travelers, there’s a bit of casual coupling and the occasional dead drunk, the pleasures of schmäh and wastrels wandering onto the tracks – it’s all business as usual on Wiener Linien. In fact, sights like a musician serenading on accordion or an elderly man lecturing the passer-bys are so commonplace they […]

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