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A Greener Hauptbahnhof Unveiled

A Greener Hauptbahnhof Unveiled

On 9 Dec., the ÖBB’s Hauptbahnhof partially opens for regional train services, including the regional express trains to/from Bratislava. Five tracks and four platforms will be available as of now, and by 2015, the €1 billion infrastructure project will be completed and open for international train journeys, which are currently departing from Wien Meidling and Wien Westbahnhof. Meanwhile, ÖBB announced that this […]

All Change at Westbahnhof: The History of a Crossroads

All Change at Westbahnhof: The History of a Crossroads

On 14 Dec. 2009, the fabled Orient Express pulled into Vienna’s Westbahnhof for the last time, a victim of high-speed trains and cut-price airlines. In the months that followed, the station at the top of Mariahilferstraße was dramatically overhauled. Now as much a shopping centre as a railway station, it contains reminders of a past […]

Weekend Séjour: Slovak Style

Weekend Séjour: Slovak Style

With our €200 budget we were conscious that our tickets would have cost significantly less if we had bought them in Slovakia. At Wien Südbahnhof (Ost), €14 is the standard price round-trip to Bratislava Hlavná Stanica. There, they would have been €11, but that didn’t matter. We were on our way to Slovakia, where everything […]

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 […]

Navigating the Rails

Sitting on a hard plastic seat on a train taking me from Vienna International Airport to the city center, I think about all the trains I’ve been on and the various circumstances that have characterized my rides. Looking around, I notice how everyone seems to know exactly what they’re doing, where they’re going, and how […]

Europe on Hold

With confusion dominating the world after a plane crash killed Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski and much of the country’s elite, the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull could not have chosen a worse time to erupt, shooting clouds of ash into the atmosphere and grounding nearly every plane in Europe. The gods were clearly very angry. Lots of […]

Volcano Trains: Thousands Take to the Rails

Apr. 17, 2010, ICE 26 north to Dortmund, Germany from Vienna, departure time 10:40 a.m. At Vienna Westbahnhof the lines in front of the ticket counters are easily 50 meters long. The platforms are teeming with people. The numbers pulling little black carry-on bags and shouldering laptop briefcases are a clue to who these travellers […]

Tagebuch: March 2009

Dear Diary,  Owning my own car, I rarely use public transportation! So it was at the age of 20 when I took the train for the first time in my life, traveling to Salzburg at 19:00 of a Friday evening. Now, for all of you experienced travelers, this may seem like a simple undertaking. Not […]

Need For Speed

Need For Speed

In the midst of the financial crisis, the ÖBB (The Austrian National Railroad) will unleash its €618 million high-speed train, the “Railjet.”  While some critics find the timing unwise in view of the financial crisis, the effects of the project, so far, have been nothing if not helpful. For one thing, over 150 workers are […]

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