New low-cost train service for Vienna airport

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 3 Dec, 2014 Updated Wed 3 Dec 2014 15:12 CEST
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Vienna's Schwechat airport now offers yet another way to reach the city, and vice versa, with the launch of a new service from the Austrian railways (ÖBB).


Currently, an estimated 56 percent of passengers travel to Vienna's International Airport at Schwechat via car - but that could be about to change, with the launch next week of a new connection from Wien-Mitte.

Business travelers are already well-catered for with the CAT service, a luxury train which goes every 30 minutes, and which takes only 16 minutes to reach Wien-Mitte.  It also offers the convenience of luggage check-in directly in the city air-terminal station.  

At €17 for a return ticket (€11 one-way), it's good value compared to most European destinations, such as the Heathrow Express which charges £34 (€43) for a return (£21 for a single) if you don't book seven days in advance.

The canny 'budget' traveler would usually opt for the Wolfsthal regional train (S7), which currently costs €4.10, although it tends to be much slower, and less frequent.

However, all this changes on December 15, when a new fare plan and timetable from the Austrian railway (ÖBB) goes into effect.

The change to the S7 service means that a special connection from Wien-Mitte taking 25 minutes will cost only €2.40, one-way - less than a quarter the cost of the CAT service.

Passau, Linz and St. Pölten will also benefit with a new two-hourly service that connects using Inter-City Express (ICE) trains to the Vienna Airport via Vienna's new main railway station (Hauptbahnhof).  The ICE connection will link the Hauptbahnhof to the airport in only 17 minutes, for €4.40.

Among airport travelers currently 26 percent take a private car, 26 percent take a taxi, and four percent use a car-hire or car-sharing service.  Around 22 percent take trains, eleven percent take the CAT, and eleven percent use buses.  According to an airport spokesman, usage of the CAT has recently risen.



The Local 2014/12/03 15:12

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