Austria announces free public transport for people fleeing Ukraine

Hayley Maguire
Hayley Maguire - [email protected] • 1 Mar, 2022 Updated Tue 1 Mar 2022 08:55 CEST
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Wiener Linien is offering free travel to refugees from Ukraine. Photo by Samuel-Elias Nadler on Unsplash

Wiener Linien, Vienna's public transport operator, has announced refugees from Ukraine can travel on the city's public transport network for free, following a similar move by ÖBB.


On Monday, Wiener Linien announced on Twitter that anyone fleeing Ukraine will be able to use public transport in Vienna without a ticket between March 1st and March 15th.

In the event of a ticket check, people can show documents that they have travelled from Ukraine.

The organisation said it is their "responsibility to provide quick and unbureaucratic help", and also announced they are reviewing the possibility of long-term support for those impacted. 

The announcements were made in both German and English.

Wiener Linien is responsible for around 180 tram, bus and underground train lines across Austria's capital city.

Refugees from Ukraine can already use ÖBB (Austria's national rail operator) services for free by showing their travel documents.

The move follows similar announcements in Poland, Germany and Switzerland to assist those fleeing conflict areas. 



Hayley Maguire 2022/03/01 08:55

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