ÖBB and City of Vienna extend free train travel for Ukrainian refugees

Hayley Maguire
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ÖBB and City of Vienna extend free train travel for Ukrainian refugees
Vienna Central Station (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

The measure has been extended to the end of October. It includes travel on ÖBB trains and Wiener Linien services.


Austria's national rail operator ÖBB has confirmed Ukrainian refugees can continue using public transport free of charge until the end of October.

Ukrainians must show a travel document as proof of status to use the transport network.


Additionally, Ukrainian refugees can continue using Wiener Linien services and the Verkehrsverbund Ostregion (VOR) public transport for free until October 31st.

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However, from November, only Ukrainian refugees arriving in Austria for the first time will be able to travel for free.

The announcement was made on Tuesday October 4th in Vienna after a consultation with the Ministry of Transport.

City Councillor Peter Hacker (SPÖ) said the decision to extend the offer on the Wiener Linien was "consistent with the nationwide decision of the ÖBB", reports Die Presse.

Stadt Wien made the announcement on Twitter and added: "At the same time, we support the efforts of the refugee coordinator for an Austria-wide and long-term solution to travel costs for people in need. Currently, only costs for certain journeys can be reimbursed." 


According to Die Presse, ÖBB has issued around 390,000 free tickets to Ukrainian refugees since the start of the war in February.

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