|Westbahn – New train service between Vienna and Salzburg|
|Written by morgenhund|
|Monday, 12 December 2011 01:00|
There is now a new service on the Westbahn – the railway line from Vienna’s Westbahnhof to Linz Salzburg and beyond. Westbahn AG, which was set up as a result of EU legislation to start the liberalisation of the rail networks. Westbahn’s service sees hourly services from Vienna to Salzburg, with all trains calling at Hütteldorf, St Pölten, Amstetten, Linz, Wels, and Attnang-Puchheim. Tickets can be bought online, or at no extra charge from on-board train service personnel. WESTclub is their equivalent of the ÖBB’s first class service. There are various promotional fares available and currently the fares offered undercut those of incumbent carrier ÖBB, with the price of a single ticket from Wien Westbahnhof to Salzburg between € 23.80. The service began operating on 11 December 2011.
Plans are afoot to introduce season tickets, which could provide a competitive alternative to ÖBB season tickets, although at the time of launch only a single ticket and Kilometerbank option are available (the latter is transferrable and can also be used for travel by more than one passenger simultaneously) with the purchaser buying a fixed number of kilometres with each transaction. Currently there is no seat reservation service, although this is apparently also slated to be introduced soon. There are also WESTbus services on from Salzburg and Linz to a number of destinations. Whether WESTbahn succeeds in breaking ÖBB’s dominant position for passenger intercity services, remains to be seen.
At the time of the service launching, the emphasis seems also to be on trying to lure passengers away from ÖBB due to superior passenger service. The trains have WESTstewards in every coach, a WESTcafe in every carriage apart from the powercars serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. The WESTlan service allows passengers to use free wireless Internet on board all trains. In addition to operating along this mainline stretch, WESTbahn are also in negotiations with the regional Verkehrsverbände (public transport associations responsible for local public transportation in federal provinces) to integrate their networks and ticketing into WESTbahn’s ticketing system.
Westbahn Website - in English - https://westbahn.at/en
|Last Updated on Monday, 12 December 2011 08:33|