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Major Timetable Changes for ÖBB Commuters Starting Tomorrow

Major Timetable Changes for ÖBB Commuters Starting Tomorrow
photo: Zenger / ÖBB/ÖBB
28 / 06 / 2024

ÖBB has announced significant timetable changes for commuters traveling to Vienna from the north and south, beginning tomorrow, June 29, 2024.

The adjustments are part of a comprehensive modernization project for the eastern region's rail infrastructure, aimed at improving passenger experience and reliability. The construction, set to continue until the end of 2027, will be concentrated in the summer months to minimize disruption during peak travel times. Sections of the north-south axis, including the northern line, S-Bahn main line, and southern line, will be completely or partially closed.

Graphic overview of closures and timetable changes; Source: ÖBB / Public domain

The modernization effort includes the extension of platforms and the construction of new siding and turning facilities across 170 kilometers of the Vienna S-Bahn network. “With state-of-the-art systems and equipment, the course is being set for the future: more S-Bahn quality and increased reliability in the overall system for the eastern region,” said an ÖBB spokesperson. The upgrade also involves the deployment of 21 new Cityjet DMLs and new double-decker trains from 2026, promising more seating capacity and enhanced travel comfort for passengers in the eastern region.

Specific routes will experience significant changes. For instance, no trains will run between Vienna Floridsdorf and Vienna Praterstern, with a rail replacement service using buses. In the north, REX1 line trains will be diverted, and some trains will be canceled. South of Vienna, the section between Bad Vöslau and Leobersdorf will be closed, affecting long-distance and local train schedules. Despite these disruptions, Vienna Airport will remain accessible with continued Railjet and CAT connections, along with the Vienna Airport Lines buses.