Vienna Central Station
On December 13th, the new central station became fully operational. Unlike its predecessor, an end-of-the line station, the new EUR 1 billion Hauptbahnhof is a transit station that serves three of the main lines in the Trans-European Network. The new main station will bring shorter journey times for travelers, a more enjoyable travel experience thanks to easier changes and improved connecting services. In December 2014 a direct train service to Vienna International Airport was introduced, with a journey time of just 17 minutes. There are 15 services every day, each running at staggered intervals of two hours.
Every day around 150,000 people use the station to directly access the rail network and the rest of the capital’s public transportation network via the U1 subway line (Südtiroler Platz-Hauptbahnhof), tram lines D, O and 18, the 13A and 69A bus routes, a further eight S-Bahn commuter railway lines and the regional bus station. Anyone traveling to the station by car or bike can simply park up at one of the station’s numerous secure parking facilities. The new Hauptbahnhof is also an architectural attraction in its own right, thanks to its distinctive design. Around 7,000 tons of steel were used to create the distinctive 31,000 square meter rhomboid roof – the same amount that went into making the Eiffel tower. But the new Main Station is more than a transit hub, it is also a shopping center with bars and restaurants. Around 20,000 square meters of the main building are occupied by 90 stores and restaurants. The shopping center is open until 9pm during the week, with some stores even open on Sundays and public holidays.
Source: Vienna Tourist Board