The Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz (BMK) has decided on an emergency allocation for the Vienna - Salzburg route in order to reliably maintain public transport by rail during and in the first months after the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency allocation is addressed to us and to ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG.
For you as a passenger, this will result in some changes that will apply from Monday, 20 April 2020 (and provisionally until 7 July 2020).
- From 05:42 a.m. to 09:42 p.m. WESTbahn will depart from Wien Westbahnhof every two hours. From there, trains will go to Salzburg Hbf with stops in Wien Meidling, Tullnerfeld, St. Pölten, Amstetten, St. Valentin, Linz, Wels, Attnang-Puchheim, Vöcklabruck and Neumarkt-Köstendorf.
- In the opposite direction WESTbahn departs from Salzburg starting at 05:12 a.m. and runs every two hours until 09:12 p.m.
- The stops Tullnerfeld, St. Valentin and Neumarkt-Köstendorf will thus be served additionally, Wien Hütteldorf will no longer be a stop.
- Travel time from Wien Westbahnhof to Salzburg will be extended to 3 hours 6 minutes due to the changed route and the additional stops. Travel time from Wien Meidling to Salzburg will be 2 hours 48 minutes.
- All valid tickets of VOR, OÖVV and SVV are accepted on board of WESTbahn during the emergency allocation.
- At the same time, there will also be a mutual ticket recognition of all not train-bound tickets of WESTbahn and ÖBB during the emergency allocation. Thus, you can also use your WESTbahn ticket on ÖBB's long-distance trains (Railjet, Railjet Xpress, ICE).
- New: Our tickets are also valid on board ÖBB Cityjet Xpress trains from Wien Westbahnhof to Amstetten and vice verse as well as in S80 between Wien Hütteldorf and Wien Meidling.
- Please note that promotional fares for the Vienna - Salzburg route are not available from either company during the emergency allocation or can only be used alternately if they are not train-bound.
- A joint timetable of WESTbahn and ÖBB guarantees an hourly frequency between Wien Meidling and Salzburg Hbf, additionally intensified by further hourly connections of ÖBB. You will find the timetable below.
The government and we would like to offer security and stability in this difficult phase, so that you can travel by train between Vienna and Salzburg, if necessary. We regret any difficulties that may result from the temporarily changed timetable.
Starting April 14, mouth and nose have to be covered in public transport. Please bring along your mask or scarf when travelling with WESTbahn. Masks will not be issued on board.