The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hauptbahnhof took place in 2010 on the site of the old Südbahnhof in the 10th district. Covering some 109 hectares – the same size as Vienna’s 8th district – the new site is now home to a state-of-the-art rail hub as well as a whole new neighborhood complete with apartments, an education campus and office blocks. 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, with additional trains set to be added when the timetable changes in December 2015.
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.
The Vienna Tourist Board’s tourist information center inside the Austrian National Railways (ÖBB) Info Point provides additional support for travelers including tips and pointers from multi-lingual Vienna experts, free brochures in up to 13 different languages, travel passes, parking permits and barrier free features such as an inductive speaker system and a service counter for wheelchair users. Open from 9am to 5pm daily, it also sells 48 and 72 hour Vienna Cards which are priced at EUR 18.90 and EUR 21.90. Vienna Card holders can look forward to unlimited free travel on the capital’s underground, bus and tram network as well as more than 210 discounts and concessions at museums and attractions, theatres, concerts, shopping, cafes, restaurants and Heuriger wine taverns across Vienna.
A number of new hotels have sprung up around this new transport hub: in May 2015, budget design hotel chain Motel One opened its fourth and largest accommodation in Vienna (533 rooms spread across 17 floors) directly opposite the main entrance to the station. Hotel Schani Wien (135 rooms) added another three star facility when it opened in April 2015. Run by a Viennese hotelier family and developed as a smart hotel with the support of organizations such as the Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart, the hotel brings together Viennese charm and state-of-the-art technology. Another new three-star hotel, the Star Inn Hotel Premium Wien Hauptbahnhof with 300 rooms, opened in April 2015. Two new hotels – Ibis and Novotel, each with 250 rooms – are scheduled to open in Fall 2016 at Vienna’s main station.
- Hauptbahnhof Wien, Am Hauptbahnhof, 1100 Vienna, www.hauptbahnhof-wien.at
- Tourist Info Hauptbahnhof (Vienna Main Station), ÖBB Info Point, Am Hauptbahnhof, 1100 Vienna, 09:00-17:00 daily
- Motel One Wien-Hauptbahnhof, Gerhard-Bronner-Strasse 11, 1100 Vienna, www.motel-one.com
- Hotel Schani Wien, Karl-Popper-Strasse 22, 1100 Vienna, www.hotelschani.com
- Star Inn Hotel Premium Wien Hauptbahnhof, Gerhard-Bronner-Strasse 5, 1100 Vienna, www.starinnhotels.com