Magistrale for Europe

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Planned high-speed rail link Paris - Bratislava

The Magistrale for Europe (MoE) is a Trans-European Networks (TEN) project for the creation of a high-speed railway line between Paris and Bratislava. It is TEN project No. 17 (Paris - Bratislava), and is already under way.[1]

MoE adds a connection from Vienna to Budapest. The project is planned to be completed by 2020. It will link 34 million people in five countries. The overall length of the route is 1500 km.


The French part of MoE is the LGV Est. Its first section as far as Baudrecourt has been in use since 2007 whilst the second section to Strasbourg is under construction, to be opened in 2016.[2]


In Germany the MoE follows the Europabahn to Appenweier and then the Rheintalbahn to Bruchsal. The Europabahn is built for a maximum speed of 200 km/h while Rheintalbahn to Rastatt-Süd is for 250 km/h. The second part of the new Rheintalbahn (Rastatt-Süd to Bruchsal) is to be completed by 2014. In Bruchsal the MoE joins the Mannheim–Stuttgart high-speed railway which was built for 250 km/h. In Stuttgart MoE joins the Stuttgart–Augsburg new and upgraded railway which is expected to be completed in 2020 and will provide a maximum speed of 250 km/h between Stuttgart and Ulm and 200 km/h between Ulm and Augsburg.

The Munich–Augsburg railway is being upgraded to separate slower traffic (freight and short-distance trains) from high speed trains, which will be able to reach 230 km/h.


Section Distance Opening Duration before1 Recent duration1 Planned duration1
Paris–Strasbourg 476 km Paris–Baudrecourt 2007 237 min 137 min 110 min
Baudrecourt–Vendenheim 2016
Strasbourg–Karlsruhe 81 km a portion (Appenweier-Karlsruhe) is in use now 54 min 25 min
Karlsruhe–Stuttgart 90 km in use 61 min 35 min 35 min
Stuttgart–Ulm 94 km today 2019/20 54 min 28 min
81 km new
Ulm–Augsburg 86 km not before 2019 41 min 28 min
Augsburg–Munich 61 km 2011 37 min 18 min
Munich–Salzburg 153 km Munich–Freilassing 2015 87min 62 min
Freilassing–Salzburg 2009
Salzburg–Linz 127 km Salzburg–Attnang-Puchheim 2013 64 min 60 min
Attnang-Puchheim–Wels 2011
Strecke Wels–Linz 2015
Linz–St. Pölten 130 km 2015 48 min 45 min
St.Pölten-Vienna 44 km 2012 41 min 25 min
Vienna–Budapest 263 km 181 min
Vienna–Bratislava northern line 65 km 2011 57 min 35 min
southern line 80 km 2013 55 min
Paris–Budapest 1592 km 812 min (13:29)1 2 634 min (10:34)1 2
Paris–Bratislava (northern line) 1394 km 685 min (11:25)1 2 3 488 min (8:08)1 2
Paris–Bratislava (southern line) 1409 km 508 min (8:28)1 2
Paris–Munich 875 km 484 min (8:04)1 2 358 min (5:58) 1 244 min (4:04) 1

1 It is calculated with the fastest possible durations between the towns.
2 Real duration is longer due to changing.
3 The time needed to travel between Wien Westbahnhof and Wien Südbahnhof is not taken in calculation. There will be no need to change after completion of Lainzer Tunnel and Wiener Hauptbahnhofs which is planned for 2013.
Quelle: annual report 2006/07 of Péter Balázs



This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

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