Wien Hauptbahnhof

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Wien Hauptbahnhof
Austrian Federal Railways
ÖBB trains at Wien Hauptbahnhof.JPG
ÖBB trains standing at platforms 10 and 11
Station statistics
Address Favoritenstraße 51, Vienna
Coordinates 48°11′12″N 16°22′48″E / 48.186667°N 16.380000°E / 48.186667; 16.380000Coordinates: 48°11′12″N 16°22′48″E / 48.186667°N 16.380000°E / 48.186667; 16.380000
Structure type at-grade
Platforms 12
Tracks 16 Total
12 for ÖBB
2 for underground tram
2 for U-Bahn
Parking yes
Other information
Opened December 2012[1]/2015[2]
Electrified yes
Owned by ÖBB
Passengers () 40.000[3]

Wien Hauptbahnhof[4][1] (German for Vienna Main station;[5][6] also referred to as Vienna Hauptbahnhof[7]) is a partially operational railway station being developed in the Favoriten district of Vienna in Austria as the city's main station.[8]

Wien Hauptbahnhof has replaced the Wien Südbahnhof terminus[9] with a through station linking four major railway lines converging on Vienna from the North, East, West and South. When completed, the new station will offer significantly improved, principally international, connectivity.[2] By moving the main access to Südtiroler Platz, the new station will be better connected to the Vienna U-Bahn system, and will also be accessible by Vienna S-Bahn, tram and bus lines.[10] The Südtiroler Platz S-Bahn station was renamed Wien Hbf (platforms 1 and 2) in December 2012.[7]


The city council agreed to build the station on December 15, 2006. Construction began in June 2007, starting with preliminary works such as the remodelling of the S-Bahn station Südtiroler Platz. In 2008, the S-Bahn and the U-Bahn stations at Südtiroler Platz were connected with each other and Südbahnhof was demolished.

In 2009 ÖBB Infrastruktur awarded a €220m construction contract to a consortium led by Strabag.[11]

The bulk of Südbahnhof's services (platforms 11-19) were closed with the timetable change of 13 December 2009, with Wien Meidling railway station temporarily taking over many of Südbahnhof's services.[12] Construction started in April 2010.[13]

Trains began passing through the new Hauptbahhof without stopping on 6 August 2012.[5] The station became partly operational in December 2012,[1] with regional and S-Bahn services using platforms 9-12 and long-distance trains not stopping.[7] It was expected that the Hauptbahnhof would fully open in December 2014, however delays in completing a footbridge mean it will not be fully operational until December 2015.[4][7]

The rebuilt station will have around 100 shops and restaurants as well as 600 car parking spaces.[11] Office and residential developments are planned.


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  1. ^ a b c "Openings increase speeds and capacity" (in English). Railway Gazette International. 27 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Bahnkonzept Hauptbahnhof Wien" (in German). Österreichische Bundesbahnen. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  3. ^ "Fertigstellung des Rautendaches am Wiener Hauptbahnhof bis Jahresende" (in German). Wiener Zeitung. 12 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Roland Beier (May 2013). "Wien Hauptbahnhof delayed". Today's Railways (in English). 
  5. ^ a b "Milestones of Vienna's Main Railway Station" (in English). Vienna City Administration. 
  6. ^ "Wien Hauptbahnhof/Vienna Main Station". Österreichische Bundesbahnen. 
  7. ^ a b c d Keith Fender (June 2013). "Vienna Hauptbahnhof delayed". Modern Railways. 
  8. ^ "Wien Hauptbahnhof and Wieden". The Rough Guide to Vienna. Rough Guides. p. 136. 
  9. ^ Alexis Averbuck; Neal Bedford (2009). Western Europe. Lonely Planet. p. 66. 
  10. ^ "Facts & Figures project Vienna main station" (in English). Hauptbahnhof Wien. 
  11. ^ a b "Wien Hauptbahnhof construction contract awarded" (in English). Railway Gazette International. 22 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Passenger Info: Timetable changes with closure of Vienna Südbahnhof from December 13th, 2009". Österreichische Bundesbahnen. Retrieved 2010-02-13. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Hauptbahnhof Wien" (in German). Hauptbahnhof Wien. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 


  • Kaiser, Wolfgang (2011). Die Wiener Bahnhöfe. Geschichte, Gegenwart und Zukunft [The Vienna Railway Stations: History, Present and Future]. München: GeraMond. ISBN 9783862451104.  (German)

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