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WESTbahn Management Gmbh
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Franchise(s)Open Access operator
Main region(s)Salzburg, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Vienna
Other region(s)Munich
Fleet size15 Stadler KISS
Stations called at14
Parent companyRAIL Holding AG
Dates of operation11 December 2011 (2011-12-11)
Length470 kilometres (290 mi)
Route map
0 Wien Westbahnhof
6 Wien Hütteldorf
60 St. Pölten Hbf
126 Amstetten
190 Linz Hbf
215 Wels Hbf
246 Attnang-Puchheim
249 Vöcklabruck
287 Straßwalchen
291 Neumarkt am Wallersee
301 Seekirchen am Wallersee
317 Salzburg Hbf
460 München Ostbahnhof
470 München Hauptbahnhof

Times shown are fastest timetabled journey from Wien Westbahnhof as in timetable 2022.

Connection map. WESTbahn service shown in bright blue.

WESTbahn Management GmbH (a subsidiary of RAIL Holding AG) is an open access railway company operating express train services on Austria's Western Railway (also known as Westbahn) since 11 December 2011. The French railway company SNCF has a 17.4 percent stake in WESTbahn.

Associated company WESTbus, became part of the Flixbus network.[1]


Westbahn train at Wien Westbahnhof

WESTbahn operates one service between Vienna and Salzburg in competition to the government-owned ÖBB. The trains run in one-hour intervals. This service calls at Wien Westbahnhof, Wien-Hütteldorf, St. Pölten Hbf, Amstetten, Linz Hbf, Wels Hbf, Attnang-Puchheim and Salzburg Hbf. From its start of operation until September 2013 the service continued to Salzburg Taxham Europark and Freilassing due to the rebuilding of Salzburg Hbf.[2][3]

The fleet consists of 7 Stadler KISS bilevel trains, each with six coaches, a total length of 150 metres, a top-speed of 200 km/h, acceleration of 0.85 m/s² and a capacity of 501 leather seats.[4] The passengers are able to use WLAN for free on the trains.[5] Every coach is serviced by an attendant. 85 percent of WESTbahn's 200 employees are on-board staff.

Each train also has a dining car with 8 seats and vending machines for cold and warm beverages. Snacks are available for purchase as well. One of the coaches is reserved for premium passengers and is called WESTbahn Plus.

In December 2014 WESTbahn ordered 10 additional Stadler Rail double-deck electric multiple-units. The €180m order would cover nine four-car Stadler KISS EMUs and one six-car unit.[6]

On 8 April 2022, WESTbahn expanded its service westwards to Germany, initially with 4 daily trains serving Munich East station and München Hauptbahnhof beyond Salzburg.[7]

From December 2022, WESTbahn will expand 3 services from Salzburg to Innsbruck, also serving Kufstein and Wörgl.[8]

RAIL Holding AG[edit]

On 5 June 2012, the CEO Stefan Wehinger, a former ÖBB director, resigned on diverging views about the company's strategy. He was replaced by Erich Forster, who was promoted from the position of sales manager.[9]

Board of Directors includes Benedikt Weibel (Chairman), Hans Peter Haselsteiner, Erhard F. Grossnigg and Frank Bernard

Ownership (as of 15 November 2018) Haselsteiner Family-Private Foundation (49.9%), Augusta Holding (Switzerland) (32.7%) (Augusta is held by Haselsteiner, Wehinger and company Oldro AG), and SNCF (France) (17.4%) [10]


  1. ^ Flixbus.at website, viewed 2020-01-22
  2. ^ About us at WESTbahn website
  3. ^ "Westbahn nicht mehr bis Freilassing". Bahn-Report (in German). Interessengemeinschaft Schienenverkehr e.V., Rohr (5/2013): 32. ISSN 0178-4528.
  4. ^ KISS electrical double-deck railcar – for Westbahn Management GmbH, Austria Archived 2013-01-24 at the Wayback Machine data sheet (PDF) from Stadler Altenrhein AG
  5. ^ "ÖBB-Konkurrent "Westbahn" startet mit kostenlosem Wlan" (in German). Der Standard. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  6. ^ [cite web|url=http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/traction-rolling-stock/single-view/view/westbahn-to-order-more-trains.html]
  7. ^ "WESTbahn". westbahn.at. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  8. ^ Smith, Kevin (14 September 2022). "Westbahn expands to Innsbruck". International Railway Journal. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  9. ^ "DerStandard.at".
  10. ^ "Shareholder » RAIL Holding AG".

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