ESCToday in collaboration with Vienna Tourist Board (Wien.info) will be bringing you a series of articles leading up to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in order to showcase and introduce the 2015 Eurovision host city Vienna to our readers. Today we will have a look at the transport system in the host city!
Yes you need not worry about transportation if you coming to Vienna for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Vienna has one of the best transport systems in the world. You can travel throughout the city via tram, train and bus! The city’s main hotposts, sights, monuments and landmarks are very well connected and easily acccessible. So are the 2015 Eurovision venue- the Wiener Stadthalle, the Eurovillage at the Rathausplatz and Euroclub at the Ottakringer Brewery!
This year´s Eurovision Song Contest will be implemented as a GREEN EVENT, hence mobility will have a strong impact on the sustainability of the event, hereby accredited media and journalists, Eurovision fans and visitors are invited to use Vienna’s public transportation.
Eurovision Tram operating on Vienna’s Ringstrasse
The Eurovision Song Contest venue, the Wiener Stadthalle as well as all side venues and sights are perfectly reachable by underground, buses and trams. The city boasts of one of the best transport systems in the world, thus all accredited persons will be able to use the public transport for free with their accreditation badge and take advantage of the city’s efficient, fast and easy transport system.
ORF the Austrian national broadcaster in liason with the City of Vienna, Wiener Linien, OBB, have arranged that all accreditation badges holders will be enabled to use their respective badges as valid tickets for all public transportation within the city of Vienna throughout the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest period.
On arrival Eurovivsion fans, media and visitors will additionally have access to a mobile app that will facilitate them finding their way around and their perfect route.
Furthermore, special electro-buses will act as ESC-shuttles and will be touring between the city centre, the Stadthalle (during opening hours) and the Euroclub in the evening.
Vienna has a 24 hour bus service throughout the city 7 days of the week, whilst the U-Bahn operates from 5 am until midnight from Sunday- Thursday and operates 24 hours on Fridays,Saturdays and on the eve of Public holidays. You can check the full schedules here.
The Night Buses run daily from 12:30 am to 05:oo am every 30 minutes.
Tram & Bus
With a route length of 172 km, Vienna’s tram network is the fifth largest in the world. In addition to the subways, 29 tram lines and 145 bus lines make their daily commutes.
Trams first started operating in Vienna in 1865. In addition to the traditional trams, there are ULF (ultra low floor) trains that are more easily accessible for the disabled.
The bus names are always composed of a digit and the letter A or B (e. g. 4A). The “City Buses”, which were developed specifically for the narrow streets in Vienna’s city center, also provide fast transportation in the 1st district.
The Night Bus
The Night buses operate daily from 12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. in 30-minute cycles. On the weekends, the schedule is adapted to the continuous subway operation.
THE U-Bahn- (Vienna Metro)
The subway system consists of 5 lines – U1, U2, U3, U4 and U6. The trains stop at 104 stations along 74.6 km of track. All platforms are equipped with electronic information displays that show the waiting time in addition to the destination.
In order to get to the Eurovision venue Wiener Statdhalle you need to get on the U6 Line and get off at the Burgasse/Stadthalle Station.
U-Bahn transfer stations
- Karlsplatz U1, U2, U4
- Landstrasse U3, U4
- Längenfeldgasse U4, U6
- Praterstern U1, U2
- Schottenring U2, U4
- Schwedenplatz U1, U4
- Spittelau U4, U6
- Stephansplatz U1, U3
- Volkstheater U2, U3
- Westbahnhof U3, U6
Plan your Journey
You can plan your journey in the city here.
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