U-Bahn in Vienna, Austria

The U-Bahn or Untergrundbahn is the underground rail system in Austria (and also Germany) a.k.a the Metro or Underground or Subway. The Austrian symbol of the U-Bahn is a white “U” on a round blue background.
In Austria, the U-Bahn services Vienna. Here it is connected with the S-Bahn network. The U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Trams and buses can all be accessed with the same ticket. The Vienna U-Bahn has 5 lines – U1, U2, U3, U4 and U6. Apart from this simple nomenclature they are also distinguished through different colors. The service runs from 5 am to 1 am. The trains are frequent at 2 to 5 minute intervals which extends to 7.5 minute interval after 8 pm.

In October 2013, the U2 line was extended by 2.6 miles and this included three stations.
In 2011, more than 560 million people utilized the u-bahn. Currently there are 5 lines in the system ( U1 to U6 – the various projects for U5 did not take for various reasons)
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The Lines and their stations are –

U1 (Red) Line
Route: Reumannplatz – Leopoldau

Stations covered in the Reumannplatz – Leopoldau route:

Reumannplatz
Keplerplatz
Südtiroler Platz
Taubstummengasse
Karlsplatz   (U2, U4)
Stephansplatz — City   (U3)
Schwedenplatz   (U4 )
Nestroyplatz
Praterstern
Vorgartenstrasse
Donauinsel
Kaisermühlen — Vienna International Centre
Alte Donau
Kagran
Kagraner Platz
Rennbahnweg
Aderklaaer Strasse
Grossfeldsiedlung
Leopoldau
U2 (Purple) Line
Route: Schottenring – Karlsplatz

Stations covered under the route Schottenring – Karlsplatz –

Schottenring  (U4)
Schottentor — Universität
Rathaus
Volkstheater  (U3)
Museumsquartier
Karlsplatz  (U1   U4)

An extension of this line is underway. More stations would be added.

U3 (Orange) Line
Route: Ottakring – Simmering

The stations covered under the Ottakring – Simmering route-

Ottakring
Kendlerstraße
Hütteldorfer Straße
Johnstraße
Schweglerstraße
Westbahnhof  (U6)
Zieglergasse
Neubaugasse
Volkstheater  (U2)
Herrengasse
Stephansplatz — City  (U1)
Stubentor
Landstraße  (U4)
Rochusgasse
Kardinal-Nagl-Platz
Schlachthausgasse
Erdberg
Gasometer
Zippererstraße
Enkplatz
Simmering
U4 (Green) line
Route: Hütteldorf – Heiligenstadt

The stations covered under the Hütteldorf – Heiligenstadt route are –

Hütteldorf
Ober St. Veit
Unter St. Veit
Braunschweiggasse
Hietzing
Schönbrunn
Meidling Hauptstraße
Längenfeldgasse  (U6)
Margaretengürtel
Pilgramgasse
Kettenbrückengasse
Karlsplatz  (U1, U2)
Stadtpark
Landstraße  (U3)
Schwedenplatz  (U1)
Schottenring (U2)
Roßauer Lände
Friedensbrücke
Spittelau  (U6)
Heiligenstadt
U6 (Brown) Line
Route: Floridsdorf – Siebenhirten

In portions of this route the train runs above ground. The stations covered under Floridsdorf – Siebenhirten route are –

Floridsdorf
Neue Donau
Handelskai
Dresdner Strasse
Jägerstrasse
Spittelau  (U4)
Nussdorfer Strasse
Wahringer Strasse — Volksoper
Michelbeuern — AKH (Allgemeines Krankenhaus)
Alser Strasse
Josefstadter Strasse
Thaliastrasse
Burggasse — Stadthalle
Westbahnhof  (U3)
Gumpendorfer Strasse
Längenfeldgasse  (U4)
Niederhofstrasse
Philadelphiabrucke — Meidling
Tscherttegasse
Am Schopfwerk
Alterlaa
Erlaaer Strasse
Perfektastrasse
Siebenhirten

Eurail Global Pass – European Rail Passes

This is meant for visits to 6 or more participating countries in Europe. In this case it does not matter whether the countries of travel are bordering or not (as it does in Eurail Select Pass). The countries include Austria, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark, Finland,  Greece, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Spain and Slovenia.eurail2
Within this scheme more options are available –

• Eurail Global Pass: First class travel for consecutive 15 days, 21 days, 1,2 or 3 months. Ticket prices range from approx. $750 for 15 days to $2090 for 3 months.

Current Eurail promotion / Discounts / Coupons etc :

  • Free travel days ( limited time ) offer. (Get 2 to 5 free days based on the type of 1st class pass)
  • 35% youth discount for travelers younger than 26 years
  • 15% saver pass for groups of 2 to 5 travelers.
    Kids under 4 travel free and for children between 4 to 11 , there is a 50% discount.

• Eurail Global Pass Flexi: First class travel for 10 or 15 days in a time period of 2 months
 Eurail Global Pass Saver: This is best recommended for people travelling to non-bordering countries. For example, Belgium and Portugal. This provides first class travel for consecutive 15 days, 21 days, 1,2 or 3 months but for 2 to 5 number of people travelling together. Ticket price ranges from $630 (adult) for 15 days to $1800 (approx.) for 3 months.
• Eurail Global Pass Saver Flexi: First class travel for 2 to 5 people travelling together for any 10 days or 15 days in a 2 month period. Ticket prices range from $750 to less than $1000 (approx.) for 10 and 15 days respectively.
• Eurail Global Pass Youth: Meant for people less than 26 years of age. This is second class travel for 15 or 21 days, 1, 2 or 3 months. It is a consecutive day pass. Ticket prices range from approx. $500 for 15 day pass to & about $1360 for 3 months pass. These are cheaper when compared to the general Eurail Global Pass mentioned above.
• Eurail Global Pass Youth Flexi: Meant for people under 26 years of age. Any 10 days or 15 days second class travel in a 2month period.
• Eurail Drive Pass: Combination of rail and road travel. 4 days of first class travel with 2 days of rental car from Hertz or Avis.

Consecutive days means that one would have to either use the days or lose them. Price ranges given above are subject to change. Children under 4 are free and 4 to 11 are half rates of adult tickets. All tickets need to be validated within 6 months of purchase.

Some trains provide concessions for seniors – people 60 years or older. Discounted passes are available for seniors in some cases.