Vienna Central Station

Vienna’s new Central Railway Station, including the new BahnhofCity mall, was opened on 10 October 2014. Construction works to replace the old Südbahnhof with a new Central Railway Station and to build a new residential area lasted until 2015.

Central station with the new ÖBB headquarters

The new ÖBB Group headquarters is located at the southern forecourt of the train station.

The new main station was constructed on the site between the former south and east stations and Südtiroler Platz. The new main station was constructed as a through station. For the first time, trains arrive in the capital from all directions to destinations in all directions.

In the new central through station, travellers and commuters benefit from direct and rapid connections and can to change trains quickly and conveniently on the same platform. Apart from rapid transit and local train lines, it is served by underground U1 as well as by two bus lines (13A and 69A) and three tram lines (18, D and O). Distances for passengers changing between lines are short; the new station is several hundred metres closer to Südtiroler Platz underground station than the former building, and there is an underground walkway connecting the two hubs. It only takes five minutes to go from Vienna Central Station to the city centre (St. Stephen’s Square station) by underground, and a mere 12 minutest to reach Vienna International Centre (Kaisermühlen-VIC). U1 trains come in at short intervals, averaging three to four minutes during daytime on weekdays.

Figures, schedules and facts about this major project in urban construction

Total area of the project: approximately 109 hectares

Traffic and infrastructure

  • Direct transport connections to twelve S-Bahn lines, Underground line U1 (Südtiroler Platz), tram lines D, O, 18, Bus lines 13A and 69A and regional buses
  • Five roofed-over island platforms/ten platforms
  • Car park and bicycle park, car ports for the disabled, taxi stands, et cetera.
  • Shopping centre with more than 80 shops and a range of restaurants

New residential area

Visualisation of the new Sonnwendviertel

Sonnwendviertel with Helmut-Zilk-Park

Around the station, an entirely new urban district is gradually emerging on the former ÖBB site right now. Altogether, approximately 5,000 apartments are being built to accommodate 13,000 residents, offices for 20,000 employees and space for hotels, shops, services and caterering operations. The municipal development area is framed by the Wiedner Gürtel to the north, Arsenalstraße to the east as well as Sonnwendgasse and Gudrunstraße to the south and west.
The area south of the site is designated primarily for an attractive residential district around the 7-hectare Helmut-Zilk-Park. The corner of Wiedner Gürtel and Arsenalstraße is the new home of the Erste Campus, the new headquarters of Erste Group Bank AG. Immediately south, a real estate developer is constructing an office/residential complex. The southern forecourt of the train station was designated for the ÖBB Group headquarters,


  • 2009 December 13, Closing down of Südbahnhof (Südbahn)
  • 2010 Start of construction works - rail and infrastructure project
  • 2011
    • Adaptation Gürtel
    • Start of construction of first apartment and office buildings
  • 2012 in December partial operation of the new Central Station
  • 2013/2014
    • Gradual operation of traffic station
    • Completion of first apartments and one section of the park
  • 2015 Completion of entire rail project, full operation

Photo gallery

View from above on the central station construction site

Central Station with the new Sonnwendviertel

a metal bridge being built at central station, construction equipment and workers in safety vests

A supporting frame for the new bridge was put into place via an assembly rail track and subsequently lifted onto the bridge pier.

plattform at the new Central station

On 9 December 2012, the first part of Vienna Central Railway Station was opened.

exterior view of the school campus

The school campus was opened in fall 2014.

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