Austria-wide public transport climate ticket launches Oct. 26

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The Austria-wide Öffi-Klimaticket will start on October 26, 2021, and now the provinces of Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland are also participating. This was announced by Transport Minister Leonore Gewessler in Vienna.
Advance sales of the network ticket, previously planned as a 1-2-3 ticket, will start as early as October 1.

“The climate ticket is complete”.
“The time of waiting has now come to an end – the climate ticket is complete,” Gewessler was pleased to say at the press conference. In mid-August, the head of department had already announced that the Climate Ticket Now, as it was now called, would in any case be valid from the national holiday onwards.

Advance sale satrtet on 1 October
From the start of advance sales on Friday until the national holiday, the Austria-wide ticket costs 949 instead of 1,095 euros for one year. For all under 26 and for seniors there is a reduction to 821 euro, with the 15 per cent discount to the start it is 699 euro.

Today is a “great day for the people of Austria and for the climate and public transport,” Gewessler said happily. The climate ticket is one of her “heart projects”. “We have worked intensively on this over the past few months,” she said, adding that large and small issues had been discussed. Now a solution has been found together with all the federal states. A ticket for all public transportation in Austria “has been in government programs for 15 years,” Gewessler said. According to the transport minister, this will mean that “around 100,000 people will be able to travel more cheaply”. This is the “largest tariff reform in Austria”.

All information on the Climate Ticket in Austria: costs and details
The current climate ticket is considered a prestige project of the Greens and is also part of the government program with the ÖVP. However, it is now being implemented differently than planned. Originally, the network ticket with three levels had been planned as a 1-2-3 ticket. The plan was for the 3-stage ticket to cost 1,095 euros and be valid for travel on all public transportation systems throughout the country. It was also planned to be able to travel for one euro per day in one federal state (365 euros) and for two euros per day in one and neighboring federal states (730 euros).

However, the federal states are not on board with the 365 euros per year – with the exception of Vienna. In Vorarlberg, for example, the regional state card costs 385 euros, in Salzburg 595 euros and in Tyrol 509.40 euros. The most expensive is Upper Austria, where the ticket for the entire province costs 695 euros. In the agreement now reached, Burgenland and Lower Austria will become one region – as requested by the two federal states. The federal state ticket for this will cost 550 euros in the future. In addition, a joint ticket will be offered in the eastern region – at 915 euros a year. Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland start with regional tickets.

With the Klimaticket Now, it is possible to use any scheduled transport service (public and private rail transport, urban transport and transport associations) in a given area. It will be available in advance from October 1 at www.klimaticket.at, at all ÖBB and Westbahn counters, and also at all sales outlets of the participating associations.

  • sources: vienna.at/APA/picture: klimaticket.at
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