Vienna Underground Railway

The underground with the longest planning history

The city on the Danube holds the record for the longest planning history for its underground network – the plans go all the way back to the 1840s. However, it was not until 1968, that the construction of the Vienna U-Bahn was given the go-ahead by the city council. The U-Bahn officially opened in 1978, though trains had been running on the route between Heiligenstadt and Friedensbrücke since 1976.

Due to the complex planning history of the U-Bahn network, parts of it are actually much older – it incorporates the light rail system built by Otto Wagner in 1898, which was actually a standard-gage railway for steam engines. Today, the five lines measuring a total of 78.5 km in length are used by around 1.4 million passengers per day.

Our solutions

Since 1987, we have provided the Vienna U-Bahn network with around 100 km of cover profiles and 25,000 glass fiber-reinforced conductor rail carriers.

SiteVienna, Austria

Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG (WL)

Transport associationVerkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR)
  • Conductor rail cover systems 
  • Conductor rail carriers
Key terms
  • Third Rail
  • Conductor rail

Engineering progress

Enhancing lives