New train service launched between Austria and Slovenia

Austria and SloveniaÖBB and Slovenske Železnice (SZ) have introduced new trains to develop and improve cross-border rail transport between Austria and Slovenia. The first train departed Ljubljana and provides three new and direct connections between Graz and Maribor.

“Together with our partner Slovenske Železnice, we are setting new standards in international traffic between Austria and Slovenia with the use of the modern Flirt train from Stadler. We are gradually aiming for a 1-hour service between Graz and Maribor. We would like to make train travel on this route even more pleasant for our travelers through additional comfort-enhancing measures, such as low-floor construction, air conditioning on the trains or bicycle transport spaces,” Kurt Bauer, the Head of ÖBB long-distance transport & new rail business said.

The new train connections between Ljubljana and Graz Central Station offer passengers a convenient option with up to 12 trains daily in both directions.The fastest travel time is 3 hours 20 minutes from Ljubljana to Graz and 3 hours 13 minutes from Graz to Ljubljana.Prices start at EUR 9 each way.

“Strengthening the connections between Slovenia and Austria is a milestone for the sustainable development of our region. The partnership with the Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB allows us to offer 12 new direct connections while reducing our carbon footprint,” Darja Kocjan, the Director of Slovenske Železnice, said.

The Flirt three-system electric multiple unit designed and manufactured by Stadler for Slovenske Železnice, embodies the highest quality standards and state-of-the-art technology.As part of the proven Flirt family, it sets standards in terms of versatility and comfort.With a top speed of 160 km/h and impressive pulling power, it offers a first-class travel experience for passengers in Slovenia, Croatia and Austria.Its technical features, including a low-floor boarding area, 235 comfortable seats, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and facilities for people with reduced mobility, underline the first-class passenger conditions.

These new connections will not only improve mobility in the region, but also strengthen relations between Austria and Slovenia.


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