Austria

Transport & infrastructure in the Austrian partner regions

Vienna. Due to its Central European position, Vienna is a maximum of three flight hours away from any European capital. The river Danube flows straight through the city of Vienna, connecting its port to numerous destinations between the Black Sea and Rotterdam on the North Sea. Recent expansions transformed the Port of Vienna into one of the most modern and efficient logistics hubs of Central and South-Eastern Europe. The new Vienna Main Station (under construction until 2014) will establish the city as a busy intersection of routes to Munich, Prague, Cracow, Bratislava, Budapest, Zagreb and Verona. Already today, modern motorways connect Vienna with nearly all of these cities, with a motorway to Brno (connecting with Prague) under construction. Vienna has one of the most modern and most widely used public transport systems in Europe, resulting into a modal split of 35% for all journeys undertaken within the Austrian capital.

Lower Austria. A primary advantage of the International Airport Vienna-Schwechat is its location at the heart of Central Europe, a position which has become even more important since EU enlargement. The airport has established itself as a vital East-West cargo hub. No other European airport is as dedicated to serving the CEE countries as Vienna-Schwechat. Alongside the airport, Lower Austria boasts an excellent transportation infrastructure, including alternative traffic routes such as waterways. With two ports in Krems and Ennsdorf, Austria’s largest province is optimally connected to the international waterway Rhine-Main-Danube.

Burgenland. Burgenland’s infrastructure renewal extends to the areas of transport, information technology, administration and energy. The strengthening of Burgenland’s centres, public transport upgrading and the concentration of transit and through traffic in the high-level road network are essential measures towards this purpose. The objective lies in achieving controlled growth and a shift towards public transport. A number of infrastructure projects for the high-level road and rail networks are being planned; after their completion, Burgenland will be well connected to both the European and Austrian transport networks. Special attention in infrastructure planning is paid to sustainable and innovative transport solutions for the sensitive region around Lake Neusiedl.