Tram-Line

Vienna Tram Line Project

Trams, also known as streetcars, are a great way to experience cities. They generally operate above ground so you can see what’s happening and get a mental image of the city and its neighbourhoods.

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Old and new trams waiting at Vienna Tram 41 end station: Pötzleinsdorfer-Schloßpark.

This year I’ve decided to walk as many of the Vienna tram lines as possible. It’s a challenge because Vienna has a route length of 180 km (wikipedia). Here’s a quite cool schematic map of Vienna’s tram network (Vienna tram network map). I’ll take photos and post them on pages for each tram line, with links below added as I complete each line.

Draußen in Hütteldorf - Out there in Hütteldorf ... a Viennese song.

Draußen in Hütteldorf – Out there in Hütteldorf … a Viennese song.

The first line I walked for this project was the 49 Hütteldorf tram. It’s our neighbourhood tram and the one I ride most so I thought it would be a good test. Here’s what I learned:

  • it’s good to have an idea about Vienna’s street pattern (and history) to understand the tram network (see Vienna Street Pattern and Trams);
  • many tram routes share the same track, in this case I’ve tried to name photos with both lines (in cases with 2 lines) and with generic names when there are more than 2 lines sharing the same track sections;
  • Vienna’s tram network has many important interchange stations where several lines meet (and often connect to the metro, bus and railway systems), I have created separate pages for the main tram interchange points.

So, here are links to the pages I’ve developed so far:

 

Vienna Street Pattern

Vienna Tram Interchange Stations

Tram interchange stations on the Ringstrasse:

  • Schottentor – Trams 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 and U-2 line;
  • Dr Karl Renner Ring – Trams 1, 2, D, 46, 49, Bus 48a and U-3 line;
  • Staatsoper – Kärntner Ring – Trams 1, 2, D, several bus lines and U-1, U-2, U-4 lines;

The main interchange stations on the Gürtel are:

  • Nussdorfer Strasse – Trams 37, 38;
  • Wahringer Strasse – Trams
  • Josefstaeter Strasse – Trams 2, 33;
  • Burg Strasse – Stadthalle – Urban Loritz Platz – Trams 6, 18, 49;
  • Westbahnhof – Trams 5, 6, 9, 18, 52 and 58, U-3;
  • Gumpendorfer Strasse – Trams 6, 18 and Bus 57A;

There are also five underground tram stations serving several tram lines on the Southern Gürtel:

  • Eichen Strasse – Trams 6, 18 and 62;
  • Matzleinsdorfer Platz – Trams 1, 6, 18, and 62; Badner Bahn, and S-Bahn lines;
  • Kleiber Gasse – Trams 1, 18, and 62; Badner Bahn;
  • Südtiroler Platz – Tram 18 with connections to Tram O on the street level;
  • Laurenzgasse (Wiednerhauptstrasse) – Trams 1, 62 and Badner Bahn.

Vienna Tram Lines

Vienna Trams Links

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Work in Progress

This page is a work in progress. I’ll be updating it with information and photos from my walking trips along the tram lines along with any new history I learn. In the meantime please contact me if you have comments or edits! Thanks for reading.

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