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.
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.
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 Street Pattern and Trams – a crash history in Vienna’s street pattern and how this relates to the tram lines.
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
- Tram 49 – Dr Karl Renner Ring to Hütteldorf – December 2013
Vienna Trams Links
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.