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Rail strike on Monday: you need to know that now

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Which trains are affected? All. All train traffic throughout Austria comes to a standstill. This means that all ÖBB trains are affected – whether long-distance, regional trains or S-Bahn, in Upper Austria also the Linzer Lokalbahn, the Mühlkreisbahn and the Vorchdorferbahn – as well as the connections of the Westbahn.

When will there be a strike? From Monday, November 28th, 2022, 0 a.m. for 24 hours. However, the Nightjet and EuroNight connections may be disrupted as early as Sunday evening or until Tuesday morning.

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How do I find out if my train is leaving on Sunday evening or Tuesday morning? Best on the internet. ÖBB lists the affected Nightjet and Eurojet connections at oebb.at/streik. The Scotty digital timetable information can also be used.

Is the bus service also affected? no Post buses run regularly in Upper Austria. The regional bus and city traffic is not affected. An exception to this is the Traunseetram in Gmunden, here the sets are at a standstill. The trams and buses in Linz run normally. In Salzburg and Innsbruck, inner-city bus traffic is also affected.

Is there rail replacement service? No, there will be no replacement for the canceled trains. “This is not possible with the high number of failures,” says ÖBB. A replacement is offered for the City Airport Train (CAT) between Vienna-Mitte and Vienna Airport alone, the airport said.

What if my child cannot go to school because of the strike? For students, if they cannot find another way to get to school, they are excused. That says education director Alfred Klampfer on OÖN request. “It’s “force majeure,” so to speak. It’s like snow and ice making it impossible to get to school safely,” says Klampfer, who is convinced that many students can – and will – ride with their parents.

What does the strike mean for road traffic? The ÖAMTC predicts “massive traffic congestion” in the metropolitan areas on Monday. The motorists’ club appealed to commuters to form carpools or to use home offices.

What happens to tickets that have already been purchased? At ÖBB, tickets purchased for a journey during the strike period remain valid up to and including December 5 or will be refunded. This also applies to tickets with a specific train. Seat reservations cannot be transferred to other trains and will therefore be refunded.

What happens if I am stranded in a city as a passenger? As with all train cancellations, passenger rights apply. This means that the costs for an appropriate hotel and the taxi costs there are covered by ÖBB. More information on this under https://www.oebb.at/de/reiseplanung-services/nach-ihrer-reise/fahrgastrechte.

Can I get stuck on a train in the middle of the route? Don’t worry, that can’t happen. The trains affected by the strike are either canceled or shortened.

Will there be more strikes? That is not certain at the moment and depends on how the KV negotiations proceed. “We hope for a timely agreement between employer and employee representatives,” says ÖBB.

Why is there a strike? The strike is a means of exerting pressure on the union after the new wage negotiations for the railway workers failed again on Sunday morning. Employers and employees blame each other for this. You can read details about the positions and demands here:

Details of the rail strike in the video:

Important links:

  • You can find more questions and answers about the rail strike at oebb.at/streik
  • Scotty, the ÖBB digital timetable information: fahrplan.oebb.at
  • Information on carpooling in the greater Linz area: domino-ooe.at

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