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The catamaran on the line Vienna – Bratislava is preparing for a new season. It expects around 150,000 passengers

The catamaran on the line Vienna – Bratislava is preparing for a new season. It expects around 150,000 passengers

Vienna and Bratislava together hold a European unique. These are the closest capital cities in Europe. In addition to regular train or bus lines, they are also connected by a catamaran. It covers the journey between the two cities in 75 minutes, and after the covid slowdown, the number of passengers returns to 150,000 per year. In addition, the Viennese vessel began to occasionally go as far as Györ or Budapest.

The Twin City Liner, as the catamaran is called, has been commuting between Vienna and Bratislava since 2006. Since then, it has transported around two million passengers between the two metropolises on a route of approximately seventy kilometers. While in the covid years of 2020 and 2021 the ships carried only around 14,000 passengers per year, last year over 143,000 tickets were sold, bringing the vessels close to the record year of 2019 with 165,000 tickets sold.

Interest in the catamaran is increasing due to the growing interest of B2B customers in the field of tourism. The vast majority of passengers still travel on the regular route Vienna – Bratislava, but Twin City Liner has also started special holiday cruises to Budapest, and after a successful test cruise to Györ this year, it will also make occasional trips to this Hungarian city.

The catamaran is operated by the Vienna municipal group Wien Holding with the contribution of the regional branch of Raiffeisenlandesbank. The company’s management expects a further increase in the number of transported passengers for this year. Packages with an overnight stay in Bratislava or better sales assurance, especially in the online sector, should also contribute to this.

Since 2019, new catamarans from British shipyards have been sailing on the Danube, replacing the original Norwegian vessels. Ticket prices start at 25,-€ per person per trip. For seniors, students, military and civilian service members and Twin City Liner offers half-off fares every Tuesday (but the discount does not apply to port charges), and passengers with disabilities can take advantage of the discount every day.

The weekend winter sailing season 2023 will start between Vienna and Bratislava on February 4. The catamaran, which is currently still undergoing a routine inspection at the dock in Linz, will depart Vienna at 10:30 a.m. daily. The return journey from the center of Bratislava starts at 16:30 and the ship arrives in the Austrian capital at 18:00. The official start of the season with up to six sailings per day is planned for March 31.


Twin City Liner on the Danube © robertkovacs_net

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