Time-lapse video showing construction of U2 underground / metro link

Traffic and transport

Traffic and transport: excellent connections, conscious deceleration

At Seestadt, mobility is guaranteed by excellent connections to a mix of fast, environment-friendly public transport options (underground/metro, tram, local, regional and intercity train services and buses). At the same time, however, the emphasis is on short distances and conscious deceleration, with priority given to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. E-mobility and car-sharing facilities and an attractive network of footpaths and cycleways enhance the modal mix.

The fact that an efficient, high-capacity public transport link (extension of underground line U2) has been put in place prior to the overall development of the project allows a uniform regulation providing for 0.7 parking spaces per housing unit throughout the entire development. Car parking provision in the public space has been significantly reduced in favour of everyday quality of life and universal accessibility. The underground parking facilities are accommodated in a simplified system of communal neighbourhood garages, which both enlivens the public space and ensures that in large parts of the development public transport is equally close to home as the private car. A portion of the savings made on garage construction flows back into the mobility fund, which is used to support alternative forms of mobility.

Public transport

5 October 2013 saw the official opening of the U2 underground/metro line extension to Seestadt. With the stations Aspern Nord in the northern part of the new development and Seestadt in the centre, aspern Seestadt boasts excellent links to Vienna's underground railway network. The journey to Vienna city centre takes just 25 minutes. Aspern station will function as a public transport hub and interchange for intercity trains to Bratislava, regional and suburban rail lines and underground, tram and bus services.

A number of bus services link Seestadt to the surrounding area and tram route 26 will serve Seestadt from the north via the U2 station Hausfeldstraße. In addition, six bus routes in all directions connect aspern Seestadt to the rest of the municipal district and the wider region. A further bus link to aspern Seestadt is also in the pipeline.

Getting around safely – on foot and by bike

aspern Seestadt is designed to encourage walking and cycling. Tree-lined thoroughfares, grassy areas and lively ground-floor zones make it a pleasure to be out and about. A dense network of footpaths and cycle routes throughout the entire development guarantees a high level of traffic safety. The cycle paths at aspern are attractively laid out and well lit, and there are ample cycle parking facilities in both public spaces and in the individual residential buildings.

THE MOBILITY FUND – PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE

At aspern Seestadt, mobility means a mix of numerous attractive transport options. To implement these a mobility fund was set up, financed from the charges levied for garage construction and operation. 

Planned mobility projects: 

  1. Seestadt bike fleet – the cycle hire system for travel inside and outside Seestadt
  2. Hallo Dienstmann! – the delivery service for Seestadt residents
  3. Lotte – a bike trailer that can also be used as a shopping trolley
  4. Bike park – safe, innovative cycle parking facilities
  5. Car sharing – a car-sharing pool for Seestadt residents
  6. Urban Lakeside map / Mobility map – for easy use of all forms of transport
  7. Digital noticeboard – an information platform for Seestadt residents
  8. Promotion of the shopping street  local shopping facilities right from the outset
  9. aspern ReCycle  cycle repair service for aspern Seestadt

aspern Seestadt travel times

Travel times by public transport: 

Vienna central railway station 17 min
Vienna city center 25 min
Stephansplatz 27 min
Bratislava central railway station 30 min

Travel times by car:

Vienna airport 15 min
Bratislava airport 45 min
Budapest 145 min

Local + International:

Prague 55 min
Warsaw 85 min
Sofia 100 min
Skopje 100 min
Paris 120 min
Kiew 135 min
Madrid 175 min