Climate ticket in Austria brings success: Shaking heads at Germany



Austria's Transport Minister Leonore Gewessler and Austria's Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer

Vienna Traveling by train or bus is probably nowhere else in Europe as easy and cheap as in Austria. The reason is the "climate ticket", a passe-partout for all public transport (öV), that has been around for about a year. For the second class, the climate ticket costs 1095 euros per year, for the first class just under 2500 euros.

The introduction of the climate ticket was preceded by long and heated discussions; the state railway company ÖBB feared a loss of income because the ticket replaced the Österreichcard, which was around twice as expensive.

In the end, the Green Environment and Transport Minister Leonore Gewessler was largely able to get her project through - also because she gives the frightened transport companies 150 million euros every year as compensation for the loss of income. For the politician, who some consider assertive and others stubborn, "a heart's desire" came true, as she said a year ago.

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