The number of train passengers in Austria has increased 6.6 percent in 2018 to reach a total 309.9 million, a leading rail regulatory authority revealed on Tuesday.
In its latest annual report presented as a press conference in Vienna, the Schienen-Control said Austrians travelled an average of 1,505 kilometres via rail last year.
The figures mean they are once again the leaders in rail travel within the European Union. Seen in wider Europe as a whole, only the Swiss travel via rail more, said Schienen-Control head Maria-Theresia Rohsler.
She said the boost in numbers last year is in particular due to increased short-distance rail travel options around metropolitan areas.
Of the 16 rail companies providing passenger transport, state-owned operator the Austrian Federal Railways (OBB) once again saw the lion’s share of passenger numbers at about 261 million, a 6.4 percent increase.
The on-time performance of passenger trains was also high, with 95.8 percent of trains punctual, the Schienen-Control said.