Linz Central Station

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Linz Central Station
Station forecourt with reception building and Terminal Tower
Operating point type Through station
Platform tracks 14 (1–12, 21–22),
2 tram tracks
abbreviation Lz
IBNR 8100013
City / municipality Linz
state Upper Austria
Country Austria
Coordinates 48 ° 17 '26 "  N , 14 ° 17' 28"  E Coordinates: 48 ° 17 '26 "  N , 14 ° 17' 28"  E
Railway lines
List of train stations in Austria
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The Linz main train station is the central part of the local transport hub Linz . Here, long-distance and local public transport lines of the ÖBB ( Westbahn , Pyhrnbahn , Summerauerbahn ) are connected with the Linz local railway , the Linz tram , the Linz trolleybus , the city buses and the regional Postbus lines.

With over 41,951 travelers per day, it is one of the most frequented through stations in Austria.


The first building in the romantic style was built on the grounds of the former Gesselböckhof by 1858. From February 12, 1891, the station was lit electrically. Planned renovations until 1920 were never carried out and it was not until 1931 that the architect Anton Wilhelm started an expansion. A conversion in reinforced concrete skeleton construction was completed in 1936; at that time the station was given a high hall with elongated windows.

As early as 1938, plans for a new location followed as part of the conversion to the Führerstadt , which was never realized. At that time, a new train station was planned south of Bulgariplatz, roughly on the area of ​​today's Wagner-Jauregg Hospital .

After the destruction of the Second World War, the reconstruction of the approximately 70% destroyed station took place between 1946 and 1954, again by architect Anton Wilhelm at the same location and taking into account the pre-war inventory. The station and the station facilities were opened on October 3, 1949; work on the entire area was not completed until 1955.

The current building with the roof supported by bundled steel struts was erected instead of the post-war building and opened in 2004 after a two-year construction period. The architect is Wilhelm Holzbauer . Compared to the old building, this new building has been moved about 10 meters in the direction of Kärntner Straße to make room for the integration of the Linz Local Railway (LILO), which was completed in November 2005.

Today's station building

The station building 2018

The current station building is structured on three levels. The main entrance is on the first floor next to the taxi rank and also provides a connection to the bus terminal. Likewise, the two lions stand in front of the main entrance, which already marked the entrance of the previous building. In addition to the post buses, there are also some bus and trolleybus lines from Linz Linien as well as regional buses from the Welser company from Traun, which connect Linz with the neighboring communities of Traun and Ansfelden . The platforms can be reached via the middle floor. In addition to the ÖBB checkout area, information and the ÖBB Club Lounge, there are also shops and restaurants here. In the basement, all four lines of the Linz tram and a parking garage will be connected underground. Due to the short transfer distances, spacious design and bright ambience, the building was awarded the title of Austria's most beautiful train station seven times in a row by the Austrian Transport Club between 2005 and 2011 , and came second in both 2012 and 2013. Previously, the station was among the last five in Austria.


At the moment (2015), trains can stop at 14 platforms at Linz Central Station, with platforms 21 and 1 being intended for the trains of the Linz Local Railway. Due to the station offensive, the platforms correspond to the current status and are equipped with lifts and escalators. All platforms, with the exception of platform 22, are through platforms.

Tram station

Terminal of the tram at the station forecourt (photo from 1971)
Forecourt with tram line 3 and trolleybus line 21 stop (photo from 1992)

With the station offensive, some changes in local public transport became visible. Until 2004, the main station was only served by tram line 3 above ground . The lines 1 and 2 went a little off in the Wiener Straße (formerly. Roundabout Blumau). The route was laid underground between the Goethe Crossing and the Herz Jesu Church, away from the old route. Thus, lines 1 and 2 also went to the main station. The above-ground track route Blumauerplatz - Herz-Jesu-Kirche was demolished by 2009, and the previous route was redesigned as a shopping street. Thus, nothing more can be seen of the old route, as the road was also turned and the music theater was rebuilt on part of it.

The main station stop is now 86 m long and offers space for two city runners in a row. At both ends of the station there are reversing loops, which are used for events on the country road and before the extension of line 3. The junction of lines 3 and 4 in the direction of Traun is also located here, which is initially underground.

Bus terminal

In 2004 the bus terminal was built east of the main train station and the old one near the main post office lost its importance. The new bus station is below the LDZ (State Service Center) and is at ground level. There are three long bus platforms in the bus terminal, where the buses of Linz AG Linien, Postbus and Wilhelm Welser Traun meet. The bus terminal is a total of 200 m long and 50 m wide.

Local transport

The Linz main train station is an important stopping point in all of Upper Austrian local transport.

Regional trains / REX to: Wels, Salzburg, Passau, Simbach (Inn), Grünau / Almtal, Budweis, Prague, St.Valentin, Amstetten, Selzthal, Garsten, Steyr, Ried / Innkreis, Braunau / Inn.

line route
S 1 Linz Hbf - St.Valentin - Steyr - Garsten - (Kleinreifling - Selzthal )
S 2 Linz Hbf - Wels Hbf - ( Salzburg Hbf )
S 3 Linz central station - Pregarten - (Summerau)
S 4 Linz central station - Traun - Kirchdorf / Krems - (Selzthal)
S 5 Linz Hbf - Linz Untergaumberg - Alkoven - Eferding - (Niederspaching - 1st course: Peuerbach; 2nd course: Neumarkt-Kallham)

Long-distance transport

line route Clock frequency
Western Railway Salzburg Hbf  - Attnang-Puchheim  - Wels Hbf  - Linz  - Amstetten  - St. Pölten  - Vienna Hütteldorf  - Vienna Westbahnhof Hourly
Railjet Vienna Airport  - Vienna Central Station  - St. Pölten  - Linz  - Salzburg– ( Wörgl ) -  Innsbruck  - Bregenz  /  Zurich Hourly
Railjet (Klagenfurt / Bregenz–) Salzburg - Linz - Vienna - Vienna Airport Hourly
Railjet Munich  - Rosenheim  - Salzburg - Linz  - Vienna  - Budapest Every two hours
ÖBB Nightjet 40421/491 Vienna main station / car train system - Vienna main station - Vienna Meidling - St. Pölten - Linz  - Passau - (1st course: Frankfurt am Main - Koblenz - Cologne - Düsseldorf) (2nd course: Hanover - Hamburg) One train a day in each direction
ÖBB Nightjet 50466 Prague - Linz  - Salzburg - Feldkirch - Zurich One train a day in each direction
ICE Vienna  - St. Pölten - Linz  - Wels - Passau  - Regensburg  - Nuremberg  - Würzburg  - Frankfurt  - ( Frankfurt Airport  - Cologne  - either via Solingen  - Wuppertal  - Hagen  - / or via Duisburg  - further: Dortmund  - Hamburg ) six pairs of trains (every two hours)
Bus 20000 Linz  - Ceské Budejovice autobusové nádrazí ( Budweis ) - Prague twice daily
InterCity Linz  - Neuhofen / Krems - Rohr-Bad Hall - Kirchdorf / Krems - Selzthal  - Leoben  - Graz two pairs of trains for regular R / REX traffic

Story of the lions

The "Linz Lions"

The area in front of the entrance to the train station building, which opened in 2004, is flanked by two stone lions, facing each other, with coats of arms. They had previously been standing on both sides of the entrance stairs (around 1949 to July 21, 2003) and became a landmark and meeting point of the station. Both figures come from an order (for 4 lions) from the time of National Socialism (from around 1941) for the bridgeheads of the Todt Bridge in Salzburg , which was renamed the State Bridge after World War II . The sculptor Jakob Adlhart from Hallein only completed two figures that were not erected in Salzburg, but sold to Linz after the war and erected in front of the train station. Replicas made of PU rigid foam based on photogrammetry (from 2007, with a new sign) were milled for the shop area in the train station on behalf of ÖBB.


See also

Web links

Commons : Linz Hauptbahnhof  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The ÖBB in figures 2016. In: Retrieved November 5, 2017 .
  2. ^ Fritz Mayrhofer: A main station on the Danube? In: Yearbook of the Upper Austrian Museum Association. Volume 149a, Linz 2004, pp. 561-568 ( PDF (1.3 MB) on ZOBODAT ).
  3. Rudolf Lehr: State Chronicle of Upper Austria. Christian Brandstätter Verlag, Vienna 2008, ISBN 978-3-85498-331-6 , p. 265.
  4. Old plans of Linz ( Memento from May 30, 2014 in the web archive )
  5. Rudolf Lehr: State Chronicle of Upper Austria. Christian Brandstätter Verlag, Vienna 2008, ISBN 978-3-85498-331-6 , p. 341.
  6. a b Linz - Culture - Monuments: Central Station. In:, accessed on November 25, 2012.
  7. 33 Places: 1941, main station, 2009, accessed May 2, 2017. - The Nazi regime commissioned the two lions from the Hallein stonemason Jakob Adelhart. In 1999, after discussions, the Linz municipal council declared it to be ideologically harmless.
  8. Central Station. In:, accessed May 2, 2017 (striking image of the lions).
  9. Michael John: Hide? Present? To dispose? - City in luck. In:, Nordico City Museum, June 5, 2009, accessed May 2, 2017.
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