The order value in the first request amounts to around 600 million euros.
Austrian Federal railways (Österreichische Bundesbahnen – ÖBB) order 41 new KISS-type double-decker multiple units from Stadler. The order is being placed as part of the framework agreement signed in 2022 for up to 186 double-decker multiple units which recently has been cleared in the last instance by the higher administrative court in Vienna, thus ending legal proceedings. The order value in the first request amounts to around 600 million euros. The framework agreement with Stadler allows ordering of up to 186 trains, for a total value of up to three billion euros.
In the current request, ÖBB is ordering 20 six-car and 21 four-car vehicles. The first vehicles are expected to enter passenger operation on routes in the eastern region at the start of 2026. “With these 41 new Cityjet double-decker trains we continue to modernise our local transport fleet in Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland. From 2026 on, we offer even more capacity and comfort to our passengers, making the switch from individual transport by car to rail transport more attractive to commuters,” ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä says.
The new double-decker electric multiple unit is designed for a top speed of 160 km/h; it offers 610 seats in the six-car or 380 seats in the four-car configuration. “With improved acceleration behaviour and consequently shorter journey times, it is ideally suited to busy routes,” Stadler says.
New trains are fitted for example with a passenger information system (monitors with real-time information) as well as video surveillance. For passengers with limited mobility, the middle carriage of the composition also has a number wheelchair spaces with new, height-adjustable side-wall tables.