Twin City Liner to link capitals

A new catamaran with a capacity to take 102 passengers will connect Vienna and Bratislava on the River Danube from this June. The Twin City Liner will provide round trips from Vienna to Bratislava three times a day. Vienna Deputy Mayor Sepp Rieder unveiled the plan at a press conference in Vienna on January 18.

Imagine the boat on the Danube!
photo: SITA

A new catamaran with a capacity to take 102 passengers will connect Vienna and Bratislava on the River Danube from this June. The Twin City Liner will provide round trips from Vienna to Bratislava three times a day. Vienna Deputy Mayor Sepp Rieder unveiled the plan at a press conference in Vienna on January 18.

The Twin City Liner's journey from Schwedenplatz in the centre of Vienna to the passenger port in Bratislava will take 75 minutes.

A Norwegian shipbuilder designed the catamaran for river transport with a low summer water level. The 30-metre-long by 8.5-metre-wide vessel can reach a top speed of 55.5 kilometres per hour. It should be delivered to Vienna from Norway in the spring. The Austrian side will cover the shipbuilding costs and Bratislava will finance the reconstruction of its historical Propeller Port, which should be ready to berth the new boat in 2007 at the latest.

The vessel will be in operation from June 1 to October 29. The cheapest one-way ticket on working days will cost about Sk600 (€16); the cheapest return ticket costing Sk1,100 (€30).

The ship is designed in particular for foreign tourists visiting Vienna.

Source: SITA news agency

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