Network access in five steps

Easy access to the rail network – in five steps

First-time access to the ÖBB network and to EU rail infrastructure involves a number of steps. We have prepared a summary overview of the most important steps as a guide.

Network access made easy

In Austria, railway undertakings (RUs)

  • headquartered in Austria and
  • railway undertakings headquartered in the EU or Switzerland

can apply for access to the Austrian rail network, with some restrictions. The conditions for access are specified in greater detail in paragraph 57 of the Railway Act.

Some of the steps described below may, in some cases, be performed in parallel in order to save time. For example, applications to the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) for vehicle licensing can be submitted in parallel to network compatibility testing performed by ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG.

Number 1

Step 1 – Operating licensing by the BMK

Information on operating concessions (national) and operating licences (international).

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Step 2 – Safety certification by the BMK

Information on a certified safety management system and other requirements for safe rail operations.

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Step 3 – Infrastructure Capacity Agreement with ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Regulation of the general cooperative relationship between the railway undertaking and ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG.

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Step 4 – Rail vehicle licensing and type approval by the BMK and ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Information on type approval and network compatibility for rail vehicle licensing.

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Step 5 – Personnel licensing by the BMK and ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Information on training and testing operations personnel.

Key contacts

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Contact OSS
One Stop Shop

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Licencing Centre
Vehicle Engineering
ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Federal Ministry Republic Austria Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology

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European OSS points of contact

Additional documents

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ÖBB Route Index Austria
(VzG) (German)

Various pages of a document

Contracts & Regulations
Infrastructure usage, capacity and more

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Regulations for
Network Access

Regulations directory for RUs (German)