Faster Connections to Southern Austria
Since 1999, the ÖBB has been building the Koralm Line in Styria and
since 2001 in Kärnten, there has been a new stretch of railway 130
kilometres long. This line makes southern Austria easier to reach.
South Kärnten and West Styria are easier to access now too - both
regions are getting closer to the state capital, Graz and Klagenfurt.
Graz – Klagenfurt in 45 minutes
This is an advantage for commuters and companies too. The Koralm
Line transports people and goods more quickly, with short journey
times and at short intervals. With its completion in 2025, a journey
from Graz to Klagenfurt will take only 45 minutes, instead of the
two hour bus journey that was previously required. People who
travel from Graz to Venedig can be very pleased with a time saving
of up to four hours. In future, people will be able to glide through
the countryside along the whole Koralm line at up to 230 km/h.
The sixth-longest railway tunnel in the world
For a quarter of the section, the trains will travel through tunnels,
the longest is the Koralm tunnel, at 32.9 kilometres long. It
is the sixth longest railway tunnel in the world and connects Styria
with Kärnten and the Deutschlandsberg area with the middle
of the Lavant valley. At a maximum depth of 1.2 kilometres, two
tunnel tubes running in parallel, each with a ten metre outer
diameter, break through the Koralpe massif.
23 new and modernised stations and train stops
Along the line, eleven stations have been or are being completely
modernised and twelve newly built: in Styria, the stations
Kalsdorf, Werndorf and Wettmannstätten, as well as the Hengsberg
stop; in the local transport hubs Don Bosco and Puntigam;
in Klagenfurt, the station Klagenfurt Ebenthal. These stations are
very significant, they are a guarantee for the regional use of the
Koralm line: thousands of people will get on and off here and
this will be to their advantage.
The Koralm Line connects Köflach with Bleiburg
The Koralm Line fits into a local railway network. It connects
to the future station West Styria, in the greater St. Florian area
with the Graz-Köflacher railway. The regional line Zeltweg -
Wolfsberg merges into the new Lavant valley station. Other new
stations: Aich/Wiederndorf, Mittlern, Kühnsdorf/Klopeiner See,
Grafenstein. To open up the surrounding countryside, two more
lines were modernised on the Kärnten side: the Lavant railway
and what is known as the Bleiburg loop; it connects the town
community of Bleiburg and the market community of Feistritz on
Bleiburg to the southern line.