The tender was not an easy one, but with all legal obstacles cleared, ÖBB and Stadler recently signed an impressive EUR 3 billion contract for the delivery of up to 186 double-deck EMUs. Today, both companies reveal the first order from the framework agreement. It secures the delivery of 41 KISS units.
The first call for the ÖBB KISS is already a fact and it is valued at EUR 600 million. Austrian Federal Railways’s first batch of 41 Stadler double-deck EMUs in two versions is to be deployed in Austria’s eastern region starting from 2026. Stadler will be manufacturing ÖBB’s new Cityjet double-decks at its St. Margrethen site in Switzerland.
“With these 41 new Cityjet double-decker trains, we continue to modernize 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. This is good for our climate and both comfortable and practical for our ÖBB-travellers,” – ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä
About the trains
Below, is the six-car version sporting an ÖBB Cityjet livery design (our frontal impression was very close). The operator is already applying variations of this design on some of its other fleets, such as the Desiro ML and the Talent 3 (and others).
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The trains will have a top speed of 160 km/h and will feature improved acceleration behavior to shorten journeys. They will also feature low floor entrances for all cars, as well as optimized multi-purpose areas (for bicycles, pushchairs, or luggage). Other standard features include ergonomic seatings, climate control, USB and power sockets in every row of seats, as well as WLAN. There will be also modern passenger information and video surveillance systems. Below follow the configuration-specific features:
20x six-car trainsets
- Length: 160 m;
- Passenger capacity: 1400 (610 seated + 790 standing);
- Bicycle spaces: up to 66;
- Number of entrance doors per side: 12;
- Number of toilets: 4, one of which is barrier-free and equipped with a changing table.
21x four-car trainsets
- Length: 105 m;
- Passenger capacity: 900 (380 seated + 520 standing);
- Bicycle spaces: up to 42;
- Number of entrance doors per side: 8;
- Number of toilets: 2, one of which is barrier-free and equipped with a changing table.
For an overview of the framework agreement (and the challenges Stadler faced during the tender procedure), refer to our article below: