CAT - City Airport Train

    Key points of the project

    Status In Operation
    Objective Infotainment solution for passengers on board the train between Vienna Airport and the city centre
    Project start 2006
    Installations 60 screens
    Technical 3,000 people per day
    Operating hours 18 hours per day (04:30 to 22:30)
    Operator Infoscreen
    System Complete system (Digital Enterprise Suite + Digital Media Suite + Hardware)
    Users Passengers
    Sector Public transport


    A passenger information system on 60 screens, which offers a 16-minute programme to around 3,000 people in Vienna every day.

    Short description

    The City Airport Train (CAT) links Vienna city centre to Schwechat Airport. It takes passengers to Vienna International Airport in 16 minutes. The programme is shown on state-of-the-art 17" TFT screens and lasts the duration of the entire journey. As passengers receive information in both German and English, and the programme is targeted appropriately (one programme for departing passengers and another for arriving passengers), and catches their attention.


    Since we are dealing with rolling material and only rolling stock of the highest grade is used for the CAT, special emphasis was placed on the quality of the hardware. The players can be updated every 20 minutes at either terminus, Wien Mitte or Vienna Airport.

    Special features

    Different programme depending on train direction
    Passengers arriving in Vienna want to know about the local weather forecast, what to see, cultural attractions and transport connections.

    The focus for departing passengers is on the journey & city information, international weather forecast, and information about Vienna International Airport.

    Public perception

    The CAT is one of the most successful rail projects in recent years. The programme and technical equipment is classed as outstanding and state-of-the-art. The system availability is 99.98%.