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Twin city travel restarted

The Twin City Liner hydrofoil that travels down the Danube between Bratislava and Vienna was back in service for the first time this year at the weekend.

The high-speed link which has been operating since 2006 between the two capital cities has transported so far around 730 passengers.

And now after a cleanup after the winter break both ships are now back in service. Equipped with a 1,900 bhp diesel motor the 234 metre long and eight metre wide boats can travel up to 70 kilometres an hour and are usually always about three quarters full.

The two boats manage around 1,700 trips per year cutting the time between the two capitals down to 75 minutes as they travel between Schwedenplatz in Vienna and Bratislava, typically making about five trips a day.

This year it is also possible to buy tickets by smartphone app.

Vienna city economic spokeswoman Renate Brauner (SPÖ) said that the Twin City Liners have been a tremendous commercial success and a fantastic example of good co-operation between the two cities.

Discounts are available for pensioners, students and families. For pensioners and students in particular the discount is significant – around 50 per cent.

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