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U-Bahn line U3 runs east-west through Vienna city centre, where it goes virtually under the St. Stephen’s Cathedral. On the south-east end it extends to Simmering, where it ends at Simmering train station. In the west the U3 ends in Ottakring, where it is also possible to transfer to trains (S-Bahn line S45).
Like all other U-Bahn lines in Vienna, the U3 operates daily between approximately 5 am to short after midnight. The intervals between trains vary during the day from 2-3 minutes in the peak hours to 10 minutes in late evening.
Of the total 21 stations on the U3, only two are above ground (Erdberg and Ottakring). The line is 13.5 km long. In Vienna metro system the U3 has orange colour. It is often nicknamed “the culture line” thanks to some stations’ design (especially Volkstheater) and numerous sights and cultural venues along its route.
Unlike some other metro lines in Vienna, line U3 was not built by conversion from a past railway or tram tracks and it was newly built. The first section of line U3 between Erdberg and Volkstheater was opened in 1991. Since then there have been four extensions. In 1993 the line U3 was extended to Westbahnhof and in 1994 it reached Johnstrasse. Ottakring, today’s terminal station in the western part of Vienna, was opened in 1998. On the opposite end in the south-east of Vienna, the U3 was extended to Bahnhof Wien Simmering in 2000.
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