The total annual volume to be operated is around 415,000 train-km and the contract is likely to run from December 10 2017 until the end of 2020.

The services to be tendered will comprise:

• Freilassing - Salzburg - Steindorf bei Strasswalchen - Strasswalchen- Ederbauer (Vöcklabruck) amounting to 80,000 train-km per year
• Freilassing - Salzburg extended via Steindorf bei Strasswalchen to Strasswalchen West and Braunau am Inn with about 55,000 train-km per year
• Freilassing - Salzburg - Golling- Bischofshofen - Schwarzach St Veit - Saalfelden - Hochfilzen (Wörgl) with about 250,000 train-km per year
• Freilassing – Salzburg - Golling - Bischofshofen - Schwarzach St Veit - Bad Gastein (Böckstein) about 30,000 train-km per year, and
• Bischofshofen - Radstadt (Schladming).

Trains will need to operate at regular intervals with additional services during perk periods on some routes. Services should be direct wherever possible, and if passengers have to change trains en route the interchange must be as short and convenient as possible. There should also be good connections and through ticketing with other rail services. The state of Salzburg will set the fares, although there will be an option for the operator to introduce its own tariff and tickets.

A fleet of diesel trains is needed for the Freilassing - Salzburg - Strasswalchen West service, while electric trains are required for the other routes. The trains must have multi-functional areas with room for bicycles, an audio passenger information system, as a minimum, and comfortable seats.