With 240,000 inhabitants, Graz is the second largest city in Austria. It is the capital and the cultural, economic and university centre (with about 40 000 students) of the Styrian province and in 2003 it was the Cultural Capital of Europe. The City of Graz has a radial orientated public transport system with harmonised tariffs, uniform tickets and harmonised timetables for public transport for the city and the whole province. Graz was also the first Austrian city to open a Mobility centre.
Almost 360,000 people live in the greater Graz area (Graz and its environs), which is roughly one third of the total population of Styria. 114 000 cars are registered in Graz and about 80 000 daily commuters are commuting to the city thanks to different dynamic industry sectors, particularly the motor vehicle industry.