To check train times & fares in Austria, see the official Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at.

This page explains how to travel by train from Vienna to key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & few or no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets from Vienna as shown below and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups.  On the other hand, if you'd rather someone sorted out your whole trip for you, see here.

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       Information about first class lounges at Vienna Westbahnhof & Meidling

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...

Which station in Vienna?

Don't get caught out!  The new Vienna Hauptbahnhof is due to open fully on 14 December 2014, and there will be changes to the station used by many routes.



Vienna to Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz & other destinations within Austria...

Vienna to London...

Vienna to Paris from €54...

Option 1, Vienna to Munich by Railjet train then Munich to Paris by City Night Line sleeper train...

The morning RailJet train has arrived in Vienna.   Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train

Step 1, by afternoon Railjet from Vienna to Munich...  More information about Railjet trains

 

Business class costs €15 more than normal 1st class...

 

Economy class on RailJet, comfortable open saloons with large picture windows.  Some seats are around tables, some unidirectional.

Sleeping-car room - Paris-Munich night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train  

The sleeping-car on the Paris-Munich overnight train boarding at the Gare de l'Est

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

Step 2:  By City Night Line sleeper train from Munich to Paris...

More pictures & information about this train...

Option 2, Vienna to Paris in a single day, using high-speed daytime trains... 

Option 3, by EuroNight sleeper train & TGV, a time-effective option!

TGV from Milan to Paris   TGV-Lyria 2nd class

A TGV in new Lyria colours at the Gare de Lyon.

 

2nd class seats...  See panorama photo.

TGV-Lyria cafe-bar   TGV-Lyria 1st class

Cafe-bar serving drinks, snacks & hot dishes...

 

1st class seats...  See panorama photo.

   

A double-deck sleeping-car...

 

2-berth sleeper.

 

4-berth couchettes.

Option 4, the leisurely scenic route via Switzerland:  Watch the video!


Vienna to Brussels & Bruges from €58...

Option 1, Vienna to Brussels time-effectively overnight...

Option 2, Vienna to Brussels in a single day...


Vienna to Amsterdam from €58...

Option 1, time-effectively overnight, by comfortable EuroNight sleeper train to Cologne then luxurious ICE train to Amsterdam..

1 & 2 berth standard sleeper on the Austrian EuroNight train.   EuroNight sleeper train to Vienna:  6-berth couchettes   The Cologne-Vienna sleeper train is an Austrian Railways (OBB) EuroNight train

1 or 2 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option. Standard sleepers have a washbasin, deluxe sleepers a private shower & toilet.

 

4 & 6-berth couchettes:  The economy option, ideal for families.  Couchettes are basic padded bunks with rug & pillow.  This is a 6-berth couchette.

 

Step 1:  Vienna to Cologne by cosy EuroNight sleeper train.

Sleeper & couchette passengers receive a complimentary light breakfast with tea or coffee in the morning.

More pictures & information about these EuroNight trains

High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Cologne & Frankfurt   ICE3 second class ICE3 first class
Step 2:  Cologne to Amsterdam by high-speed ICE.  More ICE info.  

ICE3 2nd class.  ICEs are perhaps the most comfortable trains in Europe...

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats.  Seats in both classes have power sockets.

Option 2, by Railjet train to Munich then sleeper train to Amsterdam: 

Option 3, Vienna to Amsterdam in a single day, by daytime trains...


Vienna to Luxembourg...

Vienna to Zurich, Basel, Geneva & Switzerland from €29...

Option 1, by daytime Railjet train through the wonderfully scenic Arlberg Pass...

Option 2, by time-effective overnight sleeper...

   

A double-deck sleeping-car...

 

2-berth sleeper.

 

4-berth couchettes.

Here are some tips for using www.oebb.at:

The morning RailJet train has arrived in Vienna.   Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train

"The RailJet has landed..."  A Railjet has arrived at Vienna Westbahnhof spot on time.

 

Business class costs €15 more than normal 1st class...

 

Economy class on RailJet, comfortable open saloons with large picture windows.  Some seats are around tables, some unidirectional.


Vienna to Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy from €29...

Option 1, by direct EuroNight sleeper train...

1 & 2 berth standard sleeper on the Austrian EuroNight train.   EuroNight sleeper train to Vienna:  6-berth couchettes   The Cologne-Vienna sleeper train is an Austrian Railways (OBB) EuroNight train

1 or 2 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option. Standard sleepers have a washbasin, deluxe sleepers a private shower & toilet.

 

4 & 6-berth couchettes:  The economy option, ideal for families.  Couchettes are basic padded bunks with rug & pillow.  This is a 6-berth couchette.

 

The Austrian sleeping-car or schlafwagen.

Sleeper & couchette passengers receive a complimentary light breakfast with tea or coffee in the morning.

More pictures & information about these EuroNight trains (the Cologne-Vienna train is identical to the Vienna-Venice one)

Option 2, by direct EuroCity daytime train...

The Vienna to Venice train uses Austrian coaches   InterCity 2nd class   InterCity 1st class (6-seat compartment type)

Austrian EuroCity coaches.

 

2nd class seats, either in 6-seat compartments or open-plan seating.

 

1st class, open-plan.  Sometimes in 6-seat compartments.


Vienna to Barcelona & Spain from €98...

Option 1, by sleeper train & TGV via Geneva...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Zurich or Geneva...


Vienna to Munich, Cologne, Berlin & Germany from €29...

Option 1, by daytime trains to anywhere in Germany...

ICE second class ICE bistro area (ICE1/2) High-speed ICE train from Cologne to Berlin

ICE1/2, 2nd class

ICE1/2, 1st class

ICE trains link Vienna with Germany...

Option 2, by sleeper train...

1 & 2 berth standard sleeper on the Austrian EuroNight train.   EuroNight sleeper train to Vienna:  6-berth couchettes   The Cologne-Vienna sleeper train is an Austrian Railways (OBB) EuroNight train

1 or 2 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option. Standard sleepers have a washbasin, deluxe sleepers a private shower & toilet.

 

4 & 6-berth couchettes:  The economy option, ideal for families.  Couchettes are basic padded bunks with rug & pillow.  This is a 6-berth couchette.

 

Austrian EuroNight trains like this link Vienna with Frankfurt, Cologne & Hamburg.  However, the Vienna to Berlin sleeper is a Czech one.

More pictures & information about these EuroNight trains


Vienna to Budapest from €19...
The morning RailJet train has arrived in Vienna.   Premium class seats on the Munich-Budapest RailJet train   Economy class seats on the Munich-Budapest RailJet train

A Railjet train from Vienna has arrived at Budapest Keleti....  More information about Railjet trains.

 

Business class costs €15 more than normal 1st class...

 

Economy class on RailJet, comfortable open saloons with large picture windows.  Some seats around tables, some unidirectional.


Vienna to Bucharest from €58...

Option 1, by direct sleeper train Dacia Express from Vienna to Bucharest

Option 2, by Railjet to Budapest and daily Budapest-Bucharest sleeper train Ister...


Vienna to Prague from €19...

Vienna to Českύ Krumlov for €32 round trip...

Vienna to Bratislava for €15.80...
The train from Vienna to Bratislava...   Inside the hourly train from Vienna to Bratislava...

The hourly regional express train from Vienna to Bratislava Hlavna


Vienna to Warsaw & Krakow from €39...
The Polish sleeping-car on the Vienna to Krakow train   A newly-refurbished sleeper compartment as used on the Vienna to Kraow train

The Vienna to Krakow train has a smartly-refurbish Polish sleeping-car like this, with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin.

 

Cosy 2-bed sleeper with washbasin...


Vienna to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...

Option 1, by direct Russian Railways sleeping-car...

Option 2, with a day in Warsaw...


Vienna to Ljubljana & Slovenia...

Vienna to Zagreb & Croatia...

Vienna to Belgrade from €34.  Vienna to Sofia from €74...

Option 1, by daytime trains to Belgrade & sleeper to Sofia...

Option 2, using the Budapest-Belgrade sleeper...


Vienna to Istanbul & Turkey...

Vienna to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo & Scandinavia...

Option 1, Vienna to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg or Oslo with an overnight stop in Hamburg..

Option 2, Vienna to Copenhagen from €68 by comfortable daytime trains with an overnight stop in Munich...


Vienna to Helsinki...

Railbookers tailor-made train travel & hotels

If you just want to buy train tickets at the cheapest price, book online as shown on this page.  However, if you want someone to sort out your whole trip for you, arranging all your trains, hotels and transfers, and to look after you if anything affects your arrangements, the people to talk to are Railbookers.  Railbookers can tailor-make a train trip around Europe to your own specification.  Just tell them what you want and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels.  They get good reports and a lot of repeat business!  They now have offices in the UK, North America and Australia.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com.

Call toll-free 1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au.

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.


Find hotels in Vienna & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash (up to a limit) and belongings.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you're resident in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you're resident in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card to save on calls & mobile data...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, so consider getting a global pre-paid SIM card for your mobile phone which can cut call & data costs by up to 90%.  At the time of writing, www.roamsure.com claims a definite 25% saving within the EU and up to 90% saving in the rest of the world.  Incoming calls are free in 73 countries, including the USA, Australia, South Africa and EU.  There's no contract or commitment, and at time I write this Roamsure is offering a global SIM card for free when you buy £20 of call credit.  Seat61 gets some commission to support the site if you buy airtime from Roamsure.

 


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