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 other European cities and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets 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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Before you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  They answer all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just 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?


Vienna to Salzburg:  See the Vienna to Salzburg page...
Vienna to Innsbruck, Hallstatt, Graz & other destinations within Austria...
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

RailJet trains...  Railjets are ÖBB's premier trains, running on the Vienna-Salzburg-Innsbruck and Vienna-Graz axes.  More railjet info.

 

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 London...

Vienna to Paris from €54...

Option 1, Vienna to Paris in a single day by high-speed trains - the high-speed daytime option... 

   

Leaving Vienna by ICE...

 

Breakfast on board...

 

First class seats on the Vienna to Frankfurt ICE train...

Scenery from the train

You'll glimpse the Inn and Danube rivers from the Vienna-Frankfurt ICE...

Option 2, by EuroNight sleeper train & TGV - the comfortable time-effective option...

   

1. By sleeper train from Vienna to Zurich...

 

2-berth sleeper.

 

4-berth couchettes.

TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon   TGV bar car

2. By TGV-Lyria from Zurich to Paris.  There's no check-in, you just walk up to it & get on..

 

The cafe-bar, serving tea, coffee, beer, wine, hot & cold snacks & microwaved hot dishes....

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV 1st class by Christian Lacroix

2nd class with a mix or unidirectional seats & tables for 4.  Seats are 2+2 across car width.  Panorama photo.

 

1st class with a mix of unidirectional seats, solo seats, tables for 2 & for 4.  Seats 2+1 across car width.  Panorama photo.

Option 4, Vienna to Paris with overnight stop in Zurich, via the Arlberg Pass - the leisurely scenic route, watch the video!

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

Railjets are ÖBB's (Austrian Railways) premier trains...  More photos, video & information about Railjets.

 

Economy class on RailJet, in open saloons with picture windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

Bistro-restaurant car...

The mountains of Austria...

Taking the train through the Arlberg pass...   Lunch is served at your seat in first & business classes

In the Arlberg pass itself, the railway hugs the valley side, past fir forests and meadows...

 

In Railjet first & business class, the stewardess takes your order & serves lunch at your seat...

The lakes between Zurich and the Austrian border

The Railjet clips a corner of Lichtenstein, passing non-stop through the little station of Schaan-Lichtenstein.  Once in Switzerland, the Railjet runs alongside the Zürichsee, then along the Walensee...


Vienna to Nice, Cannes, Monaco, Marseille...

Option 1, by sleeper from Vienna to Milan then a scenic coastal ride...

Option 2, by day trains with overnight stop in Verona - the scenic route, mountains & coastline...

Option 3, by day trains with afternoon & overnight stop in Venice...

Option 4, by direct Russian sleeper train every Friday...


Vienna to Brussels & Bruges from €58...

Option 1, Vienna to Brussels in a single day - the high-speed daytime option...

   

Leaving Vienna by ICE...

 

Breakfast on board...

 

First class seats on the Vienna to Frankfurt ICE train...

Scenery from the train

You'll glimpse the Inn and Danube rivers from the Vienna-Frankfurt ICE...

Option 2, Vienna to Brussels using the Vienna-Cologne sleeper - the comfortable time-effective option...

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 Brussels by 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.


Vienna to Amsterdam from €58...

Option 1, Vienna to Amsterdam in a single day - the high-speed daytime option...

   

Leaving Vienna by ICE...

 

Breakfast on board...

 

First class seats on the Vienna to Frankfurt ICE train...

Scenery from the train

You'll glimpse the Inn and Danube rivers from the Vienna-Frankfurt ICE...

Option 2, using the EuroNight sleeper train from Vienna to Cologne then luxurious ICE train to Amsterdam - the time-effective option.

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 Frankfurt or 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 or Frankfurt to Amsterdam by 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 3, by Railjet train to Munich then sleeper train to Amsterdam: 


Vienna to Luxembourg...

Option 1, using Vienna-Koblenz sleeper train - the time-effective option...

Option 2, by daytime trains...


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

Option 1, by daytime Railjet train - the scenic option, through the wonderful Arlberg Pass...

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

Railjets are ÖBB's (Austrian Railways) premier trains...  More photos, video & information about Railjets.

 

Economy class on RailJet, in open saloons with picture windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

Bistro-restaurant car...

The mountains of Austria...

Taking the train through the Arlberg pass...   Lunch is served at your seat in first & business classes

In the Arlberg pass itself, the railway hugs the valley side, past fir forests and meadows...

 

In Railjet first & business class, the stewardess takes your order & serves lunch at your seat...

The lakes between Zurich and the Austrian border

The Railjet clips a corner of Lichtenstein, passing non-stop through the little station of Schaan-Lichtenstein.  Once in Switzerland, the Railjet runs alongside the Zürichsee, then along the Walensee...

Option 2, by EuroNight sleeper train - the time-effective option...

   

A double-deck sleeping-car...

 

2-berth sleeper.

 

4-berth couchettes.


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

Option 1, by direct EuroNight sleeper train - the comfortable time-effective option.  Saves a hotel bill too...

1 or 2 bed sleeper on EuroNight train to Vienna   1 or 2 bed sleeper in day mode   The Cologne-Vienna sleeper train is an Austrian Railways (OBB) EuroNight train

Sleepers are the comfort option, with proper beds in 1 or 2-bed compartments, see here in night & morning modes.  Breakfast is included.

 

The sleeping-car or schlafwagen on the Austrian EuroNight train.  More pictures & information about these EuroNight trains (the Vienna-Venice train is similar to the Cologne-Vienna one)...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen.  Couchettes are the economical option, flat bunks with rug & pillow.

 

6-berth couchettes, the cheapest option...

 

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families...

Option 2, by direct EuroCity daytime train from €29 - the cheapest option, and scenic too...

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.

Option 3, via the Brenner Pass from €39 - another scenic daytime option...

Mountain scenery on the Brenner route...

Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route   Scenery on the Brenner route

Vineyards, mountains and castles south of Brenner as the train heads for Trento & Verona...

Hilltop fortresses seen from the Brenner Pass train

Watch out for hilltop fortresses...  See the Brenner Pass scenery video here.


Vienna to Barcelona, Madrid & Spain from €98...

Option 1, by sleeper train & TGV via Geneva - the most time-effective option...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Zurich or Geneva - if you prefer day trains & hotel...

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  Seen from the train and one of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline all the way from Girona to Perpignan...


Vienna to Lisbon & Portugal...

It's perfectly possible to travel from Vienna to Lisbon or Porto or Faro by train, in great comfort.  The whole journey takes 3 mights.

Option 1, via Geneva & Barcelona...

Option 1, via Paris...

To Morocco by train...   En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet

The Sud Express, about to leave Irun on the Franco-Spanish frontier, bound for Lisbon...  Courtesy of Ron Baker See panorama photo...

 

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

....return from the bar to find the attendant has made up the beds...

 

Gran Clase private toilet & shower...


 

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

Option 1, by day trains to anywhere in Germany - the fast daytime option...

   

Leaving Vienna...

 

Breakfast on board...

 

First class seats on the Vienna to Frankfurt ICE-T train.

Scenery from the train

You'll glimpse the Inn and Danube rivers from the Vienna-Frankfurt ICE...

Option 2, by EuroNight sleeper train - the comfortable time-effective option...

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

Option 3, Vienna to Munich by Westbahn+Meridian - slower but more flexible & cheaper at short notice...

Westbahn train 2nd class seats   Westbahn train stairs to upper deck   Westbahn train to Salzburg at Vienna

Westbahn double-deck train on the Salzburg-Vienna route.

Click here for virtual tour of a Westbahn train


Vienna to Berlin from €39...

Option 1, Vienna to Berlin by daytime trains from €39...

Option 2, Vienna to Berlin by day trains with overnight stop in Prague from €39...

Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

So civilised!  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Berlin-Prague express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  Photo courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

Option 3, Vienna to Berlin by direct EuroNight sleeper train - the comfortable time-effective option...

Stadard 2-bed sleeper on the train from Amsterdam to Prague   Standard sleeper on the train from Amsterdam to Prague, in daytime mode   Standard sleeper compartment, washstand   Deluxe sleeper en suite toilet and shower

Standard sleeper compartment, set up as a 2-berth, with the washstand open.  Each room can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 bed room.

 

The same sleeper with berths folded away & seats folded out, blind up, washstand closed.

 

Standard sleeper compartments have a washstand with hot water, fresh towels, drinking water & soap.

 

Deluxe compartments are very similar, but with small en suite toilet & shower...


Vienna to Copenhagen, Stockholm & 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...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Frankfurt

ICE 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

The Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE on board the Puttgarden-Rødby ferry.  More info on ICE.

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

A 125 mph SJ2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More info on SJ 2000 trains

Option 3, using the Vienna-Hamburg sleeper train.  The most time-effective way!

   

A double-deck sleeping-car...

 

2-berth sleeper.

 

4-berth couchettes.

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Frankfurt

ICE 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

The Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE on board the Puttgarden-Rødby ferry.  More info on ICE.


Vienna to Oslo & Norway...

Option 1, Vienna to Oslo via the Kiel-Oslo Color Line cruise ferry - the most comfortable way to Oslo...

Option 2, via Hamburg & Copenhagen - by train all the way...


Vienna to Helsinki...

Vienna to Prague from €19...

Option 1, by daytime Railjet trains...

Czech Railjet train to Vienna at Prague Hlavni station

A blue Czech Railjet train from Prague to Vienna, seen at Prague Hlavni...

Option 2, by sleeper train...


Vienna to Český Krumlov for €43...

Vienna to Bratislava for €15...
The train from Vienna to Bratislava, at Vienna Huaptbahnhof...   Inside the hourly train from Vienna to Bratislava...

The hourly regional express train from Vienna to Bratislava Hlavna, about to leave from Vienna Hauptbahnhof. 

Tip:  Behind the locomotive there's usually a smart Slovakian air-conditioned intercity coach, whilst the rest of the train consists of more basic non-air-con Austrian City Shuttle carriages, with interiors as shown in the photo above right.  Find a seat in the more comfortable Slovakian car if you can!


Vienna to Budapest from €19...
  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

Bistro-restaurant car...

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

Economy class on RailJet, in open saloons with picture windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

 

A RailJet from Vienna, arrived at Budapest Keleti spot on time.  More photos & information about Railjet trains.


Vienna to Brasov & Bucharest from €58...

Option 1, by sleeper train Dacia Express from Vienna to Bucharest - the easy direct option, but not usually the cheapest...

Option 2, by Railjet to Budapest then sleeper train to Bucharest - easily booked online and usually the cheapest option...

The Romanian sleeping-car on the Dacia Express to Bucharest, at Vienna   Vienna-Bucharest 2-berth sleeper   Romanian couchette car from Vienna to Bucharest

The Dacia Express about to leave Vienna for Bucharest.  The Romanian sleeping-car attendant greets passengers at the door...

2-berth sleeper with washbasin on the Vienna-Bucharest Dacia Express...

 

4 or 6 berth couchette compartment on the Dacia Express...

Option 3, using daytime trains with overnight stop - if you prefer day trains & hotels to sleepers...

2nd class Romanian InterCity coach   Romanian InterCity seating coach

Air-conditioned 2nd class used on the Traianus from Budapest to Bucharest.


Vienna to Ljubljana & Slovenia...

Vienna to Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik & Croatia...

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

Option 1, by daytime trains to Belgrade then overnight sleeper to Sofia...

Option 2, Vienna to Belgrade with overnight stop in Budapest: 

Option 3, using the Budapest-Belgrade sleeper...

If you're heading for Montenegro...


Vienna to Warsaw & Krakow from €39...
A Polish sleeping-car as used the Warsaw to Budapest & Warsaw to Prgaue trains   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...

The Jan Kiepura EuroNight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw   A deluxe sleeper on the Amsterdam to Warsaw train   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

The Vienna to Warsaw train has a modern air-conditioned sleeping-car with standard & deluxe compartments like the ones on the Warsaw-Cologne Jan Kiepura  See more photos.

 

Deluxe sleeper, set up as a 2-berth, showing TV & wardrobe.

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet...


Vienna to Kiev & Ukraine...

Option 1, via Warsaw...

Option 2, via Budapest...

The Kiev Express   1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin

The Budapest-Kiev train... Courtesy of Alessandro

 

A sleeper compartment...

 

...with washbasin.


Vienna to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...

Option 1, by direct Russian Railways sleeping-car twice a week...

One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

The direct Vienna to Moscow sleeping-cars are new, built in Austria in 2014.  Each compartment converts from comfortable sofas to equally comfortable beds and can be used as either 1st class 2-berth with two lower berths or as 2nd class 4-berth with all four berths in use.  There are a shower and toilets at the end of the corridor.  Compartments have electronic key-card locks, and the cars are very smooth-riding.  The sleeper attendant can serve lovely Russian tea for around €0.50 a glass.  Highly recommended!

Option 2, by direct train, aboard the Nice-Moscow Express

Option 3, by daily trains with a day in Warsaw...

Option 4, using the daily Budapest-Moscow train...


Vienna to Athens & Greece...

Option 1, overland by train through the Balkans, an adventure...

The Macedonian couchette car on the Belgrade to Thessaloniki train   A 6-berth couchette compartment on the Belgrade to Thessaloniki train

The Belgrade to Thessaloniki couchette car...  Below, scenery between Thessaloniki & Athens...

2nd class on Greek InterCity train   More mountain scenery, and the Gorgopotamos Viaduct...

After leaving Thessaloniki, the InterCity train runs along the Aegean coast and past Mount Olympus (seen above, from the train), mythical home to the Greek gods...

 

Between Larissa & Athens, the train snakes through the mountains, over the famous Gorgopotamos viaduct, blown up by the British S.O.E. in WW2...

Great scenery from the train:  In the mountains between Athens and Larissa   More scenery on the train to Athens

Emerging from the mountains, the train descends a spectacular escarpment (above left), with the Greek plain laid out hundreds of feet below...

Option 2, by train to Italy then ferry...


Vienna to Istanbul & Turkey...

Option 1, via Budapest & Bucharest...

Option 2, via Belgrade & Sofia...


Railbookers custom-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.

  US call toll-free 1-888-829-4775, www.railbookers.com.

  Canada call toll-free 1-855-882-2910, www.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...


 


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