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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

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Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

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Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

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Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

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Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

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Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...


Salzburg to Vienna from €19.90...
Salzburg to Hallstatt from €9.90...
Salzburg to Innsbruck, Graz & other Austrian destinations from €9.90...
A railjet train about to leave Vienna

A railjet at Vienna.  Railjets are Austria's premier train.

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

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business classAbout.

 

The restaurant...

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

A railjet arrived at the impressive modern Vienna Hbf spot on time.  More photos & information about railjets.

 

Economy class, in open saloons with large windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

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Salzburg to London...

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Salzburg to Paris from €39.90...

Option 1, Vienna to Paris by direct Nightjet sleeper train 3 times a week, due to start 12 December 2021 - the time-effective option...

  • New from the timetable change in mid-December 2021, a direct Nightjet sleeper train will leave Salzburg Hbf at 22:18 on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays, arriving Paris Gare de l'Est at 09:42 next morning.

    This comfortable Austrian Nightjet train will have two air-conditioned Comfortline sleeping-cars each with nine 1, 2 & 3-berth standard compartments with washbasin and three 1, 2 or 3-berth deluxe compartments with shower & toilet. There are toilets & a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in the regular sleepers.  The sleeping-car attendant can serve drinks, snacks & light meals from a room service menu.  The train has a couchette car with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and an ordinary seats car.  A light breakfast is included in sleepers & couchettes, served in your compartment.  See the Nightjet page for a guide to on-board accommodation, travel tips, photos & video.

  • Fares are expected to start at €49.90 in 6-berth couchettes, €59.90 in 4-berth couchettes, €89.90 in a 3-bed sleeper, €109.90 in a 2-bed sleeper or €159.90 in a single-bed sleeper, all per person per berth.

  • Buy tickets at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in plain English, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or Austrian Railways www.oebb.at (more fiddly, in €, same fares).  Booking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket.

The Nightjet sleeper from Munich to Amsterdam

A comfortline sleeping-car on a Nightjet sleeper train.  More information about Nightjets.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photoVideo of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchette on Nightjet train   Couchette car on Brussels-Vienna sleeper

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

 

Couchette car...

Option 2, Salzburg to Paris in a single day via Germany - the fastest option...

TGV Duplex from Paris Gare de l'Est to Stuttgart & Munich

TGV Duplex at Paris Est. These impressive 320 km/h double-deck trains link Munich & Stuttgart with Paris...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

Cafe-bar on upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwaved hot dishes.

 

2nd class seats on the upper deck.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360Ί photo.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on upper deck, a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.  360Ί photo.

 

A TGV Duplex.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

Option 3, Salzburg to Paris in a single day via Switzerland - the scenic Arlberg route!

A railjet train about to leave Zurich Hbf for Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna

A railjet at Zurich HB...

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

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business classAbout.

 

Bistro-restaurant car...

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

Railjet is Austrian Railways premier train...  More photos & information about railjets.

 

Economy class, in open saloons with large windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

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 Liechtenstein, passing non-stop through the little station of Schaan-Vaduz.  Once in Switzerland, the Railjet runs alongside the Zόrichsee, then along the Walensee...

Option 4, Salzburg to Paris with overnight stop in Munich - same as option 2, but an overnight stop breaks up the trip nicely...

Option 5, Salzburg to Paris with overnight stop in Zurich - same scenic route as option 3, but an overnight stop breaks up the trip nicely...

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Salzburg to Lyon, Avignon, Marseille, Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo...

Option 1, Salzburg to Lyon, Aix, Avignon, Marseille in a day...

Frankfurt to Marseille TGV

The TGV Duplex from Frankfurt & Karlsruhe to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille, at Frankfurt (Main) Hbf...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes...

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360Ί photo.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   A TGV Duplex at Frankfurt

1st class seats on the upper deck, a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right. 360Ί photo.

 

The TGV to Marseille, boarding at Frankfurt am Main Hbf.  You enter on the lower deck, with 9 stairs up to top deck.

Option 2, Salzburg to Monte Carlo, Nice, Cannes, Marseille using the Salzburg-Milan sleeper - the time-effective option...

The Nightjet sleeper from Munich to Rome

Step 1, Salzburg to Milan by Nightjet sleeper trainMore information about Nightjets.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photoVideo of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

  6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchette on Nightjet train

Nightjet couchette car...

 

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

Frecciabianca train at Milan Centrale

Step 2, Milan to Ventimiglia by Frecciabianca train in 3h45.  Here, a Frecciabianca is boarding at the magnificent Milan Centrale...

2nd class   1st class

2nd class.  Larger photo.

 

1st class.  Larger photo.

TER train at Juans-les-Pins station

Step 3, take a TER local train from Ventimiglia to Monaco, Nice & Cannes.  Ventimiglia to Nice takes an hour along the coast.  Here, a TER rolls into Juan les Pins station, between Nice & Cannes.

Coastal scenery between Nice & Ventimiglia

Coastal scenery from the upper deck of the TER from Ventimiglia to Nice & Cannes...

Option 3, Salzburg to Monte Carlo or Nice with an overnight stop in Milan...

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Salzburg to Brussels & Bruges from €39.90...

Option 1, using the time-effective Nightjet sleeper train to Brussels on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays - the time-effective option...

The Nightjet sleeper from Munich to Amsterdam

Wels to Brussels by Nightjet sleeper train.  More information about Nightjets.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photoVideo of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchette on Nightjet train   Couchette car on Munich-Amsterdam sleeper

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car...

Option 2, Nightjet sleeper train to Cologne, on days when it doesn't operate direct to Brussels...

Option 3, by day trains in a single chill-out day...

ICE3M to Cologne & Frankfurt, boarding at Brussels Midi

A Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3 at Brussels MidiMore information about ICE.

2nd class on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train   1st class on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train

2nd class seats on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

 

1st class seats on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

Erdinger Weissbier on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE train   Restaurant car on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train

Proper china with metal cutlery!  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier.  See current month's menu.

 

Restaurant car:  This is the small 12-seat restaurant on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

Option 4, by day trains with an overnight stop in Cologne, also from €39.90...

Rhine Valley by train

The classic scenic route along the Rhine Valley - see the Rhine Valley page for more photos, video & tips.

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Salzburg to Amsterdam from €37.90...

Option 1, using the Austria-Amsterdam Nightjet sleeper train - the most time-effective option...

The Nightjet sleeper from Munich to Amsterdam

Wels to Amsterdam by Nightjet sleeper train.  More information about Nightjets.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photoVideo of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchette on Nightjet train   Couchette car on Munich-Amsterdam sleeper

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car...

Option 2, by daytime trains in a single day - the leisurely daytime option...

ICE3 at Amsterdam Centraal

A Frankfurt-Amsterdam ICE3M at Amsterdam CentraalMore information about ICE...

2nd class on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train   1st class on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train

2nd class seats on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

 

1st class seats on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

Erdinger Weissbier on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE train   Restaurant car on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train

Proper china and metal cutlery!  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!  See current month's menu.

 

Restaurant car:  This is the small 12-seat restaurant on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Cologne - breaks up the journey nicely... 

Rhine Valley by train

The classic scenic route along the Rhine Valley - see the Rhine Valley page for more photos, video & tips.

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Salzburg to Luxembourg from €36.90...

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Salzburg to Zurich, Basel, Geneva & Switzerland from €29...
A railjet train about to leave Zurich Hbf for Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna

A railjet at Zurich HB...

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

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business classAbout.

 

The restaurant...

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

Railjet is Austrian Railways premier train...  More photos & information about railjet trains

 

Economy class, in open saloons with large windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

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 Liechtenstein, passing non-stop through the little station of Schaan-Vaduz.  Once in Switzerland, the Railjet runs alongside the Zόrichsee, then along the Walensee...

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Salzburg to Venice...

Option 1, Salzburg to Venice by Nightjet sleeper train...

The Nightjet train from Vienna to Venice, arrived at Venice Santa Lucia

The Nightjet sleeper train from Linz & Vienna, arrived at Venice Santa Lucia.  More nightjet information, photos & video.

Nightjet deluxe sleeper, 2-bed   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   4-berth couchette compartment from Cologne to Vienna

2-berth deluxe sleeper.  More info about Nightjet trains.

 

...en suite toilet & shower.

 

4-berth couchettes...

Sunrise as the sleeper train crosses the causeway into Venice

Sunrise as the Munich-Venice Nightjet crosses the causeway over the lagoon into Venice.  Courtesy of Andreas Wiedenhoff.

Option 2, Salzburg to Venice by daytime trains from €29.90...

Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

Through the Austrian Alps...  Clinging to the mountainside high in the Austrian Alps, the train snakes along between snow-capped mountains, absolutely wonderful.  This is the Tauern route from Salzburg to Villach, where you pick up the railjet to Venice...

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Salzburg to Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples & Italy from €29...

Option 1, Salzburg to Milan, Florence, Rome by direct Nightjet sleeper train - the most time-effective option...

The Nightjet sleeper from Munich to Amsterdam

Salzburg to Florence & Rome by Nightjet sleeper train More information about Nightjets.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photoVideo of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchette on Nightjet train   Couchette car on Munich-Amsterdam sleeper

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car...

Option 2, Salzburg to Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples by daytime trains - the scenic option via the Brenner Pass...

After running south through the Brenner Pass from Innsbruck, this EuroCity train has arrived at Verona.  You don't need to book a table in the restaurant car, just go along and sit down.  Dining on the move as the scenery glides by is one of the pleasures of travelling on trains like this.  More photos & information about these EuroCity trains.

Austrian second class seats   Austrian second class seats   Austrian first class seats

Second class seats, mostly in 6-seat compartments with side-corridor like this, but some cars are open-plan saloons...

 

First class leather seats.  On a few trains you'll find 6-seat compartments too....

Mountains 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.

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Salzburg to Barcelona & Spain from €79.80...

Option 1, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Geneva - the most scenic route, and avoids having to cross Paris...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Paris - fastest route & usually slightly cheaper, if you don't mind changing stations in Paris...

Option 3, by comfortable daytime trains with overnight stop in Munich - same as option 2, but with the overnight stop in Munich rather than Paris...

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right of the train all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CanigouMore photos of what to see on the Paris-Barcelona train journey.

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Salzburg to San Sebastian...

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Salzburg to Lisbon, Porto, Faro & Portugal...

Option 1, using the Sud Express to Lisbon - still suspended and unlikely to run again...

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 beds made up...

 

Gran Clase private toilet & shower...

Option 2, Salzburg to Faro & the Algarve using a bus from Seville...

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Salzburg to Andorra...
Intercite de nuit overnight train   Intercite de nuit couchette

The intercitι de nuit overnight train from Paris to Latour de Carol has 1st class 4-berth & 2nd class 6-berth couchettes, each with lightweight sleeping-bag & mineral water...

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Salzburg to Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne & Germany from €27.90...

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Salzburg to Munich from €18.90...

Trains link Salzburg Hbf with Munich Hbf at least twice an hour from early until late.  However, there are three different types of train, railjet trains (marked RJX or RJ), EuroCity trains (marked EC), and slower regional trains run by the Bayerische Regiobahn marked BRB.  I'll explain each type below...

Option 1, by express train in 1h28 - the fastest & most comfortable option...

A railjet train about to leave Munich Hbf

A railjet to Vienna about to leave platform 12 at Munich Hbf...

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

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business classAbout.

 

Restaurant...

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

A railjet boarding at the impressive modern Vienna Hbf.  More information about railjets.

 

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

Pleasant Bavarian scenery between Munich & Salzburg...

Option 2, by slower Bayerische Regiobahn (BRB) regional train in 1h51 - slower but more flexible/cheaper...

  • Regional trains run by the Bayerische Regiobahn link Salzburg Hbf with Munich Hbf every hour, shown on www.bahn.de as BRB.  They take 1h51, but they're cheaper and more flexible than the express trains.

Salzburg to Munich BRB regional train at Munich Hbf

An hourly BRB regional train about to leave platform 10 at Munich Hbf for Salzburg.

Most departures are operated by BRB trains like this, but from December 2021 several departures per day will be operated by Westbahn double deck trains en route to Vienna - but still accepting BRB regional tickets and Bayern tickets.

2nd class on a Salzburg to Munich BRB train   1st class on a Salzburg to Munich  BRB train

2nd class on a Salzburg-Munich BRB regional train.  Toilets, air-con.  Larger photo.

There's a very small 1st class section at one end of these BRB regional trains.  Larger photo.

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Salzburg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber from €25.90...

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Salzburg to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg & Scandinavia...

Option 1, by daytime trains:  Salzburg to Copenhagen in a day from €39.90!  Salzburg to Stockholm or Gothenburg from €39.90!

Option 2, by daytime trains with an overnight stop in Hamburg...

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Hamburg to Copenhagen by Danish IC3...  This is the late afternoon Hamburg-Copenhagen IC3 leaving platform 5 at Hamburg Hbf on a busy summer day.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Hamburg-Copenhagen journey.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen

Boarding a Danish IC3 train at Hamburg Hbf...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train.  Larger photo.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train to Copenhagen at Hamburg.

125 mph tilting 'SJ2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station SJ2000 2nd class seats

Copenhagen to Stockholm by X2000, seen at Copenhagen main station...

 

2nd class seats on an X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.  Larger photo.

SJ2000 train   SJ2000 buffet car seating area   SJ2000 self-service buffet car.

X2000 bistro car...

 

X2000 bistro car seating area.  Larger photo.

 

Bistro self-service...

Winter scenery fro a Copenhagen-Stockholm train

Winter scenery from a train between Copenhagen & Stockholm. Courtesy of Radoslav Sharapanov

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Salzburg to Oslo & Norway...

Option 1, via Hamburg & Copenhagen - by train all the way...

Option 2, Salzburg to Oslo via the Kiel-Oslo Color Line cruise ferry - the most comfortable way to Oslo...

Germany to Oslo Color Line ferry at Kiel

This photo is taken from the exit of Kiel station, so you can see how close the ferry is.  It's a 5-6 minute walk across the harbour, with a street lift up to a connecting walkway which takes you to the ferry terminal. If you have reserved one of what Color Line call their "5 star suites", check in at the desk rather than the machines and you'll be directed to a special lounge to wait with free tea, coffee, juice, snacks & WiFi.  You'll also have priority boarding of the ship.  Photos courtesy of Andrew Leo.

Boarding the ferry in Kiel

Boarding the Color Line ferry to Oslo in Kiel...

Kiel to Oslo ferry, Color Class suite   Kiel to Oslo ferry, restaurant

A 5 Star Suite on the ferry...

 

More cruise liner than ferry!  The restaurant.

View from Color Line ferry to Oslo

Wake up to this....

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Salzburg to Helsinki & Finland...

Option 1, using a Finnlines ferry from Germany to Helsinki - the easiest option...

  • Day 1, travel from Salzburg to Hamburg, leaving Salzburg Hbf at 10:00, change at Munich Hbf, arriving Hamburg Hbf 18:18 (times may vary).

    Fares start at €23.90 in 2nd class or €33.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book this train at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

  • Book onward trains within Finland at the Finnish Railways website www.vr.fi.

Finnlines Star class ferry to Helsinki   Cabin on the Finnlines ferry to Helsinki

One of Finnlines 3 star class ferries to Helsinki.  Courtesy of Finnlines.

 

Cabin on the ferry...

Option 2, by train to Stockholm, then ferry to Helsinki...

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Salzburg to Prague from €19:  Click here for details...

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Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov from €17...
  • Several times a day, a fast Austrian railjet train with restaurant car & free WiFi runs from Salzburg Hbf to Linz in about 1h10 and connects with a comfortable air-conditioned Czech express from Linz to Ceske Budejovice taking 2h16.

    A little branch line train run by private operator GWTR runs from Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov every hour or two taking 44 minutes.

  • See the timetable from Salzburg to Ceske Budejovice here.

    Then look up connecting train times from Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov at jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni.  Allow at least 10 minutes between trains in Ceske Budejovice, although you might well make even a 3-minute connection if your train is on time.

    Incidentally, Ceske Budejovice might sound more familiar by its former Germanic name, Budweis. That's right, where the name of the beer comes from! The town is worth a look around in its own right. Why not take an earlier train and have a wander into the old town?

  • How much does it cost?

    Salzburg to Ceske Budejovice costs as little as €15 if bought a little in advance online.

    Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov by local train costs 40 CZK, around €1.55.

  • To buy tickets...

    Step 1, book from Salzburg to Ceske Budejovice at www.cd.cz.  Booking normally opens 92 days ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your smartphone.

    Step 2, buy a ticket for the Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov local train on the day, either from the distinctive green & orange GWTR ticket office at Ceske Budejovice station or from the ticket machines on board the GWTR local train which accept cash or contactless Visa/MasterCard.

  • You'll find  more information about Cesky Krumlov, the GWTR local train, taxis between station and old town, and how to travel from Cesky Krumlov on to Prague, on the Cesky Krumlov page.

A train from Linz to Prague

Take a smart Austrian railjet from Salzburg to Linz to connect with a Czech express train like this from Linz to Ceske Budejovice & Prague.  These trains usually have a refreshment trolley for part of the journey, but why not take a picnic and maybe some wine or beer?  Change in Ceske Budejovice for the little branch line train to Cesky Krumlov.

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Salzburg to Bratislava & Slovakia from €29.90...
  • A direct ΦBB railjet train leaves Salzburg Hbf every day at 18:08, direct to Bratislava Hlavna arriving 21:51.

    If the timings suit you, this is clearly the easiest option with restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.

    Fares start at €29.90 in 2nd class, €44.90 in 1st class or €59.90 in business class (= premium 1st).  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Buy at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, a little more fiddly, same fares) and print your own ticket.

  • If the direct train doesn't suit you, simply take any of the hourly Austrian railjet trains from Salzburg to Vienna Hbf in around 2h25, then the hourly regional express train from Vienna Hbf to Bratislava Hlavna (the main station, closest to the city centre) taking 1h07.

    Fares start at €29.90 in 2nd class, €44.90 in 1st class or €59.90 in business class (= premium 1st).  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Buy at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, a little more fiddly, same fares) and print your own ticket.

    Tip:  When using www.oebb.at, I recommend selecting the specific destination station Bratislava hl.st. as you will then see journeys with 1 change at Vienna Hbf and arrival at Bratislava's main Hlavna station which is closer to the city centre.  if you select the generic city name BRATISLAVA as your destination you may only see journeys with arrival at Bratislava Petrzalka station, which is not the main or best-located station in Bratislava.

    Tip:  If you have a 1st or business class ticket you can use the ΦBB Lounge in Vienna between trains with complimentary tea, coffee & WiFi.

  • You can break the journey up in Vienna if you like.  In fact, without any pre-booking you can hop on any hourly Westbahn train from Salzburg to Vienna Hbf paying €29 or so to the conductor on board (see www.westbahn.at), then buy an unlimited-availability €11.20 local ticket at the station for the next hourly regional express train from Vienna Hbf to Bratislava Hlavna.  This way, no pre-booking is necessary and you have complete freedom.

  • You might also consider taking a train from Salzburg to Vienna, then a river trip along the Danube to Bratislava.  Vienna-Bratislava fast ferries and hydrofoils runs at least once a day in winter, up to 5 times a day in summer, 80 minutes.  At least two companies operate, see www.twincityliner.com or www.lod.sk.

  • For Poprad-Tatry & Kosice, change in Bratislava.  You can travel from Salzburg to Poprad or Kosice in a single day if you leave Salzburg on the 07:12 or 09:12 departures, by railjet train to Vienna Hbf, then regional express train to Bratislava Hlavna, then Slovakian express train to Poprad & Kosice.  Look up times and buy tickets at www.thetrainline.com or www.oebb.at.

The train from Vienna to Bratislava...   Inside the hourly train from Vienna to Bratislava...

The hourly regional express train from Vienna Hbf to Bratislava Hlavna

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Salzburg to Budapest from €39.90...

Option 1, by direct railjet train - the fastest & most frequent option...

  • Fares start at €39.90 in 2nd class, €54.90 in 1st class or €69.90 in business class (= premium 1st).  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

  • Buy tickets at www.thetrainline.com (easiest to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, more fiddly, same fares).  Booking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket.

Railjet train at Vienna Hbf   Railjet train standard class

A railjet at the impressive modern Vienna Hbf.  More information about railjet trains.

 

Economy class on railjet, in open saloons with large 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 classAbout.

 

The restaurant...

Between Vienna & Budapest it's largely flat, with more wind turbines than you can shake a stick at - allegedly over 200.  This photo pretty much sums up the Vienna-Budapest section!

A Railjet train at Budapest

The railjet has landed...  A railjet has arrived spot on time in Budapest's historic Keleti station, built 1881-1884.

Option 2, by competing Westbahn train to Vienna and Regiojet train to Budapest - cheapest option, with easy online booking...

  • Regiojet offers special through fares in partnership with Westbahn from €34.90.

  • Buy an e-ticket online at www.regiojet.com.

A RegioJet train to Prague at Vienna Hbf

A RegioJet train in its distinctive yellow & grey colours, see interior photos of RegioJet trains here

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Salzburg to Sighisoara, Brasov & Bucharest from €58...

Option 1, by railjet to Vienna and Dacia Express sleeper train to Sighisoara, Brasov & Bucharest...

  • Step 1, travel from Salzburg to Vienna by railjet train, leaving Salzburg Hbf at 15:08 and arriving Vienna Hbf at 17:30.

    By all means take an earlier train for some time in the Austrian capital, just don't risk any tight connections in Vienna.  The railjets have a restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.

    Fares start at €19.90 in 2nd class, €29.90 in 1st class, or €44.90 in business class (= premium 1st).  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book this at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, a little more fiddly, same fares).  Booking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket.

  • Step 2, travel from Vienna to Romania on the Dacia Express, leaving Vienna Hbf at 19:42 every day arriving Sighisoara 10:34, Brasov 13:35 & Bucharest Gara de Nord at 16:04.

    It has a modern air-conditioned Romanian sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 berth compartments with washbasin, plus several deluxe compartments with en suite shower & toilet.  It has a Romanian couchette car with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and 2nd class seats.

    A Hungarian restaurant car operates between Vienna and Budapest, treat yourself to dinner.  A bar-bistro is then attached in the morning between Arad & Bucharest, serving drinks, snacks and breakfast.  There's wonderful almost Alpine scenery through the Carpathian mountains between Brasov and Bucharest, a real treat...

    Fares start at €59 with a couchette in a 6-berth compartment, €69 with a couchette in a 4-berth compartment, €79 with a bed in a 3-berth sleeper, €99 with a bed in a 3-berth sleeper or €159 with a bed in a single-berth sleeper all to yourself.  All per person per berth.

    Book this train at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at.  Booking normally opens 90 days ahead.  In the search results, look for the direct train marked D with no changes.  You collect tickets from an ΦBB ticket machine in Vienna.

Dacia Express sleeping-car

The Dacia Express has one or at peak times two air-conditioned Romanian sleeping-cars, seen here at Bucharest.  You can check the train formation at www.vagonweb.cz Courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom

Washbasin   Dacia Express sleeper compartment   Romanian couchette car from Vienna to Bucharest

Sleepers:  Each compartment can be sold as a single, double (as here) or triple.  Most compartments have a washbasin as shown, two compartments have a shower & toilet.  Beds fold away to form a private sitting room for day use.  Larger photo.

 

Couchettes:  4 & 6-berth, bedding is provided.  Larger photo.

Dacia Express couchette car

The Dacia Express has one couchette car, seen here at Bucharest.  Courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom

Scenery in Transylvania

Transylvania:  The Dacia Express crosses rural Transylvania.  Courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom

Dacia Express bar-bistro car

The Dacia Express en route to Bucharest...  Photo courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom

  Couchette car on the Ister EuroNight train from Budapest to Bucharest

Enjoy dinner and a beer in the bar car, as a bar-bistro is attached to the Dacia Express in Romania between Bucharest & Simeria.  Photos courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom & @_DiningCar.

Dacia Express Carpathian mountains

The Carpathian mountains:  Almost Alpine scenery between Brasov & Bucharest...  Courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom.

Option 2, by railjet to Budapest & sleeper train Ister to Brasov & Bucharest...

  • Step 1, travel from Salzburg to Budapest by smart Austrian railjet train, leaving Salzburg Hbf at 11:08 and arriving Budapest Keleti at 16:19.

    The railjets have a restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi, see more information about railjet trains.

    Fares start at €29.90 in 2nd class, €39.90 in 1st class or €54.90 in business class (= premium 1st).  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book this at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, a little more fiddly, same fares).  Booking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket.

  • Step 2, take the sleeper train Ister, leaving Budapest Keleti at 19:10 and arriving Brasov at 09:54 & Bucharest Gara de Nord at 12:33 next day.

    This comfortable train has 4 & 6 berth couchettes and an air-conditioned Romanian sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin, a Romanian couchette car with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and 2nd class seats.  There's no restaurant car so take a picnic and bottle of wine, although a cafe-bar is usually attached in Romania in the morning.

    Fares start at €39 with a couchette in 6-berth, €46 with a couchette in 4-berth, €69 with a bed in a 3-bed sleeper, €84 with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper or €162 with a single-bed sleeper all to yourself.  All prices per person per berth.

    Book this train at the Romanian Railways website bileteinternationale.cfrcalatori.ro.  Click EN top right for English.  Booking opens 60 days ahead.  For Bucharest type Bucuresti.  It can book seats, couchettes or sleepers.  For Hungary to Romania journeys you print your own ticket.

    You can also normally book at the Hungarian Railways website www.mav-start.hu, see my advice on using it.  For Bucharest type Bucuresti.  You show your ticket in the MAV app on your smartphone.  However, since MAV revamped its website in 2020, it can't book couchettes or sleepers, only seats, though this should be fixed at some point.

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Budapest...

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Salzburg to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Split & Dubrovnik from €29...

Option 1, all year round...

  • Comfortable air-conditioned EuroCity trains link Salzburg with Lesce-Bled on Lake Bled, Ljubljana & Zagreb every day:

    Leave Salzburg Hbf at 10:12, make one easy cross-platform change at Villach, to Lesce-Bled, Ljubljana & Zagreb.

    Leave Salzburg Hbf at 14:12 by direct EuroCity train Mimara to Lesce-Bled, Ljubljana & Zagreb.

    Leave Salzburg Hbf at 16:12 change in Villach, to Lesce-Bled & Ljubljana.

    Journey time from Salzburg to Lesce-Bled is around 3h40, Salzburg to Ljubljana 4h20, Salzburg to Zagreb 6h40.

    This is a really lovely scenic journey through the mountains across Austria and along the beautiful River Sava between Ljubljana and Zagreb. Have your camera ready!

  • Fares start at €29.90 in 2nd class or €39.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

  • Buy tickets at www.thetrainline.com (easiest to use, overseas cards no problem, you print your own ticket) or Austrian Railways' own site www.oebb.at (a little more fiddly, you print your own ticket).  Avoid any departure marked BUS as this isn't a train.  Booking opens up to 6 months ahead and you print your own ticket.

  • Tip:  I've seen a cheap €29.90 Sparschiene fare available from Salzburg to Zagreb but only standard price €50+ available on the same date and train from Salzburg to Ljubljana.  It's perfectly legitimate to buy a €29.90 ticket from Salzburg to Zagreb and get off in Ljubljana.

  • Onwards to Split & Dubrovnik...  There are daytime trains and a sleeper between Zagreb and Split, from where buses run to Dubrovnik, for details see the Trains from Zagreb page.

Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

Through the Austrian Alps...  Clinging to the mountainside high in the Austrian Alps, the train snakes along between snow-capped mountains between Salzburg & Villach, wonderful...

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

...and along the Sava river in Slovenia.  Now across the border in Slovenia, the EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava all the way to Ljubljana and Zagreb...

 

Comfortable seats:  The 2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are arranged 2+1 abreast, the same as 1st class!

Scenery between Ljubljana & Zagreb

More lovely scenery along the Sava between Ljubljana & Zagreb...

The EuroCity train 'Sava' from Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb  

The EuroCity train Sava, arrived at Zagreb.

 

More scenery along the Sava between Ljubljana & Zagreb.

Option 2, to Split & Dubrovnik using the direct sleeper train from Vienna to Split, runs Tuesdays & Fridays in summer...

  • Step 1, take the 14:08 railjet train from Salzburg Hbf to Vienna Hbf from €19.90 booked at www.thetrainline.com.  You print your own ticket.  Make sure you allow at least an hour in Vienna between trains to be on the safe side.

  • Step 2, travel from Vienna to Split direct sleeper train leaving Vienna Hbf at 18:01 and arriving Split at 09:50 next morning.

    This runs on Tuesdays & Fridays from 18 June to 10 September 2021.

    The train has a sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin, and ordinary seats.

    Fares from €29.90 in a seat, €79.90 in a 3-bed sleeper, €99.90 in a 2-bed sleeper, €149.90 in a single-bed sleeper.

    Book at either www.thetrainline.com (easy, in €, £ or $, small booking fee, international credit cards no problem) or the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, a little more fiddly).  Booking opens up to 6 months ahead, you print your own ticket.

    For Dubrovnik, take a bus from Split.  There are buses every hour or even every half hour, run by several companies.  Journey time between 3h45 and 4h35, fare around €13-€17.  Buy a ticket at the bus station in Split.

Option 3, to Split & Dubrovnik using the Budapest-Split sleeper train Adria, runs in summer June-September...

  • Step 2, travel from Budapest to Split by direct sleeper train called the Adria.  This runs from mid-June to early September, leaving Budapest Keleti around 18:53 every evening arriving Split around 08:56 next morning.  It has a comfortable Hungarian sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments and a couchette car with 4 & 6 bunk compartments.

    The fare is around €79 with couchette or from €92 with a bed in a cosy 2-bed sleeper.

    Check to see if it is bookable online at the Hungarian Railways website www.mavcsoport.hu (see my advice on using it).  If not, you will need to book at the station or by phone with a ticketing agency in your home country.  Booking opens 60 days ahead.

  • For Dubrovnik, take a bus from Split.  There are buses every hour or even every half hour, run by several companies.  Journey time between 3h45 and 4h35, fare around €13-€17.  Buy a ticket at the bus station in Split.

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Salzburg to Belgrade, Sofia & Montenegro...

Salzburg to Belgrade by day trains with overnight stop in Zagreb - a scenic route...

  • Day 1, travel from Salzburg to Zagreb, leaving Salzburg Hbf on the 10:12 or 14:12 departure from €29.90, as explained above.  A lovely scenic ride!

  • Stay overnight in Zagreb.  The Esplanade Hotel, Palace Hotel or Central Hotel are all near the station with good reviews.

  • Day 2, travel from Zagreb to Belgrade by train, leaving Zagreb at 11:04 and arriving Novi Beograd 18:04 & Belgrade Centar at 18:12.

    This train is still currently suspended due to Covid-19.

    This train has air-conditioned Serbian carriages with comfortable 2nd class seats (no 1st class).  There's no catering, so bring along a picnic and some beer or wine.

    The fare is around €29 bought at the station or paid on the train.  It cannot be booked online, but there are always places available.

if you're going to Sofia...

If you're going to Montenegro...

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Salzburg to Warsaw & Krakow from €39...

Option 1, Salzburg to Warsaw or Krakow in a day - The daytime option...

  • Step 1, travel from Salzburg to Vienna by smart modern railjet train, leaving Salzburg Hbf at 10:12 arriving Vienna Hbf at 13:05.

    The railjet has a restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  You can take the 11:08 from Salzburg arriving Vienna Hbf 13:30 if you like, but personally, I'd take the earlier train to be on the safe side.

    Tip:  If you have a 1st class onward ticket, you can use the ΦBB Lounge at Vienna Hbf between trains, with complimentary tea, coffee & WiFi.

  • Step 2, travel from Vienna to Warsaw on the afternoon EuroCity train leaving Vienna Hbf at 14:10 arriving Warsaw Centralna at 21:17.

    This comfortable EuroCity train has air-conditioned carriages and a restaurant car.  Change in Katowice for Krakow, arriving 21:04.

  • How much does it cost?

    Salzburg to Krakow starts at €29.90.

    Salzburg to Warsaw starts at €39.90.

    Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

  • How to buy tickets...

    Buy a ticket at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at, but (and this is important) click the cogwheel icon at the top of the search results page and then click Comfortable connection time.  If you don't, you may end up with a risky 5-minute connection.

    Booking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket.

Morning EuroCity train from Vienna to Warsaw

A EuroCity train from Vienna to Warsaw at Vienna Hbf.  On these PKP Polish Railways cars, the green stripe above the windows indicates 2nd class.  Yellow indicates first class.  Red indicates the restaurant car.  Courtesy of Jennifer Delaney.

2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train   2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train

Most 2nd class cars have compartments like this with side corridor & 6-seat compartments, although one or two cars may have open-plan saloons.  All 1st class seats are in 6-seat compartments on these trains.  Click images for larger photos.

Polish restaurant car

Restaurant car...

Option 2, by sleeper train - The time-effective option...

  • Step 1, travel from Salzburg Hbf to Vienna Hbf by smart modern railjet train, they leave every hour or better.  I'd allow at least an hour between trains in Vienna when catching a sleeper train.

  • Step 2, travel from Vienna to Poland by sleeper train Chopin, leaving Vienna Hbf at 22:10 and arriving Krakow 05:41 & Warsaw Centralna 08:33.

    The EuroNight sleeper train Chopin has a comfortable air-conditioned Polish sleeping-car with 1 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin plus two deluxe compartments with en suite toilet & shower, see the photos below.  It also has economical couchettes in 4 & 6-bunk compartments and 2nd class seats.

  • How much does it cost?

    Salzburg to Krakow starts at €29.90 plus €26 supplement for a bed in a 3-bed sleeper or €39 for a bed in a 2-bed sleeper. 

    Salzburg to Warsaw starts at €39.90 plus €26 supplement for a bed in a 3-bed sleeper or €39 for a bed in a 2-bed sleeper.

  • How to buy tickets...

    Buy a ticket at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at, but (and this is important) click the cogwheel icon at the top of the search results page and then click Comfortable connection time.  If you don't do this, you may end up with a risky 5-minute connection.  You print your own ticket.  If necessary, book each train separately.

Modern Polish sleeping-car

Modern Polish sleeping-car on the Vienna-Krakow-Warsaw night train.  Courtesy of WieselFahrer...

Modern Polish sleeper in day mode   Modern Polish sleeper in day mode, set up as a triple   Deluxe 2-bed sleeper in modern Polish sleeping-car   Deluxe sleepers have a private shower & toilet

Standard sleeper in evening/morning mode with seats folded out.

 

Standard sleeper set up as a 3-berth.  It can also be sold as a single or double.

 

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

 

Deluxe sleeper:  En suite shower & toilet.  Click the photos for larger images.

Option 3, Salzburg to Krakow with an overnight stop in Prague...

Option 4, Salzburg to Krakow with overnight stop in Vienna..

  • Day 1, travel from Salzburg Hbf to Vienna Hbf on any train you like, taking 2h25, they leave hourly through the day.

    Fares start at €19.90 in 2nd class or €29.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.atBooking opens up to 6 months ahead, you print your own ticket.

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Salzburg to Kiev, Lviv & Ukraine...
  • Step 1, travel from Salzburg Hbf to Vienna Hbf using any train you like.  I'd allow an hour or two between trains in Vienna, so take a train around 12:22 to arrive in Vienna around 14:52, but by all means take an earlier train and see something of Vienna.

    Fares start at €19.90 in 2nd class or €29.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book at www.oebb.atBooking opens up to 6 months ahead, you print your own ticket.

  • Step 2, travel from Vienna to Lviv or Kiev by direct Ukrainian sleeping-car, leaving Vienna Hbf at 16:42 every day and arriving next day (day 3) at Lviv at 10:14 & Kiev at 17:21.  This train has a Ukrainian sleeping-car with comfortable 1, 2 & 3 berth compartments with washbasin, see the photos below.  At Chop on the other side of the border the through sleeping-car is jacked up to have its wheelsets changed from European standard gauge (4'8½") to Russian gauge used in Ukraine (5').

    Book the train from Vienna to Lviv or Kiev online at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at.

    This will only book one-way or round trip starting in Vienna because tickets need to be collected from an ΦBB station in Austria.  They cannot be collected in Ukraine.  Booking this way you pay no fee or mark-up, just the official fare.  The sleeper has become popular, it can sell out.

    If you have any problems or want a one-way ticket starting in Ukraine, you can also book the Vienna-Kiev train via reliable agency www.polrail.com, with tickets posted or couriered to you for a small fee.  Polrail are based in Poland so charge in zlotys, but as they have access to Ukrainian ticketing system they are good for booking this train.

    Booked through oebb.at:

    Vienna to Kiev costs €80.50 in a 3-berth sleeper, €90.50 in a 2-berth sleeper or €152.90 in a single sleeper.

    Vienna to Lviv costs €62.10 in a 3-berth sleeper, €70.10 in a 2-berth sleeper or €119.30 in a single sleeper.

    Booked through Polrail:

    Vienna to Kiev costs around €138 in a 3-berth sleeper €149 in a 2-berth sleeper, or €241 in a single-berth sleeper.

    Vienna to Lviv costs around €120 in a 3-berth sleeper €129 in a 2-berth sleeper, or €207 in a single-berth sleeper.

    Booked at the station in Ukraine, Kiev to Vienna costs around €80, Lviv to Vienna around €60, in both cases with a bed in a 3-bed sleeper.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass

Boarding the Vienna to Kiev sleeping-car at Vienna Hbf.  Photo courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

Sleeper to Kiev about to leave Vienna   Ukrainian sleeper corridor   1, 2 or 3 bed Ukrainian sleeper compartment

The Vienna-Kiev sleeper about to leave Vienna Hbf... Courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

The sleeper corridor.  Courtesy Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass.  Photos courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

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Salzburg to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...

Option 1, via Kiev, avoiding Belarus...

  • Step 1, travel from Salzburg to Vienna and take the sleeper to Kiev as shown above.

  • Step 2, take one of the various Kiev to Moscow sleeper trains, for example train 6 leaves at 19:36 arriving Moscow Kievskaya station at 10:09 the next morning (= day 3 from Salzburg).

    The fare is around €92 with a bed in 4-berth kupι or €180 with a bed in a 2-berth spalny vagon.

    You can ask www.polrail.com to book this for you too, or you can book tickets from Kiev to Moscow at the Ukrainian Railways site booking.uz.gov.ua/en/ booking from Kyiv to Moskva Kievskaya.  You collect tickets at the station in Kiev.  Feedback appreciated!

Option 2, via Warsaw.  This goes via Belarus, remember you'll need a Belarus transit visa.

A modern Russian sleeping-car of the sort used on the Polonez   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

These modern sleeping-cars run from Warsaw to Moscow...

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Salzburg to Athens, Corfu & Greece...

Option 1, Salzburg to Athens by train & ferry via Italy - the leisurely option with an Adriatic cruise thrown in...

  • The best and most comfortable option is to pick up a ferry in Bari.  The whole scenic and relaxing journey from Salzburg to Athens will take around 2 nights & 3 days, depending how the connections work out on your particular date.

  • Day 1, travel from Salzburg Hbf to Rome Termini in a single day as shown above.

  • Stay overnight in Rome...

  • Day 2, travel from Rome Termini to Bari Centrale by tilting Frecciargento train in 3h59, an enjoyable and scenic ride across the spine of Italy.  Obviously, book the ferry first and work out a suitable connecting train afterwards.

    Fares start at €29.90 in 2nd class or €39.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    Book this train at www.thetrainline.com (in €, £ or $, easy to use, small booking fee) or www.italiarail.com (easy to use, in €, £, $ or Au$) or www.trenitalia.com (in €, more fiddly).  Italiarail will refund their small booking fee if you email them at seat61@italiarail.com with your booking reference.  Booking opens up to 4 months ahead.  It's ticketless, you just quote your booking reference on board.

    On arrival at Bari Centrale, walk 25 minutes or take a taxi from Bari Centrale to the ferry terminal which is adjacent to Bari's pleasant old town.

    Always allow at least 3 hours between train arrival and ferry departure.

  • Day 2, sail from Bari to Patras with Superfast Ferries.  The ferry sails normally daily except Sundays at 19:30 arriving Patras at 13:00 the next day (day 3).  On Sundays the ship sails at 13:30, too early to make connections from Rome but you can take a train to Bari on Saturday evening and stay overnight in Bari.

    Check ferry times, dates, prices & buy tickets using the Direct Ferries website or at www.superfast.com or www.ferriesingreece.com

    The ship is modern and comfortable, with restaurants, bars, lounges and sun decks.  You can book a deck place (a nice cheap option in summer if you have your own sleeping bag) or a reclining seat or a berth in various types of cabin, including luxury cabins with private shower & toilet.  Strolling the decks in the morning sun as the ship cruises past the islands of Cephalonia and Ithaca is the nicest part of the trip, and it's a wonderful way to arrive in Greece.

    In Patras, the ferry arrives at the new South ferry terminal a few km from the town centre.  Bus number 18 links the port with the town bus station every hour on the hour, fare €1.20 or you can hop in a taxi for around €7, journey time 15-20 minutes.

  • Day 3, from Patras it's 3 hours to Athens by bus/train combo.  There's a bus/train combined timetable from Patras to Athens on www.trainose.gr but it takes a bit of finding.  Buy the bus ticket when you reach Patras, it costs around €18.

A 2 or 4 berth cabin on the Italy-Greece ferry  

2 or 4-berth cabin with private toilet & shower.

 

Relaxing on deck...

The ferry from Bari to Greece at sea

At sea, passing Cephalonia & Ithaca.  This is what travel to Greece should be like!

Option 2, Salzburg to Athens overland by train via Munich & Belgrade - a rail adventure across the Balkans...

  • You can also travel overland by train from Salzburg to Athens via Belgrade & Thessaloniki.  It'll take 3 or 4 nights, with the romance and adventure of an epic train ride through the Balkans.

  • Travel from Salzburg to Belgrade as shown above.

  • In Belgrade you pick up the train to Thessaloniki for Athens explained in detail on the Trains from Belgrade page.

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Salzburg to Istanbul & Turkey...

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bullet pointHotels in Salzburg

Suggested hotels in Salzburg...

For a stay of a few days I'd choose a hotel in the old town near all the sights.  For a brief one or two night stay, especially if you were leaving on an early train, I'd go for a hotel near the station, so you can walk across the road and leave your bags, there's no time wasted in taxis and it's an easy stroll across the road to the station when it's time to leave.  Salzburg isn't huge, so it'll still be an easy walk to the old town and all the sights.

Hotels near the station...

Hotels in or near the old town...

Find hotels at Booking.comMy favourite hotel search site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site and I generally prefer booking my hotels all in one place here.  You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.  I never book hotels non-refundably.  I have also come to trust their review scores - you won't be disappointed with anything over 8.0.

Tip:  It can pay to compare prices across multiple hotel sites:  HotelsCombined.com is a price comparison site which compares hotel prices on Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Accor, Agoda and many others.  Though if there's not much in it, I prefer keeping all my bookings together in one place at www.booking.com.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

www.tripadvisor.com is the place to find independent travellers' reviews of all the main hotels.

Backpacker hostels: www.hostelworld.com...

www.hostelworld.com:  If you're on a tight budget, don't forget about backpacker hostels.  Hostelworld offers online booking of cheap private rooms or dorm beds in backpacker hostels in Paris and most other European cities at rock-bottom prices.


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