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This page explains how to travel by train from Vienna to other European cities and the best way to buy tickets. Information current for 2024.

Going from Linz?  All trains from Vienna westwards to Salzburg, Innsbruck, Germany & Switzerland call at Linz around 1h15 after leaving Vienna, you can pick up these trains there.  Eastbound, travel to Vienna and use the information below.

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Take a moment to read these tips for buying European train tickets.  They answer all the usual questions, "Do I need to book in advance or can I buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or €35 point-to-point ticket?".  How far ahead can you buy train tickets?

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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

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...

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Vienna to Salzburg
Vienna to Innsbruck, Linz, Graz & other destinations in Austria
Vienna to Hallstatt

Option 1, Vienna to Hallstatt - the direct route

Option 2, Vienna to Hallstatt via the UNESCO-listed Semmering Railway - the scenic route

Railjet, Austria's premier train

Railjets link Vienna, Linz, Salzburg & Innsbruck, and Vienna & Graz, as well as running internationally from Vienna to Venice, Zurich, Prague, Budapest.

A railjet train about to leave Vienna

A railjet about to leave Vienna.  More about railjets.

Business class seats on a railjet train   Railjet restaurant car

Business class.  About.

 

Restaurant car.

First class seats on a railjet train   Economy class seats on a railjet train

First class.

 

Economy class.

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Vienna to London

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Vienna to Paris from €49.90

Option 1, Vienna to Paris by Nightjet sleeper train, 3 times a week - the safe, comfortable, time-effective option

Nightjet sleeper train boarding at Vienna Hbf

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

 

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 Nightjet sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car.

Option 2, Vienna to Paris in a single day - the high-speed daytime option

An ICE train at Vienna Hbf

An ICE-T to Frankfurt waiting to leave Vienna Hbf.

1st class table for two on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train   Lunch in the restaurant car on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train

Table for two in 1st class, my favourite configuration.  There are also tables for four in both classes.

 

Lunch in the restaurant.  In 1st class you can choose to be served at your seat.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!

ICE-T train, driving cab   ICE-T train, 2nd class

You can see into the cab at each end of the train.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on the ICE-T to Vienna.

Scenery from the train

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

Option 3, Vienna to Paris using the Vienna-Zurich Nightjet sleeper train - runs every day

Double-deck sleeping-car on a Nightjet at Zurich

Step 1, Vienna to Zurich by Nightjet sleeper, overnight while you sleep.  This is a double-deck sleeping-car arrived at Zurich HB. Courtesy of DiscoverbyRail.com.

1-berth sleeper in Nightjet double-deck sleeping-car   Nigtjet double-deck sleeper, standard 1 or 2 bed sleeper, lower deck

Standard 1 or 2 bed sleeper, upper deck, set up as a single.  More about Nightjets.

    4-berth couchette on Nightjet train

Nightjet couchette car.

 

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

TGV-Lyria from Zurich to Paris, at Zurich HB

Step 2, Zurich to Paris by TGV-Lyria, a 320km/h (199 mph) double-deck high-speed train.  Above, a TGV-Lyria at Zurich HB.

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

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.  360ş photo.

TGV Lyria first class, upper deck   A TGV-Lyria train from Paris to Switzerland

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

 

A TGV-Lyria at Paris Gare de Lyon.  You enter on the lower deck, with 9 stairs up to top deck.

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

This is the leisurely scenic route from Vienna to Paris via the lovely Arlberg Pass between Austria & Switzerland, see the Arlberg Railway page & watch the video here.  This route takes longer, so is best done in 2 stages with an overnight stop in Zurich.

A railjet train about to leave Vienna

A railjet train about to leave Vienna.  More about railjets on the Arlberg route.

Business class seats on a railjet train   Railjet restaurant car

Business class.  About.

 

Restaurant car.

First class seats on a railjet train   Economy class seats on a railjet train

First class.

 

Economy class.

View of Salzburg as the train crosses the River Salzach

Crossing the Salzach at Salzburg:  View of the Fortress Hohensalzburg on the left hand side as the railjet crosses the river after leaving Salzburg Hbf.

Cutting across Germany:  From Salzburg to Kufstein the train takes a short cut through Germany without stopping, see the route map here.  All fast Vienna-Salzburg-Innsbruck trains do this, they're still considered Austrian domestic trains even they spend an hour on German territory!  Such a train is called a Korridorzug.

Kufstein station and castle   Lunch is served at your seat in first & business classes

Kufstein:  The train stops at Kufstein, where the castle towers above the station.

Above right, lunch is served.  In railjet first & business class, the steward takes your order & serves lunch at your seat.

Scenery in the Tirol

Mountains near Innsbruck.  The train calls briefly at Innsbruck Hbf.

Scenery on the Arlberg route

River Inn:  Running alongside the river Inn in the Tirol, somewhere between Ötzal & Landeck.

Scenery in the Arlberg Pass

Arlberg Pass:  Above, brooding skies over the Arlberg pass.  The pass itself is long, narrow and curvaceous with the train snaking along the valley sides, often high above the valley floor.

Arlberg Tunnel:  Between St Anton am Arlberg & Bludenz the train passes through the Arlberg Tunnel, 6.2 km (6.3 miles) long and opened in 1884.  See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlberg_Railway_Tunnel.

Schaan-Vaduz station   Sargans Castle

Liechtenstein:  The train cuts across Liechtenstein, passing non-stop through Schaan-Vaduz station.

 

Sargans castle:  Watch out for hilltop castles, this is the one at Sargans.

The lakes between the Austrian border and Zurich

Swiss lakes:  Between Sargans & Zurich the railjet runs alongside the shore of the Walensee and then the Zürichsee.

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Vienna to Bordeaux, Toulouse, Lourdes, Brittany & northern France

Option 1, via Paris.  You can get to anywhere in France via Paris, although it usually means changing stations by taxi or metro.

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Vienna to Strasbourg

Option 1, Vienna to Strasbourg by daytime trains

Option 2, Vienna to Strasbourg by Nightjet sleeper train, 3 times a week - the time-effective option

Option 3, Vienna to Zurich by Nightjet sleeper train, onward trains to Strasbourg

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Vienna to Lyon, Avignon, Aix, Marseille

Option 1, Vienna to Zurich by Nightjet sleeper train, Swiss train to Geneva, regional train to Lyon

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Vienna to Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Monte-Carlo

Option 1, Vienna to Monaco, Nice & Cannes using the Vienna-Milan/Genoa sleeper, then a scenic coastal ride

Nightjet sleeper train boarding at Vienna Hbf

Step 1, Vienna to Genoa by Nightjet sleeperMore 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

 

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 couchettes   Couchette car on Nightjet sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car.

Italian InterCity train

Step 2, Genoa to Ventimiglia by Intercity train.  Above, an Intercity at 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 2, Vienna to Monaco, Nice & Cannes with overnight stop in Verona - the scenic route, mountains & coastline

Option 3, Vienna to Monaco, Nice & Cannes with overnight stop in Venice

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Vienna to Brussels & Bruges from €59.90

Option 1, Vienna to Brussels by direct Nightjet sleeper train on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays - safe, comfortable, time-effective

The Nightjet sleeper from Brussels to Vienna at Brussels

On 20 January 2020, the inaugural Nightjet left Brussels for Vienna, the first scheduled sleeper train to leave Brussels in 16 years.  Above, the inaugural southbound train is ready to leave Brussels Midi on 20 January - naturally, the Man in Seat 61 was on board!

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

 

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 Nightjet sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car.

Option 2, Vienna to Brussels using the Vienna-Cologne Nightjet sleeper train - on days when the direct Vienna-Brussels sleeper isn't running

Option 3, Vienna to Brussels in a single day - the daytime option

An ICE train at Vienna Hbf

An ICE-T to Frankfurt, waiting to leave Vienna Hbf.  More about ICE trains.

1st class table for two on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train   Lunch in the restaurant car on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train

Table for two in 1st class, my favourite configuration.  There are also tables for four in both classes.

 

Lunch in the restaurant.  In 1st class you can choose to be served at your seat.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!

ICE-T train, driving cab   ICE-T train, 2nd class

You can see into the cab at each end of the train.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on an ICE-T.

Scenery from the train

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

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Vienna to Amsterdam from €49.90

Option 1, Vienna to Amsterdam by direct Nightjet sleeper train - safe, comfortable, time-effective

Nightjet sleeper train boarding at Vienna Hbf

The Nightjet sleeper for Amsterdam boarding at Vienna HbfMore 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

 

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 couchettes   Couchette car on Nightjet sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car.

Option 2, Vienna to Amsterdam in a day - the high-speed daytime option

An ICE train at Vienna Hbf

An ICE-T to Frankfurt, waiting to leave Vienna Hbf.

1st class table for two on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train   Lunch in the restaurant car on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train

Table for two in 1st class, my favourite configuration.  There are also tables for four in both classes.

 

Lunch in the restaurant.  In 1st class you can choose to be served at your seat.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!

ICE-T train, driving cab   ICE-T train, 2nd class

You can see into the cab at each end of the train.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on the ICE-T to Germany.

Scenery from the train

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

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Vienna to Luxembourg

Option 1, Vienna to Luxembourg using the Vienna-Koblenz sleeper - the time-effective option

Nightjet sleeper train boarding at Vienna Hbf

Step 1, Vienna to Koblenz by Nightjet sleeper trainMore 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

 

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 couchettes   Couchette car on Nightjet sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car.

Double-deck train between Koblenz, Trier & Luxembourg

Step 2, Koblenz to Luxembourg by double deck regional train.  This is a CFL double-decker at Luxembourg.

1st class on a Koblenz-Luxembourg train   1st class on a Koblenz-Luxembourg train

1st class on the upper deck. Larger photo.

 

2nd class on the upper deck.  Larger photo.

Scenery along the Moselle between Koblenz & Luxembourg

Scenery along the Moselle between Koblenz & Luxembourg in the morning sun, the mists still clearing.  For the best river views, sit on the left hand side of the train going west from Koblenz.

Option 2, Vienna to Luxembourg by daytime trains

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Vienna to Zurich, Basel, Geneva & Switzerland from €39.90

Option 1, Vienna to Switzerland by daytime train - the direct route through the beautiful Arlberg Pass

A railjet train about to leave Vienna

A railjet train about to leave Vienna.

Business class seats on a railjet train   Railjet restaurant car

Business class.  About business class.

 

Restaurant.  In 1st & business, you're served at your seat.

First class seats on a railjet train   Economy class seats on a railjet train

First class.

 

Economy class.

View of Salzburg as the train crosses the River Salzach

Crossing the Salzach at Salzburg:  View of the Fortress Hohensalzburg on the left hand side as the railjet crosses the river after leaving Salzburg Hbf.

Cutting across Germany:  From Salzburg to Kufstein the train takes a short cut through Germany without stopping, see the route map here.  All fast Vienna-Salzburg-Innsbruck trains do this, they're still considered Austrian domestic trains even they spend an hour on German territory!  Such a train is called a Korridorzug.

Kufstein station and castle   Lunch is served at your seat in first & business classes

Kufstein:  The train stops at Kufstein, where the castle towers above the station.

Above right, lunch is served.  In railjet first & business class, the steward takes your order & serves lunch at your seat.

Scenery in the Tirol

Mountains near Innsbruck.  The train calls briefly at Innsbruck Hbf.

Scenery on the Arlberg route

River Inn:  Running alongside the river Inn in the Tirol, somewhere between Ötzal & Landeck.

Scenery in the Arlberg Pass

Arlberg Pass:  Above, brooding skies over the Arlberg pass.  The pass itself is long, narrow and curvaceous with the train snaking along the valley sides, often high above the valley floor.

Arlberg Tunnel:  Between St Anton am Arlberg & Bludenz the train passes through the Arlberg Tunnel, 6.2 km (6.3 miles) long and opened in 1884.  See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlberg_Railway_Tunnel.

Schaan-Vaduz station   Sargans Castle

Liechtenstein:  The train cuts across Liechtenstein, passing non-stop through Schaan-Vaduz station.

 

Sargans castle:  Watch out for hilltop castles, this is the one at Sargans.

The lakes between the Austrian border and Zurich

Swiss lakes:  Between Sargans & Zurich the railjet runs alongside the shore of the Walensee and then the Zürichsee.

Option 2, Vienna to Zurich by Nightjet sleeper train - the comfortable & time-effective option that saves a hotel bill

Double-deck sleeping-car on a Nightjet at Zurich

The safe & comfortable Nightjet from Vienna to Zurich.  This is a double-deck sleeping-car arrived at Zurich HB. Courtesy of DiscoverbyRail.com.

1-berth sleeper in Nightjet double-deck sleeping-car   Nigtjet double-deck sleeper, standard 1 or 2 bed sleeper, lower deck

Standard 1 or 2 bed sleeper, upper deck, set up as a single.  More about Nightjets.

    4-berth couchette on Nightjet train

Nightjet couchette car.

 

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

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

Option 1, Vienna to Italy by nightjet sleeper train - the time-effective option

Nightjet sleeper train boarding at Vienna Hbf

The Nightjet sleeper to Florence & Rome, boarding at Vienna Hbf.  More 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

 

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 couchettes   Couchette car on Nightjet sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car.

Sunrise as the sleeper train crosses the causeway into Venice

Sunrise as the Vienna-Venice Nightjet crosses the causeway over the lagoon into Venice.  What a wonderful way to arrive! Courtesy of Andreas Wiedenhoff.

Option 2, Vienna to Italy via Venice - a scenic route over the wonderful Semmering railway

A railjet train about to leave Vienna

The afternoon railjet to Venice, about to leave Vienna HbfMore about Vienna-Venice railjets.

Railjet restaurant car   Business class seats on a railjet train

Restaurant.  In 1st & business you're served at your seat.

 

Business class.  About business class.

Business class seats on a railjet train   Economy class seats on a railjet train

First class.

 

Economy class.

The railjet travels over the famous Semmering Railway, opened in 1854 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  See the Vienna to Venice page for more information, photos & video.

Option 3, Vienna to Italy via the Brenner Pass - another scenic route

EuroCity train arrived at Innsbruck

A EuroCity train to Verona, at Innsbruck Hbf.  More about these EuroCity trains.

2nd class seats in an open-plan car   Austrian first class seats

2nd class seats, some in open-plan saloons like this, some in 6-seat compartments with side-corridor.

 

1st class leather seats.  You'll also find seats in classic 6-seat compartments with side corridor.

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.

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Vienna to Trieste

Option 1, Vienna to Trieste by EuroCity train

The Vienna to Triese train, about to leave Vienna

The EuroCity train from Vienna to Trieste, about to leave Vienna Hbf.

2nd class seats in an open-plan car   Austrian first class seats

One car has 2nd class open-plan seating like this, the other has 6-seat compartments.

 

1st class open-plan seating.  There's just one section of 1st class seats on this train.

Breakfast in the Slovenian restaurant car   Slovenian restaurant car

A Slovenian restaurant car is attached between Vienna & Ljubljana, with freshly-cooked scrambled eggs or omelette.  How about a glass of fizz to go with that?

Between Vienna & Graz the Emona travels over the famous Semmering Railway, opened in 1854 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  See the Vienna to Venice page for more information, photos & video.

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Scenery in Slovenia, between Maribor & Zidani Most.

Option 2, Vienna to Trieste using the Vienna-Venice sleeper train

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Vienna to Sicily

Option 1, Vienna to Sicily using the Vienna-Rome sleeper

Intercity train to Sicily on board the ferry

An Intercity train on board the train ferry sailing towards Sicily.  Courtesy Discoverbyrail.com.

Option 2, Vienna to Sicily by daytime trains with overnight stop in Rome

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Vienna to Barcelona, Madrid & Spain

Option 1, Vienna to Barcelona & Spain via Zurich & Paris - the most time-effective option

Option 2, Vienna to Barcelona & Spain with overnight stop in Geneva

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.

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Vienna to San Sebastian

Option 1, Vienna to San Sebastian using the Vienna-Zurich sleeper - the most time-effective option

Option 2, Vienna to San Sebastian with overnight stop in Paris

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Vienna to Lisbon & Portugal

Option 1, Vienna to Lisbon via Paris

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

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Vienna to Andorra
TGV from Paris Gare Montparnasse to Hendaye, for the train to San Sebastian

Paris to Toulouse by TGV Duplex.  This is a TGV Duplex at Paris Montparnasse. Click the images below for larger photos.

TGV Océane cafe-bar   TGV Océane 2nd class seats

TGV Océane cafe-bar, upper deck car 4 (or 14).

 

TGV Océane 2nd class.

TGV Océane 1st class seats   TGV Océane 1st class seat   TGV Océane 1st class drop-down table

TGV Océane 1st class.  An innovation on TGV Océane, all 1st class seats (except the end ones) rotate to face direction of travel, or can be rotated to make a face-to-face group of 2 or 4 seats.  The drop-down tables open to reveal USB & 2-pin power sockets.

Bus station next to Toulouse Matabiau station   Bus station next to Toulouse Matabiau station

Travel from Toulouse to Andorra by bus, seen at bus stand 15.  The bus station is right next to the rail station.

 

Bus station in Toulouse Matabiau forecourt.  Photos courtesy of Andrew McIntyre.

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Vienna to Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Cologne & Germany from €27.90

Option 1, Vienna to anywhere in Germany by ICE  - the daytime option

An ICE train at Vienna Hbf

An ICE-T to Germany, waiting to leave Vienna Hbf.

1st class table for two on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train   Lunch in the restaurant car on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train

Table for two in 1st class, my favourite configuration.  There are also tables for four in both classes.

 

Lunch in the restaurant.  In 1st class you can choose to be served at your seat.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!

ICE-T train, driving cab   ICE-T train, 2nd class

You can see into the cab at each end of the train.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on an ICE-T.

Scenery from the train

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

Option 2, by Nightjet sleeper train - the comfortable overnight option

Nightjet sleeper train boarding at Vienna Hbf

A Nightjet sleeper at Vienna HbfMore about Nightjet trains.

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

 

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 couchettes   Couchette car on Nightjet sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car.

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Vienna to Berlin from €37.90

Option 1, Vienna to Berlin by ICE train - the daytime option

Vienna to Berlin ICE train

The ICE Berolina.  On the first day of the new timetable, 9 December 2018, the southbound Berolina from Berlin to Vienna has arrived at Vienna Hbf spot on time.  Courtesy Helmut Uttenthaler.

1st class table for two on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train   Lunch in the restaurant car on the Vienna to Berlin ICE train

Table for two in 1st class, my favourite configuration.  There are also tables for four in both classes.

 

Lunch in the restaurant car.  I highly recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!

ICE-T train, driving cab   ICE-T train, 2nd class

You can see into the cab at each end of the train.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on the ICE-T to Vienna.

Option 2, Vienna to Berlin by railjet train departing 13:10 - another comfortable daytime option

Railjet train to Vienna at Berlin Hbf

The southbound railjet Vindobona, about to leave Berlin HbfMore about railjetsCourtesy of Simon Anderson.

Economy seats on a Prague to Vienna Railjet train   1st class seats on a Czech Railjet train

Economy (2nd) class.  Mainly unidirectional seating but with some tables for 4.  All seats have power sockets & free WiFi.  Larger photo.

 

First class.  Mainly unidirectional, with some tables for 2 & tables for 4.  Larger photo

Restaurant car on a Prague-Vienna railjet train   Business class on a Czech railjet train

Restaurant car for snacks, meals, beer, wine, tea & coffee.  You don't need to reserve, just turn up & sit down.  Larger photo.

 

Business class = premium 1st class.  Just 6 seats at one end of the 1st class car. Larger photo.

Option 3, Vienna to Berlin by nightjet sleeper train - the time-effective overnight option

Vienna to Berlin Nightjet sleeper train

Nightjet to Berlin.  On the first day of the new timetable, 9 December 2018, the very first Vienna to Berlin Nightjet prepares to leave Vienna Hbf.  More about NightjetsCourtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

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

 

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 couchettes   Couchette car on Nightjet sleeper train

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

Nightjet couchette car.

Option 4, Vienna to Berlin by day trains with overnight stop in Prague from €37.90

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.

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Vienna to Hamburg

Option 1, Vienna to Hamburg by daytime train:

An ICE train at Vienna Hbf

An ICE-T to Germany, waiting to leave Vienna Hbf.

1st class table for two on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train   Lunch in the restaurant car on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train

Table for two in 1st class, my favourite configuration.  There are also tables for four in both classes.

 

Lunch in the restaurant.  In 1st class you can choose to be served at your seat.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!

ICE-T train, driving cab   ICE-T train, 2nd class

You can see into the cab at each end of the train.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on the ICE-T to Vienna.

Scenery from the train

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

Option 2, Vienna to Hamburg by Nightjet sleeper

New-generation Nightjet train

A new generation Nightjet train, ready to leave.  More about new-generation Nightjets.

Comfort Plus sleeper in new generation Nightjet train   Comfort sleeper in new generation Nightjet train

Comfort Plus sleeper with shower & toilet.

 

Comfort sleeper with shower & toilet

4-berth couchette in new generation Nightjet train   Mini-cabins in new generation Nightjet train

4-berth couchettes.

 

Mini-cabins - enclosed individual capsules.

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Vienna to Munich from €27.90

Option 1, Vienna to Munich by railjet train - the most frequent & fastest option

A railjet train about to leave Vienna

A railjet about to leave Vienna Hbf.  More about railjets.

Business class seats on a railjet train   Railjet restaurant car

Business class.  About business class.

 

Restaurant.  In 1st & business you're served at your seat.

First class seats on a railjet train   Economy class seats on a railjet train

First class.

 

Economy class.

Pleasant farmland scenery between Vienna & Salzburg.

View of Salzburg as the train crosses the River Salzach

This is the view of Salzburg's Fortress Hohensalzburg on your left hand side as the railjet crosses the River Salzach after leaving Salzburg Hbf.

Pleasant Bavarian scenery between Salzburg & Munich.

Option 2, Vienna to Munich by Westbahn - up to 6 per day, cheaper at short notice, great double-deck trains

Westbahn train to Salzburg at Vienna Westbahnhof

WESTbahn double-deck train at Vienna Westbahnhof.

Westbahn first class seats   Westbahn comfort class

First class seats, upper deck.  Seats arranged 2+1 across the car width.  Larger photo.

 

Comfort class, upper deck.  Same seats as 2nd class, but more legroom & all seats are at large tables. Larger photo.

Westbahn train buffet car   Westbahn 2nd class seats

Food vending area, 4 per trainset.  You can buy snacks, drinks, tea & coffee with contactless bank cards.  Larger photo.

 

Standard class seats, upper deck with power sockets & free WiFi.  Seats arranged 2+2 across the car width.  Larger photo.

Option 3, Vienna to Munich by sleeper train - the time-effective option

EuroNight sleeper train Kalman Imre from Budapest to Munich

The Vienna to Munich sleeper train starts in Budapest.  It's seen here at Budapest Keleti.  More about this sleeper train.

The sleeper train from Zurich to Budapest   4-berth couchettes on train to Budapest   6-berth couchettes on train to Budapest

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper, set up as a 2-bed.

 

4-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes.

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Vienna to Passau

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Vienna to Copenhagen, Gothenburg & Stockholm

Option 1, Vienna to Copenhagen in a single day.  Overnight stop, on to Gothenburg & Stockholm next day.

Option 2, Vienna to Stockholm using the Hamburg-Stockholm sleeper train - the time-effective option

Hamburg-StockholmSJ EuroNight at Hamburg Altona   6-berth couchette on the Hamburg-Stockholm SJ night train

The inaugural Hamburg to Stockholm SJ EuroNight train in Hamburg on 1 September 2022. The author rode this first departure.  More about this train.

6-berth couchettes.

Larger photo.

Standard sleeper, set up as a double   Hamburg-StockholmSJ EuroNight at Padborg

2-bed sleeper.  Larger photo.

The inaugural train from Hamburg to Stockholm calls at Padborg, just after entering Denmark.

Scenery from the Hamburg to Stockholm train

Typical Swedish scenery on the morning run into Stockholm.

Option 3, Vienna to Copenhagen, Malmö, Gothenburg or Stockholm with an overnight stop in Hamburg

An ICE train at Vienna Hbf

Step 1, Vienna to Hamburg by ICE-TMore about ICE-T trains.

1st class table for two on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train   Lunch in the restaurant car on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train

Table for two in 1st class, my favourite configuration.  There are also tables for four in both classes.

 

Lunch in the restaurant.  In 1st class you can choose to be served at your seat.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!

ICE-T train, driving cab   ICE-T train, 2nd class

You can see into the cab at each end of the train.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on the ICE-T to Vienna.

Scenery from the train

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

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Copenhagen

Step 2, Hamburg to Copenhagen by EuroCity train.  From June 2023, these trains are temporarily being operated by former German Railways intercity cars and a Danish electric locomotive, until new trains being built by Talgo arrive in 2024.  The current trains have 1st & 2nd class, power sockets at seats, but no catering so bring your own food & drink.  More about the Hamburg-Copenhagen journey.

2nd clas seats on a DB Intercity train

2nd class seats are almost all open-plan like this.  There are a handful of 6-seat 2nd class compartments in one of the coaches, but only a few.

1st class comparment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train   1st class 6-seat compartment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train

The 1st class car has 6-seater compartments like this. Larger photo Larger photo.

An X2000 train at Stockholm Central

Step 3, Copenhagen to Stockholm by tilting 200km/h X2000, seen at Stockholm CentralMore about X2000 trains.

1st class seats on a Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train 2nd class seats on a Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train

1st class on an X2000.  Larger photo.

 

2nd class on an X2000.  Larger photo.

Bistro seating area on a Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train   Bistro seating area on a Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train

Bistro seating on an X2000 train. Larger photo.

 

Bistro on an X2000 train. Larger photo.

On the Oresund link!

Crossing the impressive Öresund bridge from Denmark to Sweden.

Option 4, Vienna to Copenhagen by daytime trains with an overnight stop in Munich

Option 5, Vienna to Copenhagen & Malmö using the Vienna-Hamburg sleeper train

New-generation Nightjet train

Step 1, Vienna to Hamburg by Nightjet sleeper train.  Above, a new generation Nightjet ready to leave.  More about new-generation Nightjets.

Comfort Plus sleeper in new generation Nightjet train   Comfort sleeper in new generation Nightjet train

Comfort Plus sleeper with shower & toilet.

 

Comfort sleeper with shower & toilet

4-berth couchette in new generation Nightjet train   Mini-cabins in new generation Nightjet train

4-berth couchettes.

 

Mini-cabins - enclosed individual capsules.

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Copenhagen

Step 2, Hamburg to Copenhagen by EuroCity train.  From June 2023, these trains are temporarily being operated by former German Railways intercity cars and a Danish electric locomotive, until new trains being built by Talgo arrive in 2024.  The current trains have 1st & 2nd class, power sockets at seats, but no catering so bring your own food & drink.  More about the Hamburg-Copenhagen journey.

2nd clas seats on a DB Intercity train

2nd class seats are almost all open-plan like this.  There are a handful of 6-seat 2nd class compartments in one of the coaches, but only a few.

1st class comparment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train   1st class 6-seat compartment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train

The 1st class car has 6-seater compartments like this. Larger photo Larger photo.

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Vienna to Oslo & Norway

Option 1, Vienna to Oslo with overnight stop in Copenhagen

Option 3, Vienna to Oslo with overnight stop in Hamburg

Option 3, Vienna to Oslo via the Kiel-Oslo cruise ferry - the most comfortable way to Oslo

New-generation Nightjet train

Step 1, Vienna to Hamburg by Nightjet sleeper train & regional train to Kiel.  Above, a new generation Nightjet.  More about new-generation Nightjets.

Comfort Plus sleeper in new generation Nightjet train   Comfort sleeper in new generation Nightjet train

Comfort Plus sleeper with shower & toilet.

 

Comfort sleeper with shower & toilet

4-berth couchette in new generation Nightjet train   Mini-cabins in new generation Nightjet train

4-berth couchettes.

 

Mini-cabins - enclosed individual capsules.

Germany to Oslo Color Line ferry at Kiel

Step 2, sail from Kiel to Oslo with Color Line.  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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Vienna to Helsinki

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

Finnlines ferry Travemunde-Helsinki

Finnlines operate the Finnstar, Finnmaid & Finnlady on the Travemünde-Helsinki route.  Photo courtesy of Hubert Bartkowiak.  Photos below courtesy of Chris Russell.

Cabin on Finnlines ferry Travemunde-Helsinki   Gym on Finnlines ferry   Sauna on Finnlines ferry

Standard cabin.  Larger photo.

 

Gym with a view.

 

Sauna.

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

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Vienna to Prague from €14.90

Option 1, Vienna to Prague by railjet

Option 2, Vienna to Prague by competing RegioJet train

Czech Railjet train to Vienna at Prague Hlavni station

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

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Vienna to Český Krumlov from €12
Changing trains at Ceske Velenice

Changing trains at Ceske Velenice.  That's the double-deck Austrian train from Vienna Franz Josefs Bahnhof arrived the right and the modern Czech regional train to Ceske Budejovice on the left.  Yes, all you have to do is walk across the platform!  Courtesy Colin Penfold.

New GWTR train from Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov

The distinctive orange-and-green GWTR local train from Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov.

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Vienna to Brno from €7

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Vienna to Ostrava

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Vienna to Bratislava for €11.60
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 Hbf.

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Vienna to Poprad-Tatry & Kosice
Intercity train from Bratislava to Poprad Tatry & Kosice, at Bratislava

Slovakian Intercity train at Bratislava Hlavna.

Bar on Bratislava to Poprad Tatry & Kosice train   2nd class open-plan seats on Bratislava to Poprad Tatry & Kosice train

Bar area at one end of the restaurant car.

 

2nd class open-plan seating.

1st class on Bratislava to Poprad Tatry & Kosice train   2nd class compartment on a train from Bratislava to Poprad Tatry & Kosice

1st class open-plan seats.

 

2nd class compartment seating.

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Vienna to Budapest from €9
A railjet train from Vienna to Budapest, arrived at Budapest Keleti

A railjet on platform 9 at Budapest Keleti stationMore about railjets.

First class seats on a railjet train   Economy class seats on a railjet train

First class.  Larger photo.

 

Economy (2nd).  Larger photo.

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Vienna to Sighisoara, Brasov & Bucharest from €58

Option 1, Vienna to Sighisoara, Brasov & Bucharest by Dacia Express sleeper train - safe, comfortable, time-effective & scenic

Dacia Express sleeper at Vienna   Dacia Express 2-berth sleeper compartment

The Dacia Express sleeping-car at Vienna Hbf.  The Dacia has an air-conditioned Romanian sleeping-car of their most modern type.  Each compartment can be sold as a single, double or triple.  Most have a washbasin, two compartments have a shower & toilet.  Beds fold away to form a private sitting room for day use.  Sleeper interior courtesy of Jose Carlos Barbosa.  Larger photo.

Romanian couchette car from Vienna to Bucharest   Dacia Express couchette car

The Dacia Express couchette car, boarding at Vienna Hbf.  There is one Romanian couchette car with 4 & 6-berth compartments, bedding provided.  Larger photo.

Scenery in Transylvania

Transylvania:  The Dacia Express passes villages in rural Transylvania. Courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom.

Dacia Express Carpathian mountains

Carpathian mountains:  Alpine scenery as the Dacia Express passes through the Carpathians. Courtesy @PaliparanDotCom.

Option 2, Vienna to Romania using the sleeper train Ister from Budapest to Brasov & Bucharest - a good alternative

Option 3, Vienna to Romania with an overnight stop in Budapest - if you prefer day trains & hotel to sleepers

The daytime train from Budapest to Bucharest

The Intercity train Traianus from Budapest to Bucharest, boarding at Budapest Keleti.   Three modern air-conditioned Romanian carriages travel all the way, additional cars are attached whilst in Hungary, and additional cars and a bar car are attached between Drobeta Turnu Severin & Bucharest.

The 'Transylvania' train to Brasov about to leave Budapest   2nd class on the Budapest to Bucharest train

On the left, the daytime train to Bucharest is about to leave Budapest Keleti.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on the Budapest to Bucharest train.  There are power outlets under the tables.  Larger photo.

Bar stools on the Budapest to Bucharest train   Bar car on the Budapest to Bucharest train

A bar car is attached between Drobeta Turnu Severin & Bucharest.  Photos courtesy of @AndyBTravels, DiscoverByRail.com.

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Vienna to Bled, Ljubljana & Slovenia

Option 1, by direct EuroCity train Emona

The Vienna to Triese EuroCity train Emona, about to leave Vienna

The EuroCity train Emona to Ljubljana about to leave Vienna Hbf, with its Slovenian restaurant car in the foreground and two Slovenian cars in rear.  The Austrian cars are ahead of the restaurant car.

Lunch in Slovenian restaurant car   Slovenian restaurant car

The Emona has a Slovenian restaurant car with inexpensive freshly-cooked scrambled eggs or omelette.  How about a glass of fizz to go with that?

2nd class seats in an open-plan car   Austrian first class seats

2nd class open-plan seating.  Seats in classic 6-seat  compartments are also available.

 

1st class open-plan seating.  There's just one section of 1st class seats on this train.

Between Vienna & Graz the Emona travels over the famous Semmering Railway, opened in 1854 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  See the Vienna to Venice page for more information, photos & video.

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Scenery in Slovenia, between Maribor & Zidani Most.

Option 2, Vienna to Bled & Ljubljana with a change of train

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Vienna to Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik & Croatia

Option 1, Vienna to Zagreb & Croatia, every day all year round

EuroCity train Croatia from Vienna to Zagreb

Vienna to Zagreb on the Croatia:  This is the EuroCity train Croatia about to leave Vienna Hbf for Zagreb.

 

1st class open-plan seating.  1st class seats in classic 6-seat  compartments are also available.

 

2nd class compartment seating.  Seats in open plan saloon cars also available

Austrian restaurant car   Meal in an Austrian restaurant car on a Munich-Verona train

The elegant Austrian restaurant car. Larger photo.

Dinner with wine on board.

Between Vienna & Graz the Croatia travels over the famous Semmering Railway, opened in 1854 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  See the Vienna to Venice page for more information, photos & video.

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Scenery in Slovenia, between Maribor & Zidani Most.

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Sevnica Castle, seen from the train between Zidani Most & Zagreb.

An ICN train Zagreb at Split station   1st class seats on the fast tilting ICN train from Zagreb to Split

Zagreb to Split by train:  These fast, tilting, air-conditioned ICN trains link Zagreb & Split once or twice a day through great scenery.  Above right, first class seats.  You can now buy tickets online at www.hzpp.hr.

Scenery seen from the Zagreb-Split train

Scenery between Zagreb and Split seen from the train.  Photo courtesy of Páraic Maguire.

Option 2, Vienna to Split by direct sleeper train (for bus to Dubrovnik), 3 times per week in summer - recommended

Scenery from the Vienna-Split train

What a journey!  Scenery between Zagreb & Split seen from the sleeper train.  Photos courtesy of Rob Romans.

Sleeping-car on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split   Sleeper compartment on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split

The comfortable air-conditioned Slovakian sleeping-cars on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split, arrived at Split station.  Each compartment can be sold as a single, double or triple, and comes with soap, towel, fully-made up beds and a washbasin.  A light breakfast is included. Larger photo. Photo of 2-berth, courtesy of Michael Allsop.

Couchette compartment, of sort used on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split   Couchette car on the train from Bratislava & Vienna to Split

A couchette car on the train from Bratislava & Vienna, arrived at Split. Larger photo.

Option 3, Vienna to Split using the Budapest-Split sleeper train Adria, 3 times per week in summer - if option 2 is fully-booked or expensive

The Adria from Budapest to Split approaching Split

The Adria from Budapest to Split approaches Split.  Photo courtesy of Rebecca Lacey.

2-bed sleeper   Restaurant car on the Adria

2-bed sleeper of type used on the Adria.

 

Classic restaurant car. Courtesy Rebecca Lacey

The Adria from Budapest arrived at Split station

The Adria from Budapest arrived at Split station.  So much nicer than a flight!  Courtesy of Rebecca Lacey.

Option 4, Vienna to Croatia using the Regiojet sleeper from Bratislava to Rijeka - summer only, 3 per week

Regiojet overnight train   Regiojet couchette compartment

The holiday train.  Above left, Regiojet overnight train at Prague Hlavni.  Above right, a 4-berth couchette compartment on this train, in daytime mode.  The seat back hinges up to form the upper berths.

Regiojet arrived in Croatia   Berth on the Regiojet train to Croatia

Arrived in Croatia.

 

Couchette.

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Vienna to Belgrade & Montenegro

Option 1, Vienna to Belgrade with overnight stop in Zagreb

EuroCity train Croatia from Vienna to Zagreb

Step 1, Vienna to Zagreb on the Croatia:  This is the EuroCity train Croatia about to leave Vienna Hbf for Zagreb.

 

1st class open-plan seating as used on the Croatia.  1st class seats in classic 6-seat  compartments are also available.

 

2nd class compartment seating as used on the Croatia.  Seats in open plan saloon cars also available

Between Vienna & Graz the Croatia travels over the famous Semmering Railway, opened in 1854 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  See the Vienna to Venice page for more information, photos & video.

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Scenery in Slovenia, between Maribor & Zidani Most.

Scenery from the train between Zagreb and Vienna

Sevnica Castle, seen from the train between Zidani Most & Zagreb.

2nd class seats in a Serbian air-conditioned train   The train from Belgrade to Zagreb & Zurich, about to leave Belgrade

Step 2, Zagreb to Belgrade by Serbian train.  There's no catering, so bring your own food & drink.

Option 2, Vienna to Belgrade with overnight stop in Budapest - slower, but by train all the way

Serbian local train of the type used between Subotica and Novi Sad

Serbian local train of the type used between Szeged & Subotica and Subotica & Novi Sad.  They are air-conditioned, 2nd class only, with toilets.  Courtesy of @AndyBTravels, DiscoverByRail.com.

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Vienna to Sofia

Option 1, Vienna to Sofia via Bucharest

Option 2, Vienna to Sofia via Belgrade

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Vienna to Warsaw from €42.90

Option 1, Vienna to Warsaw by daytime train - the leisurely daytime option

Morning EuroCity train from Vienna to Warsaw

A EuroCity train from Vienna to Warsaw & Gydnia at Vienna Hbf.  On these PKP Polish Railways cars, the green stripe above the windows indicates 2nd class.  Yellow indicates first class, red indicates a 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

The Sobieksi has a restaurant car.

Option 2, Vienna to Warsaw by sleeper train - safe, comfortable, time-effective

Modern Polish sleeping-car

The modern Polish sleeping-car from Vienna to Warsaw, boarding at Vienna Hbf.

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 3-berth, can also be set up 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, Vienna to Warsaw using the Bratislava-Warsaw sleeper - often cheaper than option 2 and you get to bed earlier!

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Vienna to Krakow from €32.90

Option 1, Vienna to Krakow by daytime train - morning departure

The morning train from Vienna to Krakow

The morning train from Vienna to Krakow, about to leave Vienna Hbf.

Austrian restaurant car   Meal in an Austrian restaurant car on a Munich-Verona train

Austrian restaurant car.  Larger photo.

Lunch with wine on board.

2nd class seats in an open-plan car   2nd class seats in 6-seat compartments

2nd class seats in an open-plan saloon.  Some of the Austrian Vienna-Krakow cars are like this.  Larger photo.

 

2nd class seats in a compartment.  Other Vienna-Krakow cars are like this. Larger photo.

Option 2, Vienna to Krakow by daytime train - afternoon departure

The Danubius from Vienna to Krakow

Step 2, Vienna to Warsaw or Krakow by EuroCity train.  This is the Danubius to Krakow at Vienna Hbf on a winter afternoon.  That's the Czech through car to Wroclaw nearest the camera, the Polish cars to Krakow are ahead of it.  Courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

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.

Option 3, Vienna to Krakow by sleeper train - the time-effective option

Modern Polish sleeping-car

The modern Polish sleeping-car from Vienna to Krakow & Warsaw, boarding at Vienna Hbf.

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 3-berth, can also be set up 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 4, Vienna to Krakow using the Bratislava-Krakow sleeper - often cheaper than option 2 and you get to bed earlier!

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Vienna to Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn

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Vienna to Lviv, Kyiv & Ukraine

Option 1, Vienna to Lviv & Kyiv by direct sleeping-car, still running in spite of the war.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass

Boarding the Vienna to Kyiv sleeping-car at Vienna Hbf.  The Ukrainian sleeping-car to Lviv & Kyiv is attached to the back of a EuroCity train to Zahony.

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

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

 

The sleeper corridor.  Courtesy Helmut Uttenthaler.

 

A comfortable 1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car has its wheels changed at Chop

The Vienna-Kyiv sleeper is jacked up to have its bogies changed at Chop on the Ukrainian border.  Photo Helmut Uttenthaler.

The Vienna-Kiev sleeping-car at Kiev Pass

The Vienna-Kyiv sleeping-car arrived Kyiv Pass.  Photos courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

Option 2, Vienna to Lviv using the Vienna-Lviv daytime connection, useful when the direct sleeping-cars are full

 Option 3, Vienna to Lviv & Kyiv using the Vienna-Chop daytime train then sleeper, useful when the direct sleeping-cars are full

 Option 4, Vienna to Lviv & Kyiv with overnight stop in Krakow - comfortable, easily booked online & usually has availability

06:50 Intercity train from Kiev to Lviv   1st class seats on the 06:50 train from Kiev to Lviv

Intercity train, Przemysl-Lviv-Kyiv.

 

1st class. Larger photo. Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

2nd class seats on the 06:50 train from Kiev to Lviv   Cafe countrer on the 06:50 Intercity train Kiev to Lviv

2nd class. Larger photo. Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.

 

Cafe counter. Larger photo. Courtesy DiscoverByRail.

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Vienna to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia

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Vienna to Athens & Greece

Option 1, Vienna to Athens & Greece via ferry from Italy - currently the most practical route

Superfast ferry from Bari to Patras in Greece

The ferry Superfast II from Bari to Patras, boarding at Bari.  Photos courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

Boarding the ferry from Italy to Greece   Lounge and reception desk on the ferry to Greece

The passenger gangway, onto the ferry.

 

Reception desk & lounge on the ferry.

Lounge & bar on the ferry from Italy to Greece   Self-service restaurant on the ferry from Italy to Greece

Lounge and bar on the Superfast II.

 

Self-service restaurant.

En suite toilet & shower on ferry to Greece   Cabin on ferry from Italy to Greece

Private cabin with en suite toilet & shower.

Scenic views from the ferry from Italy to Greece

The ferry passes Cephalonia & Ithaca then approaches mainland Greece.  This is what travel to Greece should be like!

The ferry from Bari arrives at Patras

The ferry approaches the new port of Patras.

Option 2, Vienna to Athens & Greece by train through the Balkans - currently suspended

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Vienna to Istanbul & Turkey

Option 1, Vienna to Istanbul via Budapest & Bucharest - 3 nights, 2 days, currently the most viable route

Option 2, Vienna to Istanbul via Belgrade & Sofia

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Railbookers custom-made tours

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 flag  UK call 0207 864 4600, www.railbookers.co.uk.

US flag  US call free 1-888-829-4775, see website.

Canadian flag  Canada call free 1-855-882-2910, see website.

Australian flag  Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, see website.

New Zealand flag  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 000 554 or see website.

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Hotels in Vienna

Hotels near Vienna Hbf

Hotels close to the sights

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

Booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site and I generally use it to book all my hotels in one place.  I've come to trust booking.com's review scores, you won't be disappointed with any hotel that scores 8.0 or more.  Crucially, booking.com usually lets you book with free cancellation, which means you can confirm accommodation risk-free before train booking opens and/or you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when planning a trip.  I never book hotels non-refundably!

Backpacker hostels

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 most cities at rock-bottom prices.

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