What is railjet?

RailJet is Austrian Railways (ÖBB's) high-speed train, capable of 230 km/h (143 mph) where the route allows.  RailJet trains operate on the following routes:

Munich Hbf - Salzburg - Linz - Vienna Hbf - Budapest Keleti

Zurich HB - Innsbruck - Salzburg - Linz - Vienna Hbf - Budapest Keleti

Vienna Hbf - Klagenfurt - Udine - Venice Santa Lucia.

Prague Hlavni - Vienna Hbf - Graz (some trains on this route are blue Czech Railways railjets)

What's it like on board a railjet?

RailJet is unusual as it has 3 classes, economy class, first class & business class, all with free WiFi.  Business class is a premium first class.  The train is all non-smoking.  Wheelchair-accessible toilets and several wheelchair spaces are available in each train.  Business class was called Premium class until 2012.

The morning RailJet train about to leave Munich   RailJet about to leave Zurich for Vienna

All aboard!  A morning railJet about to leave Munich for Vienna & Budapest.  Munich Hauptbahnhof is just 15 minutes walk from Munich's famous Dom & Marienplatz.

 

RailJet from Switzerland...  A railJet about to leave Zurich for Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna.  railjets are 'push-pull', with a locomotive at one end & a driving cab (shown here) at the other.

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

2nd class (economy)...

Open-plan seating arranged 2+2 across the car width, most unidirectional but with some tables for 4.  All seats have power sockets and a fixed or drop-down table.  Large luggage racks are located at various points within the seating area, see the photo of the luggage rack in 1st class below, it's the same in all classes.  See larger photoSee the seat numbering plan here.

 

1st class...

1st class has reclining leather seats arranged 2+1 across the car width, with tables for 2, tables for 4 people and some unidirectional seats.  There are power sockets & tables at all seats.  A complimentary welcome drink of fruit juice is included.  Food & drink orders are taken from the restaurant menu & served at your seat, although meals aren't included in the fare.  See larger photo See panorama photoSee the seat numbering plan here.

 

There are luggage racks like this in all classes...

 

1st class with tables for 2 & 4 and unidirectional seats.  Larger photo.

Business class (premium 1st)...

You pay an extra €15 on top of any 1st class fare to get a business class seat, which automatically includes a reserved seat.  Most railjets have only 14 business class seats (half of one car):  A carpeted corridor runs down one side of the car, off which open several spacious 3 or 4 seat semi-compartments, semi because the compartments have no door and partitions are not ceiling-high.  Each semi-compartment has very comfortable reclining leather armchairs with adjustable footrests & fold-out armrest table.  On a few of the latest railjets (including those used on the Vienna-Venice route) there are just 6 business class seats, arranged open-plan 1+1 across the car width at one end of the train.  There are power sockets & reading lights at all seats.  A complimentary welcome drink of wine or fruit juice is included.  Food & drink orders  are taken from the restaurant menu and served at your seat, although meals aren't included in the fare.  If you don't mind the extra cost, business class is highly recommended!  Note that only certain booking sites can book business class (for example www.oebb.at where you select a 1st class fare then choose a business class reservation), but if you have a first class ticket you can find any empty seat and ask to pay the €15 supplement on board.  See larger photo See panorama photoSee the seat numbering plan here.

 

Bistro-restaurant car...

Anyone in any class can buy food & drink at the counter to take back to their seat or you can sit down and use the small waiter-service restaurant area.  However, in 1st & Business classes there's no need to go to the restaurant car, staff will take your order and serve you from the restaurant menu at your seat.  Food is served on proper china with metal cutlery - no airline plastic here.  The Budweiser (the Czech real thing, not the American version) & Paulaner beers are very good.  You can check the latest menu & prices at the caterers website www.henryamzug.com/de/speisekarten.

RailJet restaurant car   Meal & drinks are served at seat in first & premium classes

Restaurant & bar counter area.  See larger photo.

 

Food orders are taken & served at seat in 1st & business.

Travel tips for railjet...

What is the Munich - Salzburg - Vienna - Budapest journey like?

The train soon leaves the Munich suburbs behind and snakes through pretty Bavarian countryside, past tiny villages nestling in green valleys, picturesque chalets and Bavarian churches with tall, slender spires.  Approaching Salzburg the Alps come into view, making a great backdrop to your train ride, often with snow on the highest peaks even in June.  Just before arriving at Salzburg the train crosses the Salzach river - look to the right for great views of Salzburg's citadel & castle (see the photo below).  Soon after Salzburg the train leaves the Alps behind and snakes through hilly Austrian scenery, past Austrian churches with their bulbous spires, so different from those in Bavaria.  The train calls at Linz before reaching its maximum 200 km/h (125mph) speed on the fastest part of the journey, then it slows down again through more green hilly countryside into Vienna.  From Vienna to Budapest the landscape is flat, wide open farmland, now sporting more wind turbines that you've ever seen before, allegedly over 200.  Just before arriving in Budapest the train crosses the Danube, although a modern road bridge obscures the view along the river.  The train normally keeps good time, so expect an on-time arrival into Budapest's historic Keleti station, built 1881-1884.

Bavarian scenery between Munich & Salzburg...

View of Salzburg from the train   TV screen showing the train's location   TV screen showing speed

Salzburg...  This is the view of Salzburg as the railjet crosses the Salzach river approaching Salzburg station...

 

TV screens show the arrival times at the next station stops, the train's current speed, and maps show your current location...

Pleasant farmland scenery in Austria...

Between Vienna & Budapest it's largely flat.  This photo pretty much sums up that whole route!

A Railjet driving trailer end   Food on a Railjet

A railjet driving trailer end...

 

A meal served at one's seat...

Video guide:  A journey by railjet from Zurich to Innsbruck via the Arlberg Pass

This video shows all three classes on railjet and the wonderful scenery through the Arlberg Pass between Zurich and Innsbruck, en route to Salzburg & Vienna.  Note that since this video was made, Premium class has been renamed Business class and the bistro area has been replaced with proper restaurant tables.

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