Railjet train from Prague to Vienna

Buy Prague-Vienna
train tickets

from €14 ($18, Ł13)

at www.trainline.eu

From €29 in first class

From €44 in business class

Or buy Regiojet tickets

from €15 ($18, Ł14)

at www.regiojet.com

Vienna to Prague in 3h58 from €14...

Modern air-conditioned railjet trains link Vienna Hbf with Prague Hlavni every couple of hours taking just 3h58 from city centre to city centre with free WiFi & draught beer on tap.  As fast as flying, but much cheaper and far more enjoyable - and vastly superior to a long-distance bus.  The excellent railjets are run jointly by CD (Czech Railways) & ÖBB (Austrian Railways).  There's also an overnight sleeper which saves a hotel bill.

And there's now a new kid on the block.  From December 2017, private open-access operator Regiojet runs up to 4 daily trains in competition with CD & ÖBB's railjets with fares from €15.  This page explains the options.

Information on this page current for 2018.

  Train times

  Should you choose a CD/ÖBB railjet, Regiojet or sleeper train?

  Option 1, by railjet with national operators CD & ÖBB

  How much does it cost?

  How to buy tickets

  What are the railjet trains like?  

  Travel tips

  Option 2, by competing Regiojet train...

  Who are Regiojet?

  How much does it cost?

  How to buy tickets

  What are the Regiojet trains like?

  Option 3, by overnight sleeping-car...

Train times Prague ► Vienna

 Prague ► Vienna - CD & ÖBB railjets & sleeper

 

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Mon-Sat

daily

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 Prague Hlavni depart:

04:49

06:51

08:51

10:51

12:51

14:51

16:51

18:51

23:57

 Vienna Hbf arrive:

08:49

10:49

12:49

14:49

16:49

18:49

20:49

22:49

07:00

 Prague ► Vienna - new RegioJet trains

 

RegioJet

RegioJet

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Mon-Sat

daily

daily

daily

 Prague Hlavni depart:

05:21

09:21

13:21

16:21

 Vienna Hbf arrive:

09:23

13:23

17:23

20:23

Train times Vienna ► Prague

 Vienna ► Prague - CD & ÖBB railjets & sleeper

 

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sleeper

 

daily

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daily

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 Vienna Hbf depart:

07:10

09:10

11:10

13:10

15:10

17:10

19:10

22:10

 Prague Hlavni arrive:

11:07

13:07

15:07

17:07

19:07

21:07

23:14

06:04

 Vienna ► Prague - new RegioJet trains

 

RegioJet

RegioJet

RegioJet

RegioJet

 

Mon-Sat

daily

daily

daily

 Vienna Hbf depart:

06:30

10:30

14:30

18:30

 Prague Hlavni arrive:

10:42

14:42

18:42

22:39

Times shown above apply from 10 December 2017 onwards into 2018.

Sleeper = conveys sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments, see below.

Always check times for your date of travel at www.cd.cz or www.trainline.eu or (for Regiojet) www.regiojet.com.

Should you choose a railjet, RegioJet or sleeper train?

Option 1. by railjet run by national rail operators CD & ÖBB...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets www.trainline.eu or www.cd.cz...

What are the railjet trains like?

The Prague-Vienna train service is operated jointly by Czech Railways (CD) & Austrian Railways (ÖBB).  Most departures are operated by blue Czech Railways railjet trains as shown below, a couple are operated by red Austrian Railways railjet trains as shown on the Austrian railjet page - I explain how to check whether your departure will be Czech or Austrian railjet in the travel tips section below.  Railjets are capable of 230 km/h (143 mph), but they don't exceed 160 km/h (100 mph) in the Czech Republic.  They're push-pull trains, which means they have a powerful electric locomotive at one end and a driving cab at the other, so they can go in either direction.  See virtual tour inside a Czech Railways railjet...

Czech Railjet train to Vienna at Prague Hlavni station

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

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 as shown here.  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.  There's waiter-service at tables or order at the counter & take back to your seat.  Larger photo.

 

Business class = premium 1st class.  Just 6 seats at one end of the 1st class car.  Same seats but very different layout from business class on Austrian railjetLarger photo.

Prague to Vienna railjet train at Prague Hlavni station

Travel tips...

  Draught beer on Prague to Vienna train!
 

The restaurant car has draught beer on tap!

  Luggage rack on Prague to Vienna railjet train
 

There are luggage racks in several locations within each car - plenty of room for large suitcases, accessible throughout the journey...

 
 

On-board TV screens tell you the train number, car number, destination, calling points and even the speed of the train...

Draught beer on Prague to Vienna train!

The restaurant car has draught beer on tap!

Luggage rack on Prague to Vienna railjet train

There are luggage racks in several locations within each car - plenty of room for large suitcases, accessible throughout the journey...

On-board TV screens tell you the train number, car number, destination, calling points and even the speed of the train...

Option 2, by open-access operator Regiojet...

Who are Regiojet?

Regiojet is a private Czech travel company, part of Student Agency which also operates long distance bus services to, from and within the Czech Republic.  Under EU law, any company with the necessary licences can now operate international train services in competition with the state-owned national operators.  The Czech government opened up domestic Czech routes to competition some years ago and Regiojet has been running trains within the Czech Republic & Slovakia since 2009.  Regiojet's new Prague-Vienna service started in December 2017, their first foray into international trains outside the Czech Republic & Slovakia.

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

What are Regiojet trains like?

A RegioJet train to Prague at Vienna Hbf

A RegioJet train to Prague about to leave Vienna Hbf...

Business class on a RegioJet train from Vienna to Prague   Relax class on a Vienna-Prague RegioJet train

Business class compartment.  Larger photo 360° photo.

 

Relax class seating.  Larger photo 360° photo..

Standard class astra car on a Vienna to Prague RegioJet train   Regiojet train at Prague

Standard class Astra car.  Larger photo360° photo.

Regiojet Astra car at Vienna...

Standard class children's compartment on a RegioJet train   Standard class on a Vienna to Prague RegioJet train

Standard class children's compartment.  Larger photo.

 

Standard class compartment.  Larger photo 360° photo.

Regiojet train to Prague at Vienna Hbf   Low-cost class class seats on a RegioJet train

Regiojet train at Vienna Hbf.

 

Low-Cost class Larger photo.

Option 3, by overnight sleeping-car...

As the daytime trains now take under 4 hours it's hardly necessary to use a sleeper - especially with CD/ÖBB and RegioJet fighting it out on frequency, quality & price.  But there's still a comfortable modern overnight sleeping-car service, and of course it saves a hotel bill.  The overnight train also has ordinary seats (although no couchettes) but you should always book a bed in the sleeper for comfort & security - in a cosy sleeper berth you'll be snug & safe.

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets

What is the sleeping-car like?

The Vienna-Prague overnight train has a modern Czech Comfortline sleeping-car, see the photos below.  It has 9 standard compartments with washbasin and 3 deluxe compartments which are virtually identical but have a compact shower & toilet instead of the washstand.  All compartments have a hotel-style card-key lock and a security deadlock, and there's a power socket in each compartment for laptops & mobiles.  Bottled water, soap & towels are provided, and there's a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in the regular sleepers.  See Comfortline sleeper berth layout & numbering planExterior photo courtesy of Shaiq Ali Khan.

The sleeper train from Zurich to Prague

City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper   City Night Line standard (economy) sleeper in day mode   City Night Line deluxe sleeper, private toilet & shower   Comfortline sleeper corridor

Standard sleeper set up as a 2-berth, with blind down & washstand open.  Each room can be used with 1, 2 or 3 beds.  Enlarge photo.

 

The same sleeper with berths folded away & seats folded out, washstand closed.  Very similar to a deluxe, but without the shower & toilet.

 

Deluxe sleepers are similar to standard ones, but with a fraction more floorspace & compact shower & toilet instead of washstand.

 

Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car.  There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers.



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