Railjet train from Prague to Vienna

Buy Prague-Vienna
train tickets

from €14.90 ($18, Ł13)

at www.thetrainline.com

From €29.90 in first class

From €44.90 in business class

Buy Regiojet tickets

from €15 ($18, Ł14)

at www.regiojet.com

Vienna to Prague from €14.90...

Modern air-conditioned railjet trains link Vienna Hbf with Prague Hlavni every couple of hours, 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).

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

COVID-19 update:  Normal service has resumed, but always check online.  More COVID-19 travel info.

small bullet point  Train times

small bullet point  Should you choose a railjet or Regiojet?

small bullet point  Route map

small bullet point  Option 1, by railjet train with national operators CD & ÖBB

    How much does it cost?

    How to buy tickets

    What are the railjet trains like?  

    Travel tips

small bullet point  Option 2, by competing private operator Regiojet...

    Who are Regiojet?

    How much does it cost?

    How to buy tickets

    What are the Regiojet trains like?

    Watch the video

Train times Prague ► Vienna

 Prague ► Vienna - CD & ÖBB railjets

 

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 Prague Hlavni (main station) depart:

04:22

06:22

08:22

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12:22

16:22

18:22

 Prague Holesovice depart:

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10:26

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 Vienna Hbf arrive:

08:49

10:49

12:49

14:49

16:49

20:49

22:49

 Prague ► Vienna - RegioJet trains

 

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daily

daily

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 Prague Hlavni depart:

04:49

08:49

12:49

15:46

 Vienna Hbf arrive:

09:21

13:21

17:21

20:21

Train times Vienna ► Prague

 Vienna ► Prague - CD & ÖBB railjets

 

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 Vienna Hbf depart:

07:10

09:10

11:10

13:10

15:10

17:10

19:10

 Prague Holesovice arrive:

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17:33

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 Prague Hlavni (main station) arrive:

11:38

13:38

15:38

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19:38

21:38

23:38

 Vienna ► Prague - RegioJet trains

 

RegioJet

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daily

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 Vienna Hbf depart:

06:39

10:39

14:39

18:39

 Prague Hlavni arrive:

11:04

15:13

19:17

23:04

These times apply from 6 April 2020 to 11 December 2021.

Update 2021-2022:  Normal journey time is around 4h05, but from April 2021 all these trains are diverted via Havlíčkův Brod rather than the normal faster route through Česká Třebová, while the latter line is rebuilt.  This will take a couple of years.  The diversion adds 20 minutes or so, the timetable above includes this.

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

Which to choose, railjet or RegioJet?

Route map...

Prague to Vienna train route map

 

Click for larger map

Highlighted = Prague to Vienna, normal route. 

Important:  From April 2021, trains are diverted via Havlíčkův Brod for a couple of years due to work on the route through Česká Třebová.

Green = scenic sections of line

Reproduced from the European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.  I recommend buying a copy of this map for your travels, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.

European Rail Timetable and map


Option 1, by CD & ÖBB railjet...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

What are the railjets 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 few 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.  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...

  Train information screen
 

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.  Watch the Regiojet video.

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.

Orchid in the toilet on a Regiojet train   Low-cost class class seats on a RegioJet train

I think all trains should have orchids in the loo...

 

Low-Cost class Larger photo.

Regiojet train from Prague to Vienna, at Prague Hlavni

Regiojet train to Vienna, at Prague Hlavni...

VideoVienna to Prague by Regiojet train...


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