Railjet train from Prague to Vienna

Buy Prague-Vienna
train tickets

from €14 ($18, Ł13)

at www.cd.cz

or www.oebb.at

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 with restaurant car link Vienna Hbf with Prague Hlavni every couple of hours taking just 3h58 from city centre to city centre with free WiFi and draught beer on tap.  It's as fast as flying, but much cheaper and far more enjoyable - and vastly superior to a cramped long-distance bus.  These excellent railjets are jointly run by CD (Czech Railways) & ÖBB (Austrian Railways).  There's also an overnight sleeping-car which saves a hotel bill, although with the railjets taking under 4 hours it's hardly necessary to travel overnight.

From 10 December 2017 there's a new kid on the block.  Private open-access operator Regiojet will start running up to four daily trains in competition with CD's & ÖBB's railjets, with fares from just €15.  This page explains all the options.

  Train times

  Which to choose: Railjet, Regiojet or sleeper train?

  1. By railjet, run by national rail operators CD & ÖBB

  How much does it cost?

  How to buy tickets

  What's it like on board the Railjet trains?  

  Travel tips

  2. By competing Regiojet train...

  How much does it cost?

  How to buy tickets

  What's it like on board the Regiojet trains?

  3. By overnight sleeping-car...

Train times Prague ► Vienna

 Prague ► Vienna - CD & ÖBB national rail operators

 

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sleeper

 

Mon-Sat

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

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 service

 

RegioJet

RegioJet

RegioJet

RegioJet

 

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 national rail operators

 

railjet

railjet

railjet

railjet

railjet

railjet

railjet

sleeper

 

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

 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 service

 

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.  The Regiojet trains are all-new, starting 10 December 2017.

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.oebb.at or (for Regiojet) www.regiojet.com.

Should you choose a Railjet, Regiojet or sleeper train?

1.  By railjet, run by national rail operators CD & ÖBB...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

What's it like on a Czech railjet train?

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 usually 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.  See larger photo.

 

First class...  Mainly unidirectional, but with some tables for 2 & tables for 4 as shown here.  See 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.  See 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 railjetSee larger 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...

2.  By open-access operator Regiojet...

The EU is opening up train services to competition, so that any company with the necessary licences can start an international train service in competition with the state-owned national train operators - this is called 'open access'.  The Czech government opened up domestic train routes to competition some years ago, and  Regiojet has been running open-access trains within the Czech Republic & Slovakia since 2009.  It's part of Czech travel company Student Agency which also operates long distance bus services.  This is Regiojet's first foray into international trains outside the Czech Republic & Slovakia.

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

What are the trains like?

  Regiojet train at Prague

Astra car on a Regiojet train.  See larger photo.

Courtesy of Nicholas Brooke.

A Regiojet train at Prague in its distinctive yellow and grey colours...

3. By overnight sleeping-car...

Now that the daytime trains take less than 4 hours it's hardly necessary to use a sleeper - especially with the railjets and Regiojet fighting it out on frequency, quality and price.  But there's still a comfortable modern sleeping-car service if you like, 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 both comfort & security - in a cosy sleeper berth you'll be both snug and safe.

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets

What is the sleeping-car like?

The sleeping-car used on the Vienna-Prague route is a modern Czech Comfortline sleeping-car, see the photos below.  It has 9 standard compartments with washstand 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 bit 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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