Westbahn train from Vienna to Salzburg

A Westbahn train to Salzburg at Vienna Westbahnhof.  Just €34.50 paid on board or €33.50 bought online...

Buy train tickets from Vienna to Salzburg

Easy by train - with a choice of two operators...

Two competing operators link Vienna with Salzburg, the State-owned ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) and private operator Westbahn.  This page explains which operator to choose and how to buy tickets.

small bullet point  Which operator to choose?

small bullet point  How to check train times

small bullet point  How much does it cost?

small bullet point  How to buy tickets

small bullet point  What are the Westbahn trains like?

small bullet point  What are the ÖBB railjets like?

small bullet point  Route map

small bullet point  Travel tips:  Luggage, WiFi, food & drink...

small bullet point  Travel tip:  The scenic route via Leoben

small bullet point  Vienna to other European cities by train

small bullet point  Salzburg to other European cities by train

small bullet point  Hotels in Salzburg - hotel suggestions

Which operator to choose?

How to check times...

How much does it cost?

 Operator...  Frequency & journey time...  Fare...

 ÖBB = Austrian

 Federal Railways

 1 ÖBB railjet per hour taking 2h22

 1 ÖBB railjet per hour taking 2h53

 To/from Vienna Hbf.

 Advance-purchase:

 From €19 upwards in 2nd class, €29 upwards in 1st class.

 Specified train only, no refunds, no changes to travel plans.

 Standard price:

 €55.60 in 2nd class, €97.30 in 1st class.

 Unlimited availability, good for any train, can buy on the day.

 WESTbahn =

 privately-owned

 open-access

 competitor.

 1 train per hour taking 2h28

 to/from Vienna Westbahnhof.

Westbahn trains to/from

 Vienna Hbf were discontinued

in December 2019.

Advance-purchase:

€19.99  bought in advance at www.thetrainline.com or www.westbahn.at.

Specified train only, no refunds, no changes to travel plans.

Standard price:

 €34.50 bought online.

 €33.50 if bought on board the train.

 Unlimited availability, good for any train, can buy on the day.

 For WESTbahn Plus (1st class) you pay standard price + €19.90.

Children on WESTbahn:  Children under 6 go free, no ticket required.  Children under 15 pay only €1 if accompanied by a parent or guardian paying any type of adult fare.  However, children pay the full WESTbahn Plus supplement to go 1st class.

Children on ÖBB:  Children under 6 go free, no ticket required.  Children under 15 also go free if accompanied by an adult with a Sparschiene fare as long as the child was included in the booking so mentioned on your ticket.  If you buy a full flex ticket on the day, children under 15 pay half the adult full-flex fare.

How to buy WESTbahn tickets...

How To buy ÖBB tickets...

Westbahn double-decker trains Click here for virtual tour...

WESTbahn trains are smart modern double-deckers, with 2nd class, 1st class (called WESTbahn Plus) and four automated catering areas in each train set.  For more information on these trains and amenities, see www.westbahn.at.  Westbahn Plus seats are arranged as tables for four each side of a central aisle, but with the two aisle seats always marked off as not in use.  So a couple gets a table for four, for two so can spread out - see WESTbahn Plus photo here!

Westbahn train stairs to upper deck   Westbahn train to Salzburg at Vienna

Stairs to upper deck...

 

WESTbahn double-decker train to Salzburg at Vienna Westbahnhof...

Westbahn train buffet car   Westbahn train 2nd class seats on upper deck

Food vending area, 4 per trainset.  Larger photo.

 

Upper deck seats.  Larger photo...

ÖBB railjets:  See photos & tips on the railjet info page...

railjet train to Salzburg at Vienna Hbf

A railjet at Vienna Hbf.

Vienna-Salzburg railjet train, 1st class   Vienna-Salzburg railjet train, business class   Railjet restaurant car

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

The restaurant...

Vienna-Salzburg railjet train, exterior   Vienna-Salzburg railjet train, economy class

A railjet arrived at the impressive modern Vienna Hbf spot on time.  More photos & information about railjet trains

 

Economy class on railjet, in open saloons with large windows.  Some seats around tables, most unidirectional.

Route map...

Highlighted = Vienna-Salzburg main line.  Green = scenic sections of lineRed = new high-speed line.

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

Travel tips...

Or take the scenic route via Leoben...


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