Traveling by rail is the best way to discover Austria. It's a country of incredible natural beauty, with elegant cities like Vienna and Salzburg, and centuries of history just waiting to be discovered. Travel with your Eurail pass, and find out all of the treasures awaiting you in this exciting country.
Traveling by train in Austria
Austria quick facts
Population: 8.4 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Dialing code: +43
Trains in Austria
Austria is a great destination for rail travelers. The comfortable trains from ÖBB take you to nearly every part of Austria, and the breathtaking Alpine landscapes fill your window along the way.
Places to visit
Alpsolutely fantastic scenery
Active Eurailers won’t want to miss the plentiful opportunities to hike, climb, ski and snowboard while in Austria. There’s certainly no shortage of great places to do it. Top wintersport resorts include delightful Kitzbühel and neighbouring Saalbach and Hinterglemm which are perfect for intermediates. Innsbruck, sat snug within the Inn Valley, is a lively student town with a wealth of museums and energetic nightlife, and not forgetting gorgeous views of the surrounding Alps.
Europe's culture capital
Your Austria Eurail pass takes you to the capital city of Vienna (Wien), known for music, literature, theater and cuisine. Vienna has a moderate climate, exciting art and dance festivals – and don’t forget the famous Vienna coffee houses. Don’t miss the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and the Oberes Belvedere Museum, in a baroque palace. It’s no wonder this city is often called Europe’s cultural capital.
Take a train to Wien Südbahnhof for the Oberes Belvedere Museum. A walk through the park will take you to the museum.
Hear the sound of music
Strolling through the 17th century streets of Salzburg gives the feeling that you’re seeing the city as Mozart did 250 years ago. Don’t miss the High Salzburg Fortress (Hohensalzburg), which offers unmatched views of the city below. Salzburg’s old town features the Residenzplatz and the cathedral Dom. Continue your trip with the Sound of Music tour of the city, sites filmed in the movie, fun facts and more.
The old town can be reached by bus from Salzburg’s main train station, Salzburg-Hauptbahnhof.
Old meets new in Graz
Austria’s second largest city, Graz, has a large student population, and this is probably the reason why the city has a younger, funkier feeling than many cities in Austria. Burst of colorful modern architecture and an active nightlife contrast sharply with the historic old town and the world-famous Clock Tower (Uhrturm), built in 1712 and still operating on its original clockwork.
Take a stroll from Graz Hauptbahnhof (main station) down the Annenstraße into the center of Graz’s old town.
Donau Insel Fest
Every year this popular music festival in Vienna attracts millions of party revelers to the Danube island, where the event is held. As well as being one of the biggest European summer music events, it’s also completely FREE.
Take the metro to Donauinsel, which will bring you to the island and the entrance of the festival.
Salzburg’s classical music festival brings the best new artists and the best old music together for a long and lively celebration.
The Salzburger Festspiele is held at different locations all over the city.
Nearly every Austrian town, but especially Vienna and Salzburg, put on spectacular outdoor Christmas markets, complete with food, mulled wine, and gifts of all shapes and sizes.
The Christmas markets are within walking distance of the main train stations of Vienna and Salzburg.
Eurail passes for Austria
Most popular passes with Austria
Eurail Global Pass from USD$329
The Eurail Global Pass is the flexible and value-for-money train pass that lets you explore up to 28 countries by rail. Hop on board comfortable trains that take you right to the center of Europe's cities. One day you're relaxing on a gondola ride in Venice and the next you're discovering Prague's fairy-tale castle.View Eurail Global Pass
Eurail Austria Pass from USD$143
The Eurail Austria Pass is the best way to discover Austria. Explore the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, visit key film locations on the Sound of Music Tour around Salzburg.View Eurail Austria Pass
Eurail Austria - Germany Pass from USD$208
The Eurail Austria-Germany Pass is your key to uncovering two of Europe's most popular countries by rail. Explore Vienna's grand Hofburg Palace, dive into Berlin's underground art scene and enjoy a Bavarian beer at one of Munich's beer gardens.View Eurail Austria - Germany Pass
All Eurail passes with Austria
Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country:
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Pass benefits in Austria
Check out the extra discounts and offers for Eurail pass holders in Austria, including reduced fares for boat trips on the Danube River and Lake Constance.
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