There are a number of train types in Austria ready to transport you both day and night. Most of the Austrian network is operated by ÖBB (Österreichische Bundesbahnen). Use the Eurail train timetable to check times for trains in Austria.
Regional and intercity trains in Austria
The main rail network in Austria is made up of the following regional trains and intercity trains:
REX commuter trains connect the capital city Vienna with surrounding cities.
S-Bahn (suburban trains) is a network of trains that operates within most big cities in Austria. Your Eurail pass is valid on S-Bahn connections in Vienna and Innsbruck.
InterCity trains link larger Austrian cities like Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz and Vienna.
The InterCity bus operates between Graz and Klagenfurt.
On the Eurail timetable InterCity trains appear as "IC". InterCity buses do appear in the timetable, but without an abbreviation. Reservations are required for InterCity buses. For InterCity trains an advanced reservation is not necessary but we recommend you make them during peak season (May-September) and public holidays. REX200 trains are not listed in the Eurail timetable. You can find a train schedule on the ÖBB website.
High-speed trains in Austria
International high-speed trains in Austria
These high-speed trains operate to and from Austria:
Railjet links larger Austrian cities with Budapest (Hungary), Prague (Czech Republic), Munich (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland).
ICE connects Austria with various German cities.
InterCity buses link Klagenfurt and Villach with Udine and Venice (Italy).
EuroCity operates between Innsbruck, Munich (Germany) and various Italian cities like Milan and Venice. There are also EuroCity connections from Austria to Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Poland.
Domestic high-speed trains in Austria
Austrian domestic high-speed trains are run by EuroCity and Railjet. These high-speed trains transport passengers quickly and comfortably to cities across Austria.
EuroCity trains connect Kufstein, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Graz.
Railjet trains link Vienna with larger Austrian cities like Salzburg, Innsbruck and Graz.
On the Eurail timetable Railjet trains are shown as "RJ", ICE trains appears as "ICE" and EuroCity as "EC". InterCity buses do appear in the timetable, but without an abbreviation. Reservations for these trains are optional but we recommend you make them during peak season (May-September) and public holidays.
Night trains in Austria
International night trains in Austria
The following night trains connect Austria with Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Serbia and Hungary:
City Night Line (CNL):
Innsbruck – Paris(France)/Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
Villach – Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Zagreb (Croatia) – Belgrade (Serbia)
Vienna – Katowice (Poland) – Warsaw (Poland)
Vienna – Krakow (Poland)
Vienna – Cologne (Germany)
Vienna – Rome/Venice/Milan (Italy)
EuroNight Hans Albers
Vienna – Hamburg (Germany)
EuroNight Kálmán Imre
Vienna – Budapest (Hungary)
Vienna – Prague (Czech Republic) – Berlin (Germany)
Euronight Toscana Mare
Vienna – Livorno (Italy)
EuroNight Wiener Walzer
Vienna – Zurich (Switzerland)
Villach/Graz – Zurich
City NIght Line trains appear on the Eurail timetable as "CNL" all EuroNight trains are listed as "EN". For D-trains, only a trains number is listed. You're required to book sleeping accommodation in advance.
Private railway companies in Austria
Your Eurail pass is not only valid on all ÖBB trains. You can also travel on trains of the following private railway companies:
Micotra trains operate on the route Villach – Tarvisio (Italy)
RoeEE/Raaberbahn trains connect Vienna and Graz with the western part of Hungary and capital city Budapest.
WESTbahn trains connect Vienna with Salzburg.
WESTbahn offers 1st class pass holders an upgrade to WESTbahn PLUS. For an extra €8.50 you can get and upgrade and travel on the WESTbahn PLUS car and get a second seat for free. You can get this upgrade on the train.
Liechtenstein is a tiny country situated between Switzerland and Austria. When your Eurail pass is valid in Austria, you can also travel to Liechtenstein. There is a ÖBB rail connection through Liechtenstein from Feldkirch in Austria to Buchs in Switzerland. Liechtenstein only has four small train stations: Forst Hilti, Schaan-Vaduz, Nendeln and Schaanwald. From Schaan-Vaduz it is a short bus ride to Liechtenstein's capital Vaduz (bus not included in your Eurail pass).