Austria by train

Map with main train connections in Austria

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 through the Alps with your Eurail pass, and find out all of the treasures awaiting you in this exciting country.

Austria in images
Train types in Austria
Domestic connections in Austria
International connections to and from Austria
Reservations for trains in Austria
Rail passes for Austria
Places to visit in Austria
Events in Austria
Benefits in Austria
More about Austria

Austria in images

Innsbruck train station

Innsbruck train station

Mountain lake in Tyrol

Mountain lake in Tyrol

Schonbrunn, Vienna

Schonbrunn, Vienna

Enjoying the view after a walk in the Austrian Alps

Enjoying the view after a walk in the Austrian Alps

Scenic view of Hallstatt

Scenic view of Hallstatt

Train types in Austria

 

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 Austrian regional train crossing a bridge

The main rail network in Austria is made up of the following regional trains and intercity trains:

  • REX200 commuter trains connect the capital city Vienna with surrounding cities.

  • S-Bahn (suburban trains) is a network of trains that operate within most big cities, including Vienna. Please note that your Eurail pass is not valid on the S-Bahn network in Graz and Salzburg.

  • 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

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)

  • D-train:
    Villach – Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Zagreb (Croatia) – Belgrade (Serbia)
    Vienna –  Katowice (Poland) – Warsaw (Poland)
    Vienna – Krakow (Poland)

  • Euronight 420/421:
    Vienna – Cologne (Germany)

  • Euronight Allegro:
    Vienna – Rome/Venice/Milan (Italy)

  • EuroNight Hans Albers
    Vienna – Hamburg (Germany)

  • EuroNight Kálmán Imre
    Vienna – Budapest (Hungary)

  • EuroNight Metropol
    Vienna – Prague (Czech Republic) – Berlin (Germany)

  • Euronight Toscana Mare
    Vienna – Livorno (Italy)

  • EuroNight Wiener Walzer
    Vienna – Zurich (Switzerland)

  • EuroNight Zurichsee
    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 €7.50 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

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).

Domestic connections in Austria

 
Map with popular domestic routes in Austria

Map with popular domestic routes in Austria

View approximate train travel times between Austria’s most popular cities using high-speed trains that don’t require a reservation.

From

To

High-speed train

Innsbruck

Salzburg

1hr 50min

Innsbruck

Vienna

4hr 15min

Graz

Salzburg

2hr 30min

Salzburg

Vienna

2hr 30min

Salzburg

Villach

2hr 30min

Vienna

Villach

4hr 15min

International connections to and from Austria

 

We suggest the following routes to travel between Austria and other European countries:

  • France – Austria
    Travel by TGV train from Paris to Zürich (Switzerland) and take the Railjet train to Vienna, Innsbruck or Salzburg.

  • Germany – Austria
    Travel by day from Innsbruck to Munich (1hr 50min) on EuroCity trains. Or take a Railjet train from Vienna to Munich (4hrs).

  • Italy – Austria
    Take a EuroNight train from Vienna to Milan or Venice or travel by EuroCity train.

  • Hungary – Austria
    Take a Railjet train from Vienna or Salzburg to Budapest or travel by EuroNight train.

  • Czech Republic - Austria
    Take a Railjet train from Prague to Vienna or Graz.

Reservations for trains in Austria

 

Reservations for ÖBB trains are not required. For InterCity and EuroCity trains are optional if you want to be sure of a good seat. We recommend you make a seat reservation during the busy summer period (May-September) and public holidays. Reservations are required for night trains. Prices for night trains depend on the type of sleeping accommodation you choose.

 

How to make reservations for trains in Austria

You can make reservations for domestic and international high-speed trains and night trains:

  • Online through the ÖBB website.
    Please note that you can only make reservations for domestic trains.

  • At a ticket desk or self-service machine at local train stations.

  • By phone through the ÖBB call center.
    Phone number: +43 5 1717
    Opening hours: 24/7
    When calling, you'll hear a menu in German. Select extension "1" for train information and bookings. Austria's ÖBB booking center has English speaking staff. The booking center can deliver your reservations to any country you prefer, without charging you a booking fee. The delivery cost is €5.

    You can also pick up your reservations at large Austrian train stations. Just take your order number to a ticket office in the station.
     

Find out more about reservations

Rail passes for Austria

 
Map with example route in Austria

Map with example route in Austria

Eurail Austria passes let you see all of Austria's top cities like Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Graz. We offer Austria rail passes and passes that combine Austria with other European countries. Rail passes valid in Austria are also valid Liechtenstein.

 

Rail pass options for Austria

 

Example train route in Austria

Visit Austria's most popular cities on a single trip with Eurail. You can follow the suggested route below using a Eurail Austria Pass3 days within 1 month, starting from .

 

1. Vienna

Vienna, voted one of the most liveable cities in the world, breathes culture and history.

 

2. Graz

Graz combines the best of modern architecture with a historical old town.

 

3. Salzburg

Salzburg’s fortress (Hohensalzburg) offers the best views of this enchanting city.

 

4. Innsbruck

Innsbruck is Austria’s Winter Olympic city with the Alps as its stunning backdrop.

 

For more route ideas for your Eurail trip, check out our European highlights itinerary.

Places to visit in Austria

 
Chalet in the Alps
Chalet in the Alps

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.

Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg
Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg

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.

Belvedere Palace, Vienna
Belvedere Palace, Vienna

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.

Clock Tower, Graz
Clock Tower, Graz

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.

Events in Austria

 
Donau Insel Fest, Vienna
Donau Insel Fest, Vienna

Donau Insel Fest

June 26 - June 28, 2015

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.

Salzburger festspiele, Salzburg
Salzburger festspiele, Salzburg

Salzburger Festspiele

July 18 - August 30, 2015

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.

Christmas market, Dresden
Christmas market, Dresden

Christmas markets

November 27 - December 24, 2015

Beginning in late November, German city centers transform into atmospheric outdoor Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt), where you can buy traditional gifts, eat plenty of local dishes, and forget the cold of winter after a few mugs of hot mulled wine (Glühwein). The perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

The Christmas markets can be found within walking distance of main train stations.

Benefits in Austria

 
Bus travel in Austria, view of a high way in the mountains

Bus travel in Austria

Bus travel in Austria

With a Eurail pass valid in Austria, you get free travel (pay only the reservation) on the following bus routes as an extra benefit:

  • Klagenfurt – Graz

  • Klagenfurt – Villach – Venice (Italy) (Venezia Mestre & Venezia Tronchetto)

 

Boat trips in Austria

Eurail pass holders also get discounted boat travel on several Austrian lakes and rivers.


See all pass benefits for Austria

More about Austria

 
Train station Innsbruck, Austria

Train station Innsbruck, Austria

Quick facts

  • Capital: Vienna

  • Population: 8.4 million

  • Language: German

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +43
     

Austrian hub stations

Austria’s main hub stations are Wien Westbahnhof  (Vienna), Innsbruck Hbf and Salzburg Hbf. At these train stations, it's possible to connect to trains to Austria’s main cities and many international destinations.
 

Station facilities

Stations in Austria usually have excellent facilities, often including:

  • Luggage lockers

  • Foreign exchange desks

  • Restaurants and cafés

  • Tourist information offices

  • ATM cash machines

  • Elevators and escalators

  • Access for disabled passengers
     

Spelling of city names

On Austrian train timetables and at train stations in Austria, you'll usually find the local spelling of Austrian cities and stations.


Here is the local spelling of some popular Austrian cities:

  • Wien = Vienna

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