Austria by train

Map with main train connections in Austria

Traveling by rail is the best way to discover Austria. Incredible natural beauty, elegant cities like Vienna and Salzburg, and centuries of history are 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.

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

Train types in Austria

 
Austrian regional train crossing a bridge

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 which connect the capital Vienna with surrounding cities.

S-Bahn (suburban) trains
  • 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
  • Trains which link larger Austrian cities like Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz, and Vienna.

InterCity bus
  • A bus which 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:

  • ÖBB Nightjet (EN):
    Vienna - Florence - Rome
    Vienna - Venice - Milan
    Vienna - Florence - Pisa - Livorno
    Vienna - Linz - Zürich
    Vienna - Munich - Berlin - Hamburg
    Vienna - Munich - Cologne - Düsseldorf

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

  • EuroNight Kálmán Imre
    Vienna – Budapest (Hungary)

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

 

ÖBB Nightjet trains appear on the Eurail timetable as "EN", same as EuroNight trains. 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 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. 

 

Your Eurail Pass is not valid on the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn, traveling between Krimml and Zell am See.

 

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.

Innsbruck to Salzburg

1hr 50min

Innsbruck to Vienna

4hr 15min

Graz to Salzburg

2hr 30min

Salzburg to Vienna

2hr 30min

Salzburg to Villach

2hr 30min

Vienna to 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:

  • Through our Reservation Service.

  • 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

  • Eurail Global Pass starting from USD$ 336 – have the freedom to visit Austria and up to 27 other Eurail countries.

  • Eurail Select Pass starting from USD$ 188 – this 2, 3 or 4-country pass combines Austria with bordering countries.

  • Eurail Austria Pass starting from USD$ 146 - use your whole vacation to discover Austria by rail.

 

For route ideas in Austria, check out our Austria 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

 
Christmas market, Vienna
Christmas market, Vienna

Christmas markets

November 12 - December 26, 2016

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.

Donau Insel Fest, Vienna
Donau Insel Fest, Vienna

Donau Insel Fest

June 23 - June 25, 2017

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

June 29 - August 30, 2017

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.

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 (local spelling: Wien)

  • 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

Related pages

 
- Eurail passes
- Countries in Europe
- Countries in Europe
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