Not only is travelling by train one of the most sustainable ways to get around in Austria but also the most comfortable and efficient. Whether you are travelling between major cities or want to discover the smaller
villages – the network of the Federal Railways takes them wherever their journey takes them. Three different
travel classes (economy, business, first) allows your preferred style of travel. Vienna’s International Airport is
seamlessly connected with the rest of the country. Direct trains to Salzburg, Innsbruck and Graz allow a relaxed
journey to the final destination after a long flight. Tickets can be easily booked.
A train journey with UNESCO views?
One of the most stunning, and historically significant train routes in Austria is the two-hour journey from
Vienna to the southern city of Graz leads across Semmering mountain pass —across an astounding 19th-century viaduct that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. About halfway between Vienna and Graz, Semmering mountain reaches upward with dramatic pitch. It’s hard to imagine how a train could traverse the pass today, let alone in 1848 when the Semmering Railway was built. Made up of 41 km of tunnels and viaducts, it represents maybe the most impressive feat of civil engineering in the era of early railway construction (according to UNESCO).
With ÖBB, you can reach Graz from Vienna in just over 2.5 hours – 17 times per day.
Types of Trains.
All ÖBB trains are state-of-the-art, with comfortable seating and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Certain trains just add that little extra something to your trip!
The Railjet offers more comfortable wagons, free Wifi on board, and much faster connections. At interval speeds of 140 mph (230 km/h), you can now reach Salzburg’s Main Train Station from the Vienna International Airport in as little as 2 hours and 49 minutes. Even service from Vienna airport to St. Anton am Arlberg – all the way in western Austria – is available, as the ÖBB Railjet whisks you to the ski destination of your dreams in less than 6 hours.
With the Nightjet you can comfortably travel while you sleep in cozy sleeper cars, couchette coaches and day coaches. The next morning, you will arrive fully refreshed at your destination – directly in the city center. Nightjet routes will take you all throughout Austria including Salzburg, Vienna, Innsbruck, Bregenz, and Arlberg among others. Sleeper cars and couchette coaches range from 1 to 6 beds, accommodating groups of different sizes and letting you choose your level of privacy.
Travel Austria on the night train.
Using ÖBB Nightjet, the Austrian Federal Railways’ night train, you can comfortably travel to some of Austria and Europe’s most popular destinations. The cozy sleeper cars, couchette coaches and day coaches allow you to pass the night comfortably. The next morning, you will arrive fully refreshed at your destination – directly in the city centre.
Nightjet routes will take you all throughout Austria including Salzburg, Vienna, Innsbruck, Bregenz, and Arlbergamongst others. Sleeper cars and couchette coaches range from 1 to 6 beds, accommodating groups of different sizes and letting you choose your level of privacy. Certain connections even allow you to take along your car or motorcycle on the train.
A trip with the ÖBB Nightjet is the relaxed alternative to air travel and road trips. It also offers reasonably-priced Sparschiene tickets, available via ÖBB’s online ticket shop or the ÖBB App. Day coach seats start at 29 Euros.
Air to Rail
Austria’s cities and Alpine regions are now more accessible than ever. Instead of having to rent a car after a long transatlantic flight, or dealing with complicated shuttle services, you can now board your train right at the Vienna International Airport and be on your way. From the Vienna airport Railjets depart twice hourly for Salzburg, the city of Mozart and “The Sound of Music.” There are hourly connections to Innsbruck, Tirol’s capital city in the heart of the Austrian Alps. And at least every two hours, you can zip from Vienna’s airport to St. Anton and Bregenz in Austria’s westernmost province.
Advance Seat Reservation
An online booking on the Austrian Railways’ website allows you to reserve your seat for a small fee! Most trains allow for advance seat reservation, which makes traveling with others a breeze and guarantees you a spot by the window. Night trains include an automatic seat or bed reservation with your ticket. This service only costs 3 Euros on domestic trains!
Split Your Journey
Want to hop off the train along the way and explore? No problem, as long as you stay on the same route and complete your journey within 2 days. That means you can buy a ticket from Vienna to Salzburg and discover under-the-radar cities like Linz or Wels along the way! Or make a pit-stop in stunning Innsbruck en route to Austria’s western mountains.