Train Travel in Austria

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Like most of Europe, train travel in Austria is well developed. Trains are the best way to get around if you're visiting cities, and they are also connected to many towns. Austria is connected to all of it's neighboring countries by at least two trains per day. Trains to and from Germany are especially frequent.


* ÖBB is the main provider of train travel in Austria. They service over 500,000 passengers daily and operate just under 4,000 trains daily.

* ÖBB offers hourly services of modern InterCity (IC) and EuroCity (EC) trains on the main routes between Vienna and Linz, Salzburg, Graz and the district of Carinthia.

* For scenic train travel in in Austria with great views, the Arlberg Line (from Bludenz to Innsbruck), and the Semmeringbahn (from Wiener Neustadt to Semmering) are recommended.

Passenger Train Vacations

9-Day Romantic Road, Bavaria and Salzburg Tour - View Details & Request More Information
*Beautiful arranged 9 days/ 8 nights Romantic Road Rail-tour from Frankfurt to Munich. This tour covers many of the sights in Bavaria.

Venice-Krakow-Vienna-Paris - View Details & Request More Information
*Exciting new 7-night itinerary using the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels through six countries, unveiling the beauty of both Eastern and Western Europe!

Discounts, Tips, & Tricks

* Consider an Austrian Railpass for a choice of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 days of unlimited train travel in Austria within a 1-month period on the national rail network of Austria. Or customize your pass to include other countries on your itinerary.

* For groups of two to five, you can buy an Einfach-Raus-Ticket, good for unlimited travel for one day. Tickets are valid on all regional trains within Austria after 9AM on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays.

* Buying a train ticket at an Austrian Railways ticket machine does not tie you to a specific schedule. For example, if you buy a ticket from Salzburg to Vienna, that ticket is valid for any train that takes you to Vienna.

* Consider a VorteilsCard through ÖBB. They cost 19,90 EUR if you are under 26 and usually make sense if you plan to spend more than 40 EUR on rail travel. For those over 26 they cost 99,90 EUR. You get a 45% discount on all trains in Austria and 25% on cross-border trains in Europe, get a further 5% discount if you buy the tickets at the ticket machines.