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Trains in Austria

Trains in Austria will take you to Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck and more, all while you sit back and admire enchanting mountain scenery. Discover Austria by train with an Interrail Pass and see beautiful cities steeped in history.

Map with main train connections in Austria

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is a small country between Austria and Switzerland. If your Interrail Pass is valid in Austria, you're also covered for train travel in Liechtenstein!

An ÖBB train runs through the country, from Feldkirch (Austria) to Buchs (Switzerland). Liechtenstein has 4 train stations: Forst Hilti, Schaan-Vaduz, Nendeln and Schaanwald. You can reach the capital city Vaduz by bus from Schaan-Vaduz (not included in the Interrail Pass).

Train types in Austria

The Austrian train network is mostly operated by ÖBB (Österreichische Bundesbahnen). You can check train times on the Interrail train timetable.

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Regional and intercity trains in Austria

 

REX

  • Commuter trains which connect Vienna with cities around it.

  • Train schedules are available on the ÖBB route planner.

 

S-Bahn

  • A suburban metro train network that runs within major cities in Austria.

  • With an Interrail Pass, journeys are FREE on the S-Bahn in Vienna, Salzburg (except for lines S1 and S11) and Innsbruck.

 

InterCity (IC)

  • Trains which connect larger cities in Austria, including Vienna, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Graz.

  • Reservations are optional but recommended during peak season (May to September) and for public holidays.

 

InterCity bus (ICB)

  • This bus runs between Graz and Klagenfurt.

  • Reservations are required.

International high-speed trains in Austria

 

RailJet

  • Railjet connects larger cities in Austria with Munich (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary) and Zurich (Switzerland).

     

RegioJet

  • The yellow RegioJet trains connect Vienna with Brno and Prague (Czech Republic). You need an Interrail Global Pass to travel on this train.

     

ICE

  • ICE links Austria to several cities in Germany.

 

InterCity buses

  • Run from Villach and Klagenfurt in Austria to Venice and Udine in Italy.

 

EuroCity

  • Runs between Innsbruck to Munich in Germany and various Italian cities like Venice and Milan. The EuroCity also connects Austria to Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Poland and Croatia.

 

Domestic high-speed trains in Austria

EuroCity (EC)

  • Connects Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz and Kufstein.

  • Reservations are optional but recommended during peak season (May to September) and for public holidays.

 

Railjet (RJ)

  • Links Vienna to larger Austrian cities like Innsbruck, Salzburg and Graz.

  • Reservations are optional but recommended during peak season (May to September) and for public holidays.

 

WESTBahn

  • Connects the Vienna area and Salzburg
  • Special upgrades available to Pass holders

Night trains in Austria

 

International night trains in Austria

Night trains run from Austria to France, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Poland, Germany, Italy, Hungary and Switzerland:

  • ÖBB Nightjet (NJ and 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)

Private railway companies in Austria

The following private railway companies accept Interrail Passes on their trains:

  • Micotra trains operate on the route Villach – Tarvisio (Italy)
  • WESTbahn trains connect Vienna with Salzburg.
    WESTbahn offers 1st class pass holders an upgrade to WESTbahn PLUS for only €9.90. With this you can enjoy spacious seating, a welcome gift, free newspaper and refreshment services at your seat. You can get this upgrade on the train.
  • Raaberbahn, ONLY from Ebenfurt to Sopron and from Neusiedl/See to Pamhagen (Gr)
  • RegioJet trains connect Vienna with Brno and Prague (Czech Republic). You need a Interrail Global Pass to travel with this train

 

The following private railway companies do not accept Interrail Passes on their trains: 

  • Pinzgauer Lokalbahn, travelling between Krimml and Zell am See.

  • NÖVOG (including Mariazellerbahn, Wachaubahn, Waldviertelbahn, Reblaus Express, Citybahn Waidhofen, and Schneebergbahn)

  • ÖBB Postbus

  • Stubaitalbahn

  • Wiener Lokalbahnen

  • Pinzgauer Lokalbahn

  • Graz-Köflacher Eisenbahn

  • Montafonerbahn

  • Salzburger Lokalbahn

  • Steiermärkische Landesbahnen

  • Stern & Hafferl

  • ​Zillertalbahn

Reservations for trains in Austria

How to make reservations for trains in Austria:

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

  • Through the Reservation Service
  • Through the website of ÖBB (see below for instructions)
  • At local train stations at a ticket office or self-service machine
  • By calling the ÖBB call centre, which is open 24/7 (see below for instructions)
How to book your reservation through the website of ÖBB

1. Go to the website of ÖBB and go to 'book a ticket'

2. Choose your route and click 'single tickets/day tickets' in the results

3. Before you pick your train, go to the top right corner and click on 'who is going?'. Here you click on 'add discount' and scroll down or search for 'Interrail/Eurail - Globalpass', then select it and click confirm.

4. Now you can select the train you want to take and you'll immediately see the Pass Holder reservation fee you have to pay.

5. Go through the booking process and finalize your reservation. Please note that reservations for some routes can only be printed at an ÖBB self service machine or helpdesk in Austria.

How to book your reservation by calling ÖBB

1. Call ÖBB on +43 5 1717

2. You'll hear a menu in German.

3. Choose extension "1" for bookings and train information.

4. Austria's ÖBB booking center has English speaking staff.

5. The bookin center can deliver your reservations to any country you prefer, without charging you a booking fee. The delivery cost is €5.

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

Reservation fees in Austria
ÖBB Railjet trains

Reservation optional. Free WiFi on board.

Fees - 2nd and 1st class: € 3.50 (excl. € 3 online reservation fee)

 

WESTbahn trains

1st class pass holders can upgrade to PLUS service for € 9.90. This will give you a high level of service, a second seat for comfort, a welcome gift, free of charge daily newspaper and guaranteed service at your seat. 


Fees /

1st class: € 13.90 - € 19.90. Upgrade can only be booked on the train. Cost depends on the travelled distance. 

2nd class: € 5

 

Domestic connections in Austria

What are the travel times between Austria's top cities? You won't need a reservation for the following high-speed train routes:

 

Route

Travel time

Graz to Salzburg 2hr 30min
Innsbruck to Salzburg 1hr 50min
Innsbruck to Vienna 4hr 15min
Salzburg to Vienna 2hr 30min
Salzburg to Villach 2hr 30min
Vienna to Villach 4hr 15min

International train connections to and from Austria

Route Which train? Travel time Reservations
Graz to Prague (Czech Republic)  RailJet 6hrs 25mins Required
Innsbruck to Munich (Germany) EuroCity 1hr 50mins Required
Salzburg to Budapest (Hungary) RailJet 4hrs 55mins Required
Salzburg / Innsbruck / Vienna to Zurich (Switzerland) RailJet 5hr 24mins / 3hr 36mins / 7hr 43mins Optional
Vienna to Budapest (Hungary) EuroCity / RailJet 2hrs 20mins Optional (EuroCity) / Required (RailJet)
Vienna to Milan (Italy) EuroNight 13hr 40mins (overnight) Required
Vienna to Munich (Germany) RailJet 4hrs Optional
Vienna to Prague (Czech Republic)  RailJet / RegioJet 4hrs  Required (RailJet) / Optional (RegioJet)
Vienna to Venice (Italy) EuroCity / EuroNight 7hr 20mins / 10hr 40mins (overnight) Required

Austria rail passes

See the best of Austria by train with Interrail. As a bonus, Liechtenstein is also covered by rail passes valid in Austria!

 

Interrail Pass options for Austria

Interrail Austria Pass

  • Offers you extensive rail travel in Austria

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available

  • Prices from € 127

 

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Interrail Global Pass

  • Offers you rail travel in 32 European countries including Austria

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available

  • Prices from € 185

 

View Global Passes

Train stations in Austria

Austrian main train stations

Austria's 3 main stations have connections to many domestic and international destinations. These stations are:

  • Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna)

  • Innsbruck Hbf

  • Salzburg Hbf

 

The main stations in Austria have great facilities for travellers. They usually include:

  • Lockers

  • Cash machines and a foreign exchange desk

  • Restaurants and cafés

  • Tourist information

  • Elevators, escalators and access for disabled passengers

City names in Austria

You'll usually find the local spelling of Austrian cities on Austrian train timetables and at train stations in Austria.

 

Good to know:

  • Wien = Vienna

Pass benefits for Austria

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Bus routes in Austria

If your Interrail Pass is valid in Austria, your ticket on the following bus routes is FREE. You'll only have to pay for the seat reservation.

  • Klagenfurt – Graz

  • Klagenfurt – Villach – Venice (Italy)


For the route to Venice, your pass must also be valid in Italy.

 

Boat cruises in Austria

You'll also get discounts on boat cruises on the beautiful rivers and lakes of Austria.

 

See all benefits for Austria

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