RAILJET: Tickets, Timetables and Facilities

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Railjet Type tickets
Most popular Railjet routes
Railjet: Frequently asked questions


Buy your train tickets for Railjet with Omio

Omio is an online platform that allows you to compare different transportation methods as well as to book train tickets in Europe. Railjet (sometimes stylized as Rail Jet) is one of the high-speed train providers offered through our platform and is operated by Austrian rail company, ÖBB. Find some inspiration on a possible ÖBB Railjet route in the Omio magazine The Window Seat, and start planning your journey and buying your ÖBB ticket online.

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Discover Railjet

Railjet refers to the high-speed trains of the national Austrian railway company ÖBB and Czech Railways (CD). The lines connect the two countries with the rest of Europe. Railjet operates routes daily, and sometimes multiple times per day. Some of the popular lines are within Austria, such as the Vienna to Salzburg train, as well as others that connect to surrounding countries, including Budapest and Prague.

The main station in Austria’s capital city is the Wien Hauptbahnhof (Vienna Central Station). Aboard Railjet trains, there are three different cabin classes passengers can enjoy. These classes are either Economy, Business, or First Class. The Railjet trains have a capacity for over 400 passengers onboard their fleet. This includes room for accessible seating as well as space for those traveling with bicycles. The Railjet trains are known for their high level of service and extra comfort onboard, even for those traveling with cheap Railjet train tickets. All of the classes offer adjustable seats and electrical outlets every two seats, as well as snacks and beverage service and silent areas.

Railjet Train. Source: Shutterstock

Railjet Type tickets

Super Sparpreis: These types of tickets for Railjet fares are the least flexible ticket option available. This train ticket simply allows you to board a specific route at the time and date booked. These Railjet tickets are strictly non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Sparpreis: The Sparpreis ticket fares are slightly more flexible than the Super Sparpreis tickets. They are only valid for the specific train originally booked; however, they do allow some modifications for a fee. In this case, it’s possible to obtain a reimbursement up to the day before your travel date for approximately $11 (10€). Reimbursements, in this case, are done in the form of a voucher.

Flexpreis: The Flexpreis tickets are the most flexible ticket option offered with the ÖBB Railjet trains. With these fares, travelers are allowed to change their train time and date. The modifications can be done free of charge and allow for a full refund if necessary.

Most popular Railjet routes

  • Vienna to Salzburg: One of the ÖBB trains in Austria making the journey between Vienna and Salzburg is the Railjet line. This route runs every day, generally once an hour. The first departure of the day out of Vienna Central station is at around 4:55 a.m. and the last one leaves at approximately 8:55 p.m. The arrival station for this train is Salzburg Hauptbahnhof. These train routes are direct and don’t require passengers to switch trains at any point. The trip is normally more or less 2h 53min long. You can book these Railjet tickets on Omio.
  • Prague to Vienna: The Railjet train from Prague to Vienna runs every day, multiple times. These lines depart every couple of hours out of Praha Liben station. There are some direct routes, crossing through the Czech Republic. However, a lot of the journeys offered through Omio require changing trains once. Normally, the stopover is made in Kolín. The direct options take more or less 4h 30min. You can book these Railjet tickets on Omio.
  • Vienna to Venice: The Vienna to Venice Railjet train is a popular ÖBB route. It runs about twice a day. This international train ride takes more or less 7h 40min to get to the Italian city of Venice. The departure station is Vienna Central station, and the trains arrive at Venice Santa Lucia Station. You can book these Railjet tickets on Omio.

Travel with Railjet: Tips

Railjet is a high-speed train operating within Austria, as well as internationally, through neighboring countries such as the Czech Republic, Italy and Germany. Traveling on Railjet is a great way of getting around as well as enjoying the European countryside and picturesque Austrian landscape.

  • Explore the beautiful Austrian countryside. This European country is famous for its Alpine region and the Tyrolean towns.
  • Take a train to Vienna to see the capital city known for its Opera house and the Schönbrunn Palace.
  • Ride the Railjet to the Alpine city of Salzburg. This Austrian city is known as the birthplace of Mozart and for its Baroque-style Old Town.
  • Take a trip on one of the international routes and explore Munich. This Bavarian city is famous for its Oktoberfest festival as well as the 1800s Victuals Market.
  • Visit Budapest along the Danube river. Walk around Buda’s Old Town and cross the iconic 19th-century Chaine Bridge.
  • An iconic destination in the south of Germany close to the border of Austria is the Neuschwanstein Castle. This fairytale castle is rumored to have inspired the famous Disney Castle.
  • As you travel through Austria by train, make sure to experience the local cuisine. Some traditional Austrian dishes are Wiener Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel.
  • Learn a couple of phrases in German before exploring Austria by train as this is their local language.
  • Every October, people can travel to Vienna to enjoy the Viennale film festival.
  • As you get around Austria and its surrounding countries by Railjet trains, make sure to look out the window for the breathtaking scenery.

Railjet Austria. Source: Shutterstock

Traveling sustainably with Railjet

Nowadays, railway companies, such as ÖBB, claim that trains are the most eco-friendly method of long-distance travel. This is due to the use of electrical trains and the fact that they reduce their carbon footprint by emitting less greenhouse gas than buses and airplanes. ÖBB has committed to making their Railjet services, as well as their other services, more environmentally friendly.

All you need to know about night trains

Night trains are a way of getting around Europe on a tight schedule or budget. This way of traveling allows you to fall asleep in one city and get to your next destination while sleeping. Currently, ÖBB operates night routes with their Nightjet trains. Some of the trips the ÖBB Nightjets make are between the Austrian capital city, Vienna, and European cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan, Rome and Zurich. Plenty of travelers opt for this travel method to avoid looking for a place to stay for the night.

Train Window Austria. Source: Shutterstock

Railjet: Frequently asked questions

Where can I buy my Railjet train ticket?

Rail Jet tickets can be easily purchased through either the Omio website or its mobile app. With the Omio app you can access your digital tickets directly from your phone.

Do I need to print my Railjet train ticket?

It is recommended to print your Railjet ticket and have it on you at all times. However, Omio does indicate next to each route if mobile tickets are available. These mobile tickets can be accessed from the Omio app.

Can I cancel my Railjet train ticket?

    The cancelation policy for your Railjet tickets depends on the type of fare purchased. For instance, canceling is only possible for those traveling with Sparpreis or Flexpreis tickets. Nonetheless, with Sparpreis tickets, you do have to pay a fee.

Can I exchange my Railjet train ticket?

The modification policy for Rail Jet bookings depends on the type of train ticket you purchased. The Super Sparpreis does not allow any modifications. However, the standard Sparpreis does for a fee, and Flexpreis is flexible.

How many pieces of luggage can I check on the train?

There isn’t a specified luggage limit per passenger when traveling with Railjet. The requirement is that the bags must either fit in the overhead rack or in the designated luggage areas on board.

What are the services available for people with reduced mobility?

ÖBB is aiming for barrier-free travel. The services available for passengers with reduced mobility are travel discounts as well as Mobility Service staff. Please contact Railjet before your journey to find out exactly how they can assist you.

Are the trains adapted to persons with restricted mobility?

The Railjet high-speed long-distance trains are equipped with accessible seating for wheelchairs. This also means that the trains are equipped with the necessary facilities for wheelchair users to board the train.

Can children under 18 travel by themselves?

Yes, children under the age of 18 may travel alone on Railjet trains. However, some discounts apply if the children travel accompanied by an adult.

Can I bring my bike on board in the train?

The bicycle allowance depends on the specific Railjet train you’re planning on traveling on. The timetables indicate if they’re allowed. If so, only one bike per passenger is possible.

How can I find the cheapest train tickets?

When looking to book your Rail Jet ticket through Omio, the platform allows you to filter your search by price. This is a way to find the most affordable option. Remember to also book in advance.

What are the pet travel conditions inside the train?

In general, small pets are allowed onboard Rail Jet trains as long as they travel in an adequate container. Dogs that do not fit in a pet carrier require a pet ticket and must wear a muzzle and be on a leash.
Yes, some special equipment, such as skis, snowboards, instruments and strollers, are allowed on board.


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