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Trains in Austria: an Overview

General information about Austrian Trains

Despite its very mountainous geography, Austria has a highly developed rail network due to its central location in Europe. Trains in Austria are operated by OBB and Westbahn. Traveling by high-speed train lines or small regional routes in Austria provides the opportunity to discover wonderful alpine landscapes and beautiful scenery. The Austrian rail network services numerous routes, covering both local and international destinations.

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Popular Routes in Austria
Popular International Routes from Germany
Austrianyeah Trains: Good To Know

ÖBB (Österreichische Bundesbahnen): ÖBB is Austria's state owned train company and was formed in 1947. Austrian trains are known for being clean, frequent and very punctual, with about 96% trains running on time. ÖBB is one of Austria's greenest companies, and transport around 1.3 million passengers a day.

Trains in Austria

Austria boasts one of the most developed public transport infrastructures in the European Union, with a modernized railway network crisscrossing the country. The railway connection covers a total of 3,805 miles (6,123 kilometers). Over half of the distance, 2,189 miles (3,523 kilometers), is electrified. The extensive railway linkage within Austria offers travelers a convenient, comfortable, and a fun way of enjoying the country's beauty; from picturesque Alpine forests, lush valleys, quaint towns, and historic villages.

There are several types of trains in Austria operating different routes in the country and linking to other European countries. Travelers can use both locomotive-driven trains such as Railjet or electrically-powered options such as IntercityExpress. These are high-speed trains that run at speeds between 250 and 300 km/h. Domestic trains such as the ones operated by InterCity ply within the country, connecting to different cities and states such as Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck, and more. To other countries, international ICE trains, including night transportation - nightjets - offer easy access to countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, and the Czech Republic. >

Main Train Stations in Austria

All big Austrian cities have major train stations that are connected to other parts of the country as well as as international cities. Below is a list of the major stations and their need to know details.

Vienna Main Train Station (Wien Hauptbahnof)

Address: Alfred-Adler-Straße 107,
1100 Wien, Austria
Free WiFi (30 minutes)
Luggage Lockers
Disabled Access
Public Transport to the City Center: U-bahn U1, 12 S-bahn trains, trams D, O, 18 and bsu lines 13A and 69A and taxis.

Salzburg Main Train Station (Salzburg Hauptbahnof)

Address:Südtiroler Platz 1, 5020 Salzburg,
Free WiFi (30 minutes)
Luggage Lockers
Disabled Access
Public Transport to the City Center: Obus lines 1,2,3,5,6, S-bahn services and taxis

Innsbruck Main Train Station (Innsbruck Hauptbahnof)

Address:Südtiroler Platz 7
6020 Innsbruck
Free WiFi (30 minutes)
Luggage Lockers
Disabled Access
Public Transport to the City Center: Bus SEV, s-bahn 1-5, taxis

Booking with Omio

Are you planning to travel by train within and beyond Austria? Book train tickets to Austria with Omio, an online travel search and booking website that lets vacationers compare various train, bus, and flight routes, regardless of their language, currency, and provider. Omio offers a simplified means of booking your train ticket to Austria, saving you time and money. Here's how to go about the process:

  • Enter the departure and arrival cities and the travel dates
  • Make a comparison of the available train routes between the two destinations
  • Select your preferred route and book your ticket on the website
  • Print or download a mobile ticket

Train Companies in Austria

The leading train operator in Austria is Österreichische Bundesbahnen (Austrian Federal Railways), supplemented by other privately-held train companies. Most of them can be found on Omio by comparing the available routes, whether within Austria or beyond its borders. EuroCity EC is an international express railway carrier serving routes from Austria to other neighboring countries. They link Vienna, Austria to Ljubljana, Slovenia; Graz/Salzburg to German cities such as Frankfurt, Dortmund, and Munich; and Vienna to Krakow, Poland. DB OBB EuroCity, managed by Austrian and German railways, service international express trains that run from Munich to Verona, Italy, via Innsbruck and Bolzano. Passengers will enjoy a smooth ride on the Brenner railway line between Innsbruck and Bolzano in particular. OBB NightJets are also managed by Austrian Railways and offer routes to neighboring countries such as Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Italy. They run from Vienna to Milan via Verona, Innsbruck to Dusseldorf via Munich, and Vienna to Hamburg via Linz. RailJet RJ trains excel in long-distance travel along the main routes within Austria and internationally. They run at a speed of 230 km/h and run from Vienna to Budapest, Salzburg to Klagenfurt, and Graz to Prague via Vienna.

Popular International Routes by Train in Austria

Travelers can book a train from various cities in Austria to other major municipalities in other European countries. For instance, Vienna, Austria's capital and the largest city, has an excellent railway connection to Munich, Germany, to the West. On average, 20 trains ply the route daily, and the quickest trip takes 3 hours 55 minutes.

  • Graz If travelers choose to take a train from Graz to Rome, Italy, they can easily access direct trains during the day. Rome lies southwest of Graz, 386.4 miles (622 kilometers) away. The most comfortable way to travel is by a night train, with the quickest route taking 10 hours 30 minutes.
  • Salzburg From Salzburg, passengers can board trains heading to other cities in Europe. For example, from Salzburg to Paris located 494.7 miles (798 kilometers) away, about 14 trains serve this route daily. The average time of travel is about 11 hours 15 minutes, but the fastest route takes 8 hours 5 minutes.
  • Whatever city you are in in Austria, Omio can offer a convenient means of booking trains to different European cities. The website provides useful information about the quickest and cheapest routes, giving guests various options for trains from Austrian cities to other destinations in Central Europe.

    When Arriving

    Traveling by train in Austria let guests explore the country and take in its stunning mountainous landscapes and Alpine forests. Additionally, travelers will need to learn a few local phrases so that they can quickly get around and travel like a local. Austrians speak German, and vacationers may familiarize themselves with terms such as Guten Morgen (good morning), excuse me (Entschuldigung); do you speak English? (Sprechen Sie Englisch?); thank you (Danke), and more.

    If guests would like to enjoy the best scenery as they traverse Austria by train, they can take several routes. Travelers can enjoy the most scenic routes by passing through Eastern lines within Semmering and Mariazellerbahn. In the west, book a train heading to Innsbruck via Arlberg.

    Popular Train Routes in Austria

    Trains from Vienna to Salzburg
    Trains from Vienna to Innsbruck
    Trains from Vienna to Linz
    Trains from Salzburg to Innsbruck

    Popular Train Routes from Austria

    The most popular routes in Austria are between the major cities, these journeys are often quite short in duration and not too expensive.

    Austria not only has a great national train network but it is well connected to many parts of Europe. Depending on where you are in the country it can take just a matter of hours to get to cities such as Vienna, Paris and Amsterdam all from the comfort of a train seat.

    Good To Know

    • Booking train tickets in Austria is easy with Omio. Just simply put the route and date you're looking for, then our search will find all the available options. Meaning all you need to do is find the one that suits you best!
    • Omio also offer by smaller companies too meaning you can see all the options available in one place.

    For more information on traveling with children, luggage allowances and refunding tickets please visit our OBB page.

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