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Traveling between Frankfurt and Vienna is simple, and you can choose from trains, buses and flights. Flying is far quicker, taking approximately 4 hours from door to door with 1.5 hours in the air. Trains are comfortable and only take around 6.5 hours to arrive in the Austrian capital. Buses present an economy option, while car pooling services like Bla Bla Car also travel from Frankfurt to Vienna.
Return trips from Vienna to Frankfurt are also available.
Flixbus, Regiojet and Eurolines all run daily buses from Frankfurt to Vienna, so there's plenty of buses to choose from. Frankfurt to Vienna buses start as early as 5:50 a.m. and there's even a service at 1:50 a.m. in the middle of the night. The journey takes around 10 hours, so if you want to arrive in time to check in, a departure at around 2:00 p.m. makes sense. All buses travel directly, with no changes needed.
Deutsche Bahn runs a direct train from Frankfurt to Vienna. The first Frankfurt to Vienna train of the day leaves at 6:22 a.m., while the final direct train leaves at 4:20 p.m., although indirect services leave after that if you're happy to change. The shortest rail journey takes 6 hours 48 minutes.
Flights from Frankfurt to Vienna are the fastest way to arrive in the Austrian capital, with daily flights available from Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, and Eurowings. Direct flights take 1 hour 25 minutes, and the first plane takes off just before 7:00 a.m. After that, there are flights every hour until the final take off at 9:50 p.m. All flights travel directly, and travelers should factor in around 4 hours in total when transport to and from the airports is considered.