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Trains in Austria

Austria boasts one of the most developed public transport infrastructures in the European Union, with a modernised railway network crisscrossing the country. The railway connection covers a total of 3,805 miles. Over half of the distance, 2,189 miles, is electrified. The extensive railway linkage within Austria offers travellers 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. travellers 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. >

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 neighbouring 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

The most popular train routes in Austria connect Vienna, Graz, Klagenfurt and Salzburg. These stations are among the busiest in the country. Most large cities in Austria are linked by ICE service (Intercity Express), as well as other standard rail services. The dense coverage of the Austria's rail network allows you to reach most destinations by train. ÖBB also offers international train routes to destinations in Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

travellers 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 travellers 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 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 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

    travelling by train in Austria let guests explore the country and take in its stunning mountainous landscapes and Alpine forests. Additionally, travellers 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 familiarise 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. travellers 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.