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Country info: Austria (Österreich)

Rail companies: ÖBB (Österreichische Bundesbahnen)

                              WB (WestBahn)

How to Buy Train Tickets in Austria? We have a  Step by Step Guide

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Currency: Euro



Train travel in Austria: train types, tickets, fares, discounts & other useful info

 

National Train Service:

Train types in Austria: Suburban, Regional, Fast, ÖBB InterCity, EuroCity/EuroNight, Railjet/ICE & CityNightLine (CNL)

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  • Suburban (marked as S-Bahn & RSB on OeBB website) – commuter service offered in major Austrian cities and suburban areas, no seat reservation required
  • Regional (marked as R & REX on OeBB website) – local trains, no seat reservation required
  • Fast/Schnellzug (marked as D on OeBB website) - rapid trains, no seat reservation required
  • ÖBB-InterCity (marked as OIC on OeBB website) – long-distance trains serving routes between major Austrian cities and towns, seat reservation can be made, but not required
  • EuroCity/EuroNight (marked EC/EN on OeBB website) – international and domestic trains, seat reservation not required, but can be made (recommended in case of overnight journeys)
  • Railjet/ICE (marked as RJ/ICE on OeBB website) high-speed international trains, seat reservation can be made, but not required
  • CityNightLine (marked as CNL on DB website) - international overnight sleeper trains, seat/bed reservations are compulsory

Discounts, special offers & ways to save money for passengers traveling by train in Austria:

    1. OeBB Group Pass - Einfach-Raus-Ticket – offer for 2 to 5 passengers traveling together. Einfach-Raus Ticket is daily group pass, on days between Monday and Friday it can be used from 9 am and 3 am (next day), while on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays - from midnight to 3am next day. Valid on all the S-Bahn & Regional passenger trains of ÖBB (R, REX, RSB, S-Bahn). Price of Einfach-Raus-Ticket - 35 euro, it can be purchase online via OeBB website e-Shop - www.ticket.oebb.at
    2. SparSchiene Austria (ÖBB) - discounted tickets for journeys within Austria (both direct & with change). SparSchiene Österreich tickets start for the fare as low as 9 euro in 2nd class or 19 euro in 1st class, however number of discounted tickets per departure is limited, so cheap tickets can get sold out. Discounted tickets can be booked a maximum of 6 months and a minimum of 3 days in advance, they are not exchangeable or refundable. SparSchiene Austria tickets can be bought only online via OeBB website Ticket Shop
    3. In cases when mentioned above Sparschiene Austria discounted tickets are not available (sold out, not offered, you have trouble buying it etc.), passengers can take advantage of more tricky, but nevertheless totally legit "trick" allowing to save when traveling in Austria - using discounted international tickets for domestic journeys within Austria. For example ticket for one of the popular Austrian rail journeys - from Vienna to Salzburg - with Austrian Railways (OeBB) costs 49,9 euro (=standard one-way fare), while at the same time discounted international tickets from Vienna to Munich (via Salzburg) start from only 29 euro. What it all means? It means that passenger can save more than 20 euro by simply buying international ticket from Vienna to Munich instead of more expensive domestic ticket to Slazburg. Might sound absurd, but such trick really works, while the only thing left would be to get off train a bit earlier - in Salzburg. Similar algortihm can be used for cases when passenger needs to travel to Western Austria (Innsbruck, Bregenz, St. Anton am Arlberg, Feldkirch etc.), just look for 29 euro Sparschiene tickets from Vienna to Zurich, and so on. And this "international ticket instead of domestic" trick can make sense with many other destination. International discounted tickets (e.g. Vienna-Munich, Vienna-Zurich etc.) can be easily bought in advance via OeBB website (N.B. We recommend to take advantage of this trick only in case all the domestic Sparschiene tickets for the route you want were already sold out or more expensive, then the international Sparschiene). Different money saving trick as well concerns use of international tickets, but this time not bought in Austria from OeBB. The thing is that in Hungary and Slovakia exists special so-called CityStar tickets offered for travelers to Austria, and these CityStar tickets most often turn to be cheaper than domestic OeBB tariff on long-distance journeys, so if passenger has a chance to visit Slovakia or Hungary before planned domestic trip within Austria, it might be a good chance to save some money. For instance CityStar ticket Bratislava-Vienna-Innsbruck-Vienna-Bratislava bought in Slovakia costs only 55,7 euro, while on the contrary one-way ticket from Vienna to Innsbruck bought in Austria from OeBB costs 62,5 euro or 125 euro return. Compare it to only 55,7 euro for the same journey with Slovak CityStar... no comments. Slovak or Hungarian CityStar tickets can be purchase till any station in Austria. "Trick" with CityStar tickets at times can be so tempting that it might make sense to visit Bratislava (or other Slovak station) from Vienna (return fare Vienna-Bratislava is only 15 euro, while the journey takes one hour) and buy CityStar intentionally
    4. Once passengers plan to travel a lot in Austria, travel with family or have no desire to 'hunt' for discounted Sparschiene tickets, then for money saving it's possible to take advantage of OeBB reduction
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      card called VORTEILScard. It gives 45%/50% on all the domestic train journeys within Austria. VORTEILScard also includes RailPlus - 25% discount for international tickets all over Europe. VORTEILScard is valid for one year and can be obtained from any OeBB ticket counter. Standard price for adults is 99 euro, but for youth (<26) and families it cost only 19 euro, for seniors only 29 euro, so basically the card can pay off only after one journey from Vienna to Salzburg. Interested? More info about VORTEILScard can be found here 
    5. Couple years ago on most popular Austrian route (Vienna to Salzburg via St.Pölten, Amstetten, Linz, Wels and Attnang-Puchheim arrived new private rail company - WestBahn. With their new Stadler Kiss double-decker EMU in service full standard fare is much cheaper compared to similar OeBB (state owned Austrian Railways), for instance ticket from Vienna to Salzburg cost only 23,9 euro, while same journey with OeBB would cost you 49,9 euro. However potential passengers should remember that OeBB on domestic service also offers discounted Sparschiene tickets, which can be cheaper to standard full fare tickets for WestBahn trains
  • If case you still have any questions concerning use of discounts or international discounted tickets for travels within Austria please address our Forum
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    Regarding international offers that might be useful on domestic routes see “International routes” below


    International Train Service:

    a) Regular discounts

    TEE PreiseSystem (international tickets betwen Austria, Germany and Switzerland)

    b) Special offers (SparSchiene)

    Ticket offers with limited number of tickets per each departure (purchase in advance required):

    • Belgium: from Vienna to Brussels starting from 69 euro (daytime via Frankfurt), from Linz to Brussels or Liege (from 59 euro)
    • Denmark: from Vienna to Copenhagen (or any destination in Denmark) starting from 79 euro (daytime via Hamburg)
    • Germany: from Vienna to Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Leipzig, Cologne, Düsseldorf etc. (seats from 29 euro, couchettes from 39 euro, sleepers from 59 euro) or from any Austrian station (OeBB<200km) to any German (DB<250km) - e.g. Linz - Nuremberg, Innsbruck - Munich etc. - from 19 euro only
    • Netherlands: from Vienna or Innsbruck to Amsterdam starting from 69 euro (daytime via Frankfurt)
    • Italy: from Vienna to Venice, Florence, Rome, Milan (seats from 29 euro, couchettes from 49 euro, sleepers from 69 euro); Innsbruck to Italy (seats from 19 euro), from Salzburg to Venice (seats from 29 euro, couchettes from 49 euro, sleepers from 69 euro). Also special offers for ÖBB Intercitybus from any station of Austrian Carinthia (like Klagenfurt, Villach etc.) to Italian Udine for only 9 euro (incl.seat reservation) or 19 euro to Venice
    • Croatia: from Vienna to Zagreb (seats from 29 euro)
    • Poland: from Vienna to Katowice, Krakow, Warsaw (seats from 39 euro, however couchettes & sleepers on the overnight connection is payed in full fare), from Villach/Graz/Salzburg to Poland (seats from 59 euro)
    • Luxembourg: from Vienna to Luxembourg (seats for daytime connection via Koblenz from 69 euro)
    • Switzerland: from Vienna, Graz, Villach to Zurich (seats from 29 euro, couchettes from 39 euro, sleepers from 59) or any Austrian station to any Swiss - from 19 euro (OEEB<305km and SBB<150km); from 29 euro (OEEB<305km and SBB>150km and OEEB>305km and SBB<150km); from 39 euro (OEEB>306km and SBB>150km)
    • Slovakia: from 19 euro (OeBB<300km - Bratislava or other destinations in Western Slovakia), from 39 euro (any station in Austria - Central/Eastern Slovakia, e.g. Poprad-Tatry, Kosice etc.)
    • Slovenia: from Vienna to Maribor (from 19 euro), from Vienna to Ljubljana (from 29 euro) or OeBB<110km and any SZ station (from 19 euro)
    • Czech Republic: from Vienna to Brno/Ostrava (from 19 euro), from Vienna or Linz to Prague (from 29 euro), from Salzburg, Graz or Villach to Prague (from 39 euro) 
    • Hungary: from Vienna & Graz to Budapest (seats from 19 euro) or OeBB<100km and MAV unlimited (from 19 euro). Special Excursion Tickets from Vienna to Budapest and back to Vienna (39 euro); from Linz to Budapest and back to Linz (45 euro) and from Salzburg to Budapest and back to Salzburg (59 euro). Number of tickets under such offer is limited Special price Graz-Budapest-Graz 4 day validity ticket - 45 euro or 22,5 euro (children <15 years old)

    EURegio (4 days validity period):

    • Slovakia: from Vienna to Bratislava return – 15 euro (valid for one day + daily transport (MHD) in Bratislava) or 37 euro (one calendar week); from Kittsee or Marchegg to Bratislava return - 5 euro, from Gänserndorf or Siebenbrunn - Leopoldsdorf return - 7 euro, from Bruck a.d. Leitha or Neusiedl am See return - 8 euro, remember that all the prices are for 4 day validity return tickets
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    • Hungary: from Vienna to Mosonmagyarovar return - 17 euro, from Vienna to Györ return - 21 euro, from Vienna to Tatabanya return - 26 euro, from Vienna to Szombathely return - 25 euro, from Graz to Szombathely return - 25 euro etc., remember that all the prices are for 4 day validity return tickets
    • Slovenia (ÖBB Slovenia ticket): from Graz/Leibnitz to Ljubljana return - 40 euro, from Graz to Maribor return - 19 euro, from Klagenfurt to Ljubljana return - 30 euro, from Villach to Ljubbjana return - 24 euro, from Villach to Jesenice, Lesce Bled, Bled Jazaro return - 15 euro,  from Klagenfurt to Maribor return - 20 euro etc., remember that all the prices are for 4 day validity return tickets
    • Czech Republic: from Vienna to Ceske Budejovice/Český Krumlov return - 34/35 euro, from Gmünd to Ceske Velenice return - 2 euro, from Vienna to Znojmo return - 20 euro, from Vienna to Mikulov return - 23 euro etc., remember that all the prices are for 4 day validity return tickets

    c) CityStars

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    While knowing all the options and discounts offered by OeBB any passenger can travel relatively cheap to almost any destination abroad. And even in cases when you've missed cheap discounted tickets (like Vienna to Prague SparSchiene for 29 euro), but still have no internation to overpay with standard full fare (return for >120 euro) you can always use 34 euro EURegio ticket from Vienna to Ceske Budejovice + cheap Czech domestic ticket from Ceske Budejovice to Prague (max.233 CZK) or instead travel via Bratislava (with Vienna to Bratislava for 15 euro + CityStar from Bratislava to Prague for 38,1 euro) etc. If case you still have any questions concerning use of tricks, discounts or international tickets for travels to/from Austria please address our Forum

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    How to Buy Train Tickets in Austria:

    Austrian Railways (OeBB) online ticket system works pretty good and available in English, so you can easily purchase national and many international tickets online directly via OeBB website, also tickets can be booked via email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (here you will get special code for printing your ticket before the trip at any OeBB ticket machine). Once in Austria besides buying tickets via tickets counter passengers also can purchase travel documents (tickets, reservations etc.) via tickets machines or on board of train (NB: OeBB charges 3 euro fee for that, while WestBahn doesn't make you pay any extra fee)

    Step by Step Guide on How to Purchase Tickets via OeBB Online Ticket Shop - europetrainsguide.com/Advice/How-to-Buy-Train-Tickets/Austria-OeBB.html

     

    Do you still have further questions or want to share your own travel experience? You are welcome on our Forum page

     

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