Alternatively, you can travel from Vienna to Luxembourg by daytime trains in a single day with as few as one change at Koblenz. For the best price, split the booking like this: The reason you split the booking is that Trier is in Germany, and cheap sparpreis fares are only available for journeys to or from Germany.
Option 1, by daytime railjet train - the scenic option, through the wonderful Arlberg Pass The scenery through the Tirol via the Arlberg pass is superb, watch the Arlberg Pass video to see for yourself. You can buy tickets from Vienna to almost any Swiss station at either www. Booking opens up to days ahead, you print your own ticket. Incidentally, I get a lot of people who think they will save money by using their Swiss Pass for the Swiss part of the journey. But if let's say Trainline.
So check prices before wasting a Swiss Pass day! Option 2, by Nightjet sleeper train - the time-effective option See the Nightjet information page. Book this sleeper train at www. In the search results you may see a second sleeper train leaving Vienna around By all means take this if you really need to be in Vienna until late, but otherwise I'd stick with the Austrian Nightjet leaving It's usually much cheaper than buying a separate onward ticket!
Double-deck sleeping-car on the Vienna-Zurich Nightjet, at Zurich. Saves a hotel bill too A Nightjet sleeper train leaves Vienna Hbf every day at There's a shower at the end of the sleeping-car corridor for passengers in the regular sleepers.
The sleeper fare includes a complimentary sparkling wine on departure and breakfast served in your compartment. The couchette fare includes a light breakfast. Buy tickets online at either www.
If it won't let you select the couchette or sleeper you want, try choosing a higher semi-flexible fare. Booking usually opens up to days ahead.
Do not use Trenitalia. Austrian couchette car or liegewagen. Watch the video, Vienna to Venice by railjet. The morning railjet train leaves Vienna Hbf at The afternoon railjet train leaves Vienna Hbf at Booking opens up to days ahead. Buy tickets online at www. Onward tickets from Venice to Florence, Rome, Naples and other Italian destinations should be booked separately at either www. Whichever site you use, high-speed trains in Italy are ticketless, you simply quote your booking reference on board the train.
I'd allow at least 45 minutes in Venice to make a connection, in case of any delay. You take a fast railjet train west to Innsbruck and change for one of the comfortable Austrian EuroCity trains running south through the Brenner Pass to Verona, with one a day continuing to Bologna, one of two per day continuing to Venice. To buy tickets the easy way, book from Vienna to your Italian destination all in one go at www. The critical thing here is to look through the search results really carefully with brain engaged.
A journey to Florence or Rome or Naples should have no more than 2 changes, and if one of those changes is at Rosenheim, Jenbach or Innsbruck then the system is routing you via the Brenner Pass. The other change will be at either Verona or Bologna. If a journey you find this way suits you, go ahead and buy.
If not, read on To buy tickets with more control so you can ensure longer more robust connections for example, first use www. That's because the fare shown covers the Austrian train from Vienna to Innsbruck and the Austrian EuroCity from Innsbruck to Verona, Bologna or Venice depending on the service , but does not cover any Italian domestic train, which will be greyed out. The Austrian Railways website cannot sell tickets for Italian domestic journeys.
So you now just need to book this Italian domestic section separately at www. High-speed trains in Italy are ticketless, you simply quote your booking reference on board the train.
I'd allow at least 40 minutes in Verona or Bologna between trains. For example the Or take the Like I said, it's a longer way round then the direct route via Semmering! Sometimes in 6-seat compartments. Mountain scenery on the Brenner route Watch out for hilltop fortresses See the Brenner Pass scenery video here.
By daytime trains with overnight stop in Geneva Change in Zurich onto a comfortable Swiss domestic train to Geneva. There are several departures to choose from, but the best is arguably the Put your feet up and enjoy the ride, have dinner in the restaurant car, watch this video to see what the scenery is like in the Arlberg Pass.
Book from Vienna to Geneva as one transaction at either www. Stay overnight in Geneva. Step 2, travel by train from Geneva to Barcelona. Usually you'll find a TER regional train leaving Geneva at Book this at either www.
You usually print your own ticket. What's the journey like? Step 3, stay overnight in Barcelona see suggested hotels near the station and book onward high-speed trains from Barcelona to Madrid, Seville, Malaga, Alicante etc, using www. Seen from the train and one of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,m 9, feet high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline all the way from Girona to Perpignan It's perfectly possible to travel from Vienna to Lisbon or Porto or Faro by train, in great comfort.
The whole journey takes 3 nights. Travel from Vienna to Barcelona as shown above. You'll need to overnight in Barcelona, see suggested hotels near the station.
Travel from Barcelona to Lisbon as shown here. Option 1, via Paris Travel from Vienna to Paris as shown above. Travel from Paris to Lisbon as shown here.
Courtesy of Ron Baker. Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out Option 1, by day trains to anywhere in Germany - the fast daytime option You print your own ticket or can simply show it on your smartphone or laptop screen. You can buy a ticket from Vienna to anywhere in Germany using www.
I recommend registering when prompted, so you can always log in and check or re-print all your bookings. It's also worth checking prices on the Austrian Railways site www. Option 2, by Nightjet sleeper train - the comfortable time-effective option Vienna Hbf depart You can book these online at www. But what if you don't want to commit to a specific departure way in advance?
What if you have left it too late to get a cheap ticket? Simply use the hourly double-decker Westbahn trains from Vienna Hbf or Vienna Westbahnhof to Salzburg connecting with the regional Meridian trains every hour from Salzburg to Munich. Buy the Bayern Ticket at the station in Salzburg on the day or online as shown here. More info on Bayern Tickets. You can check Meridian times and prices at www. All these tickets have unlimited availability at these prices - they cannot sell out!
Westbahn double-deck train on the Salzburg-Vienna route. Click here for virtual tour of a Westbahn train Back to top. The German Railways website www. In the search results, look for an easy journey with just 1 change. Make sure you sit on the right hand side of the train going north from Prague towards Dresden.
On the other hand, students of more recent history may prefer a stop in Nuremberg. It's just 4h10 by train from Vienna to Nuremberg, then 3h20 from Nuremberg to Berlin. Consider a stopover in Prague Prague's historic old town square is only 15 minutes walk from Prague Hlavni station. For lunch in Prague, consider a 6 minute m walk from the station to the Restaurant Zvonice www. A stopover in Dresden is also possible, instead of or in addition to Prague, booked in the same way.
Consider a stopover in Nuremberg In Nuremberg there's a pleasant old town, a railway museum and of course the infamous but thought-provoking Party Rally Grounds take tram 9 from outside Nuremberg Hbf, it's well worth the trip. There are left luggage lockers in Nuremberg for your bags. Check Austrian Railways www. You also print your own ticket. This is the same as option 1, but with an overnight stop in Prague, so it's time-effective and you can spend an evening in Prague.
Day 1, take any railjet train you like from Vienna to Prague in 3h But by all means take an earlier train and have an evening or an afternoon in Prague. Stay overnight in Prague. For dinner in Prague, consider a 6 minute m walk to the Restaurant Zvonice www. It's usually open until midnight, ideal if you're catching a sleeper. Day 2, take any EuroCity train you like from Prague to Berlin in 4h It's cheapest to book this as one journey from Vienna to Berlin at www.
Simply click Add intermediate stops , enter Prague and a duration of around 9 hours - I have set up this link to do that for you. A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Berlin-Prague express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden. Photo courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry. Option 3, Vienna to Berlin by direct EuroNight sleeper train. In spite of being popular with passengers, the Vienna-Berlin 'Metropol' was discontinued as from the timetable change on 10 December , the usual railway politics and mishandling.
You can still take the sleeper from Vienna to Prague then take a daytime train from Prague on to Berlin, like this: Step 1, take the sleeper train from Vienna to Prague, leaving Vienna Hbf at Morning tea or coffee is included in the fare in the sleepers.
Have a full breakfast in Prague. You can also book it at Austrian Railways www. This is a lovely scenic journey along the Elbe River valley between Prague and Dresden. By all means spend a pleasant morning in Prague and book a later train to Berlin, trains leave every 2 hours. Left luggage is available. Good news, a direct Vienna-Berlin sleeper train now looks set to resume from the timetable change on 9 December , leaving Vienna at Details will appear here nearer the time.
It will run via Poland rather than through Prague. A Czech sleeping-car of the type used on this train. Each room can be used with 1, 2 or 3 beds. Just like a hotel, the corridor in a Comfortline sleeping-car. There's a shower at end of the corridor for standard sleeper passengers. But by all means take an earlier train if you like for a leisurely evening in Hamburg.
Stay overnight in Hamburg. Travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm by X train. If you take the If you want the Travel from Copenhagen to Malmö or Gothenburg by Öresund Link train, these run several times each hour to Malmö, journey time 52 minutes, and once an hour to Gothenburg, journey time 4h Book from Hamburg to Malmö or Gothenburg as one transaction at www.
Travel from Copenhagen to Gothenburg as shown above. Trains then run every few hours from Gothenburg to Oslo, you can check times at www. Alternatively, sail overnight from Copenhagen to Oslo by direct cruise ferry with bars, restaurants and en suite cabins, booked at www. Day 1, travel from Vienna to Munich by railjet train with restaurant car, leaving Vienna Hbf at These railjets run every couple of hours, so by all means book an earlier one to have a leisurely evening in Munich.
Stay overnight in Munich There are several possible departures, for example leaving Munich Hbf at It's an interesting experience in its own right - you must leave the train and go upstairs into the ship's passenger accommodation during the minute crossing, although you can leave your luggage on the train. How much does it cost? Fares work like air fares, book early for the cheapest prices How to buy tickets Step 1, book from Vienna to Munich at www.
Step 2, book from Munich to Copenhagen at www. You print out your own tickets. A mph X train from Copenhagen to Stockholm. Self-service buffet car on the X to Stockholm. More info on X trains Option 3, using the Vienna-Hamburg sleeper train. The most time-effective way! Book this at German Railways www. Step 2, now take the If you're going to Stockholm , travel onwards from Copenhagen to Stockholm by X train.
Book Hamburg to Stockholm departing If you're going to Malmö or Gothenburg , travel from Copenhagen to Malmö or Gothenburg by Öresund Link train, these run several times each hour to Malmö, journey time 35 minutes, and once an hour to Gothenburg, journey time 3h Step 1, travel from Vienna to Kiel on any suitable train. You can catch a daytime train and stay overnight, or use the Vienna-Hamburg sleeper and connection to Kiel. In Kiel it's just a minute walk from Kiel Hbf to the Color Line ferry terminal, but allow several hours between trains and ferry for the ferry check-in and in case of any delay.
Step 2, sail from Kiel to Oslo by luxurious overnight Color Line ferry, with a full range of en suite cabins, suites, bars, restaurants and lounges. This photo is taken from the exit of Kiel station, so you can see how close the ferry is.
It's a minute walk across the harbour, with a street lift up to a connecting walkway which takes you to the ferry terminal. You'll also have priority boarding of the ship. Photos courtesy of Andrew Leo. Boarding the Color Line ferry to Oslo in Kiel A 5 Star Suite on the ferry More cruise liner than ferry! Wake up to this Although you can travel to Stockholm then take a ferry to Helsinki, you'll probably find it easier to take a direct ferry from Germany to Helsinki.
First, check for Finnlines ferries from Travemünde to Helsinki at www. Allow plenty of time for a transfer to the ferry terminal and the ferry check-in. Option 1, by daytime railjet trains in just 3h The train is definitely the way to go, see the Vienna to Prague page for full details Option 2, by competing RegioJet train.
Option 3, by sleeper train With daytime trains now taking only 3h57 it's hardly worth taking the sleeper. But for those who want to save a hotel bill, there's also a sleeper train leaving Vienna Hbf at You can book it at either Austrian Railways www. Departures are every two hours, leaving from Vienna's Franz Josef Bahnhof in the north of the city.
This holds timetable data for both GWTR and the national rail operators so it'll show times for the whole journey. However, because the branch line from Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov is now run by private operator GWTR, you'll need to buy tickets in two stages, like this: Step 1, Vienna to Ceske Budejovice The route with one simple cross-platform change at Ceske Velenice is fastest, taking 3h20 or so.
Lots of people make this connection, if the Austrian train is a little late the Czech train will wait. Ceske Velenice is only a small station with 4 platforms. Sit on the upper deck for the best views! The ticket is good for any train that day. If you buy online. Going the longer way round via Linz takes over 4 hours, though you might see some cheap advance-purchase train-specific fares via Linz in the search results when using cd.
Incidentally, Ceske Budejovice might sound more familiar by its former Germanic name, Budweis. That's right, where the name of the beer comes from! The town is worth a look around in its own right.
Step 2, Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov The train has luggage space, a toilet, power sockets and free WiFi. Regional Express trains link Vienna Hbf with Bratislava Hlavna every hour through the day, journey time 1h They usually leave Vienna Hbf at xx: By the way, Hlavna is often abbreviated to hl. So I'd stick with the trains to Bratislava Hlavna! These tickets have unlimited availability so cannot sell out.
You can travel outward on any train on the first day of validity and can travel back on any train on any day within 16 days. These tickets have unlimited availability so cannot sell out, just buy at the station on the day. It's valid on any train that day. You sit anywhere you like. As you can see in the photo below, there's usually one smart Slovakian air-conditioned intercity coach, whilst the rest of the train consists of more basic non-air-con Austrian City Shuttle regional carriages, with interiors as shown in the photo below right.
Grab a seat in the more comfortable Slovakian car! Also consider a river trip along the Danube, Vienna-Bratislava fast ferries and hydrofoils runs at least once a day in winter, up to 5 times a day in summer, 80 minutes. At least two companies operate, see www. The hourly regional express train from Vienna to Bratislava Hlavna, about to leave from Vienna Hauptbahnhof.
Behind the locomotive there's usually a smart Slovakian air-conditioned intercity coach, whilst the rest of the train consists of more basic non-air-con Austrian City Shuttle carriages, with interiors as shown in the photo above right.
Find a seat in the more comfortable Slovakian car if you can! Every hour or two, a smart Austrian railjet train or air-conditioned EuroCity train links Vienna Hbf with Budapest Keleti in only 2h Economy class on railjet , in open saloons with picture windows.
A railjet from Vienna, arrived at Budapest Keleti spot on time. Option 1, by sleeper train Dacia Express from Vienna to Bucharest - the easy direct option A direct train called the Dacia Express leaves Vienna Hbf every day at There's wonderful almost Alpine scenery through the Carpathian mountains between Brasov and Bucharest, a real treat You can book this train at the Austrian Railways website www. In the search results, look for the direct train marked D with no changes. If it says not available you can't book it booking may not have opened yet , but if a sparschiene fare is shown you can.
Option 2, by railjet to Budapest then sleeper train to Bucharest - easily booked online and usually the cheapest option.. By all means take an earlier train and spend a day or an afternoon exploring Budapest. To check times and buy tickets use either www.
Ister is the historic name for the river Danube. There's no restaurant car so take a picnic and bottle of wine. There's wonderful scenery in the morning over breakfast in Transylvania and through the Carpathian mountains between Brasov and Bucharest.
To book the Budapest to Bucharest train, use the Hungarian Railways website www. For Bucharest, enter Bucuresti. Photos courtesy Andy Brabin. Romanian vagon cuseta couchette car Bar-bistro photos courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.
Day 1, take an air-conditioned railjet train from Vienna to Budapest, leaving Vienna Hbf at By all means take an earlier train if you'd like an evening or even a whole afternoon in Budapest. Stay overnight in Budapest. More hotels in Budapest. A comfortable air-conditioned InterCity train leaves Budapest Keleti at You collect your tickets from the yellow ticket machines at Budapest Keleti station. Air-conditioned 2nd class used on the Traianus from Budapest to Bucharest.
The Austrian cars have power sockets at seats, although the Slovenian ones don't. Other departures are available leaving Vienna Hbf around Buy tickets at www. The Croatia uses comfortable and spacious air-conditioned Austrian carriages, with power sockets at all seats with a choice of sitting in an open-plan saloon car my own preference or in classic 6-seater compartments with side corridor. Another good departure is available leaving Vienna Hbf around For Split , either stay overnight in Zagreb and take a daytime train from Zagreb to Split next day a great idea as it's a lovely scenic route well worth seeing by day or take the overnight sleeper from Zagreb to Split.
For Dubrovnik , take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik. Buses leave every hour or even every half hour from Split bus station and take between 3h45 and 4h35 to Dubrovnik bus station.
Buy at the bus station on the day, it's easy. Vienna to Zagreb on the Croatia: Above right, first class seats. You can now buy tickets online at www. Scenery between Zagreb and Split seen from the train Step 1, take the Make sure you allow at least an hour in Budapest between trains to be on the safe side.
Step 2, travel from Budapest to Split by direct sleeper train called the Adria. This runs from 15 June to 7 September , leaving Budapest Keleti at Check to see if it is bookable online at the Hungarian Railways website www. If not, you will need to book at the station or by phone with a ticketing agency in your home country. For Dubrovnik, take a bus from Split. There are buses every hour or even every half hour, run by several companies.
Buy a ticket at the bus station in Split. Option 1, by daytime trains to Belgrade then overnight sleeper to Sofia It uses smart air-conditioned Hungarian carriages. A request - if you get any good photos of this train, inside or out, which i could use on this site, please get in touch! To buy tickets the easy way , go to Austrian Railways www. To save a few euros, or if no sparschiene fare shows up from Vienna to Belgrade at oebb.
Step 1, use www. Step 2, now use the Hungarian Railways website www. Tickets booked at mavcsoport. But don't worry, this train arrives at Budapest Keleti at So you have plenty of time to nip to one of the yellow ticket machines located around the station just feet away from your train. If you're heading to Sofia , spend the night in Belgrade - I recommend the excellent and historic Hotel Moskva at the end of Belgrade's main pedestrianised shopping street - then take the daytime train from Belgrade to Sofia.
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