Eurail in Austria
How to travel by Eurail in Austria. Overview and information to travel routes, Austrian train types, night trains and Eurail reservations.
Eurail is valid on all trains of ÖBB (State Railways), GySEV, Westbahn and Mariazeller Bahn (operated by NÖVOG, narrow gauge railway from St Pölten to Mariazell).
Not valid on GKB, StLB, St&H, STB, MBS, SLB, NÖVOG (except Mariazeller Bahn, see above), WLB, RZD and Optima Express.
For more information about train companies in Austria click here.
Reservation and supplement:
Day trains: All day trains in Austria can be used without a seat reservation. Seat reservation is only compulsory on international trains from Vienna to Warsaw and Venice. A supplement is payable on the international trains from Munich via Innsbruck to Verona, Bologna and Venice.
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Night trains: Compulsory seat reservation on all night trains.
Eurail is not valid on the RZD night trains from Moscow and St Peterburg to Vienna and from Moscow to Nice via Vienna. Eurail is also not valid on Optima Express services from Villach to Edirne (Turkey).
For more information about night trains in Austria click here.
Good to know:
When doing Eurail in Austria you don't have to worry about much. The main operator in Austria is ÖBB (state railways) who operate all main lines and international services. Services are frequent and reliable. Many lines run through scenic areas, such as Semmering railway (from Vienna to Graz/Klagenfurt), Arlberg railway (Innsbruck to Zurich) and Tauern railway (Salzburg to Klagenfurt). Railway lines not only connect the large cities such as Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Graz but also allow to go to beautiful rural areas such as Salzkammergut (Gmunden, Bad Ischl, Hallstatt, Bad Aussee) or Lake Neusiedl national park.
Private railway operators usually run on branch lines connecting larger cities with the countryside. Most of them do not accept Eurail but unless you have very specific destinations in mind you will not have to use these private railways anyway.
Private railways that do accept Eurail are GySEV, which run cross-border regional trains in the area between Vienna and Sopron and Gyor in Hungary, and Westbahn which operate Intercity trains between Vienna and Salzburg.
Timetables for all Austrian lines are available in our schedule planner or the Eurail app which include all trains and timings. You can also check on the national schedule planner.
The line from Salzburg to Innsbruck, which is the most important east-west connection in Austria, runs through Germany between Salzburg and Kufstein (travel time about 1h30). On the direct trains running on that route (for instance trains from Vienna to Zurich), Austrian domestic fares are valid which means that if you are travelling with a ticket valid for Austria only (One Country Pass) you do not have to pay extra.
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EURAIL AUSTRIA PASSThe Eurail AUSTRIA Pass. Travel by train in Austria. Get free help and information in our big Eurail community. Buy your official Eurail pass here.
AUSTRIA EURAIL TRAIN RESERVATIONSWhat trains require an Eurail reservation. How to avoid expensive reservations and save money. Here you get free help and a list of all trains.
AUSTRIA EURAIL NIGHT TRAINSEurail night train travel. We list all connections, fares and categories: seat, couchette, sleeper. How and where to buy night train reservations.
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