Fastest journey9hr 12m
The overnight journey by train from London to Vienna is very easy to arrange in one simple booking here on Loco2. Bookings for this route usually open 3 months in advance, and that's the moment to book if you are keen to get the best deal on fares. The lowest price offers just seated accommodation on the night train. We strongly recommend upgrading to a couchette or sleeper for greater comfort.
The EuroNight service from Cologne to Vienna is one of a family of overnight trains to the Austrian capital run by Austrian Railways (ÖBB). If you are not keen on the idea of an 11-hour overnight journey from Cologne to Vienna, there are useful daytime alternatives. Twice-daily direct daytime ICEs link the two cities, taking just over nine hours for the journey.
Cologne to Vienna (night train)
Austrian Railways (ÖBB) run every evening an overnight service from the German Rhineland to Vienna. The night train leaves from Cologne Hauptbahnhof, taking 11 hours for the journey to the Austrian capital. Upon arrival in Vienna you may alight at either Meidling station or at the new Hauptbahnhof – the latter offers the best range of onward connections.
The first couple of hours of the journey the train follows the Rhine Valley. On a moonlit night, this offers some splendid moments as the train runs up the famous gorge section of the Rhine south of Koblenz. Thereafter you’ll probably be asleep for much of the overnight run via the Main and Danube Valleys to Vienna.
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