National rail operator
Facts about Austria
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Timezone: 1+ UTC
- Language: German throughout and some regional dialects
Austria is a perfect destination for rail travellers. Getting to Austria by train is easy and once there you’ll find trains that are fast, frequent and punctual. The country benefits from a dense network of rail routes which extends to the furthest corners of the country. Connections between trains and buses are usually perfectly coordinated. This is a country which takes public transport seriously.
There are several celebrated routes through picturesque Alpine scenery. One of the best is the Tyrolean route which runs west from Innsbruck; it's used by all direct trains from Vienna and Salzburg to Switzerland. Another favourite is the Semmering Railway which runs south-west from Vienna towards Graz and Klagenfurt. Don’t expect high speed on these scenic mountain routes. These journeys are a chance to sit back and savour the landscape.
Vienna is particularly well served by night trains from across Europe. There are nightly direct services to Vienna from a dozen German cities (including Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin) and a wide choice of Italian cities (including Rome, Venice and Milan). Overnight trains arrive into Vienna from further afield as well, including from Warsaw, Bucharest and Moscow. There are also overnight sleeper trains entirely within Austria, linking stations like Bregenz and Feldkirch in the westernmost parts of the country with the capital.
Image credits: Innsbruck, Austria, © Nikolai Sorokin