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Trains to Vienna

You can hop on a direct train to Vienna from more than a dozen countries across Europe. No other capital city in the European Union can boast as fine a choice of international rail connections. So whether your journey starts in Moscow or Monaco, Zurich or Budapest, it’s easy to reach Vienna on a direct train. The Austrian capital is a popular destination with visitors from Britain, and here on Loco2 we can offer a number of daytime or overnight routes from London to Vienna – usually requiring two changes of train.

Almost all long-distance journeys to Vienna end at the city’s sparkling new Hauptbahnhof which was finally completed in 2015. Four years on, the Viennese now see that years of rebuilding and disruption have paid off in that they now have one of Europe's most distinctive and efficient rail hubs. There are a number of other stations. Wien Mitte is closer to the heart of the Old Town than Hauptbahnhof; it has a good range of local and regional services.

Vienna is a showpiece capital, with a compact central area which is easily explored on foot. The absence of cars within much of the Old Town is a real blessing, and one can easily spent a pleasant few hours wandering through the interlinked squares and back streets that surround St Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom).

Some of the grander boulevards and formal gardens drip with Habsburg nostalgia. There are churches and palaces aplenty, cream cakes and schnitzel galore. In short, Vienna lives up to every stereotype. But you need not be smothered by Imperial Vienna. There is an edgier side to the city too, marked out in Vienna’s vibrant club scene. In spring and summer, head for the city's green spaces such as the Wienerwald. In winter, escape to Europe's oldest ski resort at Semmering, just an hour south-west of Vienna by fast train.

Vienna is the hub for rail routes fanning out across Europe so it makes an excellent stop as a part of a wider rail adventure. Links to central European capitals are especially good, with frequent fast trains to Bratislava, Prague and Budapest. There are also comfortable direct daytime trains to Warsaw, Belgrade, Venice and Zurich. Daytime journeys to Venice and Zurich are especially recommended for the fine Alpine scenery along the way. The Venice train follows the classic Semmering Railway, while the direct Railjet trains to Switzerland run via the Tyrol and the Arlberg route.

Vienna has plenty of trains to other Austrian cities; Salzburg is two-and-a-half hours away, Graz about three and a half. We are not yet able to book the full range of routes from Vienna here on Loco2, but we’ve certainly enough on offer to get you started.

Travel to Vienna by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe.

Cologne to Vienna by train

from $32.15

Avg 0 changes 8hr 48m

Zurich to Vienna by train

from $32.78

Avg 0 changes 7hr 43m

London to Vienna by train

from $112.84

Avg 2 changes 12hr 29m

Munich to Vienna by train

from $22.69

Avg 0 changes 3hr 49m

Budapest to Vienna by train

from $15.76

Avg 0 changes 2hr 21m

Brussels to Vienna by train

from $55.48

Avg 1 change 10hr 20m

Prague to Vienna by train

from $15.76

Avg 0 changes 3hr 57m

Amsterdam to Vienna by train

from $56.11

Avg 1 change 10hr 37m

Berlin to Vienna by train

from $33.41

Avg 0 changes 7hr 40m

Frankfurt am Main to Vienna by train

from $34.67

Avg 0 changes 6hr 24m

Salzburg to Vienna by train

from $22.06

Avg 0 changes 2hr 15m

Bratislava to Vienna by train

from $16.39

Avg 0 changes 50m

Paris to Vienna by train

from $68.08

Avg 1 change 9hr 50m

Plattling to Vienna by train

from $33.41

Avg 0 changes 2hr 31m

Passau to Vienna by train

from $22.06

Avg 0 changes 2hr 16m

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Trains to Austria

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.