ÖBB (OEBB in English) is the state railway company of Austria, the abbreviation stands for 'Austrian Federal Railways'. The group consists of various subsidiaries, each of which is responsible for specific transport sectors such as long-distance, local transport, postal bus operation and freight traffic.
Railjet (RJ) - the high-speed train of ÖBB. It operates at speeds of up to 230 km/h on routes such as Vienna - Munich, Vienna - Innsbruck and Prague - Graz. The train not only connects Austrian cities with each other, it links to neighbouring countries like Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland and Italy. Tickets for the Railjet are available in three classes; Economy Class (2nd class), First Class and Business Class. Since the Railjet is a train service that was introduced only a few years ago, travelling in Economy Class is also pleasant and offers comforts such as Wi-Fi and a plug socket. In First Class, there's more legroom and a newspaper service; In addition, food and drinks from the onboard restaurant can also be served at-seat. The Business Class offers extra luxury such as leather seats, reading lights and seats, which are divided into compartments - so you can read or work undisturbed whilst travelling. First class tickets can be upgraded to a business class ticket for an additional 15 Euros.
Intercity-Express (ICE) - On routes from Austria to Germany, the ÖBB uses Intercity Express trains - Deutsche Bahn trains that operate on many long-haul routes in Germany. Like the Railjet, the train reaches a top speed of 230km/h. Tickets are available for the first and second class cars of both classes are equipped with comfortable seats, electrical outlets and air conditioning. In addition, ICEs have a dining car and a compartment especially for parents with small children.
InterCity (IC) - The Intercity connects major cities and tourist destinations in Austria with a top speed of 200km/h. Again, passengers can choose between the first and second class, the first-class ticket includes a free newspaper for the ride. A dining car is not available in the InterCity, but extra compartments for infants and undisturbed nursing infants. Depending on the number of cars, the IC has bicycle parking spaces.
EuroCity (EC) - EuroCity is similar to InterCity, but operates on cross-border routes and connects Austria with its neighbouring European countries. Like the IC, it achieves a top speed of 200km/h. Tickets are available for First and Second Class and travellers can purchase refreshments onboard from the dining car. In First Class, food and drinks can be ordered and brought to your seat. The Eurocity also has a toddler and a nursing section.
Nightjet (NJ) - The night train of the ÖBB. The Nightjets travel overnight through Austria and neighbouring countries; Travelers can choose between seats, couchettes and sleeping cars. This will help you get to your destination while you sleep and at the same time save on hotel costs - you can start sightseeing right on the spot. In addition to Germany, Switzerland and Italy, the Nightjet can also be used to reach destinations in Eastern European countries such as Poland and Croatia. Couchettes have four or six chairs, a small breakfast is included in the ticket price. If you want, you can reserve a seat in a ladies, family or wheelchair compartment. In the sleeping car standard or deluxe compartments can be booked. Compartments are available as a single compartment, a double compartment or a triple compartment. In the two- and three-compartment can also be booked a single seat, in which case you share the compartment with other passengers. Deluxe compartments are equipped with private bathroom including shower and toilet. The deluxe and standard offer includes towels and toiletries, a welcome drink, newspaper and wake-up service and a la carte breakfast.
Regional- und S-Bahnen - ÖBB uses various train models in regional transport, including the state-of-the-art Cityjet. For the design of the seats, Austrian passengers were interviewed, resulting in adjustable seats, fold-out laptop tables, reading lights and sockets on the square and fully air-conditioned compartments with well-visible info screens. The train operates at a top speed of 160km/h and is used in S and regional traffic. Tickets are available for second class and there are bicycle parking spaces on each train.
Children travel on ÖBB trains for free until one day before their 6th birthday. Children up to the age of 14 pay half the standard price, and from 15, the full ticket price is due.
Wi-Fi is free on ÖBB trains. Those logging in on the train also receive access to the ÖBB online service and entertainment, including live travel updates, access to newspapers and magazines, and the ORF TVthek and fidelio, a platform for classical music.
Thanks to the beautiful nature of the country, which invites to exercise, OBB trains are very bike friendly. Bicycles can be taken on all commuter trains - provided there is enough space, a special reservation is not possible. For this, a bike ticket must be booked at 10% of the standard price of the second class. Groups with bikes are best off to buy a single-out-of-town bike ticket, so it's guaranteed to take them with you. In long-distance trains a bicycle parking space must be reserved for a price of three euros. Folding bicycles and disassembled bicycles can be taken as hand luggage free of charge.
Small animals can travel for free in all trains in a transport container. For larger dogs, an extra ticket must be booked - for distances up to 98km, this costs two euros, for longer trips, 10% of the standard price. Dogs must be kept on a leash and must be muzzled. This does not apply to assistance dogs entered in the passenger's Disability Passport, they also travel free of charge.
The ÖBB price system is uncomplicated and easy to understand. Tickets at the standard price are not dependent on the train type but can be used as desired within the validity period on the booked route. For most routes, tickets can be booked up to six months prior to the travel date.
Standard Ticket - valid for two days. During this period, each train on the selected route can be used - the ticket is available as a single and return trip. It can be exchanged free of charge before the first day of validity.
Comfort ticket - ticket for the night trains of the ÖBB. There is a train connection, but the ticket can be refunded free of charge up to 15 days before the date of travel. For a refund between 14 days to the day of travel, 50% of the ticket price will be retained as a processing fee in case of cancellation.
Sparschiene-Ticket - special rate tickets valid on the travel date for a predetermined train. Sparschiene tickets cannot be cancelled or exchanged.
Single-Raus-Ticket - Group ticket for two to five persons. The ticket is valid on local travel on the selected travel date - weekdays from 9 am to 3 am on the following day, on weekends and public holidays all day until 3 pm of the following day. The ticket entitles you to unlimited travel on public transport, the price per person drops, the more passengers there are (maximum of five). It can be cancelled before the day of travel free of charge.
Austria Card - the all-inclusive ticket. The annual ticket is valid on all ÖBB trains as well as on many private railways. It costs around 4.90 euros per day but must be bought for a whole year (1784 euros, partial payment possible). It is worthwhile for anyone who lives permanently in Austria and travels daily by train. This card can also be cancelled free of charge before the first day of validity.
Train tickets for OBB can be purchased on various distribution channels. The fastest way is to book the tickets online via the Trainline website or app. With just a few clicks, departure times, route information and prices can be called up and the desired trip can be booked. Alternatively, ÖBB tickets can be bought at Austrian train stations directly at the vending machine or in one of the travel centres located in over 90 train stations in the country. In addition, long-haul tickets can be purchased from the train crew for an additional fee of three euros. Anyone travelling in regional traffic may only enter the train with a valid ticket.
Tickets can be presented either as a printed paper version, as an online ticket in PDF format or as a mobile ticket in an app.
The ÖBB Vorteilscard is a discount card, the card is available in different price categories and grants discounts on train tickets within Austria and the surrounding countries for one year. It is only valid in conjunction with a photo ID with proof of age. Cardholders save 50% on the purchase of standard tickets online, per app and on ÖBB ticket machines; when buying at ÖBB ticket counters and in ÖBB travel agencies you get 45% discount. Cross-border tickets at the standard rate are reduced by 25% with the card.
The ticket is available online at oebb.at for 66 euros, at the ticket counter it costs 99 euros. In addition, there is the Vorteilscard Family, which costs only 19 euros, is valid for an adult and entitles to carry up to four children under 15 years. The children do not have to be related to the traveller but must be stated when buying the ticket. The Vorteilscard youth also costs 19 euros and is valid for travellers under 26 years. Seniors receive the Vorteilscard senior for 29 euros - it applies to passengers over 62 years.
The Vorteilscard can easily be added when booking on Trainline - instructions can be found in our help section.