Planning on taking trains in Austria? Use our website or app to buy tickets for ÖBB, Austria’s national railway system. ÖBB stands for “Austrian Federal Railways” - OEBB in English.
Here you’ll find details on ÖBB ticket types, discount cards and train types. We’ve also included helpful information on popular routes, timetables and rules for travelling with children and pets.
ÖBB train tickets can be purchased on our website, via our app or at the station.
The fastest way to book tickets is through our website or app. View departure times, route information, compare prices and pay securely.
Tickets can be bought at self-serve vending machines or from assistants in any of the 90 travel centres in Austria, located within stations.
If you’re in a rush, you can buy tickets on the train from the conductor for an additional €3. Book through our app and you’ll save that €3 for an extra helping of Wienerschnitzel!
Tickets are equally valid in printed paper form, as an online ticket in PDF format or as a mobile ticket in our app.
The ÖBB price system takes a bit of understanding, so read carefully!
Standard Tickets give you the choice of taking any type of train mentioned below, except for the Nightjet. For most routes, tickets can be booked up to six months ahead of the travel date.
Standard Tickets are highly flexible. You can take any train type running on the chosen route (except for night trains). The ticket is valid for two days from the date of validity. You’re also entitled to free reimbursement prior to the first day of validity.
Comfort Tickets cover all night trains. You must travel on the chosen travel day, at the chosen departure time. Reimbursement is free up to 15 days before the travel date. After that, you’re entitled to 50% of the fare back, provided it cost at least €15.
Sparschiene-Tickets are the most wallet-friendly option, but you must travel on the chosen travel day, and at the chosen departure time. The ticket cannot be reimbursed.
Einfach-Raus Tickets are group tickets for parties of two to five people. They cover local and regional routes and must be used on the chosen travel day. Bear in mind – they're valid at slightly different times on weekdays compared to weekends -
Monday-Friday - 9am-3am next day.
Saturday-Sunday, holidays – all day-3am next day.
The ticket can be reimbursed for free prior to the day of validity.
The Österreichcard is an annual travel card. This is perfect for someone planning on spending an extended period of time in Austria. The Österreichcard allows for unlimited rail travel throughout Austria, with various ticket options on offer. All prices below are for Standard Class tickets -
|Travel card type||Price and requirements|
|Österreichcard Classic||€1,889. No specific age requirements or special requirements.|
|Österreichcard Family||€2,024. Available for up to two parents and any children under the age of 15 belonging to those parents.|
|Österreichcard Senior||€1,329. Available for travellers over the age of 63.|
|Österreichcard Jugend||€1,154. Available to travellers under the age of 26.|
|Österreichcard Spezial||€1,154. Requires an Austrian certificate of disability showing a level of disability of at least 70%.|
The Österreichcard can be reimbursed for free prior to the day of validity.
ÖBB runs a huge range of train types - from overnight sleeper trains to high-speed cross-border services and regional trains.
Railjet is ÖBB’s high-speed train. It operates at speeds of up to 230 km/h on routes such as Vienna - Munich, Vienna - Innsbruck and Prague - Graz.
As well as linking Austrian cities, Railjet runs into neighbouring countries like Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland and Italy.
Tickets for Railjet are available in three classes
Economy Class - offers comforts such as free Wi-Fi and a plug socket.
First Class - offers more leg room and newspaper service. You can also have food and drink from the onboard restaurant served at-seat.
Business Class – offers extra luxuries like leather seats and reading lights. Seats are divided into compartments which afford extra privacy while travelling. Upgrade from First Class tickets to Business Class for an additional €15.
Find out more about Railjet trains.
Nightjet is ÖBB’s night train. It travels overnight through Austria and into neighbouring Italy, Switzerland and Germany. Nightjet also runs to Eastern European destinations such as Poland and Croatia.
Nightjet offers three different ticket options -
Seated carriage – the cheapest way to take the Nightjet. You’ll share six-seater carriages with other travellers - seats are upright. The carriages contain a couple of plug sockets and a small table.
Couchette – available as 4-berth or 6-berth cabins. Upright seats convert into single beds with a blanket, sheet and pillow included. Ideal for families or groups. Couchette tickets also include a “Viennese Breakfast” and bottled water free of charge. ÖBB offers women’s compartments and wheelchair accessible compartments on request.
Sleeper cabin – the most luxurious way to travel in the Nightjet. Choose between a standard or deluxe cabin in single, double or triple sizes. Standard cabins come with a washbasin, while deluxe cabins come with a full basin and bathroom. You’ll be welcomed into a sleeper cabin with a freshly made bed, a welcome bag and drink as well as an a-la-carte breakfast.
Find out more about Nightjet trains.
ÖBB runs six different services for trains within Austria.
Cityjet – a highly comfortable regional service. Cityjet trains boast seats designed according to insights gained from a survey of Austrian passengers. Seats have ergonomic headrests, reading lamps, plug sockets and fold-out laptop tables. Standard Class tickets only.
Talent – modern service running within Austria and into Hungary. Includes 20 bike spaces. Standard Class tickets only.
Desiro – operates on regional services in four of Austria’s nine states – Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Styria and Carinthia. Includes 10 bike spaces. Standard Class tickets only.
Bi-level push-pull train (DOSTO) - primarily serves eastern areas around Vienna, Vorarlberg and Carinthia. Standard Class tickets only.
Electric railcar 4020 – runs on the S-Bahn suburban rail network in greater Vienna. It also runs on the historic Semmeringbahn mountain railway. Standard Class tickets only.
InterCity trains are part of ÖBB’s cross-border, high-speed fleet. Travellers can opt for Standard Class or First-Class tickets. There is no onboard restaurant on the InterCity service. ÖBB caters for several special requirements with dedicated female-only compartments for women travelling alone, a breastfeeding compartment and a compartment for toddlers.
The Intercity-Express connects Austria and Germany via a network of routes running through Passau, a German border city. It rivals the Nightjet for speed, hitting top speeds of 230km/h. Travellers can choose between first class and Standard Class tickets. Plug sockets are available for all seats while reading lamps are only available in first class. Special compartments are reserved for parents with children of up to three years of age.
The EuroCity is similar to the InterCity service, connecting Austria with neighbouring European countries. Trains run between major European cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Poland. You can opt for Standard Class or First-Class tickets. Like the InterCity, special compartments are available for women travelling alone, women breastfeeding and toddlers. An onboard restaurant is also available.
Find out more about EuroCity trains.
The ÖBB Vorteilscard is a railcard which grants discounts on ÖBB tickets within Austria and neighbouring countries for one year.
You can save up to 50% on standard single tickets within Austria, 15% on cross-border travel and up to 50% on most private railways. When travelling with your Vorteilscard, you must have photo identification with you for the card to be valid.
ÖBB offers a range of Vorteilscards -
|Railcard type||Price and requirements|
|Vorteilscard 66||€66. Available for all travellers aged 26-63. This must be purchased online from ÖBB.|
|Vorteilscard Classic||€99. Available from all ÖBB ticket counters.|
|Vorteilscard Jugend||€19. Available for all travellers under the age of 26.|
|Vorteilscard Family||€19. Ideal for a parent travelling with children. Up to four children under the age of 15 can accompany you for free. The children travelling with you must be specified on the ticket.|
|Vorteilscard Senior||€29. Available for all travellers over the age of 63.|
Vorteilscards are best suited to travellers intending to stay in Austria for an extended period of time.
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.
WiFi 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.
ÖBB trains are bike friendly. Bicycles can be taken on most trains – both local and long distance.
For journeys within Austria, you’ll have to purchase a separate ticket for your bicycle, allowing you to stow it in a bicycle mount. This will cost 10% of the full price of a Standard Class ticket for the route. Bicycle spots are limited so you’re best served to book the bike ticket early.
Local transport services such as Vienna’s S-Bahn do not have reserved spaces for bicycles. However, you’re welcome to bring your bike on board provided the service is not too busy.
For cross-border routes you’ll have to purchase a Biking International Ticket for €12.
Small animals can travel for free on all services, provided they’re in a transport container. For larger dogs, an extra ticket must be booked. Tickets cost two euros on distances up to 98km - for longer trips, it’s 10% of the standard ticket price for that route.