Working out your travel plans from Berlin to Vienna? Consider taking the train. Direct trains from Berlin will get you to Vienna’s main station in seven and a half hours.
Although the train journey is longer than the flight, you won’t have to deal with lengthy airport queues and expensive airport transfers. You’ll be whisked over from the centre of Berlin to the heart of Vienna on the high-speed ICE (Intercity-Express) by Deutsche Bahn. It’s also more eco-friendly than flying and you’ll get more space to stretch out and walk around. And the views are certainly a lot more scenic!
Arrive in Vienna and spend your time exploring all the city’s stunning Baroque palaces and many museums. Tuck into traditional Viennese cuisine in the evening before taking a trip to the famous Vienna State Opera House.
Want to find out more and book your tickets? Check out the journey summary and train times below.
The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.
The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.
An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.
ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Berlin to Vienna by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Berlin and Vienna is 9 hours and 25 minutes, with around 15 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Berlin to Vienna is 7 hours and 53 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Berlin to Vienna can start from as little as €29.90 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Berlin to Vienna without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Berlin to Vienna each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Berlin to Vienna leaves at 05:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Berlin to Vienna leaves at 18:35. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Berlin to Vienna cover a distance of around 326 miles (524 km) during the journey.