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Travel from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf by train in 7 hours 52 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf by train is 9 hours 15 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 7 hours 52 minutes. Around 10 trains per day travel the 462 miles (744 km) between these two destinations. Direct trains are usually available every day on the route to Vienna Hbf. You're likely to be travelling with ICE, DB or ÖBB to Vienna Hbf. As the main train operators on this route, all offer plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating as standard.

Book train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from £35.85. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our timetable where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf by train

It takes an average of 9h 15m to travel from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf by train, over a distance of around 462 miles (744 km). There are normally 10 trains per day travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf and tickets for this journey start from £35.85 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station

Cologne (Germany)

Arrival station

Vienna Hbf

Journey time

From 7h 52m


462 miles (744 km)


10 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £35.85

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB, Flixbus

Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf for Tuesday 5th March 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
02:21 11:32 9h 11m, 2 changes
03:22 11:47 8h 25m, 1 change
05:55 13:47 7h 52m, 1 change
07:55 15:47 7h 52m, 2 changes
09:55 17:47 7h 52m, 1 change
11:55 19:47 7h 52m, 1 change
13:55 22:05 8h 10m, 1 change
14:55 03:49 12h 54m, 3 changes
18:55 05:05 10h 10m, 1 change
21:01 09:13 12h 12m, direct

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express) and ÖBB trains from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf

You can travel from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express) and ÖBB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

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.

ICE classes from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf

Compare the different travel classes offered by ICE when travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf.

Onboard services on ICE

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf.


You can take as much luggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Luggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Luggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead luggage rack. Generally, the standard dimensions of luggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm. Larger items of luggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large luggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

When travelling with ICE, you can enjoy an extensive menu in the on-board restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you choose the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

Upgrade to First Class and you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

DB change their menu every three months, but you will always find a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.


If you’re travelling on a ICE train, you can connect to the free WiFi and catch up on some work or your favourite TV show.

You can also connect to the ICE portal, where you’ll find a wide range of entertainment, such as films, television, audiobooks, games, newspapers and magazines.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

On DB’s ICE trains, kids under 5 years old travel for free and don’t need a ticket. Children up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

You can also book family areas and children compartments on all ICE trains.


With ICE, you need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bicycle onboard. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Generally, bike storage spaces are located in second class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.


You can travel with your pet on all ICE trains. You do not need an extra ticket If you have a small dog and they can travel in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an additional ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not travelling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

DB’s Mobility Service can assist you with boarding, disembarking or changing trains. Also, staff are happy to answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf

The price of train tickets from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf starts at £35.85 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Cologne (Germany) and Vienna Hbf is 9 hours and 15 minutes, with around 10 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Cologne (Germany) and Vienna Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf is 7 hours and 52 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf cost?

Train ticket prices from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf can start from as little as £35.85 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.

Is there a direct train from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf leave?

The first train from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf leaves at 03:21. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf leave?

The last train from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf leaves at 22:01. 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.

What's the distance between Cologne (Germany) and Vienna Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf cover a distance of around 462 miles (744 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Vienna Hbf to Cologne (Germany). If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Cologne (Germany) to Vienna Hbf.

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