The train is the easiest, most comfortable way to travel from Prague to Vienna, not to mention the cheapest! Avoid the hustle and bustle of the airport in a high-spec Railjet train. Railjet services run direct from Praha hl.n station to Wien Hbf station in Vienna, taking just over four hours. Oh, and did we mention that Railjets have draught beer on tap?
Arriving into Wien Hbf, you’ll be well placed to explore Vienna. Schönbrunn Palace, former residence of the Habsburg Royal Family and one of the most iconic buildings in Austria, is less than half an hour away on public transport. While you’re there, pay a visit to Schönbrunn Zoo, which is located next to the Palace. From here, head into central Vienna for a wander around the MuseumsQuartier. Keen to learn more? Read on to discover lots of useful information, including ticket prices and FAQs.
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.
Operating alongside its sister coach company FlixBus since 2018, FlixTrain provides cheap intercity connections using 100% green energy. The main routes served by FlixTrain are Cologne-Hamburg, Aachen-Cologne-Berlin, and Berlin-Stuttgart. The network will expand in future to include more routes to Munich and Leipzig. FlixTrain carriages are fitted with free WiFi and power outlets or USB charge points. Plus, every ticket comes with a seat reservation, guaranteeing you a seat for the journey.
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 Prague 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 Prague and Vienna is 4 hours and 35 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 Prague to Vienna is 4 hours and 27 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Prague to Vienna can start from as little as €10.90 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 Prague to Vienna without having to change trains. There are 8 direct trains from Prague to Vienna each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Prague to Vienna leaves at 03:49. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Prague to Vienna leaves at 16:22. 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 Prague to Vienna cover a distance of around 156 miles (251 km) during the journey.