Travelling from Salzburg to Vienna has never been easier, thanks to ÖBB’s frequent direct train services. There’s no need to deal with traffic or worry about getting lost on the way. Take ÖBB’s high-speed Railjet trains and you’ll be transported to the centre of the Austrian capital at speeds of up to 230 km/h. The entire train journey takes a little over two hours.
Railjet is ultra-modern so you’ll get free WiFi access, on-board entertainment, and even an on-board restaurant to keep you fuelled up on the go. There’s also a dedicated family zone for those travelling with kids. Treat yourself by booking First Class and you’ll get reclining leather seats and cabin service.
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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.
WESTbahn is Austria's first private long-distance rail company with trains running from Vienna to Salzburg via St. Pölten, Amstetten, Linz, Wels and Attnang-Puchheim. This route is one of the most important in Austria, covering a distance of around 155 miles (250 km) and a duration of about 2h 30m. The company offers many discounted fares, allows travel with pets and bicycles and has no baggage restrictions.
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 Salzburg Hbf 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 Salzburg Hbf and Vienna is 2 hours and 37 minutes, with around 38 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 Salzburg Hbf to Vienna is 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Salzburg Hbf to Vienna can start from as little as €1 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 Salzburg Hbf to Vienna without having to change trains. There are 36 direct trains from Salzburg Hbf to Vienna each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Salzburg Hbf to Vienna leaves at 03:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Salzburg Hbf to Vienna leaves at 22:12. 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 Salzburg Hbf to Vienna cover a distance of around 156 miles (251 km) during the journey.