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Taking the train from Vienna to Bratislava

Are you thinking of crossing the border for a Slovakian adventure? If so, taking the train from Vienna to Bratislava is a hard option to beat. These cities are only around 50 miles apart, so flying is out of the question – and why waste time navigating traffic on the roads. Instead, the train from Vienna to Bratislava Main station will transport you to the Slovak capital in just over an hour – perfect for a day trip or weekends away.

All trains to Bratislava from Vienna are operated by OBB, and services leave regularly throughout the day, every day of the week. Even though you won't be on board for long, why not take advantage of OBB's partnership with catering experts DoN, and sample some sustainably produced, classically Austrian delicacies? Or you could just sit back relax and watch the world pass by your window – it's up to you.

Once you arrive, Bratislava has so much to offer. Dive into the city's buzzing (and affordable) nightlife, take in unique architecture like the Blue Church, and be sure to ascend the UFO Tower to enjoy the views. However, you choose to spend your time, reaching Bratislava couldn't be simpler. Just start your search for times and tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page, or keep reading for FAQs about the journey and tips for finding cheap tickets.

Vienna to Bratislava by train

It takes an average of 1h 23m to travel from Vienna to Bratislava by train, over a distance of around 34 miles (55 km). There are normally 22 trains per day travelling from Vienna to Bratislava and tickets for this journey start from €11.20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 7m
PriceFrom €11.20
Distance34 miles (55 km)
Frequency22 trains per day
First train05:16
Last train23:00
Departure stationVienna
Arrival stationBratislava
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRegiojet, Slovak Lines Express a.s., ÖBB, Flixbus, GoOpti, Union Ivkoni (Bus)

Vienna to Bratislava train times

Check out the next trains departing from Vienna to Bratislava for Tuesday 26th October 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:16 11:23 1h 7m, direct
11:16 12:23 1h 7m, direct
12:16 13:23 1h 7m, direct
13:16 14:23 1h 7m, direct
13:42 14:54 1h 12m, 1 change
13:42 14:58 1h 16m, direct
14:16 15:23 1h 7m, direct
15:16 16:23 1h 7m, direct
16:16 17:23 1h 7m, direct
17:16 18:23 1h 7m, direct

ÖBB trains from Vienna to Bratislava

You can travel from Vienna to Bratislava on 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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Vienna to Bratislava

The price of train tickets from Vienna to Bratislava starts at €11.20 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 Vienna to Bratislava 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 Vienna to Bratislava? 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 Vienna to Bratislava take?

The average journey time by train between Vienna and Bratislava is 1 hour and 23 minutes, with around 22 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 Vienna and Bratislava by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Vienna to Bratislava is 1 hour and 7 minutes.

How much does the train from Vienna to Bratislava cost?

Train ticket prices from Vienna to Bratislava can start from as little as €11.20 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 Vienna to Bratislava?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Vienna to Bratislava without having to change trains. There are 19 direct trains from Vienna to Bratislava each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Vienna to Bratislava leave?

The first train from Vienna to Bratislava leaves at 05:16. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Vienna to Bratislava leave?

The last train from Vienna to Bratislava leaves at 23:00. 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 Vienna and Bratislava by train?

Trains travelling from Vienna to Bratislava cover a distance of around 34 miles (55 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Bratislava to Vienna. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Vienna to Bratislava.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Vienna to Bratislava for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/26/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 10/27/2021 for travel on 10/27/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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