Trains from Vienna to Bratislava take an average of 1h 06m to complete the 55km journey. You’ll arrive into Bratislava Hlavna (often abbreviated to hl.st), the city’s central station. Trains on the Vienna-Bratislava route are operated by ÖBB, Austria’s national railway company. With up to 19 trains per day on this route, you can easily pop over the border for a day-trip to the Slovakian capital. As it happens, we have a guide telling you exactly what to see over a day in Bratislava.
Another option to consider is taking a coach to Bratislava. Coach services are run by Flixbus and take roughly the same time as the train, just over an hour. Coaches are usually cheaper than trains and run just as regularly. To see coach options, simply click on the ‘Coach’ tab in our journey search results and we’ll show you all the available coaches on your chosen day of travel.
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 Vienna to Bratislava hl.st. 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 Vienna and Bratislava hl.st. is 1 hour and 26 minutes, with around 21 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 Vienna to Bratislava hl.st. is 1 hour and 7 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Vienna to Bratislava hl.st. can start from as little as €10.20 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Vienna to Bratislava hl.st. without having to change trains. There are 19 direct trains from Vienna to Bratislava hl.st. each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Vienna to Bratislava hl.st. leaves at 05:16. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Vienna to Bratislava hl.st. leaves at 22:20. 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 Vienna to Bratislava hl.st. cover a distance of around 34 miles (55 km) during the journey.