Bypass busy airport crowds, avoid being squashed in a cabin, and travel from Vienna to Paris by train.
From the fresh alpine air of Austria to the electric buzz of Paris, take it all in from the comfort of your carriage.
Covering 642 miles in about ten hours, the journey may take longer than flying, but you’ll arrive feeling rested and fully charged to go. It’s also a great way to see Europe in a snapshot, as you speed through Bavaria into Germany, and over to the north of France.
Deutsche Bahn, OBB and Westbah trains all service the route, which requires at least one change.
Arriving into Paris Gare de l’Est train station, you’re perfectly placed for all the action, just 15-minutes’ walk to the Champs Elysee and the Museum of Chocolate, as well as other delights. If that makes for hungry reading, more information about the train journey from Vienna to Paris can be found below.
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 Paris 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 Paris is 13 hours and 53 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 Paris is 10 hours and 17 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Vienna to Paris can start from as little as €29.90 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Vienna to Paris. Travelling from Vienna to Paris by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Vienna to Paris leaves at 05:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Vienna to Paris leaves at 23:27. 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 Paris cover a distance of around 642 miles (1034 km) during the journey.