Travel from Vienna to Salzburg in just under three hours on a high-speed ÖBB Railjet train – that's similar to the time it takes to drive between these two cities, but you'll avoid traffic and travel in comfort. For an even better experience, choose First Class and you’ll enjoy adjustable leather seating with extra legroom and a food and drink cabin service – you don’t get that on a car journey!
Whether you’re heading to Salzburg to admire the impressive Fortress on Festungsberg Hill, or to wander through the UNESCO World Heritage sights of the Old Town, this charming Austrian city is within easy reach of Vienna. Want to know more? Read on to find all the information you need about ticket prices, train times 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.
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 Vienna to Salzburg Hbf 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 Salzburg Hbf is 2 hours and 38 minutes, with around 40 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 Salzburg Hbf is 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Vienna to Salzburg Hbf can start from as little as €13.99 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 Salzburg Hbf without having to change trains. There are 39 direct trains from Vienna to Salzburg Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Vienna to Salzburg Hbf leaves at 00:27. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Vienna to Salzburg Hbf leaves at 23:35. 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 Salzburg Hbf cover a distance of around 156 miles (251 km) during the journey.