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Taking the train from Zürich to Vienna

The train journey from Zürich to Vienna takes under eight hours and is one of the most scenic rides you could ever hope to experience in Western Europe, crossing through mountains, forests, lakes, and more on its way over the border and onwards to the Austrian capital.

ÖBB Nightjet trains cover the route from Zürich to Vienna, and you'll arrive in the heart of it all, ready to see the major inner-city sights like St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg, or hop on the U-Bahn and head over to Schönbrunn Palace to explore the world's oldest zoo. For more information on this journey, including train times and FAQs, simply scroll down.

Zürich to Vienna by train

It takes an average of 9h 23m to travel from Zürich to Vienna by train, over a distance of around 368 miles (592 km). There are normally 11 trains per day travelling from Zürich to Vienna and tickets for this journey start from €29.90 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 8h 03m
Price€29.90 - €269
Distance368 miles (592 km)
Frequency11 trains per day
Departure stationZürich
Arrival stationVienna
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsother,

Zürich to Vienna train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Vienna for Monday 3rd Aug 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
12:40 Zürich HB20:43 Wien MeidlingRailjet Xpress 167 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets8h 03m, direct
14:40 Zürich HB22:43 Wien MeidlingRailjet Xpress 169 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets8h 03m, direct
16:40 Zürich HB00:46 Wien MeidlingRailjet Xpress 367 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets8h 06m, direct
21:40 Zürich HB06:44 Wien MeidlingEuroNight 40467 ÖBB Get tickets9h 04m, direct
22:12 Zürich HB12:43 Wien MeidlingRegional-Express 3491 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets14h 31m, 3 changes
00:17 Zürich HB13:43 Wien MeidlingS-Bahn 18893 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets13h 26m, 3 changes
06:40 Zürich HB14:43 Wien MeidlingRailjet Xpress 161 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets8h 03m, direct
06:46 Zürich HB (Carpark Sihlquai)15:43 Wien MeidlingIC Bus 43522 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets8h 57m, 2 changes
08:40 Zürich HB16:43 Wien MeidlingEurocity 163 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets8h 03m, 1 change
10:40 Zürich HB18:43 Wien MeidlingRailjet Xpress 165 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets8h 03m, direct

ÖBB and Nightjet trains from Zürich to Vienna

You can travel from Zürich to Vienna on ÖBB and Nightjet 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.

Nightjet is the night train service for ÖBB. These trains travel through Austria at night to neighbouring countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and Croatia. Passengers can choose to travel in a seating position or in a sleeping cabin, shared or individual. Convenient for those looking to save one night at the hotel and avoid spending part of the day travelling. This train also has luxury compartments with extras for a trip in comfort.

Cheap train tickets from Zürich to Vienna

Train tickets from Zürich to Vienna start at €29.90 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €119.40.
lowest price found
from29.90
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price64.69
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price84.07
on the day
avg. single price119.40

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 Zürich to Vienna 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Zürich to Vienna? 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 Zürich to Vienna take?

The average journey time by train between Zürich and Vienna is 9 hours and 23 minutes, with around 11 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 Zürich and Vienna by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zürich to Vienna is 8 hours and 3 minutes.

How much does the train from Zürich to Vienna cost?

Train tickets from Zürich to Vienna can start from as little as €29.90 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Zürich to Vienna?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zürich to Vienna without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Zürich to Vienna. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Zürich to Vienna leaves at 00:17. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zürich 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.

What's the distance between Zürich and Vienna by train?

Trains travelling from Zürich to Vienna cover a distance of around 368 miles (592 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Vienna to Zürich. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Zürich to Vienna.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zürich to Vienna for a typical week day using timetable data for 03/08/2020. 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 27/07/2020 for travel on 31/08/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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