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.
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.
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.§
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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Zürich to Vienna is 8 hours and 3 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Zürich to Vienna leaves at 00:17. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Zürich to Vienna cover a distance of around 368 miles (592 km) during the journey.