• Top 5 Day Trips By Train

      Travel through Austria's alpine scenery, lush valleys, historic towns and picturesque villages by train this summer!

      OEBB Railjet in Autumn Landscape

    1. Innsbruck

    Innsbruck, the capital of Tirol, offers a unique alpine-urban mixture of mountains and valleys, nature and city. Its most important sights such as the Golden Roof, the Hofburg, the Hofkirche and the cathedral are within an easy 15 minutes’ walk from the central railway station. But the Alps are also within reach: From the city centre, it takes only 20 minutes by cable car to reach Nordkette mountain, offering unique views at an altitude of 1,905 m.

    Getting there by train:

    ÖBB Railjet Xpress and Railjet trains take you to Innsbruck from Vienna in 4 h 14 min, 15 times per day.


    OEBB Railjet in Autumn Landscape

    2. Salzkammergut Lake Region

    Visit the enchanting pottery town of Gmunden am Traunsee, the imperial villa (Kaiservilla) in Bad Ischl or the mystical Lake Hallstatt. In Gmunden, the tram takes you directly from the train station to the town centre and the shore of Lake Traunsee, where you can take a boat tour. In Bad Ischl, the train station is located right in the town centre. A walk of only a few minutes will take you to the promenade and the imperial villa.

    Getting there by train:

    For Gmunden and Bad Ischl, take the ÖBB Railjet from Vienna to Attnang-Puchheim and change to a regional train.

    Travel Tip: Salt Adventure Tour Hallstatt – Combination Ticket

    Includes train journey Vienna-Hallstatt, boat passage across Lake Hallstatt (return journey), return cable car trip, admission to Hallstatt Salt Mine incl. guided tour and Welterbeblick viewing platform. From € 112 for an adult ticket.

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    3. Graz

    In its charming historic city centre, Graz – Austria's second-largest city - combines impressive buildings and tight alleyways with modern design and architecture. A particular treat is a trip with the Semmeringbahn cable car, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Getting there by train:

    ÖBB trains take you to Graz from Vienna in just over 2.5 hours, 17 times per day

    Travel Tip: Joanneum Museum Ticket

    When purchasing a ticket at the ÖBB ticket counter, book a 24-hour Joanneum ticket (just € 13.50 per adult) to get access to 19 museums in and around Graz.

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    4. Kitzbühel

    Choose among over 1,000 kilometres of hiking trails to suit any ability, go for a ride in the famous Hahnenkammbahn cable car in Kitzbühel and enjoy the magnificent views. The Kitzbüheler Horn, where nature lovers can enjoy the Alpine Flower Garden, is also accessible by cable car. Aftewards, a stroll through the pedestrian zone of Kitzbühel’s old town with its historic town houses is a must.

    Getting there by train:

    Monday through Friday, there are at least one or two connections per hour from Innsbruck to Kitzbühel, either direct or with 1 transfer in Wörgl. Travel time is under 2 hours, with the fastest connections only taking 1 h 10 min.

    Hiking in Kitzbühel

    5. Salzburg

    In Salzburgs historic city centre, romantic alleyways connect wide open spaces, while the beautiful mountain panorama offers an impressive backdrop. The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has a lot to offer, not least the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the cathedral district (DomQuartier), the Mirabell Gardens, and the Salzburg Festival. An absolute must for any visit to Austria!

    Getting there by train:

    ÖBB Railjet Xpress and Railjet trains take you to Salzburg from Vienna in less than 2.5 hours, 32 times per day.

    Travel Tip: Salzburg Card Combination Ticket

    Includes a return journey Vienna-Salzburg and the 24-hour Salzburg Card (free use of public transportation, free admission to museums and attractions). € 113 for an adult ticket.

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    OEBB Railjet in Autumn Landscape

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    Exploring Austria by Rail

    Journeying through Austria by rail is easier than ever before, with online ticketing and seat reservations and great affordable “Sparschiene” offers – not to mention: it's the most sustainable way to travel. What better way to travel through stunning alpine scenery, lush valleys, historic towns and picturesque villages than on a comfortable train?

    Why Take the Train?

    • Direct connections from Vienna airport to major cities (Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, Linz) and easy transfer to holiday regions
    • Comfortable way to travel
    • Free WiFi
    • Speeds of up to 230 kph (143 mph)
    • 100% of electricity from renewable sources
    • Family zones and quiet zones available

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