The city of Salzburg, Austria - easy to reach from the UK by train!

The city & castle of Salzburg, Austria.

London to Salzburg for €59?

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Lunch in London, Austria next morning, by train!

It's easy to travel from the UK to Austria by train, with no airports and no flights.  Just take an afternoon Eurostar to Paris and the excellent City Night Line sleeper train to Munich, then a connecting train next morning to Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz or Vienna.  Or take a lunchtime Eurostar to Brussels, a high-speed Thalys train to Cologne and the equally excellent Austrian sleeper train to Linz or Vienna, arriving at breakfast time.  How about the scenic route?  London to Zurich by Eurostar & TGV-Lyria in just an afternoon & evening, stay overnight, and next day take a superb Railjet train from Zurich to Austria via the fabulous Arlberg Pass into the Austrian Tirol.  It's civilised, comfortable, affordable and far better for the environment than an unnecessary flight.  This page tells you the best train times, fares & how to buy tickets for train travel from London to key destinations in Austria.

Train times, fares & how to buy tickets...

  London to Linz & Vienna

  London to Innsbruck, Kitzbühel & Salzburg

  London to Graz

  London to Villach & Klagenfurt

  London & East Anglia to Austria via Harwich the ferry alternative...

  Scotland & north of England to Austria by ferry from Newcastle or Hull.

  Starting your journey from other UK towns & cities

Train travel between Austria & other countries...

  Trains from Vienna to other European cities

  Trains from other European cities to Austria

  Salzburg to other European cities

  Innsbruck to other European cities

Useful travel information...

  Country information:  Currency, dialling code, time zone...

  Hotels & accommodation

  Holidays & tours to Austria by train

  General European train travel information

  West Country & South Coast to Austria avoiding London

  Luggage on trains  -  Left luggage at stations  -  Send your luggage in advance

  Child age limits & travel with kidsTaking your bike  -  Taking your dog

  Travel insurance, EU Health card & SIM cards

  ÖBB 1st class lounges   -  Vienna Westbahnhof station facilities

Interactive map:  Click a destination or route...

...for train times & fares from the UK, and how to buy tickets.  The most usual route from London to Austria involves either the Cologne-Vienna or Paris-Munich sleeper trains, shown in red on this map.  You can also travel by daytime high-speed train with an overnight stop in Zurich (shown in orange), or by ferry to Holland and onward trains from there, shown in dark blue.

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Useful country information

 Train operator in Austria:

ÖBB (Österreichische Bundesbahnen) - for train times & fares in Austria, see www.oebb.at Eurostar times & fares.  All-Europe online train times.

   

 Railpasses:

Beginner's guide to European railpasses   Buy a rail pass online

 Time zone & dialling code:

GMT+1 (GMT+2 from last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).   Dial code:  +43

 Currency:

£1 = approx 1.15 euros  Check current exchange rates

 Tourist information:

www.austria-tourism.at   Vienna U-bahn (Underground)   Guidebooks

 Hotels & tours:

Find hotels in Austria    Hotel reviews: www.tripadvisor.com

 Page last updated:

3 September 2014.   Train times valid 15 June to 13 December 2014.


London to Linz & Vienna

Which route to choose?

It's easy to travel from London to Vienna by train, with several good options as you can see on the route map, all leaving daily.  Each is explained below.

From other UK town & cities, travel up to London to connect with Eurostar, see this advice.  Or from the north of England or Scotland, see this option.


Option 1, London-Vienna via Brussels & the Cologne-Vienna sleeper...

The Man in Seat61 says:  "This is a time-effective option, and the Austrian-run Cologne-Vienna sleeper is one of my favourite trains.  Not just because its Austrian couchette cars and sleeping-car are amongst the nicest in Europe, but because of the wonderful evening ride along the Rhine Valley as night falls.  In the evening light in summer or by moonlight in winter, you'll pass castles and vineyards along the sparkling waters of the Rhine, passing the legendary Lorelei Rock.  You can recognise the Lorelei from the word 'Lorelei' painted in black on a white background just above the water line on the opposite bank, and from the two flags flying on its summit.  Watch the video!"

London ► Vienna & Linz

Vienna & Linz ► London

London to Paris by Eurostar - see the Eurostar page for train information.

Brussels to Cologne by Thalys...

First class seats on a high-speed Thalys train. Second class on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne

Thalys 1st class (Confort 1)...

Thalys 2nd class (Confort 2)...

A 186 mph Thalys at Brussels.

Cologne to Vienna by Austrian Railways EuroNight train...

This was originally a German Railways City Night Line train, but in December 2009 it became an Austrian Railways (ÖBB) EuroNight sleeper train, with sleeping-car, couchettes & seats.  The sleeping-car has compact 1 & 2 bed compartments with washbasin, plus two deluxe compartments with 1, 2 or 3 beds plus private shower & toilet.  The sleeper berths come fully made up with sheets and duvets, and all sleeper passengers get mineral water in the evening and a light breakfast served in their compartment next morning.  Towels & toiletries are provided, including shampoo and shower gel in the deluxe sleepers.  In the more economical couchettes, you can book a couchette in a cheaper 6-berth compartment or a less-crowded 4-berth compartment.  Each couchette is provided with sheet, blanket and pillow, and couchette passengers get a small bottle of mineral water and a light breakfast in the morning with tea or coffee.  When waiting for the northbound sleeper train at Vienna Westbahnhof, if you have a sleeper ticket (as opposed to couchette or seat ticket), you can use the first class ÖBB Club Lounge, with complimentary drinks.  More pictures, video guide & information about this EuroNight train.

1 & 2 berth standard sleeper on the Austrian EuroNight train.   EuroNight sleeper train to Vienna:  6-berth couchettes   The Cologne-Vienna sleeper train is an Austrian Railways (OBB) EuroNight train

1 or 2 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option. Standard sleepers have a washbasin, deluxe sleepers a private shower & toilet.

 

4 & 6-berth couchettes:  The economy option, ideal for families.  Couchettes are basic padded bunks with rug & pillow.  This is a 6-berth couchette.

 

The Austrian sleeping-car or schlafwagen.

Sleeper & couchette passengers receive a complimentary light breakfast with tea or coffee in the morning.

More pictures & information about this EuroNight train

How much does it cost?

How much does it cost, in detail...

 1. London to Cologne

 by Eurostar + Thalys or ICE...

 Fares for Eurostar+ICE start at €59 (£49) each way.

 Fares for Eurostar+Thalys start at £56 one-way or £103 return

 Fares vary like air fares, so book in advance to get the cheapest prices.

 Child, youth, senior Eurostar fares

 

 2. Cologne to Vienna

 by EuroNight sleeper train

 one-way per person...

In a seat

In a couchette

In the sleeping-car

6-berth

4-berth

2-berth

1-berth

3-berth

+ shower

2-berth

+ shower

1-berth

+ shower

 Savings fare at www.oebb.at from:

€39

€59

€89

€99

€139

€89

€129

€169

 Savings fare at www.bahn.de from:

€44

€59

€69

€99

€139

€89

€129

€169

 Fully-flexible fare one-way:

€99

€119

€129

€159 

€199

€154

€174

€214

 Railpass supplement*

€25

€39

€48

€105

€126

€105

€116

€158

 Child under 15 with own berth:

Savings fares for children are the same as adults.  Flexible fare is 50-60% of adult fare

 Child under 6 without berth:

Child under 6 sharing a berth travels free

* This is the supplement you pay if you have a railpass, a 1st class pass is required for deluxe sleepers.

On the sleeper train, berths are sold individually, so one ticket means one bed, the other beds in your compartment will be sold to other passengers.  For sole occupancy, simply book 1 ticket in a 1-berth sleeper or 2 tickets in a 2-berth sleeper or 4 tickets in a 4-berth couchette and so on.

Return fares are twice the one-way fare.

Savings fare = special cheap fare, price varies so book in advance, limited availability, no refunds, no changes to travel plans.

Normal fare = fully flexible, refundable, buy any time.  These sleeper fares can be checked at www.oebb.at.

How to buy tickets online at www.loco2.com...

If you live in the UK, the easiest way to book train tickets from London to Vienna is at www.loco2.com, because all three trains can be booked as a single transaction on one website, and you can book starting at any station in Britain, not just London.  If you want to book 4-berth couchettes (which French-based systems such as Loco2 can't do) book using www.b-europe.com & www.bahn.de instead, see the section after this (It can be worth checking prices using both booking methods as one is sometimes cheaper than the other).

How to buy tickets online at www.b-europe.com & www.bahn.de or www.oebb.at...

You can also book a London-Vienna journey in either direction using a combination of the Belgian Railways website www.b-europe.com for London-Cologne and either the German Railways website www.bahn.de or the Austrian Railways site www.oebb.at for Cologne-Vienna.  Bookings open 92 days before departure, you can't book before reservations open.  As this method involves two websites, do a dry run on both sites to check prices and availability before booking for real.  Before starting to book, I recommend noting down each specific train you want to book using the train times recommended above, and the date of departure.  Obviously, remember that your date of travel from Cologne back to Brussels will be the day after your departure from Vienna to Cologne!

How to buy tickets by phone...  0844 248 248 3 (UK), +44 844 2482483 (overseas)

To buy tickets by phone, call International Rail on 0844 248 248 3, lines open 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday.  Overseas callers call +44 844 2482483.  Remember to book early for the cheapest prices, ideally 2-3 months ahead, as just like air fares prices increase closer to departure.  International Rail are equipped with both the French and German rail ticketing systems, so can offer the best prices all the trains between London and Austria.  They charge a £10 booking fee for bookings under £100, £20 for £100-£300, £30 above £300.  In many cases tickets can be emailed to you as e-tickets, so there's no postage fee or delay.

Alternatively, you can call Deutsche Bahn's UK office on 08718 80 80 66 (lines open 09:00-20:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday & Sunday, no booking fee, 2% credit card charge), or call www.europeanrail.com on 020 7619 1083 (lines open 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday, £35 booking fee but may have more time to help).  Click here for more information on how to buy European train tickets.

Have your trip professionally arranged...

Custom-made travel arrangements:  A hassle-free option is to get a train travel specialist such as Railbookers to arrange your whole trip, with train tickets, hotels and transfers all sorted with one phone call.  As you're then in effect booking a package, they'll take care of you if there's a strike or major delay, for example.  Just tell them when and where you want to go, and they'll create the best rail-based tour or holiday for you.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com

Call toll-free 1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.

Escorted tours:  If you'd like to travel with a convivial group of travellers escorted by a professional tour guide, the operators to check are Great Rail Journeys (www.greatrail.com, in the UK call 01904 527 120) and Rail Discoveries, www.raildiscoveries.com, 01904 730 727.  Both have various escorted tours from the UK to Austria by train, with departures on a variety of dates.

Watch the video...

London to Vienna by Eurostar, ICE & EuroNight sleeper train, with a summer evening's ride along the Rhine Valley...

For more detail about the train including couchettes & deluxe sleepers, see this video.

 

Option 2, London-Vienna via Paris, the Paris-Munich sleeper & Railjet...

This is also a good option, bookable online.  In the How to buy tickets section I'll even explain how to spend a few hours stopover in Salzburg on the way at no extra cost...

London ► Vienna & Linz

Vienna & Linz ► London

Introducing the City Night Line sleeper train from Paris to Munich...

The Paris-Munich overnight train is one of the German Railway's excellent City Night Line sleeper trains.  Called the Cassiopeia, it has a modern Comfortline sleeping-car (1, 2 & 3-berth deluxe compartments with private shower and toilet, 1, 2 & 3-berth economy compartments with washbasin, there's a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in economy sleepers), modernised air-conditioned couchettes (choose between a berth in a 4 or 6-berth compartment) and ordinary seats (not recommended).   Inclusive fares are charged covering travel plus sleeping accommodation, and the sleeper fare includes a light breakfast.  More pictures & information about City Night Line trains

Dinner before you board?  There's no restaurant or bar car on the City Night Line sleeper, but for a good meal in a classic Parisian brasserie before boarding the sleeper train in Paris, why not catch the earlier 14:01 Eurostar & dine at the Brasserie Terminus Nord directly across the road from the Gare du Nord?  Alternatively, you can have a meal or beer at the Brasserie Flo at the Gare de l'Est whilst waiting for your sleeper, it's just inside the entrance in what was once the left luggage office.  For a cooked breakfast in Munich or evening meal before boarding the Paris-bound sleeper on your return, try the typically Bavarian Mongdratzerl restaurant, located inside the hauptbahnhof.

Sleeping-car room - Paris-Munich night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train  

The sleeping-car on the Paris-Munich overnight train boarding at the Gare de l'Est

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

"Night train to Munich":  The Comfortline sleeping-car of the Paris to Munich sleeper train boarding at Paris Gare de l'Est...

More pictures & information about this train...

Introducing Austria's high-speed RailJet train...

RailJet is Austria's new high-speed train, linking Munich, Salzburg, Linz & Vienna and now also Zurich, Innsbruck & Vienna.  Designed to run at up to 230 km/h (143 mph) on sections of upgraded track, it currently reaches 200 km/h on part of the route, but in other parts snakes around beautiful Bavarian & Austrian scenery at a more sedate pace.  Look out for great views of Salzburg citadel & castle on the right as you cross the river Salzach approaching Salzburg.  RailJet has three classes, Economy (2nd class), First (1st class), and Premium (25 euros supplement over normal first class).  In April 2012 Premium class was replaced by Business Class with the same seating but a reduced surcharge of €15 and free drinks but no free meals.  The Railjet has a bistro car providing drinks, snacks and hot dishes, which are served at your seat on proper china in first & business classes.  TV screens in each car tell you the train's speed, show maps of the train's location, and display a list of next station stops and times.  There's even a small children's TV area for the kids.  A great way to travel - simply order one of the regional beers from the bistro (I highly recommend the Weissbier!), sit back and enjoy the scenery...  More pictures & information about RailJet trains.

The morning RailJet train has arrived in Vienna.   Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train

"The RailJet has landed..."  Train RJ 63, the morning RailJet from Munich has arrived at Vienna Westbahnhof spot on time.

 

Business class costs €15 more than normal 1st class...

 

Economy class on RailJet, comfortable open saloons with large picture windows.  Some seats are around tables, some unidirectional.

How much does it cost?

Each train is ticketed separately, so just add up the price for each leg of the journey.  On the sleeper train, berths are sold individually, so one ticket means one bed, the other beds in your compartment will be sold to other passengers.  For sole occupancy, simply book 1 ticket in a 1-berth sleeper or 2 tickets in a 2-berth sleeper or 4 tickets in a 4-berth couchette & so on.

 1. London to Paris

 by Eurostar

 From £39 one-way, £69 return 2nd class.

 From £107 one-way, £189 return 1st class.  Child, youth, senior fares 

 

 2. Paris to Munich

 by sleeper train, per person

In a

seat

In a couchette

Economy sleeper

Deluxe sleeper

6-bunk 

4-bunk 

3-bed 

2-bed 

1-bed 

2-bed

1-bed

 Savings fare, one way from

€43 (£36)

€59 (£49)

€69 (£58)

€84 (£70)

€104 (£87)

€144 (£120)

€134 (£112)

€174 (£145)

 Savings fare, return from:

€86 (£72)

€118 (£98)

€138 (£116)

€168 (£140)

€208 (£174)

€288 (£240)

€268 (£224)

€348 (£290)

 Full price one-way:

€154

€169

€179

€194

€214

€254

€300

€340

 Railpass supplement*

€12

€27.50

€37.50

€55

€75

€115

€75

€115

 Children under 15**

€4

€20

€30

£71

€65

€105

€65

€105

 Child under 6 without berth

Child under 6 sharing a berth travels free

* This is the supplement you pay if you have a railpass, a 1st class pass is required for deluxe sleepers.

** Children under 15 travel free if accompanied by a fare-paying adult, but must pay the berth supplement shown here.

Savings fare = advance-purchase fare, price varies, limited availability, no refunds, no changes to travel plans.

Full price = fully flexible, refundable, buy any time.

Youth fares: 25% discount on full price (not Savings fares) at www.loco2.com if you're under 26, Savings fares usually cheaper!

Senior fares: 20% discount on full price (not Savings fares) at www.loco2.com if you're over 60, Savings fares usually cheaper!

 3. Munich to Vienna

 by RailJet train

 Economy class special fares start at €29 (£25) one-way, €58 (£50) return

 First class special fares start at €39 (£34) one-way, €78 (£68) return

 If you book at www.bahn.de, accompanied children under 15 go free.

Buy tickets online using www.bahn.de & www.eurostar.com...

  On board Railjet to Budapest

Above:  First class on RailJet to Vienna, with a nice weissbier served at my seat.  Cheers!

Anyone from any country can buy tickets this way.  Do a dry run first on both sites to check prices and availability before booking for real.

Or buy tickets online using www.loco2.com...

If you live in the UK, this is the easiest way to book as all your tickets can be booked on one website, thanks to Loco2 connecting to both the French and German ticketing systems.

How to buy tickets by phone...  0844 248 248 3 (UK), +44 844 2482483 (overseas)

To buy tickets by phone, call International Rail on 0844 248 248 3, lines open 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday.  Overseas callers call +44 844 2482483.  Remember to book early for the cheapest prices, ideally 2-3 months ahead, as just like air fares prices increase closer to departure.  International Rail are equipped with both the French and German rail ticketing systems, so can offer the best prices all the trains between London and Austria.  They charge a £10 booking fee for bookings under £100, £20 for £100-£300, £30 above £300.  In many cases tickets can be emailed to you as e-tickets, so there's no postage fee or delay.

Alternatively, you can call Deutsche Bahn's UK office on 08718 80 80 66 (lines open 09:00-20:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday & Sunday, no booking fee, 2% credit card charge), or call www.europeanrail.com on 020 7619 1083 (lines open 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday, £35 booking fee but may have more time to help).  Click here for more information on how to buy European train tickets.

Have your trip professionally arranged...

Custom-made travel arrangements:  A hassle-free option is to get a train travel specialist such as Railbookers to arrange your whole trip, with train tickets, hotels and transfers all sorted with one phone call.  As you're then in effect booking a package, they'll take care of you if there's a strike or major delay, for example.  Just tell them when and where you want to go, and they'll create the best rail-based tour or holiday for you.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com

Call toll-free 1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.

Escorted tours:  If you'd like to travel with a convivial group of travellers escorted by a professional tour guide, the operators to check are Great Rail Journeys (www.greatrail.com, in the UK call 01904 527 120) and Rail Discoveries, www.raildiscoveries.com, 01904 730 727.  Both have various escorted tours from the UK to Austria by train, with departures on a variety of dates.


Option 3:  London to Vienna in a single day, by high-speed train across Europe...

Remarkably, it's now possible to travel from London to Vienna in a single day by high-speed train, at least on Mondays-Saturdays.  In the Vienna to London direction you can travel any day of the week.  And it's potentially the cheapest option.  On an eastbound trip there's a reasonably tight 17-minute connection in Brussels, but you'll normally make this connection with no problem as physically changing trains only takes 2 minutes if you use the Couloir Sud short cut between platforms - the ICE may even be held a few minutes if the Eurostar from London is delayed.  Incidentally, if you were to miss this connection, don't worry, you're entitled to be carried forward on later trains although you wouldn't then reach Vienna until the next day.  In the return direction, a journey from Vienna to London is possible on any day of the week, with easy and reliable connections.

The Man in Seat61 says:  "Travelling from Vienna to London in a single day using ICE was a real treat, they are amongst Europe's most luxurious modern trains.  It's a long day, but one spent in a quiet and relaxed environment with your feet up and a good book, not to mention a refreshing weissbier or two as you cross Austria, Germany and Belgium.  Breakfast and lunch are served on real china a proper restaurant car, another treat, and there's even a glimpse of the Danube for a few miles after Passau.  Though I wouldn't call it blue.  More of a muddy brown..."

London ► Vienna in one day

Vienna ► London in one day

Fares & how to buy tickets...   London to Vienna from €98!

On board the ICE trains, Vienna to London in a single day...

   

Leaving Vienna, 06:52...

 

Breakfast on board...

 

First class seats on the Vienna to Frankfurt ICE train...

 

Lunch in the restaurant car...

 

The Frankfurt to Brussels ICE train, at Frankfurt...

Watch the video...

Vienna to London by train in a single day...

 

Option 4:  London to Vienna by daytime trains with hotel in Zurich.  The scenic option!

If you prefer daytime trains and scenery to overnight sleepers, and want a leisurely journey with an overnight break, here's an ideal option with a hotel stop in Zurich.  Take an afternoon Eurostar & evening high-speed TGV-Lyria from London to Switzerland, stay overnight in Zurich, and next morning take a relaxing low-speed ride on a modern Railjet train along the Zürichsee then snaking through the fabulously scenic Arlberg Pass into Austria.  The world-class scenery through the Alps makes it a worthwhile experience!  By all means go one way by sleeper, the other by day.  See for yourself:  Watch the video & see the photos below!

London ► Vienna, the scenic route...

Vienna ► London, the scenic route...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

Have your trip professionally arranged...

Custom-made travel arrangements:  A hassle-free option is to get a train travel specialist such as Railbookers to arrange your whole trip, with train tickets, hotels and transfers all sorted with one phone call.  As you're then in effect booking a package, they'll take care of you if there's a strike or major delay, for example.  Just tell them when and where you want to go, and they'll create the best rail-based tour or holiday for you.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com

Call toll-free 1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.

Escorted tours:  If you'd like to travel with a convivial group of travellers escorted by a professional tour guide, the operators to check are Great Rail Journeys (www.greatrail.com, in the UK call 01904 527 120) and Rail Discoveries, www.raildiscoveries.com, 01904 730 727.  Both have various escorted tours from the UK to Austria by train, with departures on a variety of dates.

Scenery through the Arlberg Pass from Switzerland into Austria...

Train into Austria:  Passing the Zurichsee   Mountain scenery near Buchs

Soon after leaving Zurich, the Railjet is running alongside the Zürichsee, then along the Walensee...

 

The train cuts across Liechtenstein, passing non-stop through the little station at Schaan-Liechtenstein...

Train into Austria, more scenery   Snowy peaks!

Mountain scenery and snowy peaks all the way, as the air-conditioned Railjet crosses into Austria...

Taking the train through the Arlberg pass...   Lunch is served at your seat in first & business classes

In the Arlberg pass itself, the railway hugs the valley side, past fir forests and meadows...

 

In Railjet first & business class, the stewardess takes your order & serves lunch at your seat...

Watch the video:  Zurich to Austria through the Arlberg Pass...

By TGV-Lyria from Paris to Zurich...

The single-deck TGV-Lyrias feature interiors styled by designer Christian Lacroix, with 1st and 2nd class seats and a cafe-bar car selling drinks & snacks.  First class fares include a complimentary cold breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack according to time of day.  There are power points for mobiles & laptops at all seats.  Incidentally, SNCF's in-house designer has never forgiven Christian Lacroix for breaking the unwritten 'rule' and using warm funky oranges and purples in 2nd class, cooler greys and lime green in 1st class, but see what you think!  Lyria is a consortium of the French and Swiss national railways, see the TGV-Lyria page for more information.

TGV from Milan to Paris   TGV-Lyria 2nd class

A TGV in new Lyria colours at the Gare de Lyon.

 

2nd class seats...  See panorama photo.

TGV-Lyria cafe-bar   TGV-Lyria 1st class

Cafe-bar serving drinks, snacks & hot dishes...

 

1st class seats...  See panorama photo.

By Railjet train from Zurich to Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linz & Vienna...

The morning RailJet train has arrived in Vienna.   Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train

A RailJet, arrived in Vienna spot on time.  More photos & information about Railjet trains

Watch the video: Railjet & the Arlberg Pass

 

Economy class on RailJet, comfortable open saloons with picture windows.  Some seats are arranged around tables, most unidirectional.

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet bistro car

Railjet first class, complete with leather seats...

 

Business class = 1st class + €15...

 

The Railjet bistro...



London to Innsbruck, Kitzbühel & Salzburg

  Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg

Mozart's birthplace...  This is the house where Mozart was born, in Salzburg's old town, see www.mozarteum.at.  Salzburg is in many ways a much nicer place to visit than Vienna, though others may disagree!

Which route to choose?

London to Innsbruck or Salzburg by train is no problem at all.  Choose one these options:

Option 1:  London to Innsbruck or Salzburg via the Paris-Munich sleeper...

This is the simplest, cheapest & most time-effective option, using the daily City Night Line sleeper train between Paris & Munich.

London ► Innsbruck & Salzburg

Salzburg & Innsbruck ► London

Introducing the City Night Line sleeper train from Paris to Munich...

The Paris-Munich overnight train is one of the German Railway's excellent City Night Line sleeper trains.  Called the Cassiopeia, it has a modern Comfortline sleeping-car (1, 2 & 3-berth deluxe compartments with private shower and toilet, 1, 2 & 3-berth economy compartments with washbasin, there's a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in economy sleepers), and modern air-conditioned couchettes (choose between a berth in a 4 or 6-berth compartment).   Inclusive fares are charged covering travel plus sleeping accommodation, and the sleeper fare includes a light breakfast.  More pictures & information about this train.

Dinner before you board?  There's no restaurant or bar car on the City Night Line sleeper, but for a good meal in a classic Parisian brasserie before boarding the sleeper train in Paris, why not catch the earlier 14:01 Eurostar & dine at the Brasserie Terminus Nord directly across the road from the Gare du Nord?  Alternatively, try the Brasserie Flo just inside the entrance to the Gare de l'Est, located in what was once the left luggage office.  For a cooked breakfast in Munich (or evening meal before boarding the Paris-bound sleeper on your return) try the Mongdratzerl restaurant, located inside Munich Hauptbahnhof.

Sleeping-car room - Paris-Munich night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train  

The sleeping-car on the Paris-Munich overnight train boarding at the Gare de l'Est

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable & civilised option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more.

 

"Night train to Munich..."  The Comfortline sleeping-car of the Paris to Munich sleeper train boarding at Paris Gare de l'Est...

More pictures & information about this train...

The connecting trains from Munich to Innsbruck & Salzburg.

The 08:27 Munich-Salzburg train is a smart modern Austrian train, with comfortable air-conditioned Austrian InterCity coaches, shown in the photos below.  The journey winds through pretty Bavarian scenery.  The 09:31 Michaelangelo from Munich to Innsbruck is similar, with air-conditioned carriages.  The journey to Innsbruck is also a very scenic ride...

The EuroCity train from Munich to Ljubljana and Zagreb   1st class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train   2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

EuroCity train to Austria...  This is the Austrian EuroCity train to Salzburg & Klagenfurt about to leave Munich...

 

1st class seats are in spacious 4 or 6-seat compartments...

 

2nd class seats are in comfortable open saloons with plenty of space and large picture windows...

How much does it cost?

 1. London to Paris

 by Eurostar...

 From £39 one-way, £69 return 2nd class.

 From £107 one-way, £189 return 1st class.  Child, youth, senior fares 

 

 2. Paris to Munich

 by sleeper train, per person...

In a

seat

In a couchette

Economy sleeper

Deluxe sleeper

6-bunk 

4-bunk 

3-bed 

2-bed 

1-bed 

2-bed

1-bed

 Savings fare one-way from:

€43 (£36)

€59 (£49)

€69 (£58)

€84 (£70)

€104 (£87)

€144 (£120)

€134 (£112)

€174 (£145)

 Savings fare return from:

€86 (£72)

€118 (£98)

€138 (£116)

€168 (£140)

€208 (£174)

€288 (£240)

€268 (£224)

€348 (£290)

 Full price one-way:

€154

€169

€179

€194

€214

€254

€300

€340

 Railpass supplement**

€12

€27.50

€37.50

€55

€75

€115

€75

€115

 Children under 15**

€4

€20

€30

£71

€65

€105

€65

€105

 Child under 6 without own berth

Child under 6 sharing a berth travels free

Berths are sold individually, so one ticket means one bed.  The other beds in your compartment will be sold to other passengers.

For sole occupancy, simply book 1 ticket in a 1-berth sleeper or 2 tickets in a 2-berth sleeper or 4 tickets in a 4-berth couchette & so on.

* This is the supplement you pay if you have a railpass, a 1st class pass is required for deluxe sleepers.

** Children under 15 travel free if accompanied by a fare-paying adult, but must pay the berth supplement shown here.

Savings fare = advance-purchase fare, price varies, limited availability, no refunds, no changes to travel plans.

Full price = fully flexible, refundable, buy any time.

Youth fares: 25% discount on full price (not Savings fares) at www.loco2.com if you're under 26, Savings fares usually cheaper!

Senior fares: 20% discount on full price (not Savings fares) at www.loco2.com if you're over 60, Savings fares usually cheaper!

 3. Munich to Innsbruck

 2nd class special fare from €19 (£17) one-way, €38 (£34) return (no refunds, no changes)

 2nd class full price is €40 one-way, €80 return

 1st class special fares from €29 (£25) one-way, €58 (£50) return.

 

 or Munich to Salzburg

 2nd class special fares from €19 (£17) one-way, €38 (£34) return (no refunds, no changes). 

 2nd class full price is €36 one-way, €72 return.

 1st class special fares from €29 (£25) one-way, €58 (£50) return.

Buy tickets online using www.bahn.de & www.eurostar.com...

Anyone from any country can buy tickets this way.  Do a dry run first on both sites to check prices and availability before booking for real.

Or buy tickets online using www.loco2.com...

If you live in the UK, this is the easiest way to book as all your tickets can be booked on one website, thanks to Loco2 connecting to both the French and German ticketing systems.

How to buy tickets by phone...  0844 248 248 3 (UK), +44 844 2482483 (overseas)

To buy tickets by phone, call International Rail on 0844 248 248 3, lines open 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday.  Overseas callers call +44 844 2482483.  Remember to book early for the cheapest prices, ideally 2-3 months ahead, as just like air fares prices increase closer to departure.  International Rail are equipped with both the French and German rail ticketing systems, so can offer the best prices all the trains between London and Austria.  They charge a £10 booking fee for bookings under £100, £20 for £100-£300, £30 above £300.  In many cases tickets can be emailed to you as e-tickets, so there's no postage fee or delay.

Alternatively, call Deutsche Bahn's UK office on 08718 80 80 66 (lines open 09:00-20:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday & Sunday, no booking fee, 2% credit card charge), or a booking agency such as European Rail on 020 7619 1083 (lines open 08:30-18:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday, £35 booking fee).

Have your trip professionally arranged...

Custom-made travel arrangements:  A hassle-free option is to get a train travel specialist such as Railbookers to arrange your whole trip, with train tickets, hotels and transfers all sorted with one phone call.  As you're then in effect booking a package, they'll take care of you if there's a strike or major delay, for example.  Just tell them when and where you want to go, and they'll create the best rail-based tour or holiday for you.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com

Call toll-free 1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.

Escorted tours:  If you'd like to travel with a convivial group of travellers escorted by a professional tour guide, the operators to check are Great Rail Journeys (www.greatrail.com, in the UK call 01904 527 120) and Rail Discoveries, www.raildiscoveries.com, 01904 730 727.  Both have various escorted tours from the UK to Austria by train, with departures on a variety of dates.


  Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg

Salzburg Castle is well worth visiting.  The views over the old town and to the nearby mountains are wonderful.  The castle is reached via a funicular railway, included in the admission price.  See www.hohensalzburgcastle.com.

Option 2:  London to Salzburg in a day, via Paris...

You can travel from London to Salzburg in one day, using Eurostar, a Paris-Munich TGV and an onwards train to Salzburg.  This also works from Innsbruck back to London, but not from London to Innsbruck as there's no connection late enough from Munich.

London ► Salzburg in one day

Salzburg & Innsbruck ► London in one day

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by phone...  0844 248 248 3 (UK), +44 844 2482483 (overseas)

To buy tickets by phone, call International Rail on 0844 248 248 3, lines open 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday.  Overseas callers call +44 844 2482483.  Remember to book early for the cheapest prices, ideally 2-3 months ahead, as just like air fares prices increase closer to departure.  International Rail are equipped with both the French and German rail ticketing systems, so can offer the best prices all the trains between London and Austria.  They charge a £10 booking fee for bookings under £100, £20 for £100-£300, £30 above £300.  In many cases tickets can be emailed to you as e-tickets, so there's no postage fee or delay.

Alternatively, call Deutsche Bahn's UK office on 08718 80 80 66 (lines open 09:00-20:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday & Sunday, no booking fee, 2% credit card charge), or a booking agency such as European Rail on 020 7619 1083 (lines open 08:30-18:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday, £35 booking fee).


  High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Frankfurt
 

An ICE to Frankfurt at Brussels Midi.  More photos & information about ICE trains.

Option 3:  London to Salzburg in a day via Brussels, from €59

This is the cheapest way to Austria!  German Railways (DB) offer London Spezial fares from London to anywhere in Germany starting from €59 each way 2nd class, €89 each way in 1st class, which includes Salzburg because DB classes Salzburg as the extremity of its network even though it's in Austria.  This route involves one more change compared to going via Paris (see option 2 above), but there's no denying that reaching Austria for €59 is a bargain if it's available.  The changes of train are all quick and easy same-station changes.

London ► Salzburg from €59

Salzburg ► London from €59

How to buy tickets...

I've set up these special links to the German Railways website to book each possible departure, all you have to do is enter your dates of travel and number of passengers.  Book a round trip as two one-ways rather than a return, as it's easier to see where the availability is.  You simply print out your own ticket.  I strongly recommend registering when prompted, as you can then log in to check or re-print tickets at any time from any PC.

London to Salzburg departing 06:50 Mondays-Fridays

London to Salzburg departing 08:58 daily

London to Salzburg departing 10:58 Mondays-Saturdays

Salzburg to London departing 07:51 daily

About these London Spezial fares:  London Spezial fares vary in price from €59 upwards, and booking usually opens 92 days in advance.  You'll only find these London Spezial fares on journeys via DB's ICE trains between Brussels and Cologne, as opposed to Thalys trains, and you really need to look 2-3 months ahead to see the cheapest €59 price level as DB only have a small allocation of places on Eurostar.  Limited or no refunds or changes to travel plans allowed.  If you cannot find any cheap tickets this way (or need to travel at short notice in the next few days), split the journey, booking London-Brussels at www.eurostar.com then booking Brussels-Salzburg at www.bahn.de.  Or look at some of the other option to Austria shown on this page.

If you have any problems booking to Salzburg, book to Munich and buy a separate ticket for Munich to Salzburg.

Onward tickets to Vienna and other Austrian cities can be booked at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at from just €19 if you pre-book.  Potentially, that's London to Vienna for €78, about £65!

Travel tips...

Travel tip 1:  Take the 'couloir sud' short cut when changing trains from Eurostar onto an ICE at Brussels.  Diving down the 'Couloir sud' escalator half way along the Eurostar platform makes changing trains much quicker than slowly following the crowds off the front end of the Eurostar platforms and going the long way round to the main concourse.

Travel tip 2:  If you want to stop overnight (or longer, up to 48 hours) in Brussels or Cologne, simply use one of the booking links above, click 'Enter stopovers', enter 'Brussels' or 'Cologne' in the 'Via' box and the number of hours stopover you'd like (up to 48:00) in the 'hh:mm stopover' box, then run the enquiry.  You can then find the cheap London Spezial fares from €59, but with a stopover included.  Bargain!

Travel tip 3:   If you DO miss a connection because of a late-running train, don't panic, just get your ticket endorsed by the station staff.  Because you're travelling with a 'through ticket' you're entitled to travel onwards forward on the next available later train at no extra charge.


Option 4:  London to Innsbruck & Salzburg by daytime trains with hotel in Zurich.  The scenic route!

You can reach Salzburg in one day from London (see above), but it means an early start and late arrival, and it's a long day.  A more leisurely and scenic way is to break your journey in Switzerland, taking an afternoon Eurostar & evening high-speed TGV-Lyria from London to Zurich, stopping overnight, then taking a relaxing low-speed Railjet train snaking through the fabulously scenic Arlberg Pass into Austria.  The world-class scenery through the Alps makes it a worthwhile experience, see for yourself, watch the video & see the photos above.  By all means go one way by sleeper, the other by day.

London ► St Anton, Innsbruck, Salzburg, the scenic route...

Salzburg, Innsbruck, St Anton ► London, the scenic route...

On board the Lyria TGV from Paris to Zurich...

The single-deck TGV-Lyrias feature interiors styled by designer Christian Lacroix, with 1st and 2nd class seats and a cafe-bar car selling drinks & snacks.  First class fares include a complimentary cold breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack according to time of day.  There are power points for mobiles & laptops at all seats.  Incidentally, SNCF's in-house designer has never forgiven Christian Lacroix for breaking the unwritten 'rule' and using warm funky oranges and purples in 2nd class, cooler greys and lime green in 1st class, but see what you think!  Lyria is a consortium of the French and Swiss national railways, see the TGV-Lyria page for more information.

TGV from Milan to Paris   TGV-Lyria 2nd class

A TGV in new Lyria colours at the Gare de Lyon.

 

2nd class seats...  See panorama photo.

TGV-Lyria cafe-bar   TGV-Lyria 1st class

Cafe-bar serving drinks, snacks & hot dishes...

 

1st class seats...  See panorama photo.

On board the Railjet train from Zurich to Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linz & Vienna...

The morning RailJet train has arrived in Vienna.   Economy class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train

A RailJet, arrived at Vienna Westbahnhof spot on time.  More photos & information about Railjet trains.

Watch the video: Railjet through the Arlberg Pass

 

Economy class on RailJet, comfortable open saloons with large picture windows.  Some seats are arranged around tables, some are unidirectional.

  Premium class seats on the Munich-Vienna RailJet train   Railjet bistro

Railjet first class, with black leather seats...

 

Business class...

 

The Railjet bistro...

How much does it cost?

 1. London to Zurich

 London to Zurich starts at £60 one-way, £120 return.

 For full details of these fares see the London to Switzerland page

 

 2. Basel or Zurich to Austria 

 Zurich to Innsbruck starts at €19 (£17) each way in 2nd class or €29 (£25) 1st class.

 Zurich to Salzburg starts at €29 (£25) each way in 2nd class or €49 (£44) 1st class.

How to buy tickets...


London to Graz

London ► Graz

Graz ► London

Fares...

How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by phone...

To buy tickets by phone, call International Rail on 0844 248 248 3, lines open 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday.  Overseas callers call +44 844 2482483.  International Rail are equipped with both the French and German rail ticketing systems, so can offer the best prices all the trains between London and Austria.  They charge a £10 booking fee for bookings under £100, £20 for £100-£300, £30 above £300.  In many cases tickets can be emailed to you as e-tickets, so there's no postage fee or delay.

Alternatively, call Deutsche Bahn's UK office on 08718 80 80 66 (lines open 09:00-20:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday & Sunday, no booking fee, 2% credit card charge), or a booking agency such as European Rail on 020 7619 1083 (lines open 08:30-18:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday, £35 booking fee).


London to Villach & Klagenfurt

London ► Villach, Klagenfurt

Klagenfurt, Villach ► London

Fares...

How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by phone...

To buy tickets by phone, call International Rail on 0844 248 248 3, lines open 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday.  Overseas callers call +44 844 2482483.  International Rail are equipped with both the French and German rail ticketing systems, so can offer the best prices all the trains between London and Austria.  They charge a £10 booking fee for bookings under £100, £20 for £100-£300, £30 above £300.  In many cases tickets can be emailed to you as e-tickets, so there's no postage fee or delay.

Alternatively, call Deutsche Bahn's UK office on 08718 80 80 66 (lines open 09:00-20:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday & Sunday, no booking fee, 2% credit card charge), or a booking agency such as European Rail on 020 7619 1083 (lines open 08:30-18:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday, £35 booking fee).


London & East Anglia to Austria via ferry

  Boarding the Stena Line ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland

London to Holland by Dutch Flyer train & ferry...  A train takes you from London's Liverpool Street station directly to the ferry terminal at Harwich.  You walk off the train, into the terminal, get your boarding card & cabin key at the Stena Line check-in desk and walk straight onto the overnight ferry to Hoek van Holland.  The new superferry Stena Hollandica is the largest ferry of its kind in the world.  See the Netherlands page for details and see the video...

  Standard inside cabin on the ferry

Cosy cabins:  The overnight Harwich-Hoek ferry is a floating hotel.  All passengers travel in a cosy private cabin with en suite shower & toilet and satellite TV.  This is the cheapest 2-berth cabin...

  Captain's suite deluxe cabin on the Stena Line ferry 'Stena Hollandica'

A Captain's Class cabin with double bed...

  ICE train to Switzerland at Frankfurt hauptbahnhof

Onwards to Austria by ICE high-speed train:  This is a superb German ICE train at Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof...

The ferry alternative...

If you want to avoid the Channel Tunnel, perhaps if problems are affecting the Eurostar service or if you suffer from claustrophobia, you can travel by train and ferry instead.  Indeed, if you need to travel at very short notice when cheap Eurostar tickets are unavailable, the rail & sail option may still be affordable.  I don't recommend travelling via Dover & Calais, even though it may seem like the most direct route, because bus transfers are now required between station and port in both Dover and Calais, and you can no longer buy through tickets from London to Paris this way.  Instead, I recommend using the excellent integrated rail & sail service via Harwich & Hoek van Holland, because trains arrive right at the ferry terminal in both Harwich and Hoek, through tickets are available from London to any Dutch station, and an overnight ferry with comfortable private cabins gets you to Holland in the morning in time for onward daytime trains to Austria - see the video!  This is also a handy option if you live in East Anglia.  It's one of the routes shown in dark blue on the route map above.  Here's how to do it:

London, East Anglia & Harwich ► Austria

Austria  ► Harwich, East Anglia & London

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by phone:  Special booking form


Scotland & the North of England to Austria

  DFDS Seaways ferry 'Princess of Norway' about to sail from Newcastle.

DFDS Seaways Princess of Norway about to sail overnight from Newcastle to Amsterdam...

  A Commodore Deluxe cabin on DFDS Seaways

A Commodore deluxe cabin with minibar, satellite TV, shower & toilet.  See the video...

  A standard cabin on DFDS Seaways Newcastle-Amsterdam ferry.

A standard Seaways class cabin with shower & toilet on DFDS Princess of Norway from Newcastle to Amsterdam.

Naturally, one option is to take a train up to London, then travel to Austria as described above.  You can buy special connecting train tickets from most UK stations to London International, see advice on buying connecting train tickets to London.  But DFDS Seaways (www.dfds.co.uk) run an excellent daily cruise ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam overnight, and P&O Ferries (www.poferries.com) sail overnight from Hull to Rotterdam.  After a day in Amsterdam, take the excellent City Night Line sleeper train from Amsterdam to Munich with connections to Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna.  So why not by-pass London, and have a day in Amsterdam into the bargain?

Scotland & the north of England ► Austria

Austria ► Scotland & the north of England

Fares & how to buy tickets...


Vienna Westbahnhof

Which station in Vienna?

Most trains to or from Munich, Zurich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Budapest, Bucharest, Salzburg & Innsbruck use Vienna's Westbahnhof.  The sleeper to Venice also uses Westbahnhof.  Trains to Graz, Klagenfurt, Prague, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Villach and the sleeper to Milan, Florence & Rome use Vienna Meidling station.  The Vienna-Budapest Railjets serve both Westbahnhof and Meidling.  Trains to Bratislava now use the new Hauptbahnhof which is only partially open - but most mainline trains will ultimately be transferred to the Hauptbahnhof in a year or two's time.

Vienna Westbahnhof station facilities...   Click for map of Vienna showing stations

You'll find plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants & ATMs inside the Westbahnhof.  Left luggage lockers are available, see here for prices.

Vienna Westbahnhof, exterior   Inside Vienna Westbahnhof

Vienna Westbahnhof on a rainy day...

 

Inside the Westbahnhof...


ÖBB first class lounges...

ÖBB lounges in Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, Klagenfurt...

If you have a first class ticket or any sort of sleeping-car ticket, or a first class InterRail or Eurail pass, you can use the first class lounge before or after your journey.  The lounge at Vienna Westbahnhof (pictured below) is open 06:30-23:00, it's one level down from platform level, accessed via the ÖBB travel centre.  It offers free WiFi, tea, coffee and snacks, also (after 18:00) red & white wine, beer.  You'll find similar lounges at Vienna Meidling, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz & Klagenfurt, full details of opening hours and entry requirements can be found on www.oebb.at.

Exterior of the OBB lounge, Vienna Westbahnhof   Inside the OBB lounge in Vienna Westbahnhof

Send your luggage in advance

Ride the trains without heavy luggage... 

Send your suitcase ahead by Luggage Mule from around £30 each way.


Holidays & tours to Austria by train

  railbookers.com logo

020 3327 0761 (UK)

1-800-408-3280 (USA)

1300 971 526 (Aus)

0800 002 034 (NZ)

 

01904 730 727

 

01904 527120

If you want a holiday to Austria by train not plane, and want someone to organise all the train tickets & hotels for you, several specialist companies do just that, for a holiday with no airport hassles and no long days in cramped coach seats on motorways.  Railbookers offer tailor-made individual holidays with departure on any date you like, whereas Rail Discoveries & Great Rail Journeys offer escorted tours with specific departure dates.

Railbookers for tailor-made tours, holidays & breaks by train...

Railbookers can tailor-make a flight-free holiday or short break to Austria for you, with train travel & hotels, for however long you like, leaving on any date you like.  If you tell them what you want, they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels and sort it all out for you.  They get a lot of repeat business!  For example, they can do a 2-night short break from the UK to Vienna by train both ways, or an 8-night trip to Vienna & Venice via the Swiss Alps.  Or how about 8 nights to Vienna, Prague & Budapest, also by train throughout?  See the Railbookers Austria page for suggested itineraries & sample prices.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com

Call toll-free 1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.

Rail Discoveries, www.raildiscoveries.com, 01904 730 727...

Rail Discoveries offers escorted tours to Germany & Austria, with 3* hotels and 2nd class rail.  Check prices & departure dates at www.raildiscoveries.com, then book online or call 01904 730 727.

Great Rail Journeys, www.greatrail.com, 01904 527 120...

GRJ offers five-star inclusive escorted tours with 1st class train travel and 5* or 4* hotels.  Tours include tours to the Austrian Alps and a tour covering Vienna, Budapest and Prague, both tours starting from London by train with a range of departure dates.  Great Rail Journeys also offer holidays by train to other European countries.  Check the tour details & prices online, then call 01904 527120 to book or use their online booking form.


The European Rail Timetable & maps

Thomas Cook European Timetable -  click to buy onlineTraveller's Railway Map of Europe - buy onlineThe European Rail Timetable (formerly the Thomas Cook European Timetable) has train & ferry times for every country in Europe plus currency & climate information.  It is essential for regular European train travellers and an inspiration for armchair travellers.  Published since 1873, it had just celebrated 140 years of publication when Thomas Cook decided to pull the plug on their entire publishing department, but the dedicated ex-Thomas Cook team have set up a private venture and published the first edition of a reborn European Rail Timetable in March 2014.  You can buy it online with worldwide shipping at www.europeanrailtimetable.euMore information on what the European Rail Timetable contains.

A Traveller's Railway Map of Europe covers the whole of Europe from Portugal in the west to Moscow & Istanbul in the east, Finland in the north to Sicily & Athens in the south.  On the back are detailed maps of Switzerland, Benelux & Germany, plus city plans showing stations in major cities.  Scenic & high-speed routes highlighted.  Click to see sample.  Buy online for €13 + €5.50 postage worldwide at www.treinreiswinkel.nl/railway_map_of_europe.

 


Guidebooks

The Man in Seat 61 book - click to buy onlineRough Guide to Austria - buy online at Amazon.co.ukLonely Planet Austria - buy online at Amazon.co.ukClick to buy - Lonely Planet Western EuropeA good guidebook is a sound investment.  For independent travel, the best guides are the the Lonely Planet or Rough Guide.  Both guidebooks have the same excellent level of practical information and cultural and historical background.  You won't regret buying one!  My own book, an essential handbook for train travel to Europe based on this website called "The Man in Seat 61", was published in June 2008, and is available from Amazon with shipping worldwide.

Click the images to buy at Amazon.co.uk...

Alternatively, you can download just the chapters or areas you need in .PDF format from the Lonely Planet Website, from around £2.99 or US$4.95 a chapter.


Find hotels in Vienna, Salzburg & Austria

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel without insurance from a reliable travel insurer with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover loss of cash (up to a limit) & belongings, and cancellation. An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed connection, though, see the advice on missed connections here.  Here are some suggested insurers, Seat61 gets a little commission if you buy through these links, and feedback from using insurance for rail & ferry travel is always welcome.

In the UK, use www.confused.com to compare prices & policy features across major insurance companies.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get an EU health card, it's free...

If you're a UK citizen travelling in Europe, you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, which entitles you to free or reduced rate health care if you become ill or get injured in many European countries, under a reciprocal arrangement with the NHS.  This replaced the old E111 forms as from January 2006.  The EHIC card is available from www.ehic.org.uk.  It doesn't remove the need for travel insurance, though.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low/no ATM fees

Taking out an extra credit card costs nothing, but if you keep it in a different part of your luggage you won't be left stranded if your wallet gets stolen.  In addition, some credit cards are better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card to save on calls & mobile data...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, so consider getting a global pre-paid SIM card for your mobile phone which can cut call & data costs by up to 90%.  At the time of writing, www.roamsure.com claims a definite 25% saving within the EU and up to 90% saving in the rest of the world.  Incoming calls are free in 73 countries, including all of the EU, the USA, Australia & South Africa.  There's no contract or commitment, and at time I write this Roamsure is offering a global SIM card for free when you buy £20 of call credit.  Seat61 gets some commission to support the site if you buy airtime from Roamsure.

 


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