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Trains from Vienna to Salzburg (timetable):

OeBB RailJet trains (minimum stops & 2:22 travel time):

RJ 362* RJ 260 RJ 160 RJ 262 RJ 162 RJ 60 RJ 564 RJ 62 RJ 166 RJ 64 RJ 168 RJ 66 RJ 760 RJ 68 RJ 762 RJ 42
Wien Hbf. (Vienna Central Station) 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30 17:30 18:30 19:30 20:30
Linz 6:46 7:46 8:46 9:46 10:46 11:46 12:46 13:46 14:46 15:46 16:46 17:46 18:46 19:46 20:46 21:46
Salzburg Hbf. (Salzburg Central Station) 7:52 8:52 9:52 10:52 11:52 12:52 13:52 14:52 15:52 16:52 17:52 18:52 19:52 20:52 21:52 22:52

 

OeBB InterCity trains (2:53 travel time):

IC 540 IC 542 IC 662 IC 690 IC 548 IC 640 IC 642 IC 644 IC 646 IC 692 IC 740 IC 742 IC 744 IC 746 IC 748 IC 840
Wien Hbf. (Vienna Central Station) 5:55 6:55 7:55 8:55 9:55 10:55 11:55 12:55 13:55 14:55 15:55 16:55 17:55 18:55 19:55 20:55
Linz 7:30 8:30 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30 17:30 18:30 19:30 20:30 21:30 22:30
Salzburg Hbf. (Salzburg Central Station) 8:48 9:48 10:48 11:48 12:48 13:48 14:48 15:48 16:48 17:48 18:48 19:48 20:48 21:48 22:48 23:48

 

WestBahn trains (2:19-2:28 travel time):

WB 940* WB 902* WB 904 WB 906 WB 908 WB 910 WB 912 WB 914 WB 916 WB 918 WB 920 WB 922 WB 968 WB 926 WB 928**
Wien Hbf. (Vienna Central Station) 5:46 6:42 7:40 8:40 9:40 10:40 11:40 12:40 13:40 14:40 15:40 16:40 17:40 18:40 19:40
Linz 6:58 7:59 8:59 9:59 10:59 11:59 12:59 13:59 14:59 15:59 16:59 17:59 18:59 19:59 20:59
Salzburg Hbf. (Salzburg Central Station) 8:05 9:08 10:08 11:08 12:08 13:08 14:08 15:08 16:08 17:08 18:08 19:08 20:08 21:08 22:08

* run only Monday-Saturday 

** run only Thursday-Sunday


Trains Tickets from Vienna to Salzburg? When traveling between Austrian capital & Salzburg potential passengers can buy different types of train tickets, choosing the right type of ticket can save you a lot of money:

  • easy & cheap option is discounted ticket called Sparschiene (one-way fare in 2nd class seat start from only 19 euro) offered by Austrian Railways (ÖBB). Sparschiene Austria ticket can be purchased for any ÖBB long-distance train (e.g. Railjet, IC or even EuroNight) connecting Vienna & Salzburg. However you should keep in mind that number of such discounted tickets is limited per each departure, it means that there is quota of cheap Spar tickets per each train, once sold out next price level (e.g. 24 euro instead of 19) kicks in. Thus, earlier you buy the better chances you have to catch cheapest spar tickets. Sparschiene tickets (we have step by step guide on how to purchase train tickets via Austrian Railways website) Vienna-Salzburg can be bought as early as 6 months before your travel date, but at the latest 3 days prior to departure (obvioulsy unless quota of such ticket not sold out yet). Sparschiene tickets are issued for the specific train & date (exchange or refund is not allowed)
  • standard full fare one-way ticket Vienna-Salzburg for any Austrian Railways (ÖBB) train cost 51,90 euro, but it doesn't really make sense to purchase such ticket (see below), since it is way too expensive for less than three hour hour rail journey.
  • WestBahn (private rail company) charge only 25,50 euro for the standard full fare one-way ticket on Vienna to Salzburg line, so in case you missed a chance to catch discounted sparschiene ticket sold by Austrian Railways, then instead of paying 51,90 euro you can just travel with the competitor - WestBahn - for only 25,50 euro. Another bonus which comes with using WestBahn is that you can purchase your train ticket even on board of the train.
  • besides the above mentioned options you can consider couple legal ticket tricks, which might be of use for those who plan to travel between Vienna & Salzburg:
    • Austrian Railways (ÖBB) offer discounted Sparschiene tickets not only for trips from Vienna to Salzburg, but also for hundreds of other domestic connections in Austria. So when 19 euro tickets from Vienna to Salzburg already got sold out potential passengers should keep in mind that there is still a chance that discounted tickets for shorter trips like Vienna to Linz or Linz to Salzburg (both start from only 9 euro) are still available due to separate quota of such tickets. What you can do here is simply purchase combination of two 9 euro tickets (Vienna-Linz + Linz-Salzburg) instead of one through Vienna-Salzburg. It is possible to buy such combination even for the same train, thus you won't even need to leave the train in Linz.
    • in case you travel not alone, but with friends or family it might make sense to consider purchase of the so-called Einfach-Raus-Ticket. Einfach-Raus Ticket is basically a daily group pass for 2-5 passengers traveling together on the entire Austrian rail network, it is valid for all the regional trains on weekdays (Monday till Friday) from 9 am till 3 am (next day), while on Saturdays, Sundays & holidays validity is the entire day. Einfach-Raus Ticket for 2 persons cost 33 euro, 3 persons - 37 euro, 4 person - 41 euro & 5 persons - 45 euro. The big idea behind buying such pass is that you would travel using slower regional (REX & R) trains & have couple train changes, but won't need to purchase any tickets in advance or be tied to specific train. Since the more passengers traveling together the cheaper it gets for each, simple calculations (45 euro/5 passenger) tell us that you can reach Salzburg for as low as 9 euro.

 

Alternatives? Perhaps you aren't in the mood to travel from Vienna to Salzburg using direct train, then you have a few other options to consider: a) travel with stopover in some interesting place (e.g. already mentioned earlier Linz or St.Pölten or even make a slight detour to places like Krems); b) for those who prefer river adventure, during the summer season it is possible to travel part of the route by ferry; c) in case you in a hurry, then it's possible to fly from Vienna to Salzburg - Austrian Airlines have direct flights (only 50 min. travel time) between the two cities 3 times per day.