Traveling Austria by Train
Austria is a beautiful country to travel by train. Austrian train journeys take travelers past Medieval castles, through Alpine mountains, and by a multitude of picturesque towns. The Austrian Federal Railway is ÖBB (pronounced “Oe-be-be”) and has an easy to use website and phone app for travelers.
Since Austria has a central European location, it is an excellent travel hub for seeing a variety of European cities. Common locales to visit from Austria include Budapest, Bratislava, Munich, Venice, Ljubljana, and Zagreb. While many travelers will just pass through Vienna on the way to another city, I recommend taking the time to explore Austria while out adventuring. Each of Austria’s cities has something charming to offer whether it be in the form of skiing the Alps in Innsbruck, visiting Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg, or visiting the Haribo factory shop in Linz.
TIPS FOR USING ÖBB
- Sparscheine discounts: book your tickets in advance and take advantage of lower prices. When it comes to using ÖBB, it is in your favor to book tickets early since prices can be as low as 8 Euros for a train ride compared to booking a ticket the day of travel and spending 35 Euros and up.
- ÖBB Vorteilscard: an annual discount card that is excellent for those traveling for extended time periods through Austria. This card is also heavily discounted for youths (under 26) and seniors (over 62).
- Group discounts: if you are traveling in a group, you may be eligible for a 5% discount on your ticket price.