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Trip Summary

There are 46 daily trains from Vienna to Salzburg. Traveling by train from Vienna to Salzburg usually takes around 2 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest WESTbahn train can make the trip in 2 hours and 21 minutes.

Distance156 mi (251 km)
Fastest train2h 21m
Lowest price€46.51
Trains per day46
Most frequent serviceWESTbahn
Train lines1

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Which train should you take from Vienna to Salzburg?

WESTbahn is the one and only train line which connects Vienna to Salzburg. However, there are 46 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
WESTbahn462h 25m€48.44
  • WESTbahn

    WESTbahn

    WESTbahn train tickets from Vienna to Salzburg start from €47, and on average cost . Daily there are 46 WESTbahn schedules to Salzburg. WESTbahn in Vienna leaves from Hütteldorf and one other station. And in Salzburg trains arrive at Train Station .

    From Vienna to Salzburg train travel on WESTbahn takes 2 hours and 25 minutes. If you are looking to get to Salzburg faster, WESTbahn offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 21 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, WESTbahn offers 45 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Salzburg.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Vienna to Salzburg during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Vienna to Salzburg?

The distance between Vienna and Salzburg is approximately 156 miles, or 251 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 24 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 21 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Vienna to Salzburg on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Vienna at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 19:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Vienna to Salzburg?

There are 46 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Vienna to Salzburg.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Salzburg to Vienna.

City Information

Vienna

Blessed with extravagant baroque structures and a romantic vibe, Vienna is the heart of Austria, and the country’s most famous destination. The pride of Vienna is the towering giant that is St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which has stood on the same spot for over eight centuries. The characteristically Gothic cathedral has withstood several wars that have befallen the city, and it is still able to keep its stunning beauty. After exploring the cathedral, don’t hesitate to take the chance to visit the catacombs, where victims of the Great Plague of Vienna were laid to rest. If you’re interested in art and history, check out the Museum of Fine Arts, which includes masterpieces by artists such as Titian, Velasquez, Van Dyke, and Reubens. For those who simply enjoy lounging around, the Schönbrunn Palace is a vast complex with plenty of green zones for picnics.

For those looking to try authentic Viennese goulash, Lugeck and Ofenloch are two famous establishments. For cheaper eats, try Motto in Weiden.

Vienna Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the city, offering access to other popular destinations such as Berlin and Munich. Vienna International Busterminal is the main bus station in the Austrian capital, serving carriers such as FlixBus. The city’s main airport is the Vienna International Airport, which is located just 11 miles southeast of the city.

Salzburg

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Salzburg is located in the north of Austria and might be best known for its stunning landscapes and locations featured in The Sound of Music. Don't worry, there are plenty of organized tours to see the Von Trapps' house, the hills where Maria sings, and more of the film's iconic settings. This cultural and historic city offers many more activities set against the stunning backdrop of churches and castles.

Salzburg Old Town, or Altstadt, is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, and it is easy to see why. The beautiful Baroque-style architecture and churches are straight out of a fairytale, while the looming Hohensalzburg Castle and attached museum serve as a reminder of Salzburg's decadent past.

Salzburg was a musically famous city even before The Sound of Music, as it’s known for being the birthplace of Mozart. Music lovers can visit his residence and the locations associated with Mozart's life in Salzburg. In winter, be sure to stay for one of Salzburg's famous Christmas markets. The Christkindlmarkt tradition dates back to the 15-century, with hundreds of stalls offering the finest mulled wine, handmade crafts, and delicious Christmas treats.

Salzburg is well-connected to much of Europe by ground and air travel. Popular train routes to Salzburg travel from Vienna, Berlin, and Cologne. FlixBus provides the most bus routes to Salzburg, with several smaller carriers also serving several routes to cities in Switzerland and beyond. Salzburg Airport provides an alternative way to reach Salzburg, located just 4 kilometers from the city center.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Vienna?

Main departure station: Hütteldorf

There are two stations in Vienna where you can board the train to Salzburg.

All train stations in Vienna:

  • Hütteldorf

  • West Train Station

Where is the train station in Salzburg?

Main arrival station: Train Station

Salzburg has one train station.

Train stations in Salzburg:

  • Train Station

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