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Essen - Vienna Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

5 trains operate daily from Essen to Vienna. The train trip from Essen to Vienna is usually about 18 hours and 2 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest FlixTrain train can get you there in as little as 15 hours and 5 minutes.

Distance473 mi (762 km)
Fastest train15h 5m
Lowest price$40.90
Most frequent serviceFlixTrain
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What is the price of a train ticket from Essen to Vienna?

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Essen to Vienna was $60.26. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Vienna if you book your train tickets at least 14 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $27.67.

Monthly avg. prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Essen to Vienna often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in November when the average ticket price is only $69. If you're thinking of traveling from Essen to Vienna during April, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $110 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in April, is to book your trip well in advance.

Which train should you take from Essen to Vienna?

FlixTrain is the one and only train line which connects Essen to Vienna. However, there are 5 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixTrain518h 2m$69.37
  • Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles. FlixTrain operates 5 daily trips to Vienna from Essen. The train usually departs from Essen Hbf in Essen and arrives at Erdberg in Vienna after about 18 hours and 2 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Essen and Vienna is approximately 473 miles, or 762 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 18 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 15 hours and 5 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Essen to Vienna 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 Wednesday. Wednesday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Essen at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 5 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

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

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 Rubens. 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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Essen?

Main departure station: Essen Hbf

There is one train station in Essen.

All train stations in Essen:

  • Essen Hbf

Where is the train station in Vienna?

Erdberg  - ATVNADEFLX3-0

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Main arrival station: Erdberg

The Erdberg station is located in front of the Vienna International Busterminal (VIB). Some buses use a curbside stop on the street level, including the FlixBus routes that use the station. The indoor station is not always open, so be prepared to wait for the bus outside, without access to restrooms or other amenities, just in case. Across the street is the Erdberg Metro station, so you can easily connect to Vienna's U-Bhan and get anywhere else in the city.

All train stations in Vienna:

  • Erdberg

  • Wien Train Station (Tiefgeschoß Straßenbahn)

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