Travelling by train is the ideal way to get the most out of your vacation in Austria. With your Interrail pass, you can discover the refreshing city of Vienna, take the ‘Sound of Music’ tour in Salzburg and explore the snow-capped mountains in Innsbruck. During your journey, admire the stunning natural beauty and spectacular scenery from the train window.
Travelling by train in Austria
Austria quick facts
Population: 8.4 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Dialing code: +43
Trains in Austria
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Places to visit
Attractions not to be missed
Spend half a day browsing around the Hohensalzburg Castle – the crown and jewel of Mozart's birth city Salzburg. Built in 1077 this well-preserved castle has a medieval royal room, a palace, a church and a number of towers to keep you eagle-eyed. While you’re in the area, don't miss Austria’s cheesiest attraction: the Sound of Music Tour. You’ll be taken to some of the key film locations, where the story of the all-singing von Trapp family was brought to life, including Hellsbrun Palace and Mondsee Cathedral.
Hohensalzburg Castle can be reached with a 20-minute walk from Salzburg’s main train station. Buy tickets for the Sound of Music Tour from the kiosk on Mirabellplatz, which can be reached from the train station with the same name.
Crystal lakes and crashing waterfalls
Visit Austria’s salt mining region of Salzkammergut and set your eyes on bewitching blue lakes and wooded mountains. Take a hike, go cycling or relax around Grundlsee or Toplitzsee lake, then take a dip in the crystal waters. Finally savour a local culinary delight: Kaiserschmarrn (pancake pieces with raisins). Also, try and fit in a trip to one of Austria’s top beauty spots: Krimml Falls at the National Park Hohe Tauern. With a combined height of 380 metres, this three-levelled waterfall is Europe’s biggest and makes for picture-perfect photography.
Regional trains cross Salzkammergut from north to south, beginning at Attnang-Puchheim on the Salzburg-Linz line. If you take the train to Mallnitz station this will bring you to the south-east side of the National Park Hohe Tauern.
Pumping night clubs and sumptuous cocktail bars
Salzburg isn’t alive and kicking only during the ski season there’s also a great nightly offering all year round. Built in the Rainberg mountain, the Cave Club pumps out techno and other hard sounds into the early hours. Alternatively, take a train to Austria’s second largest city, Graz for a night to remember. This student city has a great choice of bars, but it’s the cocktail bars that are the best-loved nightly attraction in this city. One of them, the Pharmacy Bar Lounge, has a vibrant atmosphere, along with a mouth-watering selection of cocktails.
The Cave Club is a 10-minute taxi ride from Salzburg’s main train station. The Pharmacy Bar Lounge is 10 minutes by taxi from Graz’s main train station.
River and mountain activity
Austria’s main river, the Danube is a great place to enjoy water sports – especially popular is wakeboarding and cable wakeboarding. There are a number of reputable wakeboarding camps along the river where you can sign up for an intensive short course. Salzburg is the birthplace of the Austrian musical maestro Mozart. It's also one of Europe’s top alp ski destinations, with a variety of runs for beginners and the more experienced skiers and snowboarders. The après-ski is also one of the wildest on the European ski circuit
Travel to Salzburg from Vienna in around 2 hours and 40 minutes by train.
Vienna: a top European city destination
Vienna (Wien), Austria’s endearing capital has been voted one of the most liveable cities in the world – a few days there and it will be easy to see why. The city is laden with green space, architectural jewels passed down through Austria’s rich heritage, plus an enigmatic injection of modern-day cool. Visit the city’s MUMOK (MUseum of MOdernKunst) and set your eyes on major works from the likes of Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. Or simply take a stroll around one of the pretty parks.
Take the metro to Museumsquartier and from there the MUMOK is on a 5-minute walk.
Rock in Vienna
Danube Island in Vienna becomes a rock paradise during this three-day festival. The impressive line-up provides non-stop entertainment. Previous headliners include rock legends Metallica, Muse, and Kiss, making this an unmissable event!
Take the U6 line to Handelskai or Neue Donau train stations. The entrance area can be reached easily by metro.
The Pannonia Fields in eastern Austria are transformed into a rock universe thanks to the Nova Rock Festival. You can expect a full-on dose of loud and raw energy. Over 70 bands performed here in 2015, including Mötley Crüe, Slipknot and Rise Against.
The ÖBB provides special Nova Rock trains for festival-goers from Vienna.
Austria’s edition of Gay Pride, where you’ll witness Austria’s gay community take to the streets adorned with wacky costumes and colourful body paint, partying away to deep techno music.
The event takes over the whole area of Vienna within the ring.
Donau Insel fest
Every year this popular music festival in Vienna attracts millions of party revellers to the Danube island, where the event is held. As well as being one of the biggest European summer music events, it’s also completely FREE.
Take the metro to Donauinsel, which will bring you to the island and the entrance of the festival.
World Bodypainting Festival
Billed as the “fusion of bodies and beats”, this unique event in southern Austria is the biggest of its kind. It celebrates the art of bodypainting with exhibitions, workshops, bands and DJs. The festival also hosts the World Championships of bodypainting.
“Bodypaint City” is only 300 metres away from the intercity train station Pörtschach am Wörthersee.
Electric Love Festival
The third edition of this electronic music festival in 2015 featured DJs such as Armin van Beuren, Steve Aoki and Tiesto. Located near the Salzburg Lake District, Electric Love is an ideal mix of festival vibes and the clubbing experience.
A free shuttle service will take you directly to the festival from Salzburg train station.
The FM4 Frequency Festival celebrated its 15th birthday in 2015 in St. Pölten, Lower Austria’s capital. Its headline acts cover a range of genres, including dance, rock and indie music. The Chemical Brothers, Alt-J, The Prodigy and Ellie Gouding were part of last year’s epic line-up.
ÖBB will provide extra trains to Vienna for Frequency.
Nearly every Austrian town puts on spectacular outdoor Christmas markets, complete with food, mulled wine and gifts of all shapes and sizes. Vienna and Salzburg are two cities that go all out during Christmas!
The Christmas markets are within walking distance of the main train stations of Vienna and Salzburg.
Interrail passes for Austria
Most popular passes with Austria
Interrail Global Pass from € 170
The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.View Interrail Global Pass
Interrail Austria Pass from € 131
The Interrail Austria Pass lets you visit all Austrian highlights by train, like Vienna, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Klagenfurt.View Interrail Austria Pass
All Interrail passes with Austria
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