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Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Austria

This guide will help you save money, time and confusion.

Simon Harper

Welcome to ShowMeTheJourney's guide to booking tickets for train journeys within or to and from Austria , the info covers the core basics of what you can expect to encounter when making bookings. The intention is to provide context for the tickets and journey options you should encounter, in usual circumstances, when making a booking either online or at the station. SMTJ has striven to ensure that the advice presented is as accurate as possible, but a guide such as this cannot cover every combination of journey options.

If you want to go right ahead with a booking, you can go use the Content menu, to go direct to the booking agents which sell train journeys within and both to and from Austria. Though before doing so, having an idea of what's available is recommended, hence the answers below to the questions you'll most likely have.

Four things which are good to know about tickets for long-distance Austrian train journeys:

1 - Tickets will typically be cheaper if you book online compared to the price charged at the ticket desks in stations (the discounted tickets can only be booked online). 2 - Online bookings typically open 6 months ahead of the travel date. 3 - Seat reservations are an optional extra and can be added to a booking. 4 - Reservations, seats in First or Business Class and more flexible tickets, are all sold as additions to the price of Second Class tickets.

Austria’s state railway operator OBB’s booking service was re-designed in November 2021, and it now easier to use than the previous version, but the booking path for purchasing tickets is comparatively unusual, particularly on a desktop PC.

It's worth persevering with if you want to save money on express train journeys both within and from/to Austria as the cheaper, discounted 'Sparschiene' tickets can only be booked online, or on the the OBB app .

How To Book Tickets on the OBB Website - Step By Step

Booking tickets for rail journeys within Austria:

You'll also need a touch of patience to take in all the time and money saving info below. So if need be, click a question to jump straight to what you need to know most.

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If you will be travelling by the express trains on journeys which cross the länder / state boundaries, the answer is yes.

The discounted tickets for train journeys within Austria by express Railjet trains and IC trains AND on international trains from Austria are branded ‘ Sparschiene’ tickets and these tickets can only be booked online or on the OBB app .

Online bookings now DON'T close 3 days ahead of the travel date, so IF Sparschiene tickets are still available on the day that you will be travelling, you can book them online before you head to the station.

So if you will be travelling long distance on an OBB express* train, avoid booking tickets last minute at the station; because the Sparschiene tickets won't be available at the station.

*However, journeys by regional REX trains are NOT discounted online, so tickets for journeys by these trains will cost the same if you buy them at the station immediately prior to travel.

Check through the departures to find a bargain:

A sliding scale of prices will usually apply to Sparschiene tickets, so the very cheapest tickets of all disappear first. Search through the departures on your travel date because the cheapest Sparschiene tickets inevitably sell out fastest on the most popular trains, but they can linger on alternative earlier or later departures.

The prices of Sparschiene tickets can vary by more than €30 across a day's departures, so it can be a good idea to sort the results on OBB by 'fare', if you can be flexible re: departure and arrival times. On the Wien <> Salzburg route the cheapest prices are more likely to be available for the slower RJ services, compared to the faster RJX services. They can also be more widely available if you're willing to make connections between trains during a journey.

Tickets are available on OBB up to 6 months ahead of the travel date. However, it doesn't always follow that you'll need to book months ahead to ensure that you'll be travelling at the cheapest possible price.

OBB seems to rank how popular a train is likely to be, more highly than how far in advance a ticket can be booked. What this means in practice is that even when looking up a journey five months ahead, the same train departing one or two days later can be more than 50% cheaper.

It's also possible to find the price of a specific departure being more than 50% cheaper when looking up a journey only a month in advance, compared to booking 3 -6 months ahead. That's because the prices are seemingly closely tied to the demand, for example less people evidently travel on a Wednesday in January, than on a Wednesday in April. hence the prices being typically cheaper in January.

So you don't always have to be booking more than two months ahead to find the cheapest prices for long-distance journeys, but the cheapest prices tend to sell out faster on:

  • Friday and Sunday afternoon/evenings year round
  • summer Saturdays
  • trains which depart between 08:00 and 10:30; and between 16:00 and 18:30
  • around national holidays.

When the booking period can be shorter than six months ahead

The booking period can be shorter than 6 months ahead when looking up journeys which involve travelling after the second Sunday in each December. The nationwide and international train timetables / schedules have a major annual update, which takes effect from the second Sunday in December. However, tickets can't be placed on sale until the new timetable is confirmed and this confirmation tends to occur around mid-October, there isn't a set date for this. So if you will be be looking up a journey for travel after the second Sunday in December and can't find any tickets on the route you want to take, it will be because the tickets haven't yet been made available.

Also for journeys wholly within the länders/sates of Salzburg, which includes Bad Gastein, Radstadt and Zell-am-See; and Vorarlberg, which includes, Bregenz, Bludenz, Dornbirn and Feldkirch second class tickets aren't seemingly placed on sale more than around a month in advance.

How far you will be travelling matters when booking second class tickets in advance online, on the OBB ticket booking service ; OBB is the national rail company in Austria.

Different types of second class ticket are available for journeys which involve crossing länder / state boundaries compared to journeys wholly within a länder / state

Austria has nine länders / states one of which is the greater Vienna/Wien area, but when taking journeys by train wholly within each of the boundaries of the other eight länders, how second class tickets can be booked and used differs in comparison to taking a longer-distance journey, which involves crossing at least one boundary that separates the länders.

That's because each länder manages its public transport through its own transport authorities, VVV, VVT, SVV etc, and that includes the sale of tickets for journeys by train when travelling in second class. The tickets are sold on the OBB, national rail, website...

Booking tickets within a state on OBB

...but notice that the abbreviation of the transport authority is included on the ticket details

The key terms of these tickets

However, the terms for how these tickets are sold and how they can be used, differ from the discounted Sparschiene tickets that OBB makes available for the longer-distance journeys. The key differences are:

  • The tickets aren't discounted, so you won't save by booking online in advance.
  • The tickets can be cancelled and therefore refunded up to before the travel date.
  • 'Single Trip' tickets are cheaper, but you need to travel by the specific departures you select when making a booking.
  • 'Standard Tickets' allow you to travel by any departure on your travel date.
  • 'Day Tickets' give the freedom to travel in second class on multiple train journeys within the region on your travel date, so they can also be used for return journeys; they tend to be twice the price of 'Single Trip' tickets, but give the freedom to be not tied to taking specific trains!

Journeys wholly within Salzburg and Vorarlberg

What's also worth knowing is that SVV in the länder of Salzburg, which includes Bad Gastein, Radstadt and Zell-am-See; and VVV in the länder of Vorarlberg, which includes, Bregenz, Bludenz, Dornbirn and Feldkirch, both don't release second class tickets for sale more than around a month in advance. However, because OBB takes responsibility for selling first class tickets, it's possible to look up journeys more than a month ahead when travelling between stations that are wholly within Salzburg or Vorarlberg. Though if you do so:

  • for departures and connections by the express train services, EC, IC, RJ, or RJX, you will only find first class tickets;
  • for departures and connections by the local (S-Bahn) and regional (REX) train services, you will see 'tickets are not available', because these trains don't include first class. It doesn't mean that second class tickets for the express trains and all of the tickets to travel by the REX trains have sold out, instead it's because the tickets haven't yet been released for sale. So if you want to book second class tickets in advance for journeys wholly within Salzburg or Vorarlberg, you will need to look up the journeys no more than a month ahead.

When looking up journeys on OBB it initially shows one price for each journey; namely the cheapest 2nd class price available for that specific journey.

However, if you want to book a 1st class ticket and therefore don't want to pay the price shown, you still need to click THIS price.

You will then be taken to the booking page on which other options are provided, including the price of upgrading to 1st class (Business Class is also available if you will be travelling on a Railjet ).

The trick to saving money when booking 1st class tickets on OBB:

Something that can be less than obvious is that the price of upgrading to 1st class can vary radically between departures, particularly on the Railjet routes. Also this variation in price can be out of sync with the price of 2nd class tickets.

For example you can look up a journey from Salzburg to Wien and see 2nd class prices of €19 or €29 for multiple departures. But the price for a 1st class upgrade on a departure with a 2nd class price of €29 can be €10, but on a departure with a 2nd class price of €19 it can be more expensive at €20.

So don't be guided by the price of 2nd class tickets, also check the price of the 1st class upgrades carefully; because the total cost of a Sparschiene ticket + a first class upgrade can be cheaper on a departure which looks more expensive, because of a higher cost of a 2nd class ticket.

Book a Sparschiene ticket and it will be specific to the departure you selected when making a booking and it can't be refunded at all if you subsequently change your travel plans and it also can't be exchanged to an alternative, later departure. Though the OBB booking service now links to an insurance policy costing only €3, which protects against circumstances such as having to cancel a booking due to illness, though scenarios such as change of mind due to a mix up of dates etc, won't be covered.

Meaning that if you arrive at a station too late to board a train because your taxi got stuck in traffic, or there was a fault on the tram etc, you will have to pay the full price at the station for a replacement ticket. The only scenario in which a Sparschiene ticket can be used for an alternative, later departure is IF your journey involves more than one train AND a delay to an OBB train causes you to miss the departure you were booked on to.

1st Class Sparschiene tickets:

When initially looking up a journey it's fairly obvious on which departures Sparschiene tickets are available. However, if you opt to add a 1st class upgrade, having clicked on the Sparschiene ticket price, the terms of the Sparschiene tickets still apply, Meaning that your 1st class ticket will also be specific to the departure you selected when making a booking AND it can't be refunded at all if you subsequently change your travel plans.

This has been altered recently, now when booking on the OBB website, if you're initially offered a 'Sparscheine' ticket, you can upgrade it to a ticket with less stringent terms and conditions, during the booking process.

Sparscheine Komfort tickets: The use of 'Komfort' in the name of this ticket type isn't to do with the seats on the trains, but it stems from the additional peace of mind that this type of ticket provides. As is clearly spelt out on the OBB website when making a booking, if you upgrade to this ticket you can cancel it free of charge up to 15 days ahead of the journey, but if you cancel it with 15 days left to go, you'll receive up to* 50% of what you paid for it (the 50% that OBB will retain is in effect the cancellation fee) *= OBB will retain a minimum of €15. Though in common with the standard 'Sparscheine ticket' you will be committing to travelling by a specific departure, if you subsequently realise that you'll need to take an earlier or later train, you'll need to follow the full/partial refund process and then re-book.

Standard-Ticket Gruppe: Choosing these tickets enables what OBB terms Adding 'Highest Flexibility' to your booking, in effect this means you won't have to travel by a specific departure and can choose any train within a 24hr period. You can also cancel and obtain a full refund at any time pre-travel date. Though these tickets tend to be much more expensive than Sparscheine tickets; also the use of 'Gruppe' in the ticket name is a tad confusing as these aren't group tickets.

However, these Standard-Tickets tickets cannot be 'exchanged'. The logic applied by OBB is that, if you want to subsequently travel on a different date, you can refund your 'Highest Flexibility' booking and purchase another ticket. If on your travel date, you want to travel by a different train to that what you had originally planned to take, then you can simply use your ticket on an alternative departure.

Reservations are available, but optional for journeys for journeys within Austria by Railjet trains, IC trains and the international express trains. So if you want to pay the €3 seat reservation per person fee, you need to be proactive and ADD it to your booking.

Therefore, seats on the train you will be travelling are NOT absolutely guaranteed if you haven't reserved. Though the OBB online booking service now indicates whether a specific departure is proving to be exceptionally busy.

If discounted 'Sparschiene' tickets are offered for your departure on the OBB website then these tickets are great value if you will be travelling with children who will be aged 14 and under on your date of travel. That's because each adult (aged 15 and over) purchasing a 'Sparschiene' ticket can take up to children aged 14 and under for free! These children will still require tickets, but there will be no charge for them.

This also applies when 'Sparschiene' tickets are available for direct journeys by international trains from AND to Austria; so when travelling with children from and to Austria, it usually pays off to book with OBB.

However, the flat rate will be charged for seat reservations per child and for upgrades to 1st class.

What can be confusing is that when adding the age of the children you will be travelling with to the booking, you will see 'no discount', but this is referring to the fact you won't be using a travel card or any other offer.

For journeys when no 'Sparschiene' tickets are available, including journeys by REX train, the terms are; Children aged 5 and under travel for free Children aged 6 – 14 travel at half-fare

You will need to show the proof of age of the children to the conductor on the train, so make sure you have the children's passports with you when making journeys within Austria.

A range of railcards which are branded Vorteilscards are available which provide discounts when booking rail journeys in Austria.

The most popular type of railcard is the Vorteilscard 66, which lives up to its name with a price of €66. It can only be purchased online and can then be used when booking tickets on the OBB website; it will be valid for a year. When booking it gives a discount of 50%.

The 'Vorteilscard Classic' card offers the same 50% discount for a year and costs €99, but this card can be purchased from and used at ticket counters. So unlike the Vorteilscard 66 card you can use it to purchase last minute tickets at a station just prior to boarding, either from a ticket counter or at a ticket machine.

In comparison InterRail passes and Eurail Passes for Austria cost from €146 for passes valid for 3 days of travel within a month; to €258 for up to 8 days of travel within a month.

The discounted Sparscheine for the longest rail journeys within Austria can cost as little as €29. Therefore when these prices are available, you'll need to be booking five or more trips at this distance before the Vorteilscard 66 becomes value for money. However, if you will be taking five long-distance journeys, on for example a Wien → Graz → Salzburg → Bregenz → Innsbruck → Wien itinerary; and can find the prices at the €29 rate, a Vorteilscard 66 + five tickets discounted by 50% will cost around €141. In contrast a rail pass valid for five days will be more than €50 more expensive at €197.

However, if you don't want to be restricted to Sparscheine tickets, using the Vorteilscard Classic to obtain a discounted rate on last minute tickets at the station can be (a lot) more expensive than using the one country Eurail/InterRail passes valid for Austria. On that five city itinerary outlined above a Vorteilscard Classic card + the five tickets bought last minute at the station at a 50% rate, will typically cost more than €300, so the 5 day pass would save more than €100.

So the best means of working whether a Vorteilscard Card + half price tickets , a rail pass, or just booking tickets will be the cheapest option, is to look up the journeys you want to take on the OBB website ; remembering to take 50% off the prices you see to obtain the Vorteilscard Card rate.

Travelling with Children:

OBB also offers a Vorteilscard Family card. They cost only €19 and an adult travelling with one these and a valid adult ticket, can also travel with up to four children aged 14 and under at no additional charge. So there's no point in buying these if you will only be using Sparscheine tickets, but they can be good value for money if you'll want to take last minute day trips from major cities, during a holiday.

Adults don't receive a discount with the family cards, but they can be used in conjunction with a Vorteilscard 66 or a Vorteilscard Classic.

Though if you will be travelling with children aged 4 to 11, keep in mind that if you purchase an Adult one country Eurail / InterRail pass, you can add two child passes for no additional cost.

Those aged 15 to 25:

A Vorteilscard Jugend card costs only €19 and anyone aged 26 can use one to obtain a 50% discount on Austrian rail tickets, so for those aged 15 to 25 these cards will typically pay off when booking just two long-distance rail journeys; or just one, if a ticket is priced at more than €40!

Though prices for Austrian Eurail and InterRail passes at the Youth rate begin at €127 for 3 days of travel, so even at €19 for the card, if you will taking more than six long-distance journeys, it's likely that the value for money balance will tip towards the passes.

Those aged over 65:

A Vorteilscard Senior card costs €29 and gives the 50% discount on most Austrian rail tickets, so the value money equation needs to be worked against Austrian Eurail and InterRail passes at the special Senior rate, though for the rail passes these prices apply to those aged 60 and over.

Yes, you can’t just hop on a train with a standard (non-folding) bike in Austria.

To travel by regional REX trains you will need to purchase a special bicycle ticket, which costs 10% of the full price 2nd class ticket; a minimum fee of €2 applies.

For journeys by Railjet trains, IC trains and on international EC trains within Austria you will need purchase both a bike ticket AND a reservation for your bike prior to boarding; more info is available on ShowMeTheJourney's guide to these special bike tickets

If you can transport a small dog in a pet carrier it is will be classed as hand luggage and no ticket will be required.

If your dog is too large to be taken in a pet carrier it will need to be muzzled and you will need to book a ticket. The ticket price will vary according to distance travelled; Wien/Vienna ↔ Innsbruck = €6.80, Wien/Vienna ↔ Linz = €3.30

If you want to travel at the cheapest possible price, it's best to book tickets in advance on the OBB booking service , OBB is the national rail operator in Austria. The booking process is similar to booking travel with a bike, you need to add a dog to your ticket You can't retrospectively add a dog ticket online to your booking, so if you decide to take a dog after you have booked a ticket online, you can buy a ticket for the dog at a station ticket counter.

The national rail operator OBB doesn't operate every train in Austria; the two main exceptions are:

(1) Trains operated by Westbahn , which offer an alternative to OBB trains in both directions on the Wien/Vienna - Linz - Salzburg route .

The OBB website does not sell tickets for journeys by Westbahn trains and the Westbahn website does not sell tickets for journeys by OBB trains

(2) The independent tourist lines in mountain areas.

Though OBB will sell tickets for train journeys within Austria that include an OBB train AND a journey on the independent railway, such as the Zillertalbahn between Jenbach and Mayrhofen

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OBB will sell tickets for international journeys by train from/to Austria. Though it's typically worth checking the price of a specific departure being offered by OBB and then checking the price being offered by the national rail operator, in the country that you will be travelling to and from (see the links below).

There can be particularly wide discrepancies in the prices offered for international train journeys to and from Austria, it's not unknown for OBB to be more than 50% expensive, or more than 50% cheaper; so shop around.

Though keep in mind that international Sparschiene tickets also can't be exchanged or refunded.

Child Tickets:

When 'Sparschiene' tickets are available for direct journeys by international trains from AND to Austria, each adult (aged 15 and over) purchasing a 'Sparschiene' ticket can take up to 4 children aged 14 and under for free. These children will still require tickets, but there will be no charge for them, so when travelling with children from and to Austria, it pays off to book with OBB.

Booking 1st class tickets for trains between Austria and Germany:

If you book 1st class tickets on the DB (German national railways) website, seat reservations are included within the booking. This also applies when booking tickets for journeys between Austria and Germany.

However, in contrast, if you book tickets for train journeys between Austria and Germany on the OBB website, reservations AREN'T included They can be added to the booking on payment of an additional fee, so booking these tickets with DB can be a money saver.

Booking tickets for non-direct international train journeys from Austria:

Some international journeys require a change of train outside of Austria. OBB can generally sell tickets for end-2-end journeys which involve a change of train in Germany or Switzerland, but NOT in other countries.

Look out for ‘Ticket Valid for Section of the Journey Only’ when looking up some international journeys on OBB that involve a change of train outside of Austria. In these instances the price displayed by OBB only includes the first leg of the journey from Austria over the border. If you book these tickets you will have to purchase another ticket(s), in order to continue your journey to your final destination; and OBB doesn't sell these tickets.

Because OBB can manage changes of train in Switzerland, it's possible to book end-to-end journeys between an Austrian station and the majority of locations on Swiss mountain railways , including Gstaad, Grindelwald, Davos, St Moritz and Zermatt.

A guide to European night trains

A big tick in the box for using rail passes in Austria is that those 'Sparschiene' tickets are departure specific; meaning that those who have booked them, have the pressure of HAVING to be at the station on time. But if you're using a Eurail or InterRail pass, you can just hop on the next train if need be.

You often won't have to wait more than an hour for the next train to depart and seats will usually be available on the next train to leave.

Reservations:

Rail pass users don’t have to make reservations to travel on any DAY train operated by OBB; so you can be spontaneous and hop on and off the trains.

Seats are usually available on Railjet trains; IC trains and on international EC trains within Austria.

However, if you have a 2nd class pass, we recommend making reservations on Railjets departing/arriving from Wien between 08:00-10:00 and 16:00 -18:00 and on IC and Railjet trains on Fridays and Sunday afternoons/evenings.

Also if you want to take in the scenery, then it can be worth being aware that some seats on Railjets in both 1st and 2nd class have no window view; and on busy trains these can be the only free seats available.

Booking reservations:

Rail pass users can book seat reservations for OBB's national day and night trains online on the OBB ticketing site without paying any booking fees, this guide explains to how to book them , as it's not a particularly obvious process.

Seat reservations can also arranged without booking fees at the Reisezentrum desks at major stations.

Using Rail Passes on non-OBB trains:

Eurail and InterRail passes are also valid on the Westbahn trains between Wien and Salzburg.

However Eurail and InterRail passes are not valid on some independent railways, including

  • the Zillertalbahn trains between Jenbach and Mayrhofen
  • the Achenseebahn trains between Jenbach and Achensee

Whether you do or don't have to make reservations on the trains from and to Austria depends on the train service you will be travelling by;

When rail pass reservations (supplements) are OPTIONAL:

Reservations are optional on these three international train services to/from Austria:

(1) The international Railjet trains to Budapest, Munchen/Munich, Praha/Prague via Breclav and Zurich Although reservations are recommended for 2nd class pass users on these trains particularly on Fridays to Sundays and in June to August; they tend to be busy trains.

(2) The ICE trains to Germany; but are highly recommended for 2nd class pass users

(3) The EC trains to Germany and Switzerland (and for journeys to the Czech Republic on the EC trains heading to Poland).

They're also not available on cross border local trains, so rail pass users can just hop on board these trains.

Worth knowing if you want to travel between Innsbruck and Italy is that there are hourly local (S-Bahn) trains between Innsbruck and the border station at Brennero. There are less frequent Regionale trains between Brennero and locations to the south including Bolzano, Trento and Verona.

When rail pass reservations (supplements) are COMPULSORY:

  • the EC trains to Croatia and Slovenia
  • the EC and Railjet trains to Italy
  • the EC trains to Poland
  • the Nightjet trains
  • All other overnight trains

Booking these reservations:

Rail pass users can book seat reservations for international day and now most night trains online on the OBB ticketing site without paying any booking fees, this guide explains to how to book them , as it's not a particularly obvious process.

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Whenever someone asks me about my favorite country, I answer “ Austria ” wholeheartedly. This small but mighty place is a bottomless treasure chest and I feel honored to have grown up here and still call it home. 

There are some things you should know before embarking on your Austria adventure. With these insider tips – covering everything from transportation to table manners – and a few astounding facts up your sleeve, you'll have all the intel you need for a smooth and memorable trip.

1. Spend at least a week in Austria

While it might be tempting to hop over and explore Vienna on a weekend break or pass through on a whirlwind European tour, do yourself a favor and plan to stay at least an entire week in Austria. The country is so much more than its (admittedly incredible) capital. Make time to venture into the countryside and explore lesser-known places such as Steyr in Upper Austria, Leoben in Styria or Lake Millstatt in Carinthia.

2. Skip Vienna's CAT and take the local train instead

The city airport train (CAT for short) is heavily advertised throughout Vienna airport, kind of implying that it’s the only option. But there are several other ways to get to the city center, including bus and express train, that are cheaper than CAT tickets. These usually won’t take longer than 25 minutes. The quickest way is to hop on ÖBB’s Railjet which will get you to the main station within 15 minutes.

3. Consider arriving by (night) train

Austria is well-connected train-wise. If you are planning a bigger Europe trip, or have the time and means, skip the plane and opt to arrive by train instead. There’s a plethora of options during the day and connections to more than 25 cities in seven countries with the ÖBB Nightjet .

Brenner Railway in the Austrian Alps

4. An ÖBB Vorteilscard will save you lots when planning a train-based trip

Austria’s railway network is pretty extensive and will get you to most places comfortably and on time. Keep an eye out for Sparschiene tickets. These are discounted tickets for certain days and times. If you like to be more flexible and plan to take multiple train journeys in Austria, sign up for a Vorteilscard  online. It’s €66, valid for an entire year, and entitles you to a 50% discount on all train journeys operated by ÖBB (except for night trains).

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5. Always buy a ticket for public transportation

In Austria, you can hop on any train or tram (and even most buses) without having to show a ticket, unlike other European cities such as London. Here it’s a trust-based system. Check out ÖBB’s “SimplyGo!” app, activating your journey online before you get on the train, bus or tram and then deactivating it when you arrive. You’ll be billed the next day and won’t be caught trying to cheat the system. Be aware that the app uses GPS to help you get the cheapest ticket, so could eat your international roaming data. However, many bigger train stations and trains offer free WiFi.

6. Head to a local bakery

Austrians love their Gebäck (pastries) in the morning and Jause (open sandwich) in the evening. Seek out a traditional local bakery and explore what’s on display. Each type of bread roll has a different name, and there are more pastries than you could ever imagine. And did you know that croissants are not French but an Austrian invention?

7. On Sundays, we rest

We take the weekend seriously. Most shops, including supermarkets, are closed on Sundays. There might be some farmers’ markets or flea markets taking place, but stores in general are closed. Some bakeries and smaller supermarkets in bigger train stations such as Vienna main station or Linz main station are open, but with a very limited selection.

Man standing on Schafberg Mountain, Austria, overlooking a lake.

8. Most Austrians have never seen or heard of The Sound of Music

When I travel abroad, especially in the Americas, people often mention The Sound of Music when they find out where I’m from. Funnily enough, most Austrians have never even heard of the musical film from 1965 with Julie Andrews that won five Academy Awards – so it's probably not the best conversation starter.

9. Don’t mistake Austrians for Germans

Don’t ever compare Austrians to Germans and suggest they are the same. The two countries share a bit of friendly rivalry, similar to the USA and Canada, Chile and Argentina, and England and Scotland.

While we speak the same language (on paper), Austria’s dialects across the nine states vary greatly – and some of them aren’t even understood by fellow Austrians. We might have some cultural similarities with the Germans, but you’re not doing yourself a favor by saying that out loud. Stay away from that topic during the day – but if you're going out with local friends in the evening, you could start a conversation to get their unique take on it.

10. Greetings have evolved

Before the pandemic, it was a firm handshake on business occasions and when meeting for the first time – or a kiss on each cheek for friends and family. The handshake has returned after a weird fist bump intermezzo during the pandemic. Friends and family still do the two kisses on the cheeks, but often combine them with a hug – or just hug and leave out the kisses.

If you are unsure how to greet someone, stick to the handshake and if the other person reaches out for friendly cheek kisses, then go with it – if that’s what you want.

11. When in Vienna…

Vienna has developed into a magical metropolis that offers it all – with a twist. Don’t take it personally when a waiter or waitress in the capital hardly looks at you, snaps, or doesn’t seem to be overjoyed to see you. That’s part of the Viennese spirit.

12. Never order Schnitzel with sauce, opt for lingonberry instead

Austrian cuisine is hearty and for those with a sweet tooth. In most restaurants, you’ll find Wiener Schnitzel on the menu. While in neighboring countries, schnitzel is served with sauce, never ever pour sauce on your Schnitzel in Austria. The breaded meat (traditionally veal, but most often served in a pork or turkey version) is crispy, and you don’t want to drown it. Traditionally, it is served with lingonberry jam instead – trust me on that, it is delicious.

Top tip: Whenever eating with other people, wait until everyone is served and then start your meal together.

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Visitors drinking in the sun at Stieglkeller's beer garden, Salzburg, Austria

13. Tipping isn't mandatory, but it is appreciated

There are big cultural differences when it comes to tipping across the world. In Austria, there’s no set rule of tipping 5% or 20%. If you liked the service and the food, round up to the next euro(s). If you weren’t happy, don’t feel pressured to leave a tip. 

14. There are hardly any scams, but look out on the train from the airport

Austria is one of the safest places you can travel to, whether you're visiting with friends and family or traveling solo. But it's wise not to keep your wallet in your back pocket or an open purse. One place I’d be particularly wary of my belongings is the train from the airport to Vienna main station. Don’t put your backpack or carry-on in the overhead compartments, and watch your luggage. 

15. Enjoy the Trinkwasser

Austria’s tap water is ranked among the best in the European Union. Straight from the alps through the pipes into your glass. No need to buy bottled water during your stay in Austria. Bring your own reusable bottle and simply enjoy the tasty and refreshing tap water. Did you know that even most lakes are of such excellent quality that they qualify as potable water?

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Einfach-Raus-Ticket: Save with Cheap Fares on Austrian Railways

Austrian Railways’ Einfach-Raus-Ticket is a cheap unlimited-travel day ticket rail pass for groups of up to five passengers traveling together on local and regional trains — bicycles may be taken with for very cheap too.

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Austrian Railways (ÖBB) offers a wide variety of trains and tickets but the biggest savings deals are available on local and regional trains. The Einfach Raus Ticket allows groups of two to five unlimited travel for a day on local trains throughout Austria — it may be upgraded to a Einfach-Raus-Radticket to take bicycles with on the railway journey. These deals offer a huge saving over regular train ticket fares making regional train travel positively cheap. The Einfach Raus Ticket is not valid on fast long-distance trains but most countryside sightseeing in Austria requires traveling on local trains anyway.

Save with Austrian Railways’ Einfach-Raus-Tickets

Austrian Railways’ Einfach-Raus-Ticket (“ einfach raus ” means “simply out”) is a special discount ticket for groups of up to five traveling together. (Six and more traveling together receive group-fare discounts on all Austrian trains.) Many restrictions apply, principally the requirement that travel must be on local and regional trains only. The similar Einfach-Raus-Radticket allows travelers to take a bicycle (Rad) with on the local train.

The requirement to travel on local trains only is much less of a hassle in Austria than for example in Germany or France. Intercity trains in Austria do connect major cities with limited stops but often do not run particularly fast. The only really high-speed rail link in Austria is on the stretch from Vienna to Passau via Linz. Salzburg and Innsbruck are also on the Railjet fast speed network but even here the emphasis is more on comfort than speed. As a result, the time required on local trains is often not that much more than intercity trains and often not a factor for small town and countryside sightseeing where only local trains are used anyways.

The Requirements and Restrictions of the Austrian Einfach-Raus-Ticket

The discount Einfach-Raus-Ticket is sold at station ticket counters, train ticket machines, or online from Austrian Railways . The main requirements and restrictions include:

  • The Einfach-Raus-Ticket costs €36 for two travelers – add €4 for each additional traveler up to €48 for five.
  • The Einfach-Raus-Radticket costs €45 for two, add €4 for each additional traveler up to €57 for five. This ticket allows every passenger to take a bicycle on the train.
  • The Einfach-Raus-Ticket is valid for groups of between two and five persons traveling together. The composition of the group may not alter during the day — write the names of the group on the ticket.
  • In contrast to many other Austrian railway tickets, children must be counted like adults as full passengers. Although children 5 and younger are not charged, they must be counted and the total number of persons traveling on an Einfach-Raus-Ticket may not exceed five.
  • The Einfach-Raus-Ticket is valid on weekdays from 9 am to 3 am the following day – some advertisements wrongly state the limit as midnight. (If boarding an earlier train, a valid ticket is necessary to the first stop reached after 9 am, and v.v. at 3 am.)
  • On weekends and national holidays, the Einfach-Raus-Ticket may already be used from midnight until 3 am the following day.
  • The Einfach-Raus-Ticket is only valid for Second Class travel on Austrian regional trains except in the Vorarlberg region. For trains crossing the Austrian border, a ticket from the last stop in Austria should be bought prior to boarding the train.
  • Unlimited stops and transfers are allowed.

Regional trains ( Regionalverkehrszüge ) used by Austrian Railways (ÖBB) include the following train names and abbreviations: Regionalzug (R), CJX, RegionalExpress (REX), S-Bahn (S), and Raaberbahn.

Save with Group Fares on Austrian Railways

The Einfach-Raus-Ticket is a great saving ticket for up to five traveling together, but groups of six or more qualify for even more discounts, not only on regional trains but on all trains of Austrian Railways.

Children under 14 must be counted on the Einfach-Raus-Ticket but otherwise receive a standard half-price off discount on Austrian train tickets — this saving may well be bigger than group discount tickets (but usually not cheaper than using the Einfach-Raus-Ticket).

Saving on Day-Trips with the Einfach-Raus-Ticket on Austrian Trains

The Einfach-Raus-Ticket is particularly aimed at travelers going to explore the Austrian countryside and mountains on day trips. From major Austrian cities such as Vienna (Wien) and Salzburg, endless opportunities are available in the region for interesting day trips whether to admire nature or culture or a combination of the two.

Ironically, the biggest savings with the Einfach-Raus-Ticket are on long-distance travel. Travelers on a budget with time on their hands or planning to see sights en route between major cities can save the most with the Einfach-Raus-Ticket.

For example, fast trains between Vienna and Salzburg can be as fast as 2h22 and in second class cost around €55 for a standard ticket (could be as cheap as €20 if SparSchiene tickets are available). Local trains on the same routing take 5h17 to 6h and require one to three transfers but up to five can make the journey for €48 on the Einfach-Raus-Ticket.

The Einfach-Raus-Ticket is an absolute bargain when exploring the Austrian countryside. Although aimed mostly at day-trippers, it is also useful for traveling to smaller towns when most (if not all) of the railway journey will be on local trains anyway. For example, traveling from Vienna or Salzburg to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hallstatt is mostly on local trains so sticking to regional trains all the way hardly adds to the traveling time but does offer great savings.

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The KlimaTicket Ö allows you to use all scheduled services (public and private rail , city and public transport ) in a specific area for a year: regional, cross-regional and nationwide. It cannot be used on touristic offers like Waldviertelbahn, Wachaubahn, Schneeberbahn, Schafbergbahn, etc.

As an additional offer to the KlimaTicket Ö, there is also the possibility to buy regional KlimaTickets . The responsibility for the implementation and design of regional KlimaTickets lies with the respective federal state.

The KlimaTicket Ö is more than just your ticket for all public transport. It is also the ticket with which we aim to reach the Paris climate goals together. Public transport is the climate-friendly alternative to motorized individual transport.

The more you participate, the better it is for the climate. That is why the KlimaTicket Ö is uncomplicated and affordable.

In addition to the KlimaTicket Ö, public transport is being bolstered by many other measures: Modernization and continuous expansion to ensure climate-friendly public transport.

In addition to the further expansion of major transport routes, the government program has allocated billions in funds for the further development of local and regional transport, especially in conurbations, and stations are being expanded into "mobility hubs". The Federal Government is investing in a progressively more dense and comfortable public transport service offering in local, regional and long-distance transport.

With the inexpensive KlimaTicket Ö, all those who commute or travel in Austria can benefit from these investments in the climate-friendly future of the country.

How much does KlimaTicket Ö cost?

The KlimaTicket Ö is valid for a whole year from a date oft he purchaser’s choice and can be purchased a maximum of one month in advance.

Railway companies also offer special packages for seat reservations or first class upgrades .

Where is the KlimaTicket Ö on sale?

  • Proof of age (KlimaTicket Youth/ Senior)
  • Authorization document (KlimaTicket Special)
  • Military service ID, provisional replacement military service ID or call-up order, each in conjunction with the info sheet for the Austrian Armed Forces Climate Ticket (Austrian Armed Forces Climate Ticket)
  • Notification of assignment, notification of determination or community service card (KlimaTicket Ö community service)
  • Confirmation form about the performance of voluntary service

Who gets the free KlimaTicket Ö 18?

From July 1, 2024, young adults in Austria will be entitled to a free KlimaTicket Ö on the occasion of their 18th birthday. Anyone who has celebrated or will celebrate their 18th birthday from 1.1.2024 and is resident in Austria is eligible. Eligible persons have three years from their birthday to redeem their KlimaTicket Ö 18 once. The start of validity of the KlimaTicket Ö 18 can therefore be the day of the 18th birthday at the earliest and the day before the 21st birthday at the latest. The maximum advance booking period of one month applies for the issue.

The KlimaTicket Ö 18 is not issued automatically and can only be obtained from the KlimaTicket Ö sales and service points. You can find an overview of our sales and service points here . Please note, however, that the KlimaTicket Ö 18 is not available from Wiener Linien for the time being.

The KlimaTicket Ö 18 can only be issued in person by those entitled to it. The following documents are required for the issue and must be presented at the sales and service points:

  • Official photo ID: passport, identity card, e-card, etc.
  • Current confirmation of residence in Austria (not older than 6 months)

How do I use the digital KlimaTicket Ö?

The process how to add the KlimaTicket Ö in the apps of ÖBB, WESTBahn, Wiener Linien, Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe and Verkehrsverbund Tirol partners can differ slightly. In the ÖBB app, you have to create a customer account or log in to your existing customer account and the KlimaTicket Ö is stored and displayable under “My account”. In the apps of the WESTbahn, Wiener Linien, Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe and Verkehrsverbund Tirol it is necessary to enter your KlimaTicket Ö card number, your date of birth and the postal code so that your KlimaTicket Ö is subsequently added to your customer account.

Like the physical ticket, the digitally displayable ticket is non-transferable and only valid in conjunction with an official photo ID or the e-card with photo. If the ticket is blocked or canceled, digital display of the ticket is no longer possible.

How and when can I renew my Klimaticket Ö?

Your current customer data is particularly important so that we can provide you reliably with the notice of your renewal of the KlimaTicket Ö. Therefore, please notify us of any data changes immediately using the contact form on klimaticket.at/contact , in person at a service point or online independently in your customer account. Two months before your KlimaTicket Ö expires, we will send you an invitation to renew your ticket by letter. The procedure for renewing your KlimaTicket Ö depends on the payment method you chose when purchasing it:

If you bought the previous ticket by SEPA direct debit mandate, you can relax. The SEPA mandate remains in place and we will debit the ticket fee for the new KlimaTicket Ö as usual.

As soon as we have received your payment or the objection period has expired, you will receive a booking confirmation and – if requested – the invoice by e-mail. If the payment is made on time, we will send you your new KlimaTicket Ö in time before it starts to be valid. If you want to change your payment method for your new KlimaTicket Ö, you can read more about it in our FAQs .

Where is the KlimaTicket Ö NOT valid?

Which passenger rights apply to the klimaticket ö.

In the event of train cancellations or delays, KlimaTicket Ö customers may be entitled to compensation in accordance with EU Regulation No. 1371/2007, the Railway Transportation and Passenger Rights Act as well as the General Terms and Conditions for the purchase of the KlimaTicket Ö.

Holders of a valid Ticket are entitled to compensation if the railway companies used by them, except for city traffic and non-networked side-trains, repeatedly suffer delays or cancellations during the validity period of the Ticket.

If the punctuality level of a railway company is within one month of the validity of the Ticket is below 93%, then the holder of the Ticket is entitled to compensation once a year after the end of the validity period, amounting to 10% of the basic compensation calculated for one month for the respective railway company. The punctuality level of the individual railway companies is published on their websites.

The basic compensation shall be at least the ticket price less the price shares for carriage by road, in urban and non-networked side trains. The maximum annual compensation amount is 10% of the basic compensation. Refunds below four euros may be excluded from payment.

The handling of any claims for compensation shall be the responsibility of the railway companies concerned , and the arrangements for payment of the compensation shall therefore be laid down in the conditions of carriage of the railway companies concerned.

At present, registration for passenger compensation is only possible with the ÖBB. Please note that registration for the compensation procedure is only possible if you have given your consent to the transfer of data for passenger compensation. You can give your consent directly in your KlimaTicket Ö customer account under "My Tickets" by marking the checkbox . Once the data transfer regulations have been activated, a registration can be made under oebb.at/fahrgastrechte .

Frequently asked questions

KlimaTicket Ö in general

The employer can provide the employee with the KlimaTicket Ö tax-free or reimburse the corresponding costs tax-free. For further information, please refer to the homepage of the responsible Federal Ministry of Finance or the homepage of the Chamber of Commerce . If an invoice is to be issued to a company instead of the employee, such a request should be made by the employee to the KlimaTicket customer service and not by the company.

The KlimaTicket Ö 18 can only be issued by authorised sales and service points of the KlimaTicket Ö. The sales and service partners are listed on https://www.klimaticket.at/en/partners/ . However, it should be noted that the free KlimaTicket Ö 18 is not available from the Wiener Linien for the time being.

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The process how to add the KlimaTicket Ö in the different apps of our partners can differ slightly. In the ÖBB app, you have to create a customer account or log in to your existing customer account and the KlimaTicket Ö is stored and displayable under "My account". In the apps of the WESTbahn, Wiener Linien, Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe and Verkehrsverbund Tirol it is necessary to enter your KlimaTicket Ö card number, your date of birth and the postal code so that your KlimaTicket Ö is subsequently added to your customer account.

Currently, the digital KlimaTicket Ö can be displayed in the apps of ÖBB, WESTbahn, Wiener Linien, Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe and Verkehrsverbund Tirol. The integration of the KlimaTicket Ö in the apps of other tariff partners is in their control. We are optimistic that the digital display of the KlimaTicket Ö in further apps will follow.

Passenger rights

In the event of train cancellations or delays, KlimaTicket customers are entitled to compensation in accordance with EU Regulation No 1371/2007, the Railway Transport and Passenger Rights Act and the General Terms and Conditions for the purchase of the Klimaticket Ö. Any due compensation is calculated according to the regulations of the affected transport company. The handling of any claims for compensation shall be the responsibility of the affected transport company itself. In order to claim your compensation from the transport company concerned, we require your consent to the forwarding of your contact and contract data. The submission of such consent is expected to be possible in your customer account from the end of May 2022. Any claims for compensation shall be retained until then.

In order to be able to assert passenger rights against the participating railway companies, it is necessary that you as the affected party consent to the transfer of your data. Your consent can be given directly in your KlimaTicket Ö account. Click the arrow in the upper-right corner, and then click My Tickets. You can give your consent at the bottom of the page. Registration with the participating railway companies will then be possible from the next day. If you do not have a KlimaTicket Ö account, please contact KlimaTicket Ö Customer Service at www.klimaticket.at/en/contact .

First of all, we have to consider how the ticket was purchased before.

One-time payment If the previous ticket was purchased by one-time payment, then until 20 September 2022 simply renew your KlimaTicket Ö online, by payment slip that you received by letter or at our service points. This way, we can guarantee that you can hold your ticket in your hands in time. If you renew your ticket by 30 June 2023, you will get a 13th KlimaMonat for free!

SEPA direct debit mandate If the previous ticket was purchased by SEPA direct debit mandate, then feel very comfortable. The SEPA mandate remains in place and we will debit the ticket fee for the new KlimaTicket Ö as usual. The debit will be made in 13 equal monthly installments within the first five working days of each calendar month. If you renew your ticket by 30 June 2023, you will receive a 13th KlimaMonat for free! If the ticket is not to be renewed, then a written objection must be made by the deadline stated in the reminder letter, either by mail or by using the contact form at klimaticket.at/kontakt .

Once we have received your payment and the renewal has been completed, you will receive the invoice by email.

Click on "Renew card" in your customer account under "My cards" and tick "Installment payment" in the booking process. Or buy your new KlimaTicket Ö online at https://shop.klimaticket.at/en/ticket or at any service point. Select the validity start date of your new KlimaTicket Ö in such a way that it continues along with your previous KlimaTicket Ö.

During the period of validity, you can cancel your KlimaTicket Ö from the seventh month of validity without providing reasons. For an effective cancellation, the signed cancellation document and evidential return of the ticket to a service point is required. A cancellation fee of one month's worth will be charged; this is one-twelfth of the purchase price. In the case of SEPA direct debit, the cancellation fee will still be debited. In the case of a one-off payment, the monthly amounts for each month of validity not commenced will be transferred minus the termination fee.

If there are certain reasons, the ticket can be cancelled during the validity period without a cancellation fee. You hand in your KlimaTicket Ö together with the signed cancellation document to a service center within four weeks after the reason for cancellation has arisen. This is

  • in case of moving from Austria to a foreign country by proving the new address abroad
  • in the event of illness over a period of three months or more by means of a medical certificate
  • in the event of unemployment by means of proof of an unemployment certificate
  • in case of your death

If you do not want to renew your KlimaTicket Ö after the expiration of the validity period and you bought your KlimaTicket Ö by SEPA mandate, send us your written objection within the objection period in your letter for the renewal of the KlimaTicket Ö by mail to KlimaTicket Kundenservice, Postfach 100, 1020 Vienna or by using the contact form on klimaticket.at/en/contact . If you bought it by one-time payment, do not pay in the payment slip.

In this case, you are basically travelling without a valid ticket and the regulations of the respective transport company for travelling without a valid ticket apply. This may result in the issuing of an additional fare demand or you have the option of purchasing a standard single ticket, which can be submitted for reimbursement with proof of possession of a KlimaTicket Ö. Please inform yourself about the consequences and the concrete procedure at the respective transport company.

If you have lost your KlimaTicket Ö, report the loss together with the loss claim immediately to a service center , by phone at 0800 24 00 50 or via contact form so that we can disable your ticket. Subsequently, you will need a replacement ticket. For this you need to report the loss to the proper government agency (e.g. municipal office or magistrate). You can find more information about the proper government agency on this website . Upon presentation of the claim of loss and after payment of the replacement fee in the amount of € 10.- at a service center , a new provisional ticket will be issued to you and a replacement ticket will be ordered, which will be sent to you by postal service.

If your KlimaTicket Ö has been stolen, you will need to file a theft report with the police for a replacement ticket to be issued. Otherwise, the process is the same as in case of loss of the KlimaTicket Ö.

A generally free carry-on option is not yet planned.

The transport of bicycles is handled differently by transport associations and transport companies (e.g. at certain times of day, in certain means of transport, with prior reservation, paid or free of charge).

x = no free transport

As of October 2023. Subject to change without notice. No guarantee of completeness.

Travelling with dogs is handled differently by the various tariff partners and lies within the regulations of the respective company.

Holders of an KlimaTicket Ö can also travel in the Nightjet day coach within Austria without an additional ticket. A place on the day coach, couchette or sleeper cabin can be booked against a fee.

The KlimaTicket Ö is valid for all journeys within Austria. When travelling abroad the KlimaTicket Ö is valid up to the joint station abroad respectively the national border or on permitted routes abroad according to appendix 2 of the GTC of purchase for the KlimaTicket Ö. You need to buy a ticket for the foreign share of your journey.

The KlimaTicket Ö is only one of the building blocks to strengthen public transport.

The Federal Government is also making massive investments in the expansion and modernization of transport infrastructures. The Federal Government is investing in a progressively more dense and comfortable public transport service offering in both local and regional transport. And long-distance transport as well, of course. In addition to the KlimaTicket Ö and the expansion of the infrastructure, digitization is an essential component in making public transport even more attractive.

The Federal Government is working together with the federal states, transport associations and public transport companies to strengthen tariff- and sales-related innovations and to make them available throughout Austria using synergy potentials between transport networks and transport companies.

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Austria to make KlimaTicket free for 18 year olds: Do cheap tickets encourage public transport use?

Austria's KlimaTicket will be free for one year for all 18 year olds from 1 July.

Anyone who has celebrated their 18th birthday since 1 January 2024 and is registered in the country will be able to get one. Young people will be able to choose when to start their year long ticket between their 18th and 21st birthdays. Around 88,000 people will be eligible each year.

"We want to get even more young people excited about public transport in the long term," Austria's climate minister Leonore Gewessler said on social media site X.

"Because once you notice how good public transport is, you'll stick with it."

Climate tickets have become a hot topic in Europe. With rising cost of living and ongoing concerns about carbon emissions, these national public transport passes have been popular with the public.

But there are mixed messages on just how effective different schemes to encourage people to take trains and buses have been. Inaccessibility, overcrowding and sparse public transport networks have proved problematic in some places.

Getting people to ditch cars and planes, it turns out, is more complicated than just ensuring free or low cost tickets.

Where in Europe has the cheapest and most accessible public transport?

Last year, a Greenpeace report revealed the state of public transport across 30 European countries.

Nations were ranked based on four criteria: the simplicity of their ticketing systems, affordability of long-term tickets, discounts for socially disadvantaged groups and VAT rates. The report also looked at individual capital cities, rating them based on the same categories.

Each capital and country was assigned a score out of a possible 100 points.

Luxembourg, Malta, Austria , Germany, Cyprus and Spain came out on top with high scores for easy-to-use tickets and discounts. Tallinn in Estonia , Luxembourg and Valletta in Malta came in the first three spots for the city ranking.

Greece, Croatia and Bulgaria were at the bottom of the country list with Bulgaria scoring no points in any of the four categories.

When it comes to individual cities, Amsterdam in the Netherlands , London in the UK and Dublin in Ireland scored the worst for cost and accessibility.

How effective are Europe's climate tickets?

A number of countries and cities have set a Europe-wide trend towards climate tickets.

“Our definition of a climate ticket is a public transport ticket which is valid for all or most means of public transport…for a certain period,” Herwig Schuster, transport expert for Greenpeace’s Mobility for All campaign explained at the time.

“I think the only model that is quite close to our [recommendation] is the Austrian model because the Austrian climate ticket covers all means of transport. So you can use the pass in the countryside as well as on the underground in Vienna.”

In 2023, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and Portugal were among the European countries embarking on a climate ticket journey. France was also aiming for a scheme similar to Germany's €49 rail pass.

This has now been scaled back to ticket which allows unlimited travel on TER and Intercity trains but will exclude high-speed TGV trains.

Greenpeace says all European countries that haven’t yet reduced the cost of public transport should introduce a climate ticket.

But those that have already introduced these kinds of passes also need to improve them.

The analysis shows the ideal ‘climate ticket’ doesn’t yet exist in Europe. Schuster says that while the Austrian model is good, it is too expensive. Something that the free year long pass for 18 year olds goes a small way to fixing.

The number of people actually using Austria's KlimaTicket has been brought into question, too.

The Deutschlandticket is cheaper but it isn’t valid on some city transport networks.There have been doubts about just how effective this country-wide transport scheme is, too.

A forecast by the Federal Environment Agency, published alongside a report from the German Council of Experts on Climate Change last year, suggested that the Deutschlandticket does little to cut emissions.

It says that calculations from the Transport Ministry of a 22.6 million tonne reduction by 2030 "appear overestimated". The report predicts a figure of around 4.2 million tonnes is more likely.

So what is the problem with the €49 ticket? Infrastructure is the simple answer.

More people using public transport without improving capacity leads to overcrowding. The prospect of an uncomfortable journey does little to encourage people ditch their cars.

And, for a large proportion of Germany's roughly 83 million inhabitants, regular public transport services aren't a reality.

Think tank Agora Verkehrswende estimates that around 27 million people "either have no connection to public transport in their area or only a few times a day".

It shows that, even if costs are cut and ticketing made simpler, rail and bus services need to improve in order for people to want to use them.

Can free public transport convince people not to use their cars?

“We don’t explicitly advocate for free transport ,” Schuster said.

“We always say that transport should be affordable but not free. It’s okay if this is done in Luxembourg which is a super rich country.”

Tallinn was one of the first cities to make public transport free for residents in 2013 and it has led to a 1.2 per cent increase in demand since it was introduced.  Luxembourg was then the first European country to make tickets free for commuters and foreign tourists alike. Initially, it failed to encourage people to switch away from cars.

Greenpeace noted that this is probably because more than 200,000 people commute in and out of Luxembourg meaning they’d still need to buy a ticket for a neighbouring country.

“People typically go from Germany to Luxembourg, from Belgium to Luxembourg and still use the car because it's not really helpful if they don’t pay for the Luxembourg section,” Schuster says.

A new pilot scheme has seen the country extend its free public transport to commuters who live in French municipalities on the border in an effort to tackle this issue.

Montpellier in France also made public transport free in December last year and initial figures suggest it may have been more successful than other schemes. Officials say in the first five months journeys on public transport have jumped by more than 20 per cent .

What will encourage more people to use public transport?

Greenpeace says reducing the cost of public transport is still one of the “easiest and quickest” ways to shift people from cars to trains and buses.

The cost of public transport must be lower than that of running a car and worth the price or people won’t use it. The easiest and fairest solution for most countries is to aim for somewhere around €1 a day.

Though funding is an issue, there is “huge potential”, to shift money from fossil fuel subsidies or introduce taxes on airline tickets and kerosene to pay for the reduced ticket prices, Schuster adds.

One of the easiest ways to cut the cost would be removing VAT, with some Eastern European countries having rates as high as 20 per cent.

“Over a couple of years, I think all governments could be able to introduce that kind of fair pricing.”

Making systems easier to navigate with simple ticketing systems is also important. Schuster says that electronic cards that can be used everywhere - like those in the Netherlands - are a good solution. Especially when compared to Bulgaria where you might need several tickets for a bus or to change trains.

Combining low cost, good infrastructure and a simple-to-understand ticketing system could be the best way to encourage more people to use public transport.

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  1. Travel passes

    With a punctuality rate of nearly 95%, ÖBB ranked among the most reliable railway operators in Europe in 2023. Across the corporation around 42,000 employees working on the railway and bus networks (plus over 2,000 apprentices) ensure that some 1.3 million passengers safely reach their destinations every day. ÖBB: Austria's largest mobility ...

  2. Tickets in Austria & Europa

    Tickets in Austria & Europe. Discover our various offers. Austria has a lot to offer and exploring it doesn't have to be pricey. With Sparschiene Austria, you can travel across Austria at particularly affordable prices. Those who wish to travel beyond Austria's borders should choose Sparschiene Europe or get their hands on a Travel Pass and ...

  3. Austria Pass

    The Eurail or Interrail Austria Pass is the ultimate pass to discover Austria. Visit all the great Austrian cities like Salzburg, Vienna and Linz. ... A rail pass and a train ticket are two completely different types of travel documents. A train ticket is valid for a single journey between two cities. Many tickets also include a reservation ...

  4. Region and City Tickets

    The cheap weekly and monthly tickets for all regional public transport networks in Austria are also available for purchase easily and conveniently online in the Ticket Shop and by mobile phone using the ÖBB App. These include for example the St. Pölten-Vienna, Vienna Neustadt-Vienna, Bruck/Mur-Graz or Klagenfurt-Villach routes.

  5. Eurail Austria Pass

    The Eurail Austria Pass is the best way to discover Austria's lush green pastures and snow-capped alpine peaks. See pass prices! honeypot link ... Children under 12 travel in the same travel class as the accompanying adult. Travellers aged 12 to 27 can travel with a Youth Pass.

  6. Austria Rail Passes

    Search for Austrian ticket fares on the national railway's site. You can also order by phone at +43 5 1717; dial 4, then ask for help in English. Those staying longer in Austria can get discounts for a full year by purchasing a full-fare ("Classic") Vorteilscard or one of several Österreichcards. Also see our general tips for buying point-to ...

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    Train guides. Cheap train tickets to Austria: Maps, timetables - Rail Europe by trains: Check out maps, passes, timetables and fares. Travel by train with Rail Europe, the fastest & easiest way to discover the wonders of Europe!

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    Looking for a cheap flight deal to Austria? Find last-minute deals and the cheapest prices on one-way and round-trip tickets right here. Vienna.$370 per passenger.Departing Mon, Sep 16, returning Mon, Sep 23.Round-trip flight with Norse Atlantic Airways and Wizz Air Malta.Outbound indirect flight with Norse Atlantic Airways, departing from New ...

  9. Good to know about Traveling by Train in Austria

    The Railjet offers more comfortable wagons, free Wifi on board, and much faster connections. At interval speeds of 140 mph (230 km/h), you can now reach Salzburg's Main Train Station from the Vienna International Airport in as little as 2 hours and 49 minutes. Even service from Vienna airport to St. Anton am Arlberg - all the way in western ...

  10. Buying and using Tickets & Rail Passes in Austria

    In comparison InterRail passes and Eurail Passes for Austria cost from €146 for passes valid for 3 days of travel within a month; to €258 for up to 8 days of travel within a month. The discounted Sparscheine for the longest rail journeys within Austria can cost as little as €29.

  11. Holidays in Austria

    A Holiday in Austria puts a Smile on your Face. An experience, an encounter, sometimes just a moment - and the new somehow feels familiar. In Austria, this atmosphere is literally in the air: A sensation that, in nature, feels light and free, full of fun and joie de vivre. A feeling that, while connecting with the people who live here, feels ...

  12. 15 things to know before going to Austria

    Trains, ferries and bikes: our best tips for getting around in Austria. 5. Always buy a ticket for public transportation. In Austria, you can hop on any train or tram (and even most buses) without having to show a ticket, unlike other European cities such as London. Here it's a trust-based system.

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    Booking a train ticket to Austria using Omio enhances your convenience since it requires a few simple steps. You begin by entering your travel details on the site, including your intended travel date, departure station, and arrival venue. After processing the information, you get back an information page displaying the train schedules and ...

  14. Trains in Austria

    Fare types in Austria are broadly comparable to fare types in the UK, with the cheapest tickets (such as Sparschiene tickets) being the least flexible, and the more expensive tickets offering greater flexibility with regard to catching a different train or getting a refund on your ticket should you not travel.. A key concept to understand when buying train tickets in Austria is the ticket's ...

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    Nightjet overnight train, o perated by the Austrian Federal Railways (OBB), is one of the best and comfortable ways to travel around Europe. Nightjet route map is quite extensive, so modern Nightjet train can take around the most popular destinations of Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland a maximum speed up to 230 km/h (143 mi/h) while you're peacefully sleeping.

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    The discount Einfach-Raus-Ticket is sold at station ticket counters, train ticket machines, or online from Austrian Railways. The main requirements and restrictions include: The Einfach-Raus-Ticket costs €36 for two travelers - add €4 for each additional traveler up to €48 for five. The Einfach-Raus-Radticket costs €45 for two, add ...

  17. The $3.50 go-anywhere ticket to fight climate change

    Just $3.50 (or €3). Fifteen years after it was first proposed, Austria's new Klimaticket, or climate ticket, goes live on October 26. Offering seamless travel across all modes of public ...

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    ÖBB: Austria's largest mobility services provider. As a provider of comprehensive mobility services, the ÖBB corporation takes 323 million passengers and 95 million tons of goods to their destinations in an environmentally friendly way every year. 100% of the electricity used on the railway lines is produced using sources of renewable energy.

  19. All options to get your ticket

    Buying tickets from our travel consultants Our travel consultants will be glad to assist you. They can sell tickets, make seat reservations for you and provide you with any information you may need for your journey. Make the most of this personal service - throughout Austria at more than 90 travel centres located at ÖBB train stations.

  20. Interrail Austria Pass

    The One Country Pass is only valid for travel with participating train, ferry and public transport companies in the country covered by your Pass. Read more. Most high-speed and night trains require a reservation at an additional cost. Read more. 1st class Passes are valid in both 1st and 2nd class carriages. 2nd class Passes are only valid in ...

  21. KlimaTicket

    From July 1, 2024, young adults in Austria will be entitled to a free KlimaTicket Ö on the occasion of their 18th birthday. Anyone who has celebrated or will celebrate their 18th birthday from 1.1.2024 and is resident in Austria is eligible. Eligible persons have three years from their birthday to redeem their KlimaTicket Ö 18 once.

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    24-hour Vienna ticket: € 8.00. 48-hour Vienna ticket: € 14.10. 72-hour Vienna ticket: € 17.10. Vienna weekly ticket (valid from Monday to Monday at 9.00 am): € 17.10. Flexible weekly ticket (valid for 7 days, freely selectable date): €17.10. Available exclusively in the online shop of Wiener Linien and via the WienMobil app for iOS or ...

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    Story by Rosie Frost. • 1mo • 6 min read. Austria's KlimaTicket will be free for one year for all 18 year olds from 1 July. Anyone who has celebrated their 18th birthday since 1 January 2024 ...

  24. Interrail One Country Pass

    ÖBB: Austria's largest mobility services provider As a provider of comprehensive mobility services, the ÖBB corporation takes 323 million passengers and 95 million tons of goods to their destinations in an environmentally friendly way every year. 100% of the electricity used on the railway lines is produced using sources of renewable energy.

  25. U.S. Travelers in Europe's Schengen Area

    In Europe's Schengen area, your passport must be valid for at least six months at the time of your entry. At present, the Schengen area includes most European Union (EU) countries, except for Cyprus and Ireland. If you are transiting through Canada or the United Kingdom (UK) enroute to the Schengen area: your passport must be valid for at least six months, even though Canada and the UK do not ...

  26. First Class seating configuration

    New York. 6 posts. First Class seating configuration. Jun 15, 2024, 11:43 PM. I am looking at purchasing advanced train tickets for our Fall trip to the UK and need some advice. Is Trainline the recommended site to use? Last year in Austria we were able to choose our seats before making the purchase. When I use Trainline and go through the ...