Salzburg to Zagreb - Europe's Epic Express Train Journeys

Among the myriad of reasons which led to the notion that the creation of ShowMeTheJourney just might be worth pursuing, was the idea that we wanted to encourage people to go by train - we love it and we wanted to share that joy

And there's a lot to love about this journey by train between Salzburg and Zagreb, aside from the fact that the cities at either end of the route are both fabulous.

No special trains come this way and 'The Tauern Railway' isn't as well-known as it deserves to be - hence shining a spotlight on this stunning journey.

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On departure from Salzburg, the train will travel parallel to the River Salzach - and there are some great river valley views on the right of the train, particularly after the first tunnel that the train will pass through.
Between Bischofshofen and Schwarzach St Veit, the river is on the left.
Unfortunately when we travelled this way, it was pouring with rain, hence the lack of images of this part of the trip - though we plan to return!

The train will begin to ascend on departure from Schwarzach St Veit - the railway line to Zell am Zee can be seen heading off to the right.

The railway line this train travels over between Schwarzach St Veit and Spittal is known as the Tauern Railway / Tauernbahn.

After Bad Hofgastein the train will ascend up the valley to Bad Gastein - the best of the views here are ON THE LEFT
From Salzburg to Zagreb by train
On departure from Bad Gastein, the railway line threads through a valley on route to the Tauern Railway Tunnel and the best of the views here are back over to the right - look out for the waterfalls.
To Zagreb by train from Salzburg
The second highlight of the journey comes when the train exits the tunnel and begins to descend to Spittal. For around 25 mins there are stunning birds-eye views across the valley - from the right.


These three images below were all captured on this part of the journey between exiting the tunnel and Spittal.


From Austria to Croatia by train

On the train from Austria to Croatia
The Tauern Railway ends at Villach, where the train will reverse direction, but what makes this journey so special is that the fabulous views are far from over.

As the train travels across Slovenia, there are some fabulous views from both sides between Villach and Ljubljana.
Crossing Slovenia on the train journey from Austria to Croatia

On the train across Slovenia
Shortly after departure from Ljubljana the train will enter the River Sava gorge - between here and the Croatian border, the river is on the RIGHT.


Though on the direct train from Munchen/Munich, you won't be passing through the fabulous Sava River valley until around 20:15, so ideally make this journey at the height of summer.
Alternatively depart from Salzburg at 10:12 and following a simple change of train at Villach, you should arrive in Zagreb at around 17:13, so will be travelling through here in daylight.

The journey between Ljubljana and Zidani Most will take around 1hr 10mins and the three images below were taken on this part of the journey.
To Zagreb from Austria on the train




 


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For all the practical information you need to know about making this incredible journey - including details of the tickets, trains and stations...


This journey is also featured on the GUIDE to European trains which only depart once per day.

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THE OTHER EPIC EXPRESS TRAIN JOURNEYS:
 

click on the journeys listed below to discover why they are so fabulous:
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LONDON TO CORNWALL

KOLN/COLOGNE TO KLAGENFURT


MALAGA TO BARCELONA

MARSEILLE TO GENOVA

MILANO TO GENEVE


MILANO TO ZURICH

MUNCHEN TO VENEZIA

OSLO - BERGEN


PARIS - TORINO/TURIN

ROME and NAPLES - SICILY


WIEN/VIENNA TO LJUBLJANA

WIEN/VIENNA TO VENEZIA/VENICE

YORK TO ABERDEEN

ZAGREB TO WIEN/VIENNA


ZURICH TO GRAZ