Bruxelles / Brussels to Wien / Vienna by train

How to take the rail journey by direct train from Brussels/Bruxelles to Vienna/Wien



From Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel Zuid to Wien Hbf/Hauptbahnhof

Travel Information

Bruxelles/Brussels has rejoined the European night train network, thanks to the restoration of a direct overnight train to Wien/Vienna from the Belgian capital.
Though the service is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.

The train has an early evening departure time, it will usually be scheduled to leave Bruxelles/Brussels Midi station around 19:30 and will arrive in Wien/Vienna just after 09:15.

Final Destination: Wien Hbf

The train also calls at: Bruxelles-Nord and Liege and Linz and St. Polten and Wien-Meidling.

The quickest journey from Brussels city centre will be to take one of the frequent trains from Bruxelles-Cenral station to Bruxelles-Nord in order to join this train when it calls there.
As all accommodation on this train has to be reserved, you can be sure that your booked place will be available if you opt to board at Bruxelles-Nord station.

The journey experience is dependent on the type of accommodation you choose to travel by on the train, click on the Train details to discover more about the available options.

Departs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open:
6 months ahead of the travel date on OBB
The national rail operator in Austria is OBB and it manages these trains.

The train conveys:

- Compartment Seats (Sitzwagen)
- Couchettes (Liegewagen); 4 berths AND 6 berths
- Standard sleeping cars (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins
- Deluxe sleeping cars with showers (Schlafwagen) with 3 bed, 2 bed and 1 cabins

The first price you will see on the OBB ticketing site will be for the compartment seats.

Using rail passes:

Rail pass users must reserve before boarding this train.

You can now book rail pass reservations without paying booking fees on the OBB website (OBB operates these trains
Though the process for doing so isn't particularly obvious, hence this step-by-step guide.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost

OBB Guide

OBB is the national rail operator and its booking service offers journeys by express trains within Austria, as well as international journeys which don't involve making a connection outside of Austria.

It pays off to book online, as the discounted 'Sparscheine' tickets are only ever made available on the website, and when making international journeys to and from Austria, these Sparscheine tickets tend to be cheaper.
OBB can offer particularly good value for money when travelling with children on international rail journeys, but something to watch out for when travelling between Austria and Germany on daytime trains, is that reservations are an optional extra; but if you book 1st class tickets with the Germany railways website DB, the reservations are complimentary.

OBB often takes a unique approach to its booking path, but a key thing to keep in mind is that the first price you will see for any journey is that of a Second Class seat.
The costs of upgrading to first class, a reservation, or a sleeping cabin etc, is then added to this price.

Nightjet *

Nightjet Guide

Booking places in the sleeping cabins

When entering 2 travellers as 1 male and 1 female, you will automatically be given the option to book a 3-bed cabin for the sole use of the two of you - the 'double' cabin option.
So you will be in the cabin together with no other travellers.

3 men + 2 women or 3 women + 2 men = three beds in a triple cabin + two beds in a double cabin is what you will be offered, though the cabins will then be male and female only.
So if the combination of travellers is 1 male/female couple + 1 male/female couple and a child, you will need to make two separate bookings so that the two couples can each share a cabin.

When 4 Adults are travelling together you will be given the option of booking double or triple cabins.
If you select 'Double' you will automatically be assigned 4 beds in two double cabins.
Because the Triple cabins are segregated into male and female, when two women + two men are in the travel party, the two men will be sharing a triple compartment with another traveller, as will the two women
When 3 men + 1 woman or 3 women + 1 man are the travel party, the fourth person will then be sharing a three bed cabin with two other people.

On this journey

Journey Features


Good to Know

On departure from Bruxelles the coaches heading to Linz and Wien will usually be joined to another part of the train heading to Innsbruck via Munchen.
So if you see a train heading to those cities on the departure screens - the info will also apply to this train to Wien.
Your reservations(s) will be in the coaches heading to Wien via Linz and the train manager will also greet travellers who have booked to travel in the couchettes or sleeping cabins.

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