Step on board for the fabulous train ride from central Germany to Croatia.
Final Destination: Zagreb
Train also calls at: Lesce-Bled (for Lake Bled) and Ljubljana
1 x train per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date
When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct journey.
Look for the train that usually departs Frankfurt Main Hbf at at around 08:20 - though due to the length of this route, this train can be particularly susceptible to having its schedule altered due to works on the line.
Seats will be assigned when making a booking as reservations are compulsory on this train, once it has crossed the border from Austria into Slovenia.
Therefore rail pass users need to make reservations for this train prior to boarding
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|DB Bahn||from €54.90|
On departure, the part of the train heading to Zagreb will be joined to another train to Klagenfurt, they're separated at Villach.
On the info screens at Frankfurt (Main) you may only see Klagenfurt, but this info will also be for your train; you can confirm it by checking the train number on your ticket.
When boarding check that you will be in the part of the train heading to Zagreb
Don't be overly concerned about this, the conductor will verify that you're sat in the correct part of the train when they inspect your ticket.
The train will reverse direction on departure from Stuttgart, from Munchen and from Villach.
This is a stunning journey!
- passing Geislingen between Stuttgart and Ulm
- the ascent to Bad Gastein
- the descent into Villach
- crossing Slovenia
- The Sava River gorge between Ljubljana and the Croatian border.
Though the views of the gorge can only be seen from this train when summer days are at their longest.
The best of the views, particularly after Bad Gastein, are from the right of the train (when facing the direction of travel).
This can be a journey where travelling 1st class can pay off, as you'll have more freedom to move from one side of the train to the other, to make the most of the trip.
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 with the best of the views here are ON THE LEFT
On departure from Bad Gastein, the best of the views here are back over to the right; look out for the waterfalls. ~
Th next highlight of the journey comes when the train exits the Tauern Railway Tunnel and begins to descend to Spittal.
For around 25 mins there are stunning birds-eye views across the valley; from the right.
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.
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