How to take the optimum rail journey from Paris to Wien/Vienna

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Paris to Wien / Vienna by train

After a gap of fifteen years Paris and Wien/Vienna are once again being connected by a direct rail service, thanks to a new service of overnight Nightjet trains between the French and Austrian capitals.

Of the numerous daytime options you will likely see when looking up the train journey from Paris to Vienna/Wien on the ticket booking services, the option via Frankfurt (Main) has been singled out because:

  • the usual connection is easily timed, so there will be contingency in the event of the train from Paris being delayed.
  • Frankfurt (Main) hbf is an easy station in which to change trains
  • there is no need to make more than one connection when making a Paris to Wien/Vienna rail journey.

On Mon/Weds/Fri/Sun when the direct overnight train from Paris isn't available, the routing via Zurich has been suggested for similar reasons; an easily timed connection in a station that's simple to navigate.

Routes you can take to go from Paris to Wien / Vienna

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Option 1: taking a direct night train
Travel Time (approx)

14hr 14min


Not Every Day

Travel Info

Departs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Route Information

Via stations: Frankfurt (Main) Hbf

Option 2: travel during the day via Frankfurt

Route Information

Via stations: Zürich HB / Zurich main station

Option 3: travel during the day via Zurich
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