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Wien / Vienna to Berlin by train

Not very many years ago the direct trains between the German and Austrian capitals had disappeared from the timetables, but now there are four very different options to choose from when taking the train from Wien/Vienna to Berlin.

When you look up this journey on the ticket booking websites you'll also see a swathe of other journeys which involve making connections between trains.
So these direct trains can be tricky to spot amidst all of those other options, so you can use this info to find them more easily.

(1) The first daytime direct train is an ICE train, but it spends less than 25% of its journey travelling at high speed.

(2) A Railjet train which takes an entirely different route across Czechia.

(3) In the early evening there is a nightly IC train, it's a train usually used for daytime services, which happens to travel through the night.
(4) The final departure is a Nightjet and this is the train to take if you want to travel from Berlin to Vienna/Wien in a bed in a sleeping cabin, or in a bunk on a couchette.

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

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: the daily direct ICE trains
Travel Time (approx)

7hr 43min



Travel Info

1 x direct train per day

Route Information

Option 2: taking the daily direct Railjet train
Travel Time (approx)

8hr 45 min approx



Travel Info

1 x train per day

(seemingly not from January 9th to March 19th.)

Route Information

Via stations: Nürnberg Hbf

Option 3: making connections between two ICE trains

Route Information

Option 4: travel overnight in sleeping cabins and couchettes
Travel Time (approx)

11hr 6 min*



Travel Info

1 x train per night

*= 11hr 45min from December 12th

Route Information

Option 5: travelling overnight on a train typically used for daytime services.
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