No two European capitals are closer in terms of distance than Wien/Vienna and Bratislava, hence them being linked by a frequent service of regional trains, on all but two departures by day.
So it's a basic, but straightforward journey by train.
Final Destination: Bratislava Hlavná Stanica (hl.st)
There are two train services between Wien Hbf and Bratislava and they both depart hourly during the day.
So it's worth checking which station in Bratislava is closest to your final destination.
It’s likely to be Bratislava hl.st. as it’s closer to the old town and the main tourist destinations.
Bratislava-Petrzalka station is on the opposite bank of the River Danube.
You might expect quality express trains would cover the shortest distance between two European capital cities, but the regular train service is provided by Austrian commuter trains that operate over the border into Slovakia.
There is a Slovakian IC train heading for Kosice, which typically departs Wien Hbf at 14:42 and the Railjet train between Wien and Bratislava is usually scheduled to depart from Wien Hbf at 20:42
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Book early and save: No
Tickets will cost the same price if purchased at the station immediately before departure.
If you do want to book online, then on the OBB ticket booking service, look for the trains that terminate at Bratislava hl.st. and avoid those that terminate at Bratislava-Petrzalka station (unless your final destination is to the south of the city centre).
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The trains also take different routes from Wien/Vienna, but these trains to Bratislava hl.st also call at Wien Simmering station, which has an interchange with line U3 of Vienna's Metro (U-Bahn) system.
Line U3 runs through the city centre and calls at stations that don’t have a Metro/U-bahn link with Wien Hbf, including Volks-theater and Wien Mitte.
So if the starting point of your journey in Wien/Vienna is near a line U3 station, there's no need to divert to Wien Hbf.
It will be often quicker and easier to join the train to Bratislava at Wien Simmering station.
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