Wien / Vienna to Bruxelles / Brussels by train

How to travel from Vienna to Brussels on the overnight Nightjet train



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

Travel Information

Final Destination: Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid

The train also calls at: Linz and Liege and Bruxelles-Nord
If you will be heading to Bruxelles city centre, you'll have a quicker journey if you leave the train at Bruxelles-Nord station and connect there into one of the frequent trains to Bruxelles-Central station.

Bruxelles/Brussels has rejoined the European night train network, thanks to the restoration of a direct overnight train from Wien/Vienna to the Belgian capital.

Departs on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open:
6 months ahead of the travel date on OBB

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.

Our guide to booking night train tickets on the OBB (Austrian national railways) website is available HERE.

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.

Or you can avoid the booking fees by arranging the reservations when you arrive in Austria, by purchasing them at a Reisezentrum travel desk, which you will find in any hauptbahnhof.
Though it's best to do this when you first arrive in Austria, the later you leave booking your accommodation, the more likely it is that your preferences will be sold out.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
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.


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.

DB Bahn *

DB Bahn Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.

Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

On this journey

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Good to Know

This train service is usually scheduled to depart from Wien Hbf on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at around 19:45
The train will also have mid-morning arrival time, it will typically be scheduled to arrive in Bruxelles/Brussels between 09:30 and 10:00

On departure the train heading to Bruxelles will be joined to another train heading to Hamburg, so any info for Hamburg you see on the departure screens will also apply to this train.

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