Wien / Vienna to București / Bucharest by train

How to take the rail journey from Vienna/Wien to Bucharest/București

Step on board for a contender for Europe's longest regular rail journey and travel overnight right across Hungary and into Romania on the 'Dacia' express.



From Wien Hbf/Hauptbahnhof to București Gara de Nord

Journey Summary

Travel Time
18hr 45min (approx)
Travel Information

The train is usually scheduled to depart Wien Hbf at 19:42 and arrive in Bucharest on the afternoon of the next day at around 15:05.

Final Destination: Bucharest/Buccuresti

The train also calls at: Brasov (arrives at 12:35)

1 x train per night


Book early and save: No

Tickets will cost the same price if you book at Wien Hbf station.

Online bookings open: 3 months ahead of the travel date

A plus of booking online is that you will have ensured your place on the train. Your first choice of accommodation MAY be sold out if you don't book in advance.

Enter 'Bucharest' as the 'arr station' on OBB - don't look for Buccuresti.

This EuroNight train service is named the 'Dacia', it conveys
- Compartment Seats 
- Couchettes; 4 berths AND 6 berths

  • Sleeping cars 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.

Click the train details below  for more info including the rail pass reservation fees:

Rail pass users must reserve before boarding these trains, and these reservations can now be booked on the OBB website, without the need to pay booking fees.
Though the process isn't particularly obvious, hence the instructions are included on this guide to using the OBB website.

Or reservations can be arranged and paid for at the ÖBB Reisebüro desk in Wien Hbf - (ideally do this when you first arrive at Wien Hbf on the preceding train on your itinerary) or by calling OBB Customer Service (+43 5 1717).

Rail pass users can obtain good value for money on this train, particularly if you travel in the couchettes. The journey ticket price is comparatively expensive, as no discounted tickets are available.
And that journey price is covered by your rail pass long, as it is valid in Austria, Hungary and Romania, so all you'll need to do is pay the (typically smaller) reservation fee.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost

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.

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