A new epic railway journey has been added to the European railway timetable, as one of the daily ultra-smart Railjet trains from Wien to far-western Austria has had its journey extended into Germany, thereby providing a new direct journey by train from Vienna to charming Heidelberg.
Final Destination: Frankfurt (Main)
The train also calls at: Darmstadt
The train is now usually scheduled to depart from Wien/Vienna daily at 09:55 and is due to arrive in Heidelberg at 20:53.
Departing from Wien/Vienna
If your journey in Vienna is commencing in the south west corner of the city, or the area on the ring road around the Opera House; then it's likely that you'll have a faster and more convenient journey if you join the train at Wien-Meidling station.
Wien Meidling is connected to line U6 of the Vienna Metro, which serves the western side of the city centre.
1 x train per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date
The discounted tickets are the 'Sparscheine' tickets and they can be booked online up until the day of departure - but they CAN'T be booked at stations, so booking last minute at the station is always more expensive.
Though you'll usually need to book the 'Sparscheine' tickets at least a couple of days ahead to obtain them at the cheapest possible price.
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The two plus points of taking this train are a lack of a need for connections and the scenic route taken, but if travelling to Heidelberg as quickly as possible is of greater importance to you, the much faster alternative is to travel via Munchen Hbf and make a connection between trains at that station.
It's possible to depart from Wien 35mins after this direct train; and with a comfortably timed 1hr plus connection into the IC/EC train, typically scheduled to depart from Munchen/Munich at 15:47, it's possible to be in Heidelberg at 18:44; with an end-to-end journey time of only 8hr 14min.
The best of the scenery kicks in around 5hrs into the journey, once the train has passed Innsbruck; this train will take the faster, but less scenic route between Kufstein and Innsbruck.
Though near Kuftstein station it will travel beside the River Inn.
Between St.Anton and Feldkirch, the train threads the stunning Arlberg Pass; though in summer the trees can get in the way.
If possible sit on the left (when facing the direction of travel) on departure from Vienna/Wien.
The best views of The Arlberg Pass are from this side of the train, as are the view of the Bodensee between Bregenz and Lindau, and on to Friedrichshafen.
The train will reverse direction on departure from both Friedrichshafen and Stuttgart.
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