Wien / Vienna to Ljubljana by train

How to take a train journey from Wien/Vienna to Ljubljana

Few rail journeys between two European capitals are as beautiful as this!

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From Wien Hbf/Hauptbahnhof to Ljubljana

Journey Summary

Travel Information

Departing from WienVienna:

This daily train to Ljubljana usually departs from Wien Hbf at 07:58

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.

Final Destination: Trieste

The train also calls at: Wiener-Neustadt, Bruck an der Mur, Graz and Maribor

1 x train per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

Reservations are compulsory on this journey.

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding.

The train usually departs from Wien Hbf at around 07:58, so target that departure time when looking up this journey.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
OBB from €24

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.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesRiver viewsNot High Speed
The scenery begins to get more dramatic after departing Wiener-Neustadt The scenery begins to get more dramatic after departing Wiener-Neustadt
The ascent up to Semmering begins when the train crosses the River Schwarz The ascent up to Semmering begins when the train crosses the River Schwarz
The view from one of these Semmering Pass viaducts on a grey day The view from one of these Semmering Pass viaducts on a grey day
Passing one of the castles which can be seen from the train Passing one of the castles which can be seen from the train
Beginning to descend after Semmering station Beginning to descend after Semmering station
Travelling through Slovenia south of Maribor Travelling through Slovenia south of Maribor
Through the river valley between Celje and Zidani Most Through the river valley between Celje and Zidani Most
Departing from Zidani Most Departing from Zidani Most
Travelling through the Sava River Valley Travelling through the Sava River Valley
Heading towards journeys end through the Sava River gorge Heading towards journeys end through the Sava River gorge

Your efforts to rise early and catch this train will be rewarded by a fabulously scenic journey

If both Ljubljana and Wien/Vienna are on your rail pass itinerary wish lists, try and take the train in this direction, so that you can experience the full journey by daylight.
It's an unexceptional journey to begin with, so try and stay awake.

This journey includes the passage over the fabulous Semmering Pass, so wonderful that it's a U.N.E.S.C.O. World Heritage Site, though that's partially due to the construction methods and not just because of the scenery.
Though aside from when the train is travelling over the numerous viaducts, the trees tend to obscure the views, particularly in the summer.

The best views can be seen from the left of the train (when facing the direction of travel) between Wiener Neustadt and Murzzuschlag.

The video, which was filmed travelling in the opposite direction, gives an impression of the journey: and showcases that the scenery can be fabulous even on grey day.

Though this is a journey which saves the best until the final 90 minutes
After the train departs from Celje, it will head south through a series of lovely valleys, as it follows the course of the The Savina River

And then after departing from Zidania Most for the final 45 mins of the journey, the train travels through the wonderful Sava River gorge.
The best of the views on this part of this trip will also be on the left - again this video was filmed on a train traveling in the opposite direction, but it showcases what makes this journey so special.

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