Wien / Vienna to Nürnberg / Nuremberg by train

How to take a train journey from Wien/Vienna to Nürnberg/Nuremberg



From Wien Hbf/Hauptbahnhof to Nürnberg Hbf

Travel Information

All of the ICE trains which travel from Wien/Vienna to cities in northern Germany call in Nurnberg/Nuremberg, so you can take a train in odd hours between 06:50 and 16:50

Final Destination: Dortmund or Frankfurt (Main) or Hamburg or Berlin

All trains also call at: Wien-Meidling*, St Polten, Linz, Passau and Regensburg

Departing from Wien/Vienna:

Most of these ICE trains between Wien/Vienna and Frankfurt (Main) commence their journeys at Wien Flufghagen/Vienna Airport station.

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.

Though we particularly recommend opting to make reservations on these trains if you want to join these trains at Wien-Meidling

1 x train every other hour


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

Reservations are highly recommended for this journey - though reservations are now included when booking 1st class tickets if you book on DB Bahn.

On the DB Bahn booking site look for journeys that have:

  • 0 in the Chg. column
  • ICE (and only ICE) in the Products column.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.
Use the earlier/later buttons to search for the cheapest ticket prices.

Though it's also particularly worth making the effort to compare prices across the different ticket agents for this journey.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn from €39

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.

OBB from €39

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.

Trainline from €39

Trainline Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesRiver viewsNot High Speed
Between Linz and Passau on the left #1 Between Linz and Passau on the left #1
Between Linz and Passau on the left #2 Between Linz and Passau on the left #2
Between Linz and Passau on the left #3 Between Linz and Passau on the left #3
Between Linz and Plattling on the right#1 Between Linz and Plattling on the right#1
Between Plattling and Nurnberg Between Plattling and Nurnberg

From Wien/Vienna until Wels the train will travel at up to 230 km/h (close to the high speed threshold) on the main Western Railway which crosses Austria.

From Wien/Vienna until Wels the train will travel at up to 230 km/h (close to the high speed threshold) on the main Western Railway which crosses Austria.

On departure from Wells the train will head towards the border with Germany and to the south of Passau, the railway takes a charming route on the east bank of The River Inn, which can be seen on left.

Then between Passau and Regensburg the River Danube is on the right.

Between Regensburg and Nurnberg the train rushes across a delightful rolling landscape.

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