Villach is a major railway junction in southern Austria, it's where the route from Wien/Vienna to Italy crosses the railway which links Salzburg to Slovenia and on into Croatia.
So it's possible to connect in Villach for multiple destinations including Lesce-Bled, Tarviso, Udine and Spittal.
Final Destination: Villach or Venedig/Venezia or Lienz
All trains also call at: Wiener-Neustadt and Bruck an der Mur
Departing from Vienna/Wien:
Trains depart from Wien/Vienna in even hours.
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.
A few of these trains commence their journeys at Wien Flufghagen/Vienna Airport station.
6 x Railjet trains per day
3 x IC trains 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.
Trains departing at different times can also 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
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|Trainline Österreich||from €19|
One of the most spectacular parts of the journey is the passage on the The Semmeringbahn Railway, between Payerbach-Reichanau and Murzzuschlag.
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 as the train travels over the Semmering Pass, the trackside vegetation tends to block the views, except when the trains are crossing the multiple viaducts
The best views can be seen from the left of the train (when facing the direction of travel) between Wiener Neustadt and Murzzuschlag.
This video gives a sense of the journey experience, on a grey day, it was filmed travelling in the opposite direction, towards Wien/Vienna.
This Semmering part of the route has led to this part of the journey being included on Far And Wide's list of the Most Remarkable Train Journeys in Europe.
However, its easier to appreciate the stunning landscape when the train travels between Leoben and Klagenfurt.
This is our favourite part of this train ride, there are sweeping vistas across valleys - some of which can be seen on the right....
...while other fabulous views are over on the left.
Other scenic highlights back over on the left of the train include he view of the beautiful Worthersee between Klagenfurt and Villach.
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