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International Trains From Austria

Summaries of how to take direct trains to Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and The Netherlands.


Trains from Austria:

Austria is second only to Germany on the 'which country in Europe has the most international trains' list , so there are plenty of options for travelling to and from the country by train.
Even better news, if you'll be exploring Europe with Eurail or InterRail passes, is that comparatively few of these daytime trains have rail pass reservation fees; though that's partially because Austria isn't served by any international high speed lines.

And the relatively new and ever expanding Nightjet network means that Austria has more international overnight trains than any other country in Europe.

Trains from Austria

to Czechia (and Poland and the alternative route to Berlin)

Trains from Austria to Czechia/The Czech Republic take one of three routes, though most of them travel on the route through Breclav as it connects Wien/Vienna to Praha/Prague.

on the route via Breclav:

This is the route taken by the express trains from Wien/Vienna to Czechia; and beyond into Poland and Belarus.

Six different train services come this way:

(1) Railjets which every two hours take a Graz – Bruck an der Mur – Wiener Neustadt – Wien – Breclav – Brno – Pardubice – Prag/Praha route.
One of these trains now continues beyond Prag/Praha to Berlin via Decin and Dresden; there are other trains which travel from Wien to Berlin, but they take a different route through Linz, Wels and Nurnberg

(2) Regiojet trains which take the same route between Wien/Vienna and Prag/Praha.

(3) EC trains on the Wien – Breclav – Brno – Ostrava – Katowice – Warszawa – (Gdasnk – Gydina) route.
1 x train to Gydnia; 1 x train to Warszawa and 1 x train to Katowice.
The train terminating in Warszawa commences its journey in Graz.

(4) A daily EC train which follows a Graz - Wien - Breclav – Brno – Ostrava – Katowice - Krakow - Rzeszow - Przyemysl route.
This is a new service which now provides a direct rail link from Graz to Krakow, and from both Graz and Wien/Vienna to Rzeszow and Przyemysl.

(5) A Euronight train which travels overnight to Warszawa via Krakow.

(6) The Nightjet train from Wien/Vienna to Berlin via Wroclaw in Poland (which takes a different route to the daytime ICE train between the two capitals; see below).

on the route via Gmund:

In even hours during the day, REX trains depart from Franz-Josefs station in Wien/Vienna and travel on this route via Gmund, crossing the border to terminate in the Czech town, Cezke Velenice.
At Ceske Velenice connections are available into trains on to Ceske Budejovice.

on the route via Summerau:

This is a border crossing to have benefited from a significant increase in train services in recent years.
Eight trains per day, which are operated by the CD, the Czech national rail company, travel from Linz to Ceske Budejovice; where connections are available to Plzen.
Four of these trains from Linz have their journeys extended beyond Ceske Budejovice so are direct to Praha/Prag/Prague.

to Germany including Berlin (and on to Belgium, France and The Netherlands)

On the route between Linz and Nurnberg On the route between Linz and Nurnberg

Trains from Austria to Germany take one of five primary routes, as there are multiple rail links from between the two countries which lead off from Innsbruck, Linz, Salzburg and western Austria,

the route from Wels to Passau:

Day trains:

The ICE trains from Austria to Germany are the daytime express trains which make this border crossing.

Every other hour during the day they all follow this route Wien/Vienna – Linz – Wels – Passau – Regensburg – Nurnberg, but on departure from Nurnberg they take three different routes, depending on what time the train leaves the Austrian capital.

(1) to Wurzburg – Frankfurt (Main) (with 4 x trains per day continuing beyond Frankfurt (Main) to Frankfurt Flughafen/Airport Mainz – Koblenz – Bonn – Koln/Cologne)
Connect in Frankfurt (Main) for Bruxelles and for Amsterdam and for Paris.

(2) to Wurzburg – Kassel – HannoverHamburg (1 x train per day)

(3) to Erfurt – Halle – Berlin (1 x train per day)
The other direct daily daytime train between the Austrian and German capitals takes a route via Prague and Dresden.

In most hours regional Austrian trains also shuttle between Wels and Passau, for connections on towards Regensburg and Nurnberg.

Night trains:

This route is also taken by the Nightjet trains on two routes from Wien/Vienna and Linz to:
(1) Hamburg via Hannover
(2) Amsterdam via Koln/Cologne; this is the only direct train from Austria to The Netherlands
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays this train also goes to Bruxelles via Liege; this the only direct train service from the Austria to Belgium.

the route from Salzburg to Freilassing; the busiest Austria to Germany route

A grand total of eight different train services, take this route, as this is the border crossing taken by the many trains that connect Salzburg to Munchen/Munich; a train journey between the two cities takes less than two hours.

Day trains:

(1) Railjet trains which depart every other hour on the Wien/Vienna – Linz – Salzburg – Munchen/Munich Hbf route.
Connect in Munich for ICE trains to multiple destinations including Frankfurt (Main), Hamburg, Koln/Cologne, Nurnberg and Stuttgart.

(2) Railjet trains on the Klagenfurt - Villach – Bad Gastein – Salzburg – Munchen/Munich route; as seen below EC trains also take this route.

(3) EC trains which depart daily on these five routes that provide direct rail links from locations in Austria, to destinations in Germany that are north of Munchen/Munich:

  • Klagenfurt → Villach → Bad Gastein – Salzburg → Munchen/Munich → Augsburg → Ulm → Stuttgart → Heidelberg → Frankfurt (Main)
  • Klagenfurt → Villach → Bad Gastein → Salzburg → Munchen/Munich → Augsburg → Ulm → Stuttgart → Mannheim → Mainz → Koblenz → Bonn Koln/Cologne → Dusseldorf → Duisburg → Munster
  • Salzburg → Munchen/Munich → Augsburg → Ulm → Stuttgart → Karlsruhe
  • Graz → Salzburg → Munchen/Munich → Augsburg → Ulm → Stuttgart → Heidelberg → Frankfurt (Main)
  • Graz → Salzburg → Munchen/Munich → Augsburg → Ulm → Stuttgart → Mannheim → Kaiserslautern → Saarbrucken

All of these EC trains call at both Munchen Ost and Munchen Hbf stations.

If your final destination is in Munchen/Munich city centre, the quickest end-to-end train journey option is to connect at Munchen Ost station into frequent S-Bahn trains to central Munich.

(4) Hourly regional trains, operated by Meridian, which link Salzburg with Munchen Ost and Munchen Hbf.

(5) Hourly local trains also shuttle across the border on a Salzburg - Freilassing – Bad Reichenhall route.
Connect in Freilassing for trains to Berchtesgaden.

Night trains:

(6) The EuroNight train to Munchen/Munich from Budapest which provides the overnight service to Bavaria from Wien/Vienna

(7) A new Nightjet service from Wien/Linz and Salzburg to Paris takes this border crossing, having departed the Austrian capital on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
This is the only direct train from Austria to France.

(8) The Euronight train from Zagreb to Munchen/Munich, which travels through Austria in the middle of the night, but it calls in Villach at around 23:20.

the route from Kufstein to Rosenheim, taken by express trains from Innsbruck

The only daytime trains which travel over this border crossing are the 7 x EC trains per day which take an Innsbruck – Jenbach – Worgl – Kufstein – Munchen/Munich route.
During the day these trains depart Innsbruck in even hours.
ICE trains from Munich/Munchen provide the opportunity to travel on to every other major city in Germany.

This is also the route of the nightly Nightjet train from Innsbruck to Hamburg via Hannover and the Nightjet train from Innsbruck to Koln/Cologne which now continues on to Amsterdam via Dusseldorf, Arnhem and Utrecht.

On Saturdays only between December 20th and March 13th, the Alpen Express takes this route; this overnight train connects multiple Austrian ski resorts with Koln/Cologne and these Dutch cities; Amsterdam, Den Bosch, Den Haag, Eindhoven, Haarlem, Leiden, Utrecht and Venlo.

the route from Bregenz to Lindau in western Austria:

Taking the train from Lindau to Bregenz by the Bodensee

The charming towns of Bregenz in Austria and Lindau in Germany on the shore of the Bodensee are connected by frequent local trains which travel along the shore of the lake.

Bregenz is served by express Railjet trains which take a Wien/Vienna – Linz – Salzburg – Innsbruck – Feldkirch – Bregenz route.
There's no need to target the trains heading to Bregenz if their timings don't suit.
The station at Feldkirch has more frequent trains from these cities to the east and it is also served by Railjets that have travelled from Zurich via Buchs.
An hourly REX train service provides a direct link between Feldkirch and Lindau via Bregenz.

Three primary long distance services head from Lindau on into Germany:
(1) to Munchen/Munich via Memmingen
(2) to Munchen/Munich via Kempten
(3) to Ulm via Friedrichshafen (connect in Friedrichshafen for Radolfzell, Singen, Schaffhausen and Basel)

Though if you time it right, you don’t have to change trains in Bregenz and/or Lindau, because there are also trains on three international direct routes, which also pass through Bregenz and Lindau:

(1) A new daily Railjet service which takes a Wien - Linz - Salzburg - Innsbruck - St Anton - Bregenz - Lindau - Freidrichshafen - Ulm - Stuttgart - Heidelberg - Darmstadt - Frankfurt (Main) route.
This is the only direct train from Wien/Vienna to Lindau, Freidrichshafen, Ulm, Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Darmstadt.

(2) A daily German IC train takes an Innsbruck – St Anton – Feldkirch – Bregenz – Lindau - Freidrichshafen - Ulm – Stuttgart – Mannheim – Mainz – Koblenz – Koln/Cologne – Dusseldorf - Essen - Dortmund route.

(3) 6 x smart EC trains trains per day, which have commenced their journeys in Zurich, link Bregenz directly with Munchen/Munich.

the route from Seefeld to Mittenwald taken by the regional trains from Innsbruck to Germany:

Every other hour regional REX trains depart on the scenic Innsbruck – Seefeld – Mittenwald – Garmisch-Parternkirchen route.

Up to five of these trains per day have their journeys extended beyond Garmisch-Parternkirchen to Munchen/Munich; but in the hours when there are no direct trains, the connections in Garmisch-Parternkirchen should be straightforward.

Though the EuroCity (EC) trains from Innsbruck (see below) are faster and will also be cheaper if you book in advance; and rail pass users don't have to reserve on those EC trains when travelling from Austria.

to Hungary and Romania and Ukraine (and Serbia)

The nightly train to Bucuresti awaits departure from Wien Hbf The nightly train to Bucuresti awaits departure from Wien Hbf

The majority of trains from Austria to Hungary take one of three primary routes, with the route via Hegyeshalom being busiest, as this border crossing is less than 90 mins from Wien/Vienna by train.

via Hegyeshalom:

The long-distance day and night trains from Wien/Vienna to Budapest and beyond into Romania, Ukraine (and Serbia) all take this border crossing.

Day trains:

(1) Railjets which, every other hour, take this route; Salzburg – Linz – St Polten – Wien Hbf – Gyor – Budapest (Kelenfold) – Budapest Keleti
One Railjet per day to Hungary commences its journey in Switzerland, so also calls at Feldkirch, St Anton and Innsbruck on route to Budapest.

(2) During the day in the hours when no Railjet to Hungary is scheduled to depart, Hungarian IC/EC trains also take the Wien Hbf – Gyor – Budapest (Kelenfold) – Budapest (Keleti) route.
New trains which are similar to the Railjets are now used for these services

(3) A daily Hungarian train, named the 'Transalvania' departs Wien/Vienna at 10:42 and takes this route to Romania; Wien Hbf - Budapest (Keleti) - Szolnok - Oradea - Cluj Napoca, which is the unofficial capital city of Transylvania, hence the name of this train.
This service had been cancelled at the start of the pandemic, but it has now resumed.

(4) A couple of regional trains per day travel from Wien/Vienna to Gyor.

(5) A daily EC train USUALLY takes this route; Wien - Gyor – Budapest (Kelenfold) –Budapest (Keleti) – Kelebia – Subotica – Novi Sad – Beograd/Belgrade.
This train service has been suspended until a yet to be confirmed date, due to construction works on the railway line in Serbia, a substitute bus service is operating over to the border to Novi Sad in Serbia, as the new faster railway has opened between there and Beograd.

Night trains:

(6) The overnight train from Wien/Vienna to Buccresti/Bucharest, named 'the Daciia' which is the only train service from the Austrian capital to the Romanian capital; it also calls in Arad and Brasov.

From June 5th to Oct 5th, there is the opportunity to connect in Buccuresti/Bucharest for direct trains on to both Istanbul and Sofia,
Outside of those dates you can travel on to Istanbul via Ruse and Sofia.
Though at any time of the year an overnight stay is required in Bucuresti, but despite that, this is the simplest route route for a Wien/Vienna to Istanbul train journey.

The first stage of the year round Vienna to Athens train journey also involves taking this train to Buccuresti.
However, the overnight trains on to Athens remain suspended due to the pandemic

(7) A daily train, named 'the Hortobagy' which departs Wien at 16:42 and travels beyond Budapest to call at cities in eastern Hungary, including Debrecen and Zahony; it also typically conveys sleeping cars heading on to the Ukrainian cities of Lviv and Kiev/Kviv.

the route to Sopron:

On Monday to Friday hourly regional trains depart Wiener-Neustadt for Sopron; the journey between the two cities only takes around 40mins; though the trains on this route are less frequent at weekends.

Wiener Neustadt is served by comparatively frequent trains from Wien/Vienna and you can connect in Sopron for trains to Budapest and Szombathely.

the route to Szentgotthard:

Two train services now take this route:

A relatively new daily service by EC train typically departs Graz hbf shortly after 08:30 and is direct to Budapest via Szombathely and Gyor.

(2) In addition up to seven local trains per day from Graz have their journeys extended over the border so that they terminate in Szentgotthard.
At Szentgotthard connections are available on to Szombathely, from where there are express trains on to Budapest

To Italy

heading towards Brennero on a train to Italy from Innsbruck heading towards Brennero on a train to Italy from Innsbruck

The majority of the express day and night trains from Austria to Italy take one of two routes, which are located at either end of the border between the two countries, so trains head south from either Innsbruck or Villach.
Though the direct rail route from Wien/Vienna and Graz to Trieste through Slovenia has also been restored in recent years.

If you will be travelling with a Eurail or InterRail pass, fairly expensive rail pass reservation fees are required on the direct daytime express trains; so the notes below also point out the alternatives to taking these express services.
Rail pass users also have to reserve on the overnight Nightjet services from Austria to Italy.

the route from Innsbruck through Brennero

Three different train services now travel on this spectacular route through the Brenner Pass.

(1) Five EC trains per day, which will have commenced their journeys in Munchen/Munich, take this route:
Kufstein – Worgl – Jenbach – Innsbruck – Brennero – Bolzano – Fortezza – Bolzano – Trento – Roverta - Verona.
Connect in Verona for cities to the west including Brescia, Desenzano for Lake Garda, Milano and Torino/Turin.

On Monday to Friday three* of these trains have their journeys extended beyond Verona to Bologna and at the height of summer, one train continues beyond to Bologna to Rimini.
*Two trains at weekends.
Connect in Bologna for cities further south including Ancona, Bari, Firenze/Florence, Napoli and Roma.

On Monday to Friday one of these trains continues beyond Verona to call at Vicenza, Padova/Padua and Venezia/Venice, but there are two direct trains at weekends.

The overnight trains from Munchen/Munich and Wien/Vienna to Italy take the route through Villach and Tarvisio.

(2) A daily Railjet train which departs from Wien/Vienna at 15:30 and calls in both Linz at 16:44 and Salzburg at 17:52 and travels on via Innsbruck, Brennero and Fortezza to terminate in Bolzano.

(3) Hourly local S-Bahn trains depart Innsbruck for Brennero
In Brennero some of these trains make connections with Italian Regionale trains heading south to Merano via Bolzano, or into Regionale Veloce trains heading south to Bologna via Bolzano, Trento and Verona.
So if you'll be using an InterRail or Eurail pass and want to avoid the rail pass reservation fees, when travelling from Austria to Italy, you can target this combination of trains and connect in Brennero.
Though note that the trains heading to Merano are not operated by Trenitalia, so rail passes are not valid on these trains.

on the route from Villach through Tarvisio:

Day trains:

Two Railjet trains per day come this way on the Wien/Vienna – Wiener Neustadt – Bruck an der Mur – Leoben – Klagenfurt – Villach – Tarvisio – Udine (connect for Trieste) – Treviso – Venezia/Venice/Venedig route.
Connect in {Venezia/Venice**](/train-travel-info/journeys/from/venezia-venice-venedig/) for frequent trains to other Italian cities including Bologna, Firenze/Florence, Milano, Napoli, Torino/Turin and Verona; by changing trains at Venezia Mestre station.

In addition two regional trains per day travel on this part of the route; Villach – Tarvisio – Udine
These trains enable rail pass users to avoid paying any reservation fees on this route; Regionale trains link Udine to Trieste and Venezia/Venice.

Night trains:

The Nightjet overnight trains from Austria to Italy on these three routes also make this border crossing:

(1) Wien/Vienna – Wiener Neustadt – Bruck an der Mur – Leoben – Klagenfurt – Villach – Padova/Padua – Vicenza – Verona – Peschiera del Garda – Desenzano del Garda – Brescia – Milano
This is the only direct train from Austria to Milano.

(2) Wien/Vienna – Wiener Neustadt – Bruck an der Mur – Leoben – Klagenfurt – Villach – Bologna – Firenze/Florence – Arezzo – Roma
The is the only direct train from Austria to Firenze/Florence and Roma.

(3) Wien/Vienna – St Polten – Linz – Salzburg – Tarvisio – Udine – Treviso – Venezia/Venice

on the route from Lienz via San Candido:

On Monday to Friday hourly trains travel from Lienz to Fortezza, where connections are available into trains heading south to Bologna, Bolzano, Venezia and Verona.
The service is less frequent at weekends.
Lienz has a sporadic service of S-Bahn trains from Klagenfurt via Villach.

There is also a daily IC train which departs Vienna/Wien Hbf for Lienz at 08:25, this train then makes a connection into a train on to Fortezza, which then makes a connection into a Regionale Veloce train on to Bologna via Bolzano, Trento and Verona.
However, rail pass users travelling this way should note that Trenitalia does not operate the route between San Candido and Fortezza, so rail passes are not valid on this section of the route.

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To Slovakia

The most frequent train services between Austria and Slovakia are the regional (REX) trains from Wien/Vienna to Bratislava.
They depart hourly from Wien Hbf on two routes, via

  • Marchegg, and
  • Bruck an der Leitha,
    but only the trains via Marchegg arrive at the Bratislava hl.n, the main station in the Slovakian capital.

In addition to these Regional trains, which provide the bulk of the rail service between Europe's two most closely spaced capital cities, there are two daily express trains.

(1) A daily IC train, which is usually scheduled to depart from Wien/Vienna at 14:42, travels beyond Bratislava to Kosice, where it is due to arrive at 20:42; it also calls in Zilina and Poprad Tatry.

(2) A Railjet service to Bratislava, which commences its journey in Zurich and calls at these stations in Austria; Feldkirch – InnsbruckSalzburg – Linz – St Polten and Wien/Vienna (depart 20:42).

to Slovenia (and Croatia and Serbia and Trieste in Italy)

Travelling through the Sava River gorge in Slovenia east of Ljubljana Travelling through the Sava River gorge in Slovenia east of Ljubljana

Trains from Austria to Slovenia take three beautiful routes, but if you want to explore some of the most spectacular European landscapes and cities by train, then worth knowing is that the Austrian city, Villach, is the gateway for train journeys between the Alps and Slovenia.
Then from Slovenia you can travel on into Croatia and usually you can travel on to Serbia, and Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.
Though the trains on to Serbia from Croatia and the trains from Serbia to Bulgaria haven't resumed since being cancelled at the start of the pandemic.
Also still suspended are all of the international trains to Greece.

the route from Rosenbach to Jesenice:

This is the railway route from southern Austria into Slovenia.
Loocal trains used to shuttle between Villach and Jesenice in Slovenia, but now the only option for travelling this way is taking one of these six long-distance express train services.

Day trains:

(1) For those prepared to set the alarm, there is a very early morning train which takes a Schwarzach St Veit (04:25) → Bad Gastein (05:00) → Villach (06:28) → Jesenice → Lesce-Bled (for Lake Bled) → Ljubljana → Zidani Most → Dobova → Zagreb route.

This train usually travels on to Beograd, but this part of the route is currently suspended; and hence the connections outlined below aren't currently possible.
It is due to arrive in Beograd/Belgrade at 18:07; and following an overnight stay in Beograd it's possible to travel on to both Athens and Istanbul via Sofia.
The train on to Athens, but the Sofia To Istanbul Express has resumed.
This is usually the only direct train from Austria to Beograd/Belgrade.
An overnight train from Salzburg connects into this train in Zagreb, but it departs from Salzburg at 01:40.

(2) An early afternoon train which commences its journey in Villach and takes a Villach → Jesenice → Lesce-Bled (for Lake Bled) → Ljubljana → Zidani Most → Dobova → Zagreb → Vinkovici route, though it doesn't offer an onward connection from Vinkovici into Serbia.
It has a connecting train which typically departs from Munchen/Munich at 08:17 and travels via Salzburg (10:12), Schwarzach St Veit and Bad Gastein.

(3) A daily EC (EuroCity) express train which has travelled from Frankfurt (Main) via Munchen/Munich to Austria and takes a Salzburg → Schwarzach St Veit → Bad Gastein → Villach → Jesenice → Lesce-Bled (for Lake Bled) → Ljubljana → Zidani Most → Dobova → Zagreb route.
Thereby providing a direct train from Salzburg into Slovenia and Croatia; connect in Salzburg if you will be setting off from Innsbruck.

Pre-pandemic between late June and mid-September, this train connected in Zagreb for a train which travels overnight to Beograd, where it arrives at 06:05; it conveys sleeping cars, but this train remains suspended.
Between those dates it's usually possible to travel on from Beograd by taking the daily train to Sofia, but this train is also still suspended and following another overnight stay, there is the option of travelling on to Istanbul by train.
Or take the night train to Thessaloniki in Greece, from where it's possible to travel on to Athina/Athens.
The train on to Istanbul has resumed, but the train on to Thessaloniki remains suspended.

(4) An evening train is scheduled to depart Villach at 18:53 on a Jesenice → Lesce-Bled (for Lake Bled) → Ljubljana → Zidani Most → Dobova route.
Between June 20th and Sep 13th it usually connects in Ljubljana for that currently suspended overnight train to Beograd/Belgrade.

This train from Villach has a connection from Salzburg (depart 16:12) via Bad Gastein; and that train which calls in Salzburg, will usually travel to Austria through Germany and it makes calls in Koln (08:17), Mannheim, Stuttgart and Munchen (14:17).

Night trains:

(5) An overnight train to Ljubljana (arrives 08:13) and Zagreb (10;49) which commences its journey in Zurich (20:40) and makes calls at multiple stations in western Austria including Feldkirch (22:45); St. Anton (23:45) and Innsbruck (00:56).
It is the only direct train from those Austrian cities to Slovenia and Croatia.

On arrival at Schwarzach St Veit the 'daytime' train from there to Beograd/Belgrade is attached to this train, so it offers a guaranteed connection for a train journey from western Austria (and Zurich) to Serbia; but this train on to Beograd remains suspended due to the pandemic**
Following an overnight stay in Beograd, between mid June and late September, it's usually possible to travel on to Athens, or to Istanbul via Sofia, but the required connecting train from Beograd to Sofia is also suspended.

(6)The overnight train from Munchen/Munich to Zagreb via Ljubljana departs from Salzburg at 01:40.

the route from Graz which travels through Spielfeld-Straab:

The express trains which come this way include the daily EC express services on these two wonderfully scenic routes, which connect the Austrian capital to the capital cities of both Croatia and Slovenia.

(1) Wien/Vienna – Wiener Neustadt – Bruck an der Mur – Graz – Maribor – Zidani Most – Ljubljana - Trieste
(2) Wien/Vienna – Wiener Neustadt – Bruck an der Mur – Graz – Maribor – Dobova – Zagreb
Between mid June and late September this train usually connects in Zagreb for an overnight train to Beograd/Belgrade; but this train on to Serbia is currently suspended.

The relatively new EC train from Budapest to Ljubljana which travels via Graz, typically departs from there shortly after 21:30 and calls in Maribor and other stations in Slovenia before arriving in the capital just before 01:00.

In addition to these two express trains, there are also hourly local trains which travel between Spielfield-Straab and Maribor in Slovenia and these trains have good connections with local trains from Graz to Spielfield-Straab.

the route to Maribor through Bleiburg:

On Monday – Friday two trains per day now head to Maribor, from the Austrian border town of Bleiburg; though there is only a daily trains at weekends.

On Monday-Friday connecting trains should depart Klagenfurt for Bleiburg at 08:05 and 16:35.

to Switzerland

Through the Arlberg Pass on a train between Feldkirch and Buchs Through the Arlberg Pass on a train between Feldkirch and Buchs

When looking at a map of from Austria the country has a long neck at its western end,. where its border with Switzerland is located.
Hence the trains from Austria into Switzerland only take one of two routes.

the route from Feldkirch to Buchs:

The three long-distance services which travel this way are:

(1) The Railljet trains which operate every other hour on the Wien/Vienna → Linz → Salzburg > Innsbruck → St Anton → Feldkirch → Buchs (connect for Chur) → Sargans → Zurich route.

(2) One EC train per day, the 'Transalpin' which takes a Graz → Zell Am See → Kitzbuhel → Innsbruck → St Anton → Feldkirch → Buchs (connect for Chur) → Sargans → Zurich route.
This train conveys an observation car which First Class ticket holders can ride in.

(3) The overnight trains from Graz, Wien/Vienna and Villach to Zurich.
The train from Wien will have commenced its journey in Budapest and the train from Villach will have travelled from Zagreb via Ljubljana

Connect in Zurich for most other Swiss cities including Basel, Bern, Biel, Brig, Geneve, Lausanne, Lugano and Neuchatel.

The only other trains which take this route are the local commuter trains, which shuttle across the border from Feldkirch to Buchs during the early mornings and late afternoons on Monday to Friday.

the route from Bregenz to St Margrethen:

The only trains which makes this border crossing are the six daily EC trains on the newly improved Munchen/Munchen – Lindau – Bregenz – St Margrethen - St Gallen –Zurich Flughafen/Airport – Zurich route.
Connect in St Margrethen for trains to Chur via Landquart.
Note that these are the only trains from Austria which are direct to Zurich Airport; connections are available from Feldkirch in Bregenz.

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