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New Wien/Vienna <> Frankfurt rail route via The Tyrol

A welcome addition to the Dec 12th timetable change delivers opportunities for direct rail travel between Austria and both southern & central Germany.


The new travel opportunities

A new long-distance railway route is always welcome, but when it also happens to be both highly scenic and operated by smart Railjet trains, then it only adds to the excitement.

The Railjet train which from Dec 12th will depart from Wien Hbf daily at 09:55 and also calls at St Polten, Linz, Salzburg (12:48) and Innsbruck (14:44), is having its journey through the gorgeous Arlberg Pass, extended beyond Bregenz at the Austrian border, all the way to Frankfurt (Main).
So it will also be calling at the Bodensee resorts of Lindau and Friedrichshafen on route to UIm, Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Darmstadt, prior to arriving in Frankfurt (Main) hbf at 21:52.

In the other direction the train will be departing from Frankfurt (Main) at 05:54 and other calls include Darmstadt (06:13); Heidelberg (06:52) and Stuttgart (at 07:44).

The multiple daily new opportunities for direct travel by rail include:

  • Wien/Vienna, Linz and St Polten to/from Lindau, Ulm, Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Darmstadt.
  • Innsbruck to/and from Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Darmstadt and Frankfurt (Main).
  • Winter sports fans will have a new link between the Tyrolean alpine resorts and multiple German towns and cities including Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Darmstadt and Frankfurt (Main); though a tad bizarrely this new service doesn't call in either direction at St. Anton.
  • This new service will also be the only train to and from Germany which will call at Attnang-Puchheim station where connections are available with trains which call at Bad Ischl, Hallstat and Gmunden.

Simon Harper

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