Cologne to Vienna by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $36.07
  2. 30 day advance $53.05
  3. 7 day advance $119.54
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    8hr 52m
  • Distance
    741 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    11hr 3m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Cologne to Vienna by train

Fast trains from Cologne to Vienna take around 8 hours and 52 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 741 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cologne and Vienna.

1. Are there direct trains from Cologne to Vienna?

Direct trains from Cologne to Vienna have been found.

We usually find around 9 direct trains on the route from Cologne to Vienna every weekday.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 13 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Cologne to Vienna?

The Cologne to Vienna train travel time is normally about 8 hours and 52 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Cologne to Vienna train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Vienna is usually scheduled to depart Cologne around 05:03 and the last train is around 21:21. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Cologne around 05:16, and the last at 21:21.

What's the Cologne to Vienna train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Cologne to Vienna are $36.07.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $53 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $119. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Cologne to Vienna train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Cologne to Vienna by train.

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Which train companies operate between Cologne and Vienna?

More than one train company operates on the route from Cologne to Vienna, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Inter City Express
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Night Jet
  • Nightjet

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Vienna to Cologne by train

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The EuroNight service from Cologne to Vienna is one of a family of overnight trains to the Austrian capital run by Austrian Railways (ÖBB). If you are not keen on the idea of an overnight journey from Cologne to Vienna, there are useful daytime alternatives. Direct daytime ICEs link the two cities.

Cologne to Vienna (night train)

Austrian Railways (ÖBB) run every evening an overnight service from the German Rhineland to Vienna. The night train leaves from Cologne Hauptbahnhof for the journey to the Austrian capital. Upon arrival in Vienna you may alight at either Meidling station or at the new Hauptbahnhof – the latter offers the best range of onward connections.

The first couple of hours of the journey the train follows the Rhine Valley. On a moonlit night, this offers some splendid moments as the train runs up the famous gorge section of the Rhine south of Koblenz. Thereafter you’ll probably be asleep for much of the overnight run via the Main and Danube Valleys to Vienna.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.