Travelling on a Railjet train

At a glance

  • High speed train
  • Regional train
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Switzerland


Railjet (RJ) trains combine speed and style on journeys through some of Europe’s finest scenery. State-of-the-art technology on these flagship high-speed trains set new standards for travellers in central Europe and the Alps. The trains are owned and operated by ÖBB Austrian Railways and CD Czech Railways.

Railjet services operate within Austria and the Czech Republic, between the two countries, and beyond Austria’s borders into Germany, Hungary and Switzerland. Twice hourly Railjet services run on the popular route from Vienna to Salzburg. Services through the Tyrol region to Switzerland and other routes are generally at two-hourly intervals. Railjet trains tackle steeply graded Alpine routes with ease. Sit back and watch the scenery as your Railjet cruises over the Semmering Railway or through the Tyrol.

In 2020, a new daily Railjet service between Graz and Berlin Charlottenburg station in Germany was introduced. Bargain prices as low as £35 are to be had on this long route of over 11 hrs which takes you all the way through the Czech Republic.

Practical information

© ÖBB/Harald Eisenberger

Before you board

There are no check-in or customs procedures before boarding Railjet trains. However, ticket control and passport checks may take place once onboard international services.


Railjet trains are comfortable, air conditioned and offer ample space for luggage.

There is free wifi onboard Railjet trains and power sockets available at every seat. Wheelchair users with a Standard Class ticket can travel in one of the designated areas in Railjet’s First Class.

Railjet trains have a bistro or restaurant car serving Austrian specialties, international staples, soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks. 14-seat restaurant cars are the norm but you can also take meals and drinks to your seat. The bistro or restaurant car is open to all passengers regardless of their ticket type.

Booking and printing options

Railjet tickets are open for bookings 60 days in advance.

Get the lowest prices on Railjet by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell out quickly.

Opt for off-peak Railjet trains when you have to travel at short notice. Off-peak Railjet trains are more affordable than ones that run mornings and evenings, Fridays and Sundays or during popular holidays.

Classes of service

Railjet trains provide three classes of service: Standard Class, First Class and Business Class.

Railjet Business Class

For a small premium (15 euros at time of publication) you can upgrade from First Class to Business Class. You gain even more legroom and a welcome drink. Seat reservation is included in the fare. Semi-compartments with two to four armchairs give added privacy. Business Class cannot be booked on our website, however you can still buy a Railjet First Class ticket with us and pay the additional fare onboard the train (subject to availability) or buy the upgrade and seat reservation at any Austrian station prior to boarding the train.

Railjet First Class

First Class seating on Railjet trains is more spacious than in Standard Class with three reclining leather seats in each row rather than four. On most Railjet services, travellers in First Class can ask for meals and drinks from the restaurant car to be served at their seats. A selection of free newspapers and magazines is available.

Railjet Standard Class

Standard Class on Railjet trains does not mean inferior service. The open-plan carriages are stylish and airy with plenty of legroom. Seats are in groups of four around tables, and there are also pairs of airline-style seats. A small onboard cinema screens children’s films for younger travellers. A trolley service serves drinks and cold snacks in Standard Class.

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.