Austria Transport

Get in


Six airports serve Austria with scheduled flights. The most important international airport is Vienna which has connection to all major airports of the world. Austrian Airlines is the national carrier based in Vienna; it's a member of Star Alliance. Other international airports include Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, and Salzburg which provide domestic flights as well as connections to some European countries. Those airports are particularly popular with cheap airlines such as Ryanair.


Trains from neighbouring countries almost are available every hour. Vienna is the largest hub in Austria, The ÖBB (Austrian Railways) operate high-speed ICE and RailJet trains from cities like Zurich, Munich, Frankfurt, Passau, and Budapest. Eurocity trains are the next fastest trains available as well as the trains connecting the bigger Austrian cities called Intercity. Regional trains called EURegio and simply Regionalzug are also available from all 8 of Austria's neighbours. Remember to compare fares from the departure.


Eurolines Austria offer the bus services in Austria, which is the largest operator and organizer here. However bus is not always the best choice for your trip. Just check before you go.
Get around


Comfortable and moderately priced, trains are the best and most common ways to get around in Austria. Austrian trains are operated mostly by state-owned company ÖBB. The Raaberbahn (GySEV) provides some trains over Austrian-Hungarian border and there are some short private railways with tourist trains, these railways supplement rather than compete with the ÖBB.

11 types of train are available here, which is S (S-Bahn/Schnellbahn), RSB (Regio S-Bahn), R (Regionalzug), REX (Regionalexpress), D (Schnellzug), IC (InterCity), EC (EuroCity), EN (EuroNacht), WB (WestBahn), ICE (InterCityExpress) and RJ (Railjet). You can buy a ticket on the web or via ticket office or vending machine at the station.


The ÖBB also operate buses (InterCityBus) on the Graz–Klagenfurt–Venice line because the road between these cities is much shorter that railway. Postbus serve remoter villages and Alpine valleys.


Taxi can be got by call ahead or in taxi ranks. Flagging down a taxi usually works, though.


Rural or sparsely populated regions in Austria are easier to explore by car as bus services can be infrequent. Many popular spots in the mountains are accessible only by car or on foot/ski. Renting a car for a couple of days is a good way to go off the beaten track. Driving in Austria is normally quite pleasant as the country is small and the roads are in good condition, not congested and offer fantastic scenery.