• Inflation adjustment to ÖBB rates by an average of 1.1 %
  • From 13 December onwards, ÖBB will be offering new connections and shorter travel times
  • Prices for Sparschiene and Vorteilscard tickets remain unchanged

On 13 December, the new time table will come into effect Europe-wide. ÖBB customers benefit from many new connections (e.g. to Vienna Airport), as well as shorter travel times on many routes. At the same time, ÖBB will be adjusting its rates to inflation by an average of 1.1 percent. The prices for the Österreichcard will be adjusted. With the exception of the 1st class Österreichcard Senior, they will remain below the price level prior to 1 July 2012. The Einfach-Raus-Ticket for up to 5 persons will be approximately 8 % cheaper for small groups of 2 persons. In the future, it will cost € 33.- instead of € 36.-, the cost for every additional person will be € 4.-.

The new prices apply for tickets bought after 13 December 2015. Until then, ÖBB tickets for trips up to 6 months in advance will remain available at the current prices. An important notice for commuters: transport association tickets are not affected by this price adjustment. Early bookers also continue to travel cheaply by rail: the prices for Sparschiene and Vorteilscard will remain unchanged.

Details on the changes

New trains, better WiFi and onboard entertainment

Together with the timetable change, new trains will also enter into operation: the first two Cityjet train sets will be running on the Vienna S-Bahn network from 13 December onwards. During the coming year, 32 further trains will be put into operation: 16 trains will be transporting commuters between Vienna and Lower Austria, 9 trains will be running in Upper Austria, and 9 further trains in Styria. All train sets will have been delivered by January 2018.

ÖBB is also working hard on improving the ÖBB long-distance service. By the end of 2015, all ÖBB Railjets will be equipped with a new, more powerful WiFi system which will offer passengers a much better online surfing performance, as well as travel information through a customer portal. The portal will provide various types of information on the respective trip as well as the train. In addition to this, ÖBB will cooperate with a large media partner in order to offer multimedia content for young and old, which can then be viewed via the portal. The offering will include news broadcasts, entertainment shows and special programming for children.

ÖBB is planning to significantly enhance the WiFi performance during the course of the year 2016, offering passengers selected live broadcast without interruptions - even while travelling at 230 km/h.

Western Route and regional innovations

From December 2016 onwards, ÖBB will be replacing all Intercity trains on the Western Route as well as selected trains on the Tauern Route with new Railjets. The stops will, however, remain the same as for the Intercity trains. From this time onwards, passengers from Tullnerfeld, Amstetten, St. Valentin, Wels, Attnang-Puchheim and Vöcklabruck will also benefit from the premium comfort offered by ÖBB Railjets.

There will also be new regional rail offerings in the federal states of Lower Austria, Vienna, Salzburg, Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Carinthia. For long-distance transport, ÖBB will be offering its customers new travel options and significantly shorter travel times via the new transport hub Vienna Central Station / Vienna Meidling.

Shorter travel times in Austria

ConnectionCurrent travel timeTravel time from 12/13/2015Time saving
Salzburg - Vienna Airport from 3h 14min from 2h 49min
(direct connection)
25min
Neusiedl/See - Linz from 2h 26min from 2h 11min
(change of trains in Vienna Central)
15min
Graz - Vienna Airport from 3h 07min from 3h 02min
(change of trains in Vienna Central)
5min
Graz - St. Pölten from 3h 29min from 3h 05min
(change of trains in Vienna Meidling)
24min
Graz - Amstetten from 4h 25min from 3h 33min
(change of trains in Vienna Meidling)
52min
St. Pölten - Wr. Neustadt from 1h 23min from 0h 53min
(change of trains in Vienna Meidling)
30min

Shorter travel times abroad

ConnectionCurrent travel timeTravel time from 12/13/2015Time saving
Klagenfurt - Budapest Keleti from 7h 10min from 6h 40min
(change of trains in Vienna Central)
30min
Linz - Budapest Keleti from 4h 34min from 4h 05min
(direct connection)
29min
Salzburg - Bratislava Petrzalka from 3h 51min from 3h 36min
(change of trains in Vienna Central)
15min
St. Pölten - Brünn from 2h 34min from 2h 06min
(change of trains in Vienna Central)
28min

Unchanged prices for 30 % of the passengers

Because of the low average adjustment of ÖBB rates by only 1.1 percent, the prices for many Vorteilscard customers will hardly change - in particular for shorter routes in rural areas.

Examples for rates

Approximately one million Vorteilscards are currently in use throughout Austria. This means that apart from the transport association prices, the Vorteilscard price is the one which is relevant to the greatest number of rail passengers. The examples already include a discount of up to 50 % (prices rounded).

Example rates (Prices in Euro)

ConnectionPrice
(current)
Price
(new)
VC-Price
(current)
VC-Price*
(new)
Price increase VC
Graz - Vienna 36.70 37.30 18.40 18.70 +0.30
Vienna - Mürzzuschlag 22.60 22.90 11.30 11.50 +0.20
Klagenfurt Hbf - Vienna 52.- 52.60 26.- 26.30 +0.30
Vienna - Leoben Hbf 32.30 32.80 16.20 16.40 +0.20
Vienna - Bruck/Mur 29.80 30.20 14.90 15.10 +0.20
Linz Hbf - Vienna 33.60 34.30 16.80 17.20 +0.40
Salzburg Hbf - Vienna 51.10 51.90 25.60 26.- +0.40
Innsbruck Hbf - Vienna 68.90 69.60 34.50 34.80 +0.30
Vienna - Wels Hbf 38.70 39.30 19.40 19.70 +0.30
Salzburg Hbf - Villach Hbf 34.50 34.90 17.30 17.50 +0.20
Linz Hbf - Salzburg Hbf 25.30 26.- 12.70 13.- +0.30

* With the ÖBB Vorteilscard you get 50 % discount on ÖBB standard single tickets at ÖBB ticket vending machines, at the ÖBB ticket shop and via the ÖBB App / 45 % on ÖBB standard single tickets at ÖBB ticket counters and ÖBB travel agencies / for trips within a transport association, the respective association's rate applies in most cases, so that under certain circumstances no or a lower Vorteilscard discount is granted.

Einfach-Raus-Ticket: cheaper for 2 persons

From 13 December onwards, the price for the Einfach-Raus-Ticket and the Einfach-Raus-Radticket will be staggered, depending on the number of persons travelling. For groups of 2 persons, travelling will become cheaper: from 13 December onwards, they will pay € 33.- for an Einfach-Raus-Ticket (previously: € 36.-) and € 42.- for an Einfach-Raus-Radticket (previously: € 45.-). For each additional passenger, the rate increases by € 4.-. A maximum of 5 persons can use the ticket. It is valid all day for an unlimited amount of trips on local and regional ÖBB and Raaberbahn routes (Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 3 a.m. of the following day, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays all day long until 3 a.m. of the following day).

Vienna Central Station - one city, one train station, one price

Vienna Central Station will enter into full operation on 13 December. From this time onwards, all ÖBB long-distance trains running to Vienna on the Western Route will also stop in Vienna Meidling and at Vienna Central Station. At Vienna West station, a tight and comprehensive offering of local and regional ÖBB trains is provided. With this new situation, ÖBB's city transport regulation offers passengers full flexibility: passengers with an ÖBB standard single ticket to/from Vienna can depart from or arrive at any ÖBB train station in Vienna. This means: if, for example, you are travelling from Linz to Vienna with ÖBB, you can choose whether you want to get off at Vienna Meidling, Vienna Central Station or Vienna Floridsdorf or if you prefer to change trains in St. Pölten and catch an ÖBB train to Vienna West. As long as you remain within the ÖBB network, the ÖBB rate remains the same.

This city transport regulation applies to all state capitals with more than 50,000 inhabitants. So for Vienna, St. Pölten, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt and Graz, this means: one city, one train station, one price. All ÖBB train stations in one of these cities together constitute one city transport station. This means: when you buy an ÖBB standard single ticket, you only need to provide the name of the city. You can then travel on ÖBB trains to any ÖBB train station within your city of destination.

Customised combined offerings with ÖBB Plus

Catch the train to visit an excursion destination or go skiing on your favourite slopes! - From 13 December 2015 onwards, a little trip like this becomes even easier. When you buy an ÖBB single ticket, you can also book the admission to one of many sights and attractions or, for example, a ski pass, at the same time - at a reduced rate. The discounted additional offerings are also available in combination with single transport association tickets, ÖBB Sparschiene, ÖBB Komforttickets and Einfach-Raus-Tickets.

Further price adjustments

After the significant price reduction for the Österreichcard by approximately 8 percent implemented in July 2012, the pricesnow slightly increase. With the exception of the 1st class Österreichcard Senior, they will, however, remain below the price level prior to 1 July 2012. The prices for the 2nd class Österreichcard are increased by approximately 2.5 percent, the ones for the 1st class Österreichcard by approximately 5 percent. With the 2nd class Österreichcard Classic, adults can travel for approximately € 4.80 per day, while anybody below the age of 26 can use the 2nd class Österreichcard Jugend for less than € 2.90 per day. Adults travelling on the route Vienna - Innsbruck - Vienna, for example, already start saving money with the Österreichcard Classic after after 13 trips. With the Österreichcard Jugend, you start saving money already with your 8th trip.

Prices Österreichcard (Prices in Euro)

ÖsterreichcardAnnual price
2nd class
(current)
Annual price
2nd class
(new)
Preis/ Tag*
2nd class
(new)
Annual price
1st class
(current)
Annual price
1st class
(new)
Price/ day*
1st class
(new)
Classic 1.679 1.719 4,80 2.299 2.414 6,70
Adolescents 1.024 1.049 2,90 1.354 1.419 3,90
Senior 1.179 1.209 3,40 1.689 1.774 4,90
Family 1.794 1.839 5,10 2.464 2.589 7,10
Special 1.024 1.049 2,90 1.354 1.419 3,90

* Prices rounded

Consistent conditions for children on domestic and international routes

Travelling by rail with children will be even easier: Already now, up to 4 children under the age of 15 can travel along for free if you book a Sparschiene Österreich ticket or an ÖBB standard single ticket with the Vorteilscard Family. For night travel, only the surcharges for a couchette or sleeper car apply. From 13 December onwards, this also applies to all international Sparschiene tickets.

Consistent refund provisions

From 13 December 2015 onwards, new and consistent refund provisions apply to all ÖBB standard single tickets: until the first day of validity, ÖBB standard single tickets can be reimbursed without any fees or deductions being charged. After this date, a reimbursement is no longer possible. For time and group tickets, special conditions apply. In addition to this, ÖBB's new online and mobile sales system will allow you to cancel a purchase for free within the first 3 minutes after booking. This will also work for bookings which normally cannot be cancelled, such as Sparschiene tickets. The system is currently being tested and will replace the current system in 2016.

Age limit for senior citizens

As previously announced, the age limit for special benefits for senior citizens is increased by one year every two years. This increase will be implemented by all transport associations simultaneously. As of 1 January 2016, the Vorteilscard Senior will therefore be available to you after your 62th birthday. The validity of previously purchased Vorteilscards and Österreichcards remains unaffected. Recipients of a minimum pension will continue to receive the Vorteilscard Senior free of charge.