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Passengers’ rights

The following rights apply to carriage services in national and international rail transport. In case of delay, train cancellation, missed connecting train, and delay as a result of an accident, we offer you compensation and support subject to the limitations mentioned below.

Compensation and support for

If delays exceeding 60 minutes are to be expected, we will take all reasonable and appropriate measures to alleviate your situation if such measures are available or can be reasonably delivered.

There is NO entitlement to compensation, refund or reimbursement of costs due to train delays if:

  • the passenger has been informed about possible delays before purchasing the ticket;
  • by continuing the journey with another type of transport service or via another route, the resulting delay when arriving at one’s destination is less than 60 minutes;
  • the delay can be attributed to transport services that are not part of the contract for carriage.

How do you get your compensation?

In order to pursue a claim for compensation you need the form entitled "Application to claim compensation and refund in the event of train delays". You can download this form here, or obtain it on your delayed train or at a station ticket counter. Please send the completed form with your ticket/s (not a copy) as well as any delay confirmations, attestations or invoices to ÖBB Personenverkehr AG, Kundenservice, Betreff "Refundierung", Postfach 75, 1020 Vienna, or hand it in at a station ticket counter. Acceptance of the application does not automatically imply consent to compensation. If you hand in to us tickets issued by other railway companies we undertake to forward these to the appropriate transportation company.

Compensation is in the form of vouchers, valid for one year, redeemable at ÖBB ticket counters or travel agencies at the station for all services offered by the ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG. Upon request, we will transfer the compensation payment free of charge to your account or, if you purchased your ticket by credit card, we will credit that card.

Österreichcard customers

Holders of a 2nd class Österreichcard receive fixed-rate compensation of €  20.- for every three delays of more than 30 minutes from the ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG, holders of a 1st class Österreichcard € 30.- up to a maximum of 10% of the purchase price of that particular Österreichcard per year.

Passengers must get confirmation of their delays from the ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG, either from the on-board conductor or the ticket counter at the station immediately on arrival.

Time-based tickets customers (with the exception of annual tickets)

As a holder of a time-based ticket you receive compensation if you experience a delay of more than 20 minutes where the delay has been confirmed by an on-board staff member or by station ticket counter staff immediately upon your arrival. Should it not be possible to obtain confirmation by those means, please contact the ÖBB-Kundenservice 05-1717 or go to fahrplan.oebb.at by 12 midnight on the following day to retrieve and print your confirmation: go to the "trains/lines" section and enter your data under "confirmation of delay".

There is a standard compensation sum of € 1.50 for each delay, payable in cash upon presentation of your time-based ticket and appropriate number of delay confirmations at any ÖBB ticket counter - the delays must fall within the period of validity of the time-based ticket. Please note that compensation payments of less than € 4.- will not be issued.

Annual ticket customers

As an annual ticket customer, upon first ordering your annual ticket, the ÖBB or the issuing office for the annual ticket will contact you in writing to ask you whether or not you wish to take part in the train delay compensation process. If you wish to participate, details about your stations of departure and arrival will be logged as well as your bank contact details.

ÖBB will subsequently issue information monthly about punctuality rates on the line, or parts thereof, on which your stations of departure and arrival lie and for which you are using your annual ticket.

If we fail to meet the 95% punctuality level stipulated by local and regional law, you will be credited with 10% of the mathematical portion of the compensation base per month for one month as compensation for delay. The basis for compensation is at minimum the fare that you paid for your annual ticket, after deduction of fare components for scheduled routes and city transport. It shall not exceed ten times the fare of a Monatsstreckenkarte which applies on the specific rail line you are travelling on. If we are not 95% punctual in any month during the entire term of your annual ticket, we will compensate you with 10% of the respective compensation base. We only pay out the compensation if the amount exceeds € 4.-. The total amount of any delay compensation will be transferred unrequested to your designated bank account following expiry of the valid period of your annual ticket.

Even if you cancel your membership at some point during the year, annual ticket customers who were properly registered in ÖBB’s compensation system at the time of the cancellation can apply for pro rata compensation similar to the compensation scheme described above. Please use the ÖBB contact form for this and enter your personal data, the annual ticket number used during registration and the date of cancellation. We require proof of cancellation in the form of a written confirmation from your transport association. Subsequently, ÖBB will calculate the amount of compensation on a pro rata basis for the term used according to the existing compensation model for annual tickets after the end of the term and, if applicable, transfer it to your desired bank account subject to a fee.

Please note that bus journeys that form part of annual ticket zones do not attract compensatory payments and that annual tickets used exclusively for inner city areas (town transport, core zones) are not subject to any kind of compensation regulations.

Please see the general transport regulations for further information on compensation payment regulations. ÖBB has subdivided its rail network into the following sections for the purpose of calculating punctuality rates.

Legal basis

Your rights are based on the standard legal provisions of the Contract for the Carriage of Passengers (CIV), Regulation (EC) No. 1371/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of October 23, 2007 on rail passengers’ rights and obligations as well as the transport regulations of the ÖBB Personenverkehr AG. In addition, Part 1, BGB1 40/2013 of the Federal Law Gazette for the Republic of Austria, also applies.

Access regulations for carriage of passengers with reduced mobility

Pursuant to Article 19, Section 1 of the rail passenger rights, railway companies and station operators establish non-discriminatory access regulations for the carriage of passengers with reduced mobility. For detailed information please go to Downloads/Links.