Station clock in the station concourse

Train cancellation or delay

Train delays

As a rule, you are entitled to receive 25% of the one way fare of your ÖBB ticket for delays starting from 60 minutes and 50% for delays starting from 120 minutes. Compensations under € 4.- are not paid out. Special compensation rules apply for international pass offers, the Österreichcard, all-inclusive offers as well as commutation tickets.

If you use only suburban and regional transport services (designated with the train category Regionalzug, Regional-Express, Cityjet Xpress or S-Bahn in the timetables) and do not have a ticket that also includes main-line services, there is no entitlement for compensation in case of any delay.

If you wish, you can receive a confirmation of the delay either from the train crew of the delayed train or directly online up to 7 days after the journey. You can also receive a confirmation of the delay at any ÖBB ticket counter or request it by sending an e-mail to our customer service.

Train cancellation or delay before or during the journey

If your train is cancelled or delayed by more than 60 minutes, you have the following options:

  • You can choose not to start your journey at the place of departure and we will refund you the full fare.
  • You can travel on another of our trains, if necessary via another route or with another type of transport service, if such transport service is included in your ticket.
  • You can abort your journey and we will refund you the fare for the route not yet travelled.
  • If the journey you started has become useless for you, you can immediately return on another of our trains or, if necessary with another type of transport service (if such use is included in your ticket) to the place of departure and we will refund you the full fare.

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 ten per cent of the purchase price of that particular Österreichcard per year.

Please have any delays confirmed by ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG for each occasion. This can be done either by the train crew of the delayed train or online up to 7 days after the journey. You can also receive a confirmation of the delay at any ÖBB ticket counter or request it by sending an e-mail to our customer service.

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

Season ticket holders are entitled to compensation for delays if their train journey is delayed by more than 20 minutes and the delay is confirmed either by the train attendant or by ticket counter staff immediately after the train arrives. You can also obtain confirmation by calling ÖBB Customer Service on 05-1717 or by requesting it online and printing it out up to 7 days after the journey. Please note you will need to enter your season ticket number in the corresponding field of the delay confirmation.

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 stipulated by local and regional law, you will be credited with 10% of the computational portion of the compensation base per month as compensation for delay. Basically, the basis for compensation is the tenfold fare of a Verkehrsverbund-Monatsstreckenkarte, which applies on the specific rail line you are travelling on, but is limited by the total price you actually paid for your Verbund annual ticket. If we are 95% punctual in any month during the entire term of your annual pass, we compensate you with 10% of the respective compensation base. We only pay compensation if the amount exceeds € 4.-. The total amount of any delay compensation will be transferred to the bank account mentioned by you without further notice after expiry of the period of validity of your annual pass.

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.