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Vancouver, Canada
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Train symbols

Can anyone tell me which type of train is represented by the blue symbol with white squiggly line through it? I am guessing it's a slower train? (S bahn S3 appears next to it). I am looking for a direct train between Graz and Budapest and this is the only one that appears. Does anyone know if the seating is coach style or booths? Would there be much difference between first and second class?

This train takes about the same time as other trains with 1 or 2 connections going through Vienna (but only 6 minutes to change trains, with heavy luggage). Any suggestions about which train would be better? I won't be in a big rush or anything - and am worried I would not make that 6 minute connection in Vienna so the direct train seems less stressful.

Thanks!

Bad Ischl, Austria
Destination Expert
for Salzburg
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1. Re: Train symbols

I think you are talking about the ÖBB route planner.

Yes that symbol means a S Bahn Suburban train.

If you expand the route on the left then click on S3 you get the full route detail. Train changes number as it goes along the route.

S 3 (Train-No. 4700), Direction: Szentgotthard (Graz Hbf --> Fehring)

R 4700, (Fehring --> Szentgotthard)

IC 917, Direction: Budapest-Keleti (Szentgotthard --> Budapest-Keleti)

It's about the only direct train. 2 x Railjet trains will get you there quicker.

Change in Vienna.

Edited: 5:05 am, August 13, 2013
Vancouver, Canada
posts: 55
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2. Re: Train symbols

Thanks. According to the OBB site, there is only about a 15 minute time difference - whether I take a fast train through Vienna - or the Suburban direct train. I would take a fast train but 6 minutes is not enough connection time for me in Vienna with heavy luggage - and not knowing exactly where I am supposed to go!

Besides the slower train ride, can you please tell me if there is a big difference in the comfort level of this type of train versus the faster train? Do you know if it will be coach style or booths?

I wonder if a bus would be a better choice. I won't be in a big rush and like to enjoy the scenery.

Thanks for your info.

Vienna, Austria
Destination Expert
for Vienna, Austria, Innsbruck
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3. Re: Train symbols

The ÖBB trip planner displays a "S" train to Budapest but in the end it isn't a S-train (suburban train) throughout Budapest. When you click on the train service, the entire itinerary is shown. You can see that the train service (and the respective route numbers) changes twice. That means that there actually is one car embedded in the (first) train that is transfered to another one twice. For you it is a direct service, technically isn't one.

If the times of the "direct" service suit you and you do not mind being on a slow-moving train, then you don't have to go via Vienna. The Railjet though is much more comfortable!

Vancouver, Canada
posts: 55
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4. Re: Train symbols

Thanks. I realize there are routes changes/stops but I don`t have to get off to transfer. That is what I meant by direct service. I'll take the railjet if you can get it to wait for me in Vienna :) haha

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