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Munich to Austria Train Travel

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Munich to Austria Train Travel

Hello,

I will be traveling in May from Munich to Salzburg-Vienna-Budapest. We would like to do all of this by train. My main question is do I need to book these in advance? I know sometimes there is a discount for booking far in advance...How soon are timetables up? Is it 90 days prior to departure? Do these tickets sell out, or would be ok buying them as we go? Any insight is appreciated!

Thanks!

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1. Re: Munich to Austria Train Travel

For Germany/Austria: You do not have to book your train in advance. Some exceptions apply for some night trains.

There is however a limited capacity of cheap tickets, you can book those only online and up to 3 months in advance.

For the trip between Munich and Salzbug you may also use a Bavaria Ticket (regional trains only), which is way cheaper than an ICE especially if you're travelling in a group.

The standard fare is always available on ICE trains so you could buy them as you go.

Don't know anything about trains in Hungary, though.

Edited: 2:49 pm, January 19, 2013
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2. Re: Munich to Austria Train Travel

*You can buy the cheap tickets as well on counters, at least 3 days prior to your intended day of travel, but you should book them online as they do sell out.

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3. Re: Munich to Austria Train Travel

From Munich to Salzburg you can use the so-called 'Bayern ticket', costs € 22 for the first person, and an additional € 4 for the second person. Buy this from the ticket machine on the day. More info here:

www.toytowngermany.com/wiki/Bayern_ticket

From Salzburg to Vienna, you can also buy on the day, using the 'Westbahn' train, costs € 25. If you pre-book using the Austrian railways (www.oebb.at) it can be cheaper at € 19

There are excursion tickets to Budapest, which you can buy from the station, costs € 39 return, and valid up to 3 days. Info here:

oebb.at/en/…index.jsp

Note: to correct some of your misconceptions, European rail timetables only change twice a year, in July and in December, not 90 days prior. However, for discounted ticket sales, booking opens 90 days prior to your travel date. These discounted tickets do sell out closer to the actual date, and prices go up gradually until they only sell the full price tickets, which is what you will pay if you buy on the day (except the special cases outlined above)

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4. Re: Munich to Austria Train Travel

Thank you! This is very helpful info!

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5. Re: Munich to Austria Train Travel

Vienna to Budapest costs from €19 from www.oebb.at/en will you be going anywhere from Budapest? If so, there are cheap tickets available on-line to international destinations using Hungarian Railways europetrainsguide.com/Countries/Hungary/Hung…

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6. Re: Munich to Austria Train Travel

Budapest is our final destination! How about one way tickets to budapest from vienna? Someone posted about a special roundtrip ticket...but we only need one way.

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7. Re: Munich to Austria Train Travel

One way from € 19, as GCEK mentioned

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8. Re: Munich to Austria Train Travel

Oh! Totally missed that...Thank you! One last question....On the timetables what is the difference between railjet or ICE or OBB EC...etc. Is it just the type of train? and are some more expensive? I have only traveled a few times on european lines.

Thank you to everyone for the great info!!

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9. Re: Munich to Austria Train Travel

ICE and Railjet are high speed trains.

EC trains can also go fast but not as fast as ICE and they usually stop more often. And compared to an ICE they are, in my opionion, less comfortable.

ICE trains are more expensive than EC trains, though.

But in general it's just that - the type of train

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