Ahhh Vienna, the vibrant Austrian capital boasting imperial palaces, fabulous galleries and delicious food. Have you ever dreamed of an easy weekend trip from the Netherlands to Vienna? Well, your dreams may be coming true as an international train from Amsterdam to Vienna will commence from 2021.
Currently, a train ride to the Austrian capital takes just over 10 hours and includes a minimum of one transfer. The direct train would instead be an overnighter, letting passengers get their precious shut-eye on the way.
Andreas Matthä, the CEO of Austrian train company ÖBB said the company is working urgently to make a connection Brussels by January 2020. “A night train connection to Amsterdam will follow a year later,” he told RTL Nieuws.
What will it cost?
It’s the question on every Dutchies mind, but unfortunately we will all have to wait for the answer. The plan is still in the works so ÖBB cannot say how long the journey will be or how much it will cost – but they have confirmed that it would be an overnight train.
So for the meantime, you’ll have to settle for the high-speed train from Amsterdam and Rotterdam to Disneyland Paris or the direct train from Amsterdam to London which begins next year (which isn’t really settling…)
International train travel
International train travel is becoming increasingly popular and NS saw their sales increase by 13 percent last summer. With the heightened awareness of climate change, many people are opting to travel more sustainably, which includes catching trains over flights when there is the possibility to do so.
Hielke Buisman, from the ticket travel outlet Treinreiswinkel.nl, told RTL Nieuws “We see that once people go by train, they continue to do so. It is a matter of getting acquainted. We have also seen that a good train connection can get people out of the air. Since the introduction of the Eurostar to London, fewer people catch the plane.”
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