Go to sleep in Amsterdam, wake up in Vienna: new train line forecast for 2021

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.”

Are you excited for this train? What form of transport do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below! 

Feature image: holzijue/Pixabay 

Freya Sawbridge
Freya Sawbridge
Freya was born in Edinburgh but raised in New Zealand (cue every person she meets saying “oh I have always wanted to go there but it’s so far away!”). A restless and curious nature has led her to move countries 5 times in the last 3 years in attempt to find a place she can call home. She contacted DutchReview on a whim and arrived in the Netherlands in summer 2019 to start her internship.


  1. There used to be City Night Line with overnight rides to Berlin, Prague, etc. No transfers. I remember if you book early you can get the minimum price of €29. I don’t see it now.

  2. In the1970 IT was Normal to travel from Vienna to A. Dam the Wien Holland Express Was for me the Best Traun, 11in the evening til 930 in the morning in A, Dam. I wait til IT comes


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