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Jeff (Official Rep) March 11, 2019 18:16

4 Scenic Options for a Trip from Venice to Salzburg!

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    Jeff (Official Rep) March 11, 2019 18:26
    If you're one of those travelers who is drawn to the journey and you have the time to spare, consider these scenic options for your trip from Venice to Salzburg:

    Venice to Salzburg / The Fastest Option & 50 Minutes of the Salzburg-Tyrol Railway
    (Venice-Villach-Salzburg)

    1.) The fastest and most feasible route from Venice to Salzburg takes just under 6 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Villach along the way. The train from Villach to Salzburg takes you over part of the very scenic Salzburg-Tyrol Railway. The Salzburg-Tyrol Railway starts as your train passes through Schwarzach and then culminates you arrive into Salzburg.

    When purchasing tickets for this option on www.raileurope.com, you would just break up your search once in Villach. Therefore, you would do one search from Venice to Villach and then another search for connecting trains from Villach to Salzburg. The trains from Venice to Villach can be booked once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date, while the trains from Villach to Salzburg can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Venice to Salzburg / Brenner Railway & a Touch of Southern Bavaria
    (Venice-Verona-Innsbruck-Salzburg)

    2.) If you don’t mind adding about 2 hours to your journey time, you can travel from Venice to Salzburg by way of the famed Brenner Railway. This option takes just under 8 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Verona and then once in Innsbruck. The train from Verona to Innsbruck runs over the scenic Brenner Railway through Italy's Dolomites and then the Tyrolean Alps of Austria. The direct Railjet trains from Innsbruck to Salzburg then cut through southern Bavaria over the also scenic Rosenheim-Kufstein & Rosenheim-Salzburg Railways.

    When purchasing tickets for this option on www.raileurope.com, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from Venice to Verona, another search for connecting trains from Verona to Innsbruck, and then another search for connecting trains from Innsbruck to Salzburg. The trains from Venice to Verona and Verona to Innsbruck can be booked once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date, while the trains from Innsbruck to Salzburg can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    Of the 4 routes, this one is probably the best compromise between expeditiousness and scenery.

    Venice to Salzburg / The Brenner Railway & Salzburg-Tyrol Railway Killer Combo
    (Venice-Verona-Worgl-Salzburg)

    3.) For a more leisurely and possibly even more scenic route between Venice and Salzburg, it would add about 4 hours to your total journey time, incorporating both the Brenner Railway and the Salzburg-Tyrol Railway. In its entirety, this option takes just under 10 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Verona and then once in Worgl. The train from Verona to Worgl takes you over the Brenner Railway. When you arrive into Worgl, you would then need to be sure to switch to one of the regional (REX) trains to Salzburg, instead of the faster Railjet trains. The Railjet trains from Worgl to Salzburg are the ones that cut through Bavaria over the Rosenheim-Kufstein & Rosenheim-Salzburg Railways, which are scenic, but not probably not considered quite as scenic as the regional (REX) trains between the same cities. The regional (REX) trains from Worgl to Salzburg travel along the full Salzburg-Tyrol Railway, which stays within the Austrian border, and is thought of as being a little more scenic than the route through Bavaria.

    The tickets from Venice to Verona and Verona to Worgl can be purchased on www.raileurope.com. However, the regional (REX) trains from Worgl to Salzburg are not able to be booked on our website. To inquire about booking the train from Worgl to Salzburg, you would send an email to customercare@raileurope.com. The trains from Venice to Verona and Verona to Worgl can be booked once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date, while tickets for the regional (REX) trains from Worgl to Salzburg can only be booked within 60 days of an intended departure date.

    Venice to Salzburg / The Semmering Detour (via Vienna)
    (Venice-Vienna-Salzburg)

    4.) Lastly, there is a scenic option that would have you going the other direction out of Venice toward Vienna. This option takes about 10 hours and involves changing trains only the once in Vienna along the way. The train from Venice to Vienna takes passengers over a famed scenic line called the Semmering Railway. This stretch of railway starts as your Venice-Vienna train passes through Bruck an der Mur/Mürzzuschlag and culminates as you pass through Gloggnitz/Wiener Neustadt before you get to Vienna.

    When purchasing tickets for this option on www.raileurope.com, you would break up your search once in Vienna. Therefore, you would do one search to access the direct trains from Venice to Vienna and then another search for connecting trains from Vienna to Salzburg. The train from Venice to Vienna can be booked once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date, while trains from Vienna to Salzburg can only be booked once within 90 days of an intended departure date.
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