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Austrian Rail Passes

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ABOVE: Young travelers wait for an Austrian train.

Austria has an efficient railway system, but its public transportation network is less developed than Switzerland's. Although you won't find anything comparable to the large selection of Swiss rail passes in Austria, several passes are worth investigating if you're touring the country by rail.

For travelers who reside outside Europe:

Eurail Austria Pass. This "flexi-pass" covers unlimited rail travel within Austria for a selected number of days within a one-month period. (Seat-reservation fees and sleeper or couchette berths aren't included.) 

You can choose from first- and second-class versions with 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 days of travel within the period of validity. Discount rates are available for families and for young adults (25 and under) who travel in second class.

Two- or three-country passes. Eurail offers regional passes for Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia; Austria and the Czech Republic; Austria and Germany; Austria and Hungary; and Austria and Switzerland. These are similar to the Eurail Austria Pass, with travel for a selected number of days within a two-month period.

For travelers who reside in Europe:

InterRail Austria Pass. Adult and youth (25 or younger) passes are available for 3, 4, 6, or 8 days within a one-month period. Like the Eurail Austria Pass, they cover unlimited travel within Austria on the ÖBB or Austrian Federal  Railways. (Note: If you live in Austria, you can't buy this pass.)

Traveling with children:

In Austria, children from 6 to 12 years old pay half the adult fare; kids under 6 are free.

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