The journey between Frankfurt and Vienna (Wien) is made on board one of Deutsche Bahn's InterCity Express (ICE) services. Two services in each direction travel on/from Dortmund via Cologne (Koln), both good stations for connecting services. There are also a couple of sleeper train services that are good alternatives to this daytime route, including a EuroNight route between Vienna and Cologne, and another between Amsterdam and Vienna.
Frankfurt (or Frankfurt am Main) is Germany's fifth largest city, with a population of nearly 700,000. Frankfurt acts as Germany's financial and transportation centre, and is a key player in Europe's financial markets.
The city is served by a number of mainline railway stations:
- Frankfurt Central Station (Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof / Frankfurt Main);
- Frankfurt Airport Stations (Frankfurt Flughafen Fembahnhof/Regionalbahnhof);
- Frankfurt South Station (Frankfurt Sudbahnhof);
- Messe Station (for the Frankfurt Trade Fair); and
- Konstablerwache Station and Hauptwache Station.
Public transport within the city consists of two underground railways, as well as trams and buses above ground.
Russian Railways have recently introduced an upgraded overnight service direct between Paris and Moscow, called the Trans-European Express. The trains on this route reach speeds up up to 200km/hr as they travel through five different countries en route.
The train carries a range of Luxury, First and Second Class carriages, as well as a restaurant car. The sleeping compartments are configured as either 3-berths, 2-berths or single berths. You can opt to share a multiple berth compartment with a stranger, if you would rather not pay the extra for a single berth. Each compartment doubles up as a sitting room during the day time, with beds that fold down for the evening. Each room has its own basin, and towels, linens and toiletries are provided.
The train's Luxury carriage offers four compartments, arranged as single or twin compartments with private bathroom facilities, as well as telveision system and complimentary breakfast.
A dining car is attached for the length of the journey, although it is Polish between Paris and Warsaw, and Russian between Brest and Moscow. Each carriage also has a samovar, which provides hot water for drinks and snacks.
If this route doesn't take your fancy, there are alternative ways of reaching Moscow from Western Europe, including journeys from Cologne, Brussels, Helsinki and even Amsterdam.
Two of Western Europe's key financial cities are linked by a high-speed service, the operation of which is shared by France's TGV and Germany's InterCity Express (ICE) on a service known as Alleo. The journey is made in around four hours.
There are plans in the works for a direct high-speed service between Frankfurt and London to run in the near future. This would be operated by Deutsche Bahn, using InterCity Express trains, and would cut down the journey time between the two cities considerably, opening up the European high-speed rail network to an even greater extent.
There are a number of services that operate between Amsterdam and Frankfurt. This particular service is the high-speed Inter City Express (ICE), operated by Deutsche Bahn.
The key cities of Amsterdam, Munich and Innsbruck are connected by an overnight City Night Line (CNL) sleeper service known as 'Pollux', that also travels via Cologne, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
The same journey can be made during the day if so desired, although requires a change of train at Frankfurt.
If you plan to travel between Copenhagen, Hamburg, Frankfurt and/or Basel, there is a City Night Line overnight sleeper train service called Aurora that runs daily. Other sleeper services are available to Amsterdam.
The journey takes around eight hours either way, and can be made on either a night or day service. This page deals only with the day-time InterCity Express service. For the City Night Line sleeper service, please see Hamburg - Zurich (City Night Line).
There is one service per day in either direction between Berlin and Zurich on the City Night Line service named 'Sirius'. City Night Line services are affordable alternatives to day trains, allowing you to arrive at your destination refreshed and having saved on hotel bills.
International travellers with first class tickets may use the SBB Lounge in Zurich's main railway station on their day of travel between 6am and 9pm.
When travelling between Vienna (Wien) and Cologne (Koln), you have the choice of either taking the daytime InterCity Express service, or this night time EuroNight sleeper train. Connecting service area available from Cologne to reach Frankfurt and onwards to cities including Amsterdam and Paris.
Onboard this train, a mix of accommodation options are available, including First and Second Class sleeping compartments, as well as Second Class couchettes (4 and 6 berth options).
Travelling to/from Amsterdam and Cologne, there is a connecting InterCity Express (ICE) train between Frankfurt and Munich, via Stuttgart. There are five direct services daily in each direction. There is also a City Night Line sleeper service between Amsterdam and Munich if you would prefer to travel overnight.