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OEBB Booking Question- European Card Needed?

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OEBB Booking Question- European Card Needed?

Hello,

I'm trying to book a train ticket from Salzburg to Vienna on the OEBB online. However I tried two different credit cards and both were declined. I know in Italy we couldn't book in advance because it required a European credit card. Is this the case here? Or have other people experienced similar problems on the site?

Am I better off just booking through Westbahn and paying a little more?

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1. Re: OEBB Booking Question- European Card Needed?

The westbahn is more comfortable, IMO, and you can buy the ticket on the train - no need to buy in advance. This gives you greater flexibility.

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2. Re: OEBB Booking Question- European Card Needed?

Hi- Thanks for the reply. Is the Westbahn always the flat rate of 25 euros for this route? Also I'm needing to book a train from Vienna to budapest as well so I still may need to use OBB. So do I need to have a european credit card to do this online?

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3. Re: OEBB Booking Question- European Card Needed?

If you have a Visa or MasterCard, you need to advise your issuer that you will be buying a train ticket in Austria. They will then OK your card for foreign purchases for whatever timeframe you tell them.

American Express does not need prior notice to buy overseas.

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4. Re: OEBB Booking Question- European Card Needed?

Yes it is always €25

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5. Re: OEBB Booking Question- European Card Needed?

Is it worth the extra 6 euros or so per person to travel by Westbahn? What makes it better? Thanks to everyone for their opinion on this!

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6. Re: OEBB Booking Question- European Card Needed?

Extra flexibility as you can get any train, free wi-fi, just generally nicer.

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7. Re: OEBB Booking Question- European Card Needed?

In addition to the above Westbahn is a private firm. Their staff more attentive, helpful and friendly.

You just walk on and buy your ticket -

Oebb - national rail line - their staff from ticket counter onward much less professional, uncaring .

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8. Re: OEBB Booking Question- European Card Needed?

ÖBB regular fare: 50€ (full flexibility)

ÖBB special fare: 19€ (limited number of tickets, advance purchase, no changes)

Westbahn regular fare: 25€ (full flexibility)

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9. Re: OEBB Booking Question- European Card Needed?

I was wondering if when you use West bahn and you go for the option of buying on board, does this mean there is a risk you won't get on if the train is full? I feel a bit nervous about arriving at the station without tickets.

Thanks

Cindy

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10. Re: OEBB Booking Question- European Card Needed?

No, there is no seat allocation like on jetliners. In Europe the train is real mass-transit, at most times railway operators run over-capacities. Between Vienna and Salzburg there is so much traffic, you only encounter packed trains at peak times (e.g. Friday afternoon out of Vienna).

I am sitting on a Westbahn train on my way to Linz and the train is less than 50% occupied. Do not worry! And you can arrive at the station earlier and board the train when ready for it, approximately 20-30 minutes prior to departure. You can then also get a seat on the upper level of the train where the views are better. If you travel wth heavy bags though I would remain on the lower level as there is a rack for large bags.

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