Can anyone help with the rail system? Is the Eurailpass or the Austrian Federal Train service (OBB) pass better? We only plan to travel in Austria starting in Vienna to Graz to Koflach and as far west as Innsbruck. We've also seen reference to a SeniorPass on the OBB site. Suggestions appreciated. The rail system looks confusing from this end.
We (both over 65) traveled in Austria last year using point-to-point fares rather than any pass. (Salzburg -Vienna - Graz -Salzburg)
Check the prices on the trains you want to take -- advance fares can be very cheap. OEBB.AT translates into English and is pretty easy to use.
Check the Einfach ticket. 35€ for two to five persons. Time restrictions: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 03:00 on the following day. Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays the whole day until 03:00 on the following day. Valid in Austria on ÖBB’s suburban and regional service trains as well as on the Raaberbahn (R, REX and S-Bahn trains).
I would consider a car. Traveling by train is great if you mostly visit big cities, but in 3 weeks you can see a lot more. The Alps, Wachau valley, famous monasteries, wine villages, castles. Austria is incredibly diverse, and with a car (and a good guide) you simply see much more.
The rail system is good in Austria, however you'll be missing so many incredible small mountains towns if you go by train. The scenery in Austria is absolutely breathtaking. And trains don't take you over the Grossglockner High Alpine Highway--the most beautiful place I've ever seen.
With 3 weeks, you'll have plenty of time to see your planned itinerary--and should have time to take in other great sights you've probably not planned to see.
I feel very comfortable driving in Austria. It sure beats walking your legs off in all the cities to and from the train.
Thank you so much for all the helpful information. Based on the feedback it appears that either the train or car is good = just depends on your preference.