Train travel in Austria

The Austrian Train system has the VoerteilScard. A discount for the old and young. Do you have to get the card ahead of your travel or can you buy it when you buy your ticket in Austria? thanks,
Dick

Posted by Jeff
Bend, OR, United States
1145 posts

You buy it there as stated on the OBB website:
"VORTEILScard Classic The ÖBB VORTEILScard Classic is not bound to any particular conditions. It costs 99,90 Euro and is valid for one year starting from its issuance. A discount of up to 50% is granted for all ÖBB trains, as well for many private railways (excluding rack railways and special transport arrangements). For first time orders, you need a photo and a valid official photo identification. Get the request form at a station ticket counter."

Posted by Jeff
Bend, OR, United States
1145 posts

You buy it there as stated on the OBB website:
"VORTEILScard Classic The ÖBB VORTEILScard Classic is not bound to any particular conditions. It costs 99,90 Euro and is valid for one year starting from its issuance. A discount of up to 50% is granted for all ÖBB trains, as well for many private railways (excluding rack railways and special transport arrangements). For first time orders, you need a photo and a valid official photo identification. Get the request form at a station ticket counter."

Posted by Emily
Vienna, Austria
310 posts

I live in Austria and have a Vorteilscard. Since I live here and travel a lot by train, it makes sense to have one. For a tourist, however, it is better to buy SparSchiene tickets online, which are always about the same price as a ticket purchased with a Vorteilscard (but without have to pay the extra money for the actual card).