Train Review: Railjet (First Class)
Taking a train to get from A to B can be a really good alternative to flying. When we travelled from Munich to Vienna, we decided to not hop onto a plane, but took the train instead. I already took the pretty new Austrian high speed train Railjet a few years ago and I loved it. Due to that, we decided against the ICE and to give the Railjet another try. It was definitely the right decision!
There are many reasons why taking a train can be more enjoyable than flying. The most important one for me, personally, is the fact that I can work way better in a train as I don’t have to clear security, board and de-board and so on.
Due to that, we decided to take the Railjet from Munich to Vienna which took a little more than four hours.
The First Class of the Railjet is comparable to what is also offered by the Deutsche Bahn in ICE trains. You also get some perks at German and Austrian railway stations including lounge access with complimentary drinks and snacks.
Comfort and calm
Even though we had no time to check out the lounge this time, you can learn more about the lounge in a review we posted a few months ago. The Railjet itself, however, is nice enough, so you don’t really need a lounge before.
The seat configuration in the Railjet First Class is 2-1 with some single, double and some quadruple seats (with a table in the middle) which means that you find perfect seating traveling alone, in a pair or in a group. Seats are very comfortable and look high-quality. They do recline quite a bit, so you are able to find the comfort position for either relaxing or lounging.
Another positive fact about the First Class in the Railjet is the calm. The train itself is not rarely any noisy and other passengers in First Class are generally very calm. If you are lucky enough as we were on this ride, you got one area for you alone, making the ride very enjoyable.
Great choice of affordable meals
What I do highly prefer at the Railjet over the ICE is the fact that there is a better, bigger and cheaper choice of meals in the train.
In First Class, you are offered service by the table, so you don’t have to go to the Food Car to get something to eat. However, we were not really hungry on that ride and decided to just go for a brownie. That one was very good as the chocolate was of high quality and the consistence quite good.
When I took the Railjet the first time, I also had a full meal. I still remember that I really enjoyed it, so I can definitely recommend having a meal when making a journey with the Railjet.
Good Wi-Fi, but no newspapers offered
Sadly, there were no newspapers offered to us, but as we had one with us, we did not ask for one as well.
Taking into account that you are always offered a newspaper in the First Class of ICE trains, this was a little downer. The Wi-Fi is also worth a mention, being free of charge. It is only available in Austria (so you won’t have Wi-Fi for one hour when departing from Munich) and especially very good in urban areas.
If you leave the cities, you may have to wait for a few seconds for websites to appear. But generally, the Wi-Fi was good for a ride of 200 kilometers per hour.
Lovely overall experience
Unquestionably, the Railjet is a very nice train for long distance rides. Especially in First Class, everything is clean, the restrooms are modern and large and seating is very comfortable. Also, food was very good.
The entertainment options with free Wi-Fi and a board magazine is decent, but nothing to write home about. The service staff was friendly, but not overly accommodating. All in all, I’d definitely take the Railjet again when traveling in Austria or one of the neighboring countries. Especially when the travel time is below five hours, I’d always prefer the Railjet First Class over a flight.