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Train stations in Austria are quite good. You can find on the station all trains (arrivals and departures) with all stops for every train and time for arrive and departure in every stop during trip. It is important. Some small stations for local trains can be without waiting room, But big stations are open during night (just some sitting places are closed), because of night trains. But it can be quite cold in the stations too, not so good heating system can be there. R 409 is best night -day train from Moscow to France, it is the best, with fewest stops: Last type of train is ICE dance floor. ICE trains goes usually in Germany and only few ICE goes to Austria. One ICE goes from Wien to Munchen and Hamburg. Another ICE goes from Insbruck to Munchen and more further ( Berlin, Hamburg). ICE has in Austria the same stops like RailJet or IC trains, but in Germany – ICE are faster ( up to 300 kph) and with not so many stops. Distance between stops can be 100-500 km. Conductor check it in Germany very hard and you can get fine or conductor call the police. Germany is not recommended for BlackRiding. PeterOB' s friend was two times captured in Germany ( train and tram) and he was 14 days in prison. But it is probably not so hard now, it was few years back. Usually only one or two ICE a day gets from- to Wien or Insbruck.
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== [[Austria]] ==
Austria is not so big country in the middle of Europe and big part of this country is with mountains – Alps. There is big motorway A1 from Germany to Hungary (Munchen – Salzburg – Linz – Wien – Budapest). You can easily hitchhike there at exit of fuel stations. Another motorway goes to south – not so far from Rosenheim (Germany), the A1 motorway split to Munchen and south branch to Insbruck and Kufstein. And around Insbruck – the motorway spilts too – one direction to west (Switzerland) and one direction to Italy (Brenero, Bolzano, Verona). Insburck is big crossroad with beauty-full mountains around (up to 3300 m.n.m.). One hitchhiking place is fuel station before Insbruck. Many cars go to Italy (Sea, Skying), but there are only few cars in this fuel station
and many hichhikers waited there very long. Another possibility is hitchiking with sign (Italy, Switzerland, Salzburg, Germany) before entrance to motorway in east Insbruck. Hitchhiking to Italy or Switzerland can be really badly. If hitchhiking does not work, you just go to train station. Is it easy to jump on bus inside Insbruck (or another city in Austria) (penalty in city public transport can be for example in Wien 103 Eur) and you can go to train station or big road at the end of city.
If you want escape from cold to Italy. You try to get to Insbruck and from Insbruck to Brennero and Italy. But hitchhiking does not work so good from Insbruck to Italy. Brennero-Brenner is border Austria-Italy. It is around 1200 m above sea, it is narrow valley between mountains. There is motorway and rail road. It is highest and coldest point of journey. There is snow usually from November-December to March-April. Mountains around are high – up to 3300-3700 m above sea. And there is already snow in July in some places up in mountains. There is a lot of police checking in Brennero because of migration. Train track goes not so fast downhill to Insbruck (around 38km long by road). And train track goes quite fast downhill to Bolzano with a lot of tunnels. There is warmer in Bolzano than in Isbruck or Brennero, but Alps are there still, mountains and hills continue to Tremto, Rovento. Just around 30 km before Verona is tunnel for train, it means end of hills and warm low-land with palms. And south from Verona to Sicily – temperature rises, but quite slowly. It is long journey and around 5-10 degrees difference between Verona and Sicily .
There is no ticket control during entering into station or entering into train. But if your appearance is like homeless or backpacker, conductor can ask you for a ticket while entering into night train. There are not so many passengers in night trains.
Conductor usually does not check toilets. You can try to hide there and does not lock the door. But do not stay in toilet too long, because another passengers can go there too. Stay there just when conductor is passing around. Or you can just play like you were already checked or you just hide between many passengers, especially close to bigger town. You tan try short distance ticket trick in regional trains R and REX. You buy ticket for 15-40 km (around 5-8 Eur), you let be checked and you continue much further after. But it is quite expensive in EC and RailJet
trains with not so many stops. If you are captured, you can be simply kicked out, especially from regional train. There is bigger probability, that conductor write fine for you in EC, RailJet or night train. Or he just kick you out. Some Peter's friends was captured in Austria (Austrian residents too), and they sometimes got fine, which will be never paid, or they has been kicked out.
There are really a lot of police in trains from Italy to Austria and Germany (especially direction to Germany), and maybe in trains from Wien to Munchen can be police too. They control everything on platforms and many times in train (especially close to Italy-Austria border), because of Immigrants. Police checks toilets, space under seats too. But they are searching for immigrants, they do not check usually European people. And they checks ID, not tickets. But they can check some drug smuggling too.
First type is regional dance floor R. This train have a lot of stops, every 3-10 km. Interval to next train is usually 1-2 hours. PeterOB have not tried this dance floor. There can be a lot of people inside close to big city and conductor can go only one time, or not so often. But it is dubious. The REX dance floor is similar to R dance floor. But distance between stops is bigger, around 15-30 km and interval to next train can be around 2 hour (include R trains shorter).
You can try short distance ticket trick – you buy ticket only for short distance (around 15-30 km, it cost 6-8 Eur), you will show ticket and you will continue longer than destination in you ticket. Or you can try to hide between passengers close to big town or toilet tactic (you just sit on toilet when conductor goes around and you don't lock the door). You can play that you were already checked after first control too, when conductor goes around.
If you want to go to Italy, stops for REX train are: (Innsbruck Hbf, Matrei am Brenner, Steinach in Tirol, Brennero/Brenner – border with Italy, few stations to Bolzano (3 or 7)).
From Brennero to Bolzano is easy to dance – Italian regional train goes there, usually without checking. From Italy to North – there is regional train (treno regionale) from Bolzano to Brenero once a hour. Conductor usually do not check tickets but police is searching for immigrants. There is truck stop with wingette selling for Austria and fuel station in Brenero. Really Lot of trucks are there. But you have to cross motorway with not so many cars. You have to be careful during this action. Or you can take EC train from Verona to Germany, it is one stop from Brennero to Insbruck, and conductor goes there (and police too). Then you take for free city bus to east Insbruck and there is entrance to motorway.
Night trains are good, because they have not so many stops. But there are only beds with reservation and it is possible that you can't get inside coupe and you stay at corridor with backpack and conductor will see you. These trains are international, with police, and conductors too, of course. And conductor might ask you for a ticket during boarding. But these trains are quite long and you just get in as in shade as possible
. If you want to go to Italy, from Insbruck – stops are Munchen or Wien …...... Insbruck HBF, Brennero (border), Brixeno, Bolzano, Tremto, Verona …..… Rome, Bolonga or Milano or Venezia.
Moskva Belorusskaja 11:18, Wjasma 14:10-14:36, Smolensk 16:33-16:38, Orscha Central 17:49-18:05, Minsk(BY) 20:22-20:37, Brest Central 0:24-0:50, Terespol 1:08-1:58, Warszawa Wschodnia 3:49, Warszawa Centralna 4:25, Warszawa Zachodnia 4:35 , Katowice 7:13-7:18, Zebrzydowice 8:22-8:23, Bohumín 8:43-9:07, Břeclav 10:50-11:18, Wien Hbf 12:27-12:41, Linz Hbf 14:19-14:26, Bischofshofen 17:37-17:41, Innsbruck Hbf 20:44-21:21, Brennero/Brenner 22:00, Bolzano/Bozen 23:53-23:55, Verona Porta Nuova 1:16, Milano Rogoredo 2:55, Genova Piazza Principe 4:34, San Remo 6:44-6:46, Bordighera 6:58-7:00, Ventimiglia 7:10-7:58 , Menton 8:08-8:10, Monaco-Monte-Carlo 8:19-8:21,Nice Ville 8:34
But long journey train R409 does not go every day.
Next type is EC
train. EC train goes usually once a 1 hour or once a 2 hour. Distance between stops are usually 30-80 km, conductor goes usually every stops. PeterOB tried only two EC trains for one stop only, he was hiding in toilet with unlocked doors when conductor pass around. But you can just play that you were already checked. Ticket for shorter distance than you go is possible, but not so cheap. And some EC trains (from-to Italy) are only with few passengers, these trains are quite empty. There are lot of coops in direction from Italy to Germany and they look everywhere (toilets, under seats), because they check immigrants.
There are EC trains
from Munchen (DE) to Verona (IT) once a two hours, in both directions. Some trains continue from-to Venecia or Bolonga. Stops are: (München Hbf , München Ost, Rosenheim , Kufstein, Wörgl Hbf, Jenbach, Innsbruck Hbf, Brennero/Brenner, Fortezza/Franzensfeste, Bressanone/Brixen, Bolzano/Bozen, Trento, Rovereto, Verona Porta Nuova, Bologna Centrale, or erona Porta Nuova, Vicenza, Padova, Venezia Mestre , Venezia Santa Lucia). There are Italian conductors in Italy and probably German conductors in Germany.Situation between Insbruck and Rosenheim is better, because there goes RailJet train to Wien once a hour.
Next and best type of dance floor is blue Railjet, because of fewest stops. The distance between stops is around 40-100 km or even longer. There are usually two conductors and a lot of passengers. You can hide in toilet and play shitting when conductor is passing around, PeterOB already tried it
succesfully. Or you can try just be between passengers and play that you were already checked.
Railjet or EC dance floor Munchen (DE) – Wien (- Budapest) goes once a two hours, but between Salzburg and Wien more than once a hour: Journey Munchen-Wien takes only 4 hours and 2:40 hours from Wien to Budapest, stops are (München Hbf, Salzburg Hbf , Linz Hbf, St.Pölten Hbf, Wien Meidling, Wien Hbf ) and some Railjet dance floors from Munchen continues to Hungary ( Wien Hbf, Hegyeshalom, Mosonmagyarovar, Györ, Tatabanya, Budapest-Kelenföld, Budapest-Keleti pu). The Night train
(EN 463 Kalman Imre ) has the same stops (München Hbf 23:35 …... Wien Hbf 6:35-6:39 …... Budapest-Keleti pu (9:24).
Wien – Budapest: The journey is around 2:40 hours, RailJet dance floor goes every hour, stops are
already written one article up. Railjet or EC dance floors usually begins at Munchen Hbf. Some EC dance floors continues behind Budapest, for example 4 hours more to Nyiregyhaza , stops are: (Budapest-Keleti pu, Szolnok, Törökszentmiklos, Kisujszallas, Karcag, Püspökladany, Hajduszoboszlo, Debrecen, Nyiregyhaza).
(Zürich HB - Switzerland) - Insbruck-Wien: It is around 4:15 hod long journey, RailJet trains goes every hour (from Zürich HB to Insbruck Hbf once a two hours). Some RailJets begin in Switzerland (Zürich HB) and some RailJet trains does not stops between Salzburg and Insbruck. Stops are: (Zürich HB , Sargans , Buchs SG, Feldkirch, Bludenz, St. Anton am Arlberg, Landeck-Zams, Imst-Pitztal, Ötztal, Innsbruck Hbf, Wörgl Hbf , Kufstein, Salzburg Hbf, Linz Hbf, St.Pölten Hbf, Wien Meidling, Wien Hbf, Flughafen Wien).
Wien – Bratislava SK: There are local dance floors from Slovakian dancing company, train runs once a 30-60 min from 4am to midnight. It is 66 km and 66 minutes and 7 stops. You can try just hide between passengers or in toilet. Short distance ticket trick can be more difficult. Stops are: (Wien Hbf, Wien Simmering, Wien Stadlau , Wien Hausfeldstrass, Siebenbrunn-Leopoldsdorf, Marchegg, Devínska N.Ves, Bratislava hl.st.)
. From Graz to Wien and Czech Republic. There is RailJet dance floor once a 2 hours (Graz – Wien - Prague), and few EC dance floors. It is 90 km and 54 minutes from Wien Hbf to first Czech station Breclav. Most of trains are RailJet and they continue to Brno, Prague. Stops are (Graz Hbf , Bruck/Mur, Kapfenberg, Mürzzuschlag, Semmering, Wiener Neustadt Hbf, Wien Meidling, Wien Hbf, Breclav, Brno hl.n., Ceska Trebova, Pardubice hl.n. Praha hl.n.). RJ from Wien 19:02 has four more stops in Czech – Blansko, Letovice, Svitavy, Kolin.
are EC trains, which goes from Wien to Breclav and Ostrava, Bohumin, Poland. EC 104 Sobieski 8:10 from Wien continue to Breclav, Hodonin, Ostravava hl.n. 10:5911:01, Warszawa Centralna 15:04-15:20, Gdansk Glowny 11:11-18:14, Gdynia Glowna 18:36. From Wien 14:10 EC 102 Polonia continue to Warszawa, the same EC 406 Chopin from Wien 22:50 to Warszawa and D 100 Moravia (with beds too) from Wien 18:10 to Bohumin 21:08. It is only one stop from Wien to Breclav (CZ), 8 stops from Breclav to Bohumin (last CZ station), 9 stops from Bohumin to Warszawa Centralna, 6 stops from Warszawa Centralna to Gdansk Glowny and from Gdansk Glowny last 5 stops to Gdynia Glowna (18:36). Only train from Wien 8: 10 continue behind Warszawa to Baltic sea (Gdansk).
local dance floors from Wien to Breclav too, they runs once a two hours, it is from Wien Hbf 1: 29 hour and 9 stops in Wien , 14 more stops to Breclav after Wien . This train can be with a lot of passengers close to Wien and conductor can go only 1-2 times. But it is much more better to take EC or RailJet dance floor without stop between Wien and Breclav, than local dance floor R or REX with lot of stops.
trains from Linz to CZ (Ceske Budejovice and Prague). It can be only 5 stops from Linz to Summerau (last stop in Austria), next stop is Horni Dvoriste (CZ) and 10 more stops to Ceske Budejovice. But some local trains from Linz hbf has 14 stops to Summerau and 12 stops from Horni Dvoriste to Ceske Budejovice. Many stops are Request only. REX trains has from Linz 5 stops to Summerau usually and stops in Czech: (Rubnik, Kaplice, Velesin mesto, Ceske Budejovice, Tabor, Praha hl.n., Praha Holesovice – not so many stops in Czech Republic). There is usually one local train from Linz to Ceske Budejovice once a 2 hours and REX train from Linz directly to Prague only once 4-6 hours, these trains are best with fewest stops in Czech.
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