Train Journeys & River Cruises


Contact & Informations

3213 Frankenfels
Laubenbachgegend 18

+43 2742 360 990 1000


Pushchair Accessible Dogs Allowed Wheelchair Accessible Bistro / Restaurant E-Bike charging station E-car charging station Groups Accepted with NÖ Card Children's program Public connection

From Dirndltal to Mariazellerland – the most beautiful combination of technology and nature! Over a length of 84 km, the Mariazell Railway connects the provincial capital of St. Pölten with the Pielach Valley, the Ötscher-Tormäuer Nature Park and the Styrian pilgrimage site of Mariazell. In the Himmelstreppe, the modern low-floor railcars, you can travel to many excursion destinations, hiking and cycling routes or on vacation in a particularly relaxed and climate-friendly way. Rail travel is the climate-friendly alternative to the car: you travel in comfort on the train and have great views of the countryside. A ride in the panorama car is a special treat. Enjoyment on rails – regional breakfast variations are served directly to your seat on the train. Thanks to the generous panoramic glazing, you can enjoy an unrestricted view of the passing landscape from the train. The Laubenbachmühle operations center includes the station, workshop, coach house, bistro and operations control center as well as a great playground. The bistro offers regional breakfast delicacies, lunch dishes, snacks and pastries. You can find the timetable, information on prices and discounts, photos and much more at

Combined offers: In addition to the train ride, our combined offers include another excursion destination at a particularly low price, such as the Gemeindealpe-Mitterbach!
Ötscherbär adventure train: The Ötscherbär adventure train operates on selected Saturdays and Sundays in the summer season, as well as during Advent. Exciting themed rides provide entertainment. Hearty delicacies and drinks are served in the buffet car. In the summer season, you can experience convertible flair in the new observation car and the bike car is always on board – ideal for a trip along the Pielachtal cycle path. Tip: With the Lower Austria CARD, the one-way journey in the Ötscherbär (either St. Pölten – Mariazell OR Mariazell – St. Pölten) is free of charge!
Nostalgia: The historic steam locomotive Mh.6 is on the move on selected Sundays.

The Himmelstreppe: modern low-floor railcars enable particularly comfortable and convenient travel. Large entrances, accessibility at many stations and a modern passenger information system are just some of the amenities on board. The spacious compartments offer plenty of room for bicycles, baby carriages and people with reduced mobility. Some stations are barrier-free.

At the Laubenbachmühle operations center, the heart of the Mariazell Railway, you can take a look behind the scenes of the popular narrow-gauge railroad. On a guided tour (by appointment only), you can visit the station, coach house, workshop and operations control center and learn all there is to know about the history and operation of the Mariazell Railway (groups of 6 or more)

The Laubenbachmühle bistro serves delicious breakfast variations as well as hot lunch dishes, desserts and drinks from the region. Railroad fans can purchase sought-after gifts such as Mariazell Railway models, books, notebooks, key rings and regional specialties from the souvenir shelf.
Information and advice Niederösterreich Bahnen Infocenter E-mail: Phone: +43 2742 360 990-1000

Daily operation of the Himmelstreppe – 365 days a year.

Season panorama carriage: on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in the summer season and during Advent

Ötscherbär adventure train: on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in the summer season and during Advent

Dates steam train Mh.6: on selected Sundays in the summer season and during Advent

Opening hours Bistro Laubenbachmühle
Daily from 08:00 to 15:00 (until April 30)
Daily from 08:00 to 17:00 (May 1 to October 30)

Price examples:

Himmelstreppe und Ötscherbär | St. Pölten Hbf. – Mariazell (one way)
Full price € 20,10
child € 10,10


Himmelstreppe und Ötscherbär | St. Pölten Hbf. – Mariazell (Day ticket bzw. Hop-On Hop Off Ticket)
Full price € 39,20
child € 19,60


Panoramawagen | St. Pölten Hbf. – Mariazell (one way)
Full price € 37,10
child € 18,60


Nostalgic steam train Mh.6 (2. Klasse) | St. Pölten Hbf. – Mariazell (there and back again)
Full price € 64,00
child € 38,00

The following tickets and discount cards are valid in the Himmelstreppe and Ötscherbär:

  • All tickets from Niederösterreich Bahnen
  • All tickets from Verkehrsverbünde VOR und VST
  • children under the age of six free / max. two children per accompanying person
  • Group discount from 20 persons (every 21. person free)
  • Reduction of school groups of 20 persons ( 21. & 22. person free)
  • Außertarifarische Fahrbegünstigung (ATF)
  • Top-Jugendticket und Jugendticket
  • KlimaTicket Österreich, KlimaTicket Steiermark
  • VOR KlimaTicket Metropolregion, VOR KlimaTicket Region
  • ÖBB Österreichcard (except Zivildienst & Bundesheer)
  • Every kind of  ÖBB Vorteilscards: 40 % reduction
  • NÖ Familienpass: 20 % reduction
  • Wilde Wunder Card: 50 % reduction during your stay
  • Severely war-disabled person’s pass
  • Passengers with disabilities – with an Austrian disability pass (70 %)
  • Disabled companion and assistance dog free of charge if registered

Please note the special fares on the steam train!

Niederösterreich Card reduction in Ötscherbär:

  • Niederösterreich-CARD: one trip on the Ötscherbär adventure train, one way

Detailed information on prices and discounts can be found in the Infocenter and in our Webshop. Where can you get your ticket?

  • online
  • in our Infocenter oder Tel. +43 2742 360 990-1000
  • in the trains of the Mariazell Railway without surcharge for our operating personnel
  • at all ÖBB ticket machines and ticket offices as well as in the ticket store (web, mobile) of ÖBB ( and ÖBB app) and VOR (, VOR AnachB app)

On the Mariazell Railway, the tariff regulations of the Eastern Region Transport Association (VOR) and those of the Styrian Transport Association (VST) apply on the Himmelstreppe and Ötscherbär lines, and the tariff regulations of Niederösterreich Bahnen also apply on the Mitterbach – Mariazell line.


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