Hot to travel in Vienna
The best way to travel in Vienna is by public transport. The system offers Trains, Underground lines, trams and Buses. You can get everywhere in the city and the city limits within a reasonable time. Buses in the suburbs during daytime normally run on a 10 Minute schedule.
Friday and Satuday Night the Undergound works all night.
A ticket cost 2,20 Euro and is valid for one trip (2 hrs) within the whole syste,. You can change lines and means of transport as often as you want.
Find out more here: Wiener Linien (Vienna Lines)
There are lots of Taxis available in town and if not, you can call them easily by phone (+43 1 40100).
Taxis are reasonably priced (esp. compared to other places in the world). A trip from the City Center to Hotel Zeitgeist would cost you something like 6-12 Euro.
Uber is available, but we strongly recommend not to use it. There are some reasons to it: They are all operating in a legal grey zone and in case of an accident you most likely will find out they are not insured. They, in most cases, are trying to go detours with foreigners, they do not have a training, they don't pass exams to prove their geographical knowledge, the cars are not checked and meeting technical norms that are valid for taxis, they don't pay taxes and they don't pay social insurance. Uber is a third world business model meant to destroy an industry that allows the drivers at least a basic salary within the social insurance system. To cut it short:
DO NOT USE UBER in Europe!
If you want to use an app for the taxis, the best choice is MyTaxi.
There are City Bikes available everywhere.
After a first registration (on their website or at the rental station - requires a Bank card or a credit card), you can always have a bike.
The first hour is always free. After that a minimum price applies.
This is a perfect way to explore the city and it is perfect to combine with Public Transport.
Read more here: City Bike
Even though car traffic in Vienna is not as bad as in other places, you always have the problem to find a parking place. And you have to pay.
Read more on Parking in Vienna.
We do not recommed to drive in Vienna.
How to get to Vienna
Vienna is very easy to travel to by any means of transport. It is an important knot in all major European networks. On this page, we want to provide all information on how to get to Vienna and maybe even point you to an idea of how to make the trip to Vienna part of a holiday.
Vienna is a major station on the strongest East-West-Trans-Europe-Line (just call it the Orient Express) and also on the North-South Line from Berlin and Prague down to Italy. Vienna is connected to the German High Speed Train Network and there are talks to even have the French TGV going to Vienna in the future. This might be the case in 2017.
The easiest way to find a train is the Online Train Planer of the OEBB (Austrian Railways), which is available in German and English and shows also international connections in Europe (i.e. London-Vienna). There is a similar system offered by Deutsche Bahn (German Railways), also in German and English.
Other National Railway companies offer similar services.
Please Note: These systems show the actual trains and schedules. They might change a little until early 2017 when the new schedules are out.
With the full liberalization of long distance bus lines within Europe, scheduled travel buses networks have been growing in the last years and there are a lot of lines going to Vienna.
Some of the networks are EuroLines and Mein Fernbus. There are lots of other companies in this market and more and more national railways companies trying to get into the market as well. It might be worth to check for other companies and offers.
If you travel let's say from Amsterdam to Vienna, the trip will cost something like 79 Euro one way and takes 20,5 hrs. In most cases you are allowed to split the trip into several parts, allowing you to visit other Hashes on the way maybe. A nice way to travel Europe.
Vienna Airport (VIE) offers direct flights to most places in Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Australia and the Americas. All major Airlines and Airline Systems are flying to/from Vienna. Austrian Airlines is a Member of the Lufthansa group and part of Star Alliance.
It should be easy to find a good deal in time.
Another option is to fly to Bratislava Airport, which is only 80 km from Vienna. Easyjet and other low cost carriers use that Airport to connect to Vienna. There are regular scheduled buses from Bratislava Airport to Vienna and back.
For more information, please check out Vienna Airport-Website
Another option for people with time and a passion for hiking might be walking (hiking) to Vienna. The Eurpean Long Distnce Path E4 is passing Vienna (east-west) and the E6 coming across the Alps is passing nearby. If you want to get more into this idea, try out Wikipedia on European Long Distance Paths and Walking and Hiking in Austria (the official information page by the Austrian Tourism Board).
There are beautiful trails in the Alps...
A wonderful bicycle trip is the bike way along the Danube coming from Passau/Germany down to Vienna. This is a classic bike tour, all along the river, no climbing mountains, just a steady downhill tour. It passes a lot of beautiful places and is easy to make even for untrained bikers. It is about 290 km long and you can make it in 3 - 5 days. There are lots of little guest houses and restaurants along the Danube, making it easy to survive (1 Beer Stop at least every 3 km).
There is a lot of information on bike tours from Passau to Vienna available on the internet (Donauradweg Passau - Information - only in German).
Of course there are other bike tours as well, from all directions to Vienna.
All in all, Austria is a very bicycle friendly country and you will find bike ways separated from the main roads in most places. Also there are lots of little Hotels, Guest houses, B&B's, etc. in every village. Free tenting is not forbidden, but you should make sure, you are talking to the owners of the land...
There are scheduled ships connecting the cities along the Danube. Again the nicest trip is the one from Passau / Germany to Vienna or coming from Budapest to Vienna. The programme and offers are changing each year. Just check the internet for more information in given time.
There are (almost) perfect highways in Austria leading to Vienna from the
North (Czech Republic),
East (Hungary and Slovakia),
South (Italy, Slovenia) and
West (Switzerland, Germany)
They are in very good condition and well connected to the international highway system with one exception and that is the North (Czech Republic). Just to give you an idea, here are some distances (in km) by car from some other parts of Europe and the World:
|Munich : 400||Berlin: 670||Düsseldorf: 940||Hamburg: 930||Karlsruhe: 690|
|London: 1.450||Bristol: 1.664||Edinburgh: 2.069||Manchester: 1.808||Lands End: 1.938|
|Paris: 1.233 (+5km due to road works)||Hendaye: 2.059||Marseilles: 1.380||Reims: 1.098||Strasbourg: 774|
|Madrid: 2.421||Tarifa: 2.972||Barcelona: 1.841||Andorra: 1.809||Santander: 2.271|
|Lisbon: 2.993||Porto: 2.812||Faro: 3.019||Cascais: 3.020||Santiago de Compostela: 2.740|
|Brussels: 1.103||Amsterdam: 1.146||Luxembourg: 974||Groningen: 1.117||Baarlo: 996|
|Copenhagen: 1.099||Aalborg: 1.389||Göteborg: 1.365||Stockholm: 1.702||Helsinki: 1.747|
|Warsaw: 676||Prague: 334||Bratislava: 78||Budapest: 243||Rome: 1.143|
|Zagreb: 365||Bucharest: 1.049||Belgrade: 605||Athens: 1.702||Istanbul: 1.555|
|Batumi: 2.817||Tel Aviv: 3.344||Cairo: 3.992||Dakar: 6.247||Cape Town: 14.498|
|Moscow: 1.938||Tallinn: 1.646||Saint Petersburg: 1.832||Vladivostok: 10.934||Beijing: 9.305|
As you can see, Vienna is easy to get to by car from anywhere in the world (except the Americas).
If you plan to travel to Vienna by car, it might be a good idea to have a look at the ASFINAG-Website (Austrian High Way Authority) before you start. They offer all information on road works and other obstacles on the way.
You need a road tax sticker (vignette) in Austria to be allowed on the highways. At the moment a 10-day-ticket for a normal passenger car is 8,70€. They can be bought at any petrol station and at the border stations when you enter the country. Don't try to travel without a ticket, fines are very high (about 250 €) and they do not accept any excuses.
By other means of transport
Well, there are so many means of transport and they all will bring you to Vienna as well. Just think of Roller Skates, Skateboards, Water Skis, Wheel Chairs, Hot Air Balloons, Helicopters, Motorcycles, etc.
What ever you say,
all roads lead to Vienna!