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How to Get to Vienna

How to Get to Vienna by Air

Wien-Schwechat Flughafen, is the only major international airport in Austria, 18 kilometres from Vienna’s centre. All major European Airlines fly into Vienna.

Although the airport authorities now advertise the more expensive City Airport Train (CAT) you can still take the S-7 train, which connects from the airport (Flughafen/Wolfstadl) to "Wien/Landstrasse" the City centre. Shuttle Buses run from the airport to the City Air Terminal (Opposite "Wien Mitte/Landstr). If you’re taking a taxi into the city center be sure to fix the price before boarding the cabs. Normally, taxis do not use their meters for this run into the city.

How to Get to Vienna by Rail

If arriving from Hungary or from the west, please note that trains terminate at Westbahnhof, close to the shopping area of Mariahilferstrasse. From the station, one can take the underground (U-Bahn) to the city centre. Trains from Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Italy arrive at Sudbahnhof; just take the tram to the Ring Road (Gurtel) that runs all around the city. Other trains may arrive at Wien-Nord or Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof, 2 km away from the city centre.

How to Get to Vienna by Bus

There are bus connections from every major Austrian city to Vienna. If taking your own car, note that the main arrival and departure routes to Vienna are the south and west expressways (Westautobahn A1, Sudautobahn A2). The roads leading to the downtown area are marked ZENTRUM. The roads are excellent, the scenery spectacular, so if you can afford the gas this is a good way to arrive into Vienna.

By Waterways:

There are several cruises and boat services operating on the Danube. The DSDG services from Bratislava or Budapest end at the Reichsbrucke dock. The nearest underground station from here is the Vorgartenstrasse, a five-minute walk.

Getting Around Vienna

Much of the heart of Vienna is a pedestrian zone, which makes it delightfully easy to explore on foot. Vienna addresses have a roman numeral that indicates in which of the 23 districts of the city the address is located. Excellent subway (U-Bahn) bus, tram (Strassenbahn) and elevated train (S-Bahn) systems cover the city. Tram routes #1 and #2 are great for some free sightseeing. The passes available are: 24-hour, 3-day "rover" ticket, 7-day pass, 3-day Vienna card that includes discounts at museums and sights. Night buses run every half - hour along most tram, subway and bus routes.

For bike travel around the hundreds of kilometres of marked cycle routes, the brochure on cycling entitled "Vienna by Bike" at the tourist office is a good buy.

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