Klagenfurt has an excellent, well organised and efficient bus transport service. Each journey costs 1.60 euros, and each stop on the route is flashed up on an electric sign in the bus so you can't easily get lost. It even warns you when the bus is about to stop. Buses leave from all over the city, but there are two main points where you can get almost every bus, and they are just outside the station and, even better, at the central Heiligengeist Platz. There are maps and timetables at Heiligengeist Platz, but you can also pick up a timetable booklet from the tourist office in the Rathaus on Neuerplatz, or find more details at the website linked below.
Ryan Air runs daily flights from London to Klagenfurt's idyllic airport, which is dominated by its position at the base of some magnificent Alpine mountains. The dirt cheap budget airline also flies to Rome. The airport is also served by Austrian Airlines/Lufthansa and Hapag Lloyd Express, who serve a number of other cities, including Berlin and Vienna. You can get to and from the airport on bus 40 and 45. Bus 40 will take you as far as Annabichl, where you will have to get off and catch the 45 to the airport itself. You can walk it instead, and is not far if you aren't burdened by suitcases. Just nip down the underpass at Annabichl, and walk up Flughafenstr. to the airport, which is about 500 yards away. The ticket to Annabichl costs 1.60 euros, and requires the exact change.
Since 1588 the Lend canal has connected Klagenfurt's centre with Lake Woerthersee. Today it is still in use as a waterway. The eco-friendly ship "Lendwurm" takes passengers from the centre to the lake. It is very popular to hire the boat for parties.
The pathway and cycleway along the Lend is popular with skaters and bikers alike, and makes for a splendid stroll.
Klagenfurt is served by a small airport just north of the city. The airport is served by Austrian airways, and also several low cost carriers, like Ryan air. There are several ways to get to the city from the airport. The best way is to take the bus. For about 1.25, you can take a bus from the airport about 1/2 km down the street to Annabichl and switch to a bus that heads to the city center and main train station (total about 40 min). Walking to Annabichl and taking a bus from there is also an option (turn left after the airport parking lot - flughafenstrasse). At Annabichl it is also possible to take the train, though check the schedule because they don't come that often.
I came by car and from Munich and stopped in Salzburg for lunch. The journey took about 5 hours and passed some of the most beautiful scenery in baviaria and around salzburg. This part of the world is truly spectacular around the summer months and a must see if you are in the region.
for direction please check out the website below
Very efficient bus service,easy to use and punctual,clean and very pleasant.
It cost 5 euros for a 24 hour family pass,you get the ticket from the machine in the main station,theres a help button which is in English.
When on the bus get it validated in the machines bolted to the handles,friendy drivers are always there to help,should you be confused.
Klagenfurt sits on the main Vienna to Venice run, and you can get direct trains to either city. Klagenfurt is also the terminus for a branch of the Dortmund to Zagreb run, which splits at Villach in Austria, with half of the train going to Klagenfurt. This train also passes through Salzburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Bonn and Dusseldorf. The Munich trip takes about 5 hours and costs 54 euros and Vienna is about four hours away.
There's a 24 hour pass for the public transport valid throughout Klagenfurt. It is valid from the airport to the city center, as well as to the Wothersee.
It will cost Eur3,30 and can be bought from the ticket machine.
I did not see any ticket machine at the airport. You can get the ticket from the driver on the bus.
The bus stop is just in front of the arrival hall of the airport. There's only one bus service from the airport (45). The bus will go to Annabachi. To get to the city center, change to bus service 40. To get to Neuer Platz, stop at the bus station and Neuer Platz will be across the road. The bus ride will usually cost Eur1,60.
When I arrived at the airport, I was expecting myself to walk a few hundred meters from the airport to get to the bus stop. I read that information from one of the tips in VT. It is wrong. The bus stop is right outside the arrival terminal.
The bus ride was free on that Saturday! So I had a free ride to town. The bus services are free on 4 Saturdays before Christmas.
Klagenfurt, located on the lines connecting Vienna with Venice, Italy, and Zagreb, is the most important railway junction in southern Austria. It's also the focal point for several smaller rail lines whose passengers are eventually transferred to larger lines to Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Bregenz. Trains arrive from several different directions at intervals of 30 minutes or less throughout the day
Klagenfurt is very well connected to the motorway system of Austria and Europe. There is an international airport (KLU), and direct railway connections to other cities in Austria, and to Italy and Slovenia.
Our little Klagenfurt has its own airport, you also can get here by train, car or with your motorbike in summer.
Rent a motorbike or car - very expensive, go by bus (you can buy a ticket for the whole day) or you go by bike or on a horses back.
train might be the easiest way to get there from vienna; if you go by car it's a 3 hour's travel, well depending on your speed (which should not exceed 130 kph on Austrian motorways), I guess the expression on the face of my 'chauffeur' tells you that we arrived a 'bit earlier'; you better remember this face if you are planning to hitchhike in Austria: it might be the fastest but it surely is not the safest way of getting around ...
plane: airport(KLU)-2 miles from center- direct from
Franfurt(FFT),Vienna(VIE),Zurich by 'Tyrolean Airways'
train: via Munich-Salzburg-Villach (exellent view passing the alps, take a seat right-hand direction from Salzburg!); via Venice-Tarvisio-Villach entering from Italy, or from Vienna also in abt. 4 hrs (take yr. seat left-hand direction to have a look passing the 'Semmering'-mountain.
road: Highways lead to Klagenfurt direct from Vienna
(A2), Salzburg(A10) with extra toll, Venice/Italy (A2)
most independence you will get by hiring a car (from June to Sept. pse place a reservation) For short trips you can hire a bycicle (ask at city-hall-information) - also at Railway-Station -
The city-bus central station is at 'Heiligen Geist-Platz' - bus net is quite good!
Two more bus-nets (cross country and national) are
operated by PTT and BB (Post and Austrian Railways);
Central station is nearby Railway-station (Hauptbahn-
See the round-trip on lake 'Wörthersee' by ship, it takes minimum 4 hrs, you can step out and continue wherever the ship stops. You'll find map and time-table at the ship-station bridges.
If you intend to stay more than few days, ask at information office to get the 'Power Card', it offers
really a lot of attractions trough whole country (with
prepaid extremely discounted entrance and trans-portation fees)
Ryanair plane on the Klagenfurt airport after arrival. This company flights only to London Stanstead, where you be after about 45 minutes of flight.
Prize of the returning ticket is about 100€