Trams are arguably the best method of transportation around Linz. The trams service all of the inner city and many of the surrounding environs. Not only are they timely, efficient, and easy to follow, but they're also a cheap alternative to getting around. Please see website for tram map and information.
Linz can be reached very cheaply from the UK by plane from London Stansted. An OB bus runs from just outside the airport every hour, and one leaves just after the afternoon plane arrives. If you are a little late arriving, or customs holds you up a few minutes too long, there will be another along in a while. You can also ask at the info desk for a free shuttle bus to the nearby train station, which is on the Linz - Wels line. Trains run regularly to either destination, where you can get connecting trains to places further afield. Linz is also not far from the airport, so a taxi shouldn't cost you too much either.
For a long time the slopes and top of Pöstlingberg were reachable by a narrow-gauge cogwheel train that ended on the Northern river bank. In the context of Linz becoming cultural capital of Europe in 2009, the track was substituted by a modern tram line which runs on the same gauge as the other trams in the city. This tram is said to be the steepest non-cogwheel tram line in the world (10.5%).
The tram now crosses the Danube at Nibelungenbrücke and begins/ends in Hauptplatz. It has a separate stop next to the stop of the regular trams. Trams run every 30 minutes (minute .00 and .30) from 6 a.m. (weekends 7.30 a.m.) to 10 p.m.
The ride is pleasant, as the view slowly widens, the higher you get. The tram stops all have those little shelters and old-fashioned signs. Underneath each stop the altitude above sea level is stated.
Here is a series of photos I took from the tram
Ticket options (fares of early December 2012): single trip 3.40 €, round trip 5.60 €. Buy the ticket from the ticket machine before boarding the tram.
If you intend to do more travelling within the city and do not yet hold any other pass, consider the day pass (8.60 €) which covers, in addition to one return trip on the Pöstlingberg line, unlimited travel on the city’s public transport network. This day pass can be obtained from any ticket machine at any tram stop, for example upon arrival at the central station.
The distance from the train station into the city centre is walkable but taking the tram saves time and effort. The tram stop at Hauptbahnhof is underground – just follow the signs with the tram symbol in the station hall and you’ll easily find it. Trams 1 and 2 go straight to Hauptplatz every few minutes. Tickets can be obtained from the ticket machine.
If you travel into Linz from somewhere in Upper Austria or on its borders, check at the departure station for day tickets (OÖVV-Tageskarte) that cover the train and the public transport network at your destination, here: within Linz. The latter must be selected in the ticketing process and costs less than 2 € more.
Tickets for Linz’s public transport cover everything except the Pöstlingberg tram which has its own tariff.
Linz is located about halfway along the Salzburg to Vienna line, and it takes just over an hour to get to either of these destinations, if you don't want to hang around. Also a short train journey away is the tiny town of Melk, which hosts the majestic Benedictine monastery that featured in Uberto Eco's book, the Name of the Rose. You can book the tickets in the helpful, English speaking office in the station, or use the link below to the German rail travel service, which allows you to book many Austrian tickets online.
For those of you on very tight schedules you may want to consider taking the Linz City Express to tour the city. Otherwise, this little tram (which looks like old-fashioned steam engine) offers tours that can be used to get a feeling for the city before you embark on your own personal journey through Linz. Tours are offered in 5 languages (see schedule for the time of your preferred language) and the tram drives past most of the major sites in Linz. The passenger cabins have glass tops and and sides for excellent viewing and as long as you're on a tour where you understand the language, you'll really learn a lot. The downside is that while you're on the tour, your stuck on the tram. There's no hopping on or off until the end which means that if you're on a tight schedule, you should probably pick out only those items you really want to see more of, and proceed to those sites after the tour. Actually, the tour only last 25 minutes you should have plenty of time to do several things aside from the tour. Tours begin and end at the Linz Hauptplatz . See website below for price and tour hours. Unfortunately, the site is only in German.
For many, the preferred method of traveling around or between any European country is by train. Perhaps it has become a rite of passage for some to backpack across Europe with an unlimited train pass in hand. Well if this is you (and even if it's not) any train ride to the center of Linz will drop you off at the Linz Hauptbahnhof from which you can continue to the city center by foot, by tram, bus, or cab. The trams are probably the most efficient way of getting around Linz, but the new Hauptbahnhof (Main train station), which was majorly renovated in 2004, is the starting point for any train trip to Linz. Inside are many shops, information, and boutiques in the event you need anything from food to music!
The city of Linz has a very good tram service which seems to run on time. Tickets are bought from a machine at the tram stop. In the photo , the tram stop sign shows the route number,destination,and how many minutes to arrival.
There are regular train services from Vienna's Westbahnhof to Linz, with the trip taking wither one and three quarter hours or two hours, depending on how many stops there are along the 190km route up the Danube to the capital of Upper Austria. With a Vorteilscard, Linz becomes a very realistic daytrip away from Vienna - with a Cleverticket - booked online and valid only for the train that you choose it for a return ticket can be had for a mere EUR 20.80 - a further EUR 5 cheaper than a normal Vorteilscard return ticket. There are frequent trains between Linz and Vienna - a lot of the highspeed trains towards Salzburg and Western Austria as well as Munich go through Linz, so you can easily find trains back, and similarly there are a lot of other international routes served. The station has been renovated and was reopened in 2004 after renovations - and is one of the ÖBB's architectural flagship stations.
Linz has a good network of trams and buses, with all three tram routes sticking generally to similar routes in the centre of the city. Along the routes, buses branch off in various directions, thus making sure there is a well-defined public transportation network. A single ticket is EUR 1.50, and a day ticket for trams and buses is EUR 3.00. This is not, however, valid for the Bergbahn!
As is the case with many cities in Europe, Linz is yet another bicycle friendly city. When driving in the city, be weary of the cyclists as they make their way along the roads. You don't really need a bike to explore the city of Linz (the major sites), but bike rentals can be found if you prefer to go by bike. Also, as Linz is on the Danube river, the great Danube biking trail goes right along Linz and many cyclists on this tour stop in Linz for rest, refreshments, and exploration.
Linz is on the main train line from Germany to Vienna. There are hourly trains from Vienna (2 hrs) and Salzburg (1,5 hrs). There are also direct trains to Graz (3 hrs), Innsbruck (3,5 hrs), Bregenz (6 hrs) and several major European cities.
Linz also has an small airport that has direct flights to London, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Graz, Salzburg, Vienna and Palma de Mallorca.
Linz has an extensive public transport system with many buses and two tramway lines. One ride is EUR 1,50, an all-day ticket is EUR 3.
Being at the Main Square in Linz gives you a clear view at the Pöstlingberg and its beautiful pilgrimage basilica. It also made us realize that it is quite a walk up there. Thank God for the Pöstlingberg Tram! For over a hundred years this tram has been impressing visitors from all over the world with its extraordinary and idyllic course. With the start of it you can say that a direct connection has been established between the Main Square and Pöstlingberg.
Climb aboard and enjoy a trip to the landmark mountain of Linz. The low-floor of the wagons means that you can use the Pöstlingberg railway comfortably. Excursions with revitalized old wagons are offered, depending on availability, for nostalgia fans. An impressive view of Linz and awaited us at the end of the trip. With a track length more than 4 kilometres, the Pöstlingberg railway covers a difference in elevation of 255 meters in 20 minutes and is definately worth the trip!
Single ticket and return ticket:
Adults: € 3,40 or € 5,60
Children (6-15 years): € 1,70 or € 2,80
But maybe it's a better idea to buy an "Adventure Ticket" which means that you're able to travel thePöstlingberg tram and have a 24 hour city transport network pass. The prices are adults: € 8,60 and children (6-15 years): € 4,30
Being in Linz makes you realize that the city has a very good public transport service. A part of that service is the local tram. A map of this tram system (and also bus lines available) can be seen on the internetsit of Linz. Have a look at it and you will also find the on-line time table, which means that you can have a look at it before your visit and be well prepared.
We mostly saw the city by footh, but if you don't want that or are not able to, a one-day ticket is €3,40 for over 14-year-olds and €1,70 for under 14-year-olds. There is also a 4-stop ticket (mini-ticket) for €0.90. Students can buy an 'Aktivpass', which allows you to buy a monthly card for €10.00, which is valid for all lines, and you get all tickets at half price. Tickets are purchased from the electronic vending machines at each stop, as well as tobacco and newspaper shops.
by plane: The Blue Danube Airport of Linz is situated out of town - there is a bus from Linz to the airport and there is a train from Linz to Hörsching station, where you can order a shuttle service to the airport.