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CAT Train or S-Bahn
The City Airport Train, abbreviated as CAT, ist the fastest connection vor Vienna Schwechat Airport (VIE) into the city. It takes you straight to Wien Mitte station without any stops on the way in 20 minutes. It is on the one hand convenient, on the other hand rather expensive compared to alternatives. I took it once because I arrived very late in the evening and my accommodation was a few minutes walk from Mitte station.
Fares are 11 € one way at the ticket machine, an Euro or so cheaper when booked online in advance during the CAT website (http://www.cityairporttrain.com/) The CAT need special tickets.
The cheaper but less comfortable alternative is the S-Bahn (S7), which is part of Vienna's public transport network.
- easy: you cannot miss your stop because it is non-stop straight to Mitte
- clean, comfortable, usually empty. The S7 can be full like a can of sardines in peak hours, though (I hardly made it on board in the morning departing from Rennweg station).
- fares: 11 € as opposed to 4.20 € on the S-Bahn. The S7 runs every 30 minutes from the track next door. It needs about 10-15 minutes longer into town than the CAT.
- The S7 has several stops in between, which might be more convenient for you if you are staying in one of the southern districts.
Decide for yourselves whether price or comfort count more for you. Both the CAT and the S7 work perfectly well. The tracks at the airport station are next to each other and well signposted.
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Goodbye Ring Tram
Since 1896 two tram lines were circling the whole Ring road: the 1 in clockwise direction and the 2 in counter-clockwise direction. They were useful for getting around as well as for a comfortable tour of the Ring if you needed a rest during sightseeing. They took you around the inner city in a full circle and brought you back to your starting point. They were part of the public transport network and could be used with standard tickets and passes.
In 2008 the lines were reorganized and the two Ring lines have been abandoned. The new lines, including the new 1 and 2, all touch a fraction of the Ring and then continue to outer quarters. Instead of the previous circular lines a tourist tram has been installed as the only line that circles the Ring. This tourist tram, called the Vienna Ring Tram, of course requires special tickets at a higher cost; public transport passes are not valid on it.
If you want my opinion: This qualifies as a tourist trap. Shame on Vienna city and transport network!!!
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Vienna tram is definitely the best and most appropriate public transportation in the city. There is "24 Stunden Wien" Karte (24 hours Vienna ticket), which cost 7,10 euros, and for that amount of money one can travel side to side of the city without restraints. Tram connects all parts of the city, connections are frequent and the interior is clean and tidy. Passengers are polite and generally mind their own business, but will politely answer the question and acting friendly.
One night I took a wrong line and went to a final stop somewhere in the suburbs. Night lines are safe and without inconvenience.
Metro and trams
Metro is everywhere under Vienna, it comes under Danube river as well. The cost of one ticket is approximately 3 euros and it was too expensive for me, but I have tried the metro in Vienna just to go to Prater funfair.
For my second visit I got 3 days ticket for all transportation, so it was comfortable to navigate from friend flat to center, Schonbunn palace, other nice places.
Bus Bratislava - Vienna (Slovak lines)
I knew that to use train instead of bus is better when travelling from Bratislava to Vienna or back. Anyway, I wanted to use bus to Studtiroler platz, as I needed to explore this area (my bus to Warsaw was from this station).
Bus trip took around 1 hour and 20 minutes, the price was quite affordable - around 7-8 euros. The bus goes quite frequently, so no problem about transportation between these two towns, especially if you add also train lines.
Zagreb - Vienna by train
After so many travelings by car only, this time I decided to use public transportation to get to Vienna and Prague, and did not regret. The only disadvantage was that I couldn't stop and take a look of some attractive places which I noticed from the window of running train.
The return train ticket, Zagreb-Vienna-Prague and back, cost approx. 140 euros and I find it inexpensive. It is price for the second class compartment with a single seats, table and connection for the electricity, so in case, one can use laptop all the way of traveling or to recharge phone or battery of the camera....
Transport in Vienna
Vienna is one of the safest towns in europe, and public transport is quite save (but after midnight only every 30 minutes, running on a different grid), and tramways and buses go everywhere.
A single ticket is € 2,10 at ticket machines, € 2,20 if you buy in the bus, 24 hours € 7,10, 48 hours € 12,40, 72 hours € 15,20.
Available in the Vienna Transport ticket offices, tabacconists and ticket machines.
Do not forget to validate your ticket in the Subway station or in the bus or tramway.
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Original Oldtimer Bus in Vienna AUSTRIA
See Vienna in a completely new and relaxing way with their Hop-on Hop-off bus tour where you can set your own pace. You may get on and off at any of the 15 or more stops, and as often as you want.
The ticket which is valid for one day costs approximately US$26.00 or €20.00 only. If you want a more sophisticated tour of Vienna, you may take the Original Oldtimer Bus that will take you not just the ordinary sightseeing but a nostalgic experience to tourists of any age.
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Getting around by metro
The metro system (or U-Bahn) in Vienna dates back to 1898. It now features 5 lines connecting 101 stations.We only used the metro a few times in Vienna (to travel to and from train stations and to go to Schönbrunn Palace), but each time we did, it worked out really well. It's a cheap, fast and convenient way of getting around. Tickets can be bought from multi-language machines using cash or credit cards at each station. There are different types of multi-day passes available it you plan on using the metro a lot. Single-ticket fare is 2 Euros - don't forget to validate your ticket!
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Excellent Public Transport.
I can only confirm from my various visits that public transport in Vienna is excellent as well as what concerns the Metro U-Bahn U-1, U-2, U-3 and U-4 (I have no experience of the U-6 and the S-Bahn) the trams and the busses. It's well organized, clean and apparently safe.
What I particularly appreciate is:
1° The info web site http://www.wienerlinien.at in German and English. Usually I consult the German pages because they seem more complete than the English but I might be wrong.
I buy the 24, 48 or 72 hours tickets depending on the length of my short stays. They are exactly valid from the time they are punched (Don't forget to punch them!). Prices are reasonable for 24 Hours: € 6.70, 48 Hours: € 11,70 and 72 Hours: € 14,50. These tickets are interesting if you do 3 - 4 trips/24 hour compared to the single ticket at 2,50 €.
After consulting and printing the website Route planner I know exactly what to do to get to my planned destination.
2° The indications found in the metro stations and on the metro, trams or busses.
For example I wanted to visit the Military Museum at Arsenal (outside the centre). Taking the U-3 metro to the Südtiroler Platz I had to take the bus 69 to Arsenal stop. At the metro station signs indicate the way to the exit for trams and busses and the platform where I had to take bus 69.
Inside the metro, bus or tram the stops are mentioned by voice or panels.
In Vienna you can't get lost.
Train, U-Bahn, Bus, Shuttle and Taxi
I'm including all the forms of transportation I used in Vienna because most of my time in this city was spent on one form or the other.
First, I arrived early in the morning at the Westbahnhof train station, coming from Danmark.
My goal was to find the way to Bratislava, CzechoSlovakia. Unfortunately, I missed the train to Bratislava so thought to take the bus. In order to get to the bus station I had to take the U-Bahn (Untergrundbahn.)
Vienna’s Subway system was relatively new. The first line, running north/south was opened in 1978. So, since by the time I was there, not all U-Bahn lines were opened yet, I also had to take an above ground bus, this was nice because I was able to see some of the sites in the city.
Found out at the bus station that no one would speak with me in English--too shy--and somehow with made-up sign language, that the bus would leave too late for me to catch my flight from the airport in Bratislava. It was then that I began to feel defeated.
After the good ol' "You can do it!"pep-talk I gave myself, I went back to the Westbahnhof because I remembered that they had shuttles to the airport. I felt certain that, though I knew I couldn't take a flight to the airport in Bratislava, that I'd find my solution at the Vienna airport.
At the Budget car rental company in the airport, I tried to rent a car. I asked, "If I rent the car here, would I be allowed to drop it off at my destination?"
"Yes, of course!" the nice young man said.
"Oh wonderful! Then I'd like to rent a car and drop it off at the airport in Bratislava. Please."
He actually said, "No Way Jose!" Then went on to explain that CzechoSlovakia--at the time, still a closed country--didn't have a contract with them. Or something along those lines.
Truly bummed, I walked out of the airport thinking of a way that I could get someone to drive me a measly, forty miles.
There, in front of my eyes, was the answer. A long line of lovely Mercedes, with Taxi signs blinking on them! I negotiated the price for the ride to the border and help securing a CzechoSlovak taxi to the airport. This was expensive, but well worth the price! I made it to the plane on time.
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RINGTRAM - the new tourist-tram around Ringstrasse
In some of your older tourist-guides and also in some VT-tips you might still find infos about the trams #1 and #2 going around Ringstrasse all day and beeing the ideal and cheapest way to see all sights there : that is not possible anymore:
The trams #1 and #2 are
NOT going the FULL circle of the Ringstrasse anymore !
Now we have a seperate tourist-tram going the full circle around Ringstrasse with headphones at every of the 34 seats and explanations given in many languages.
The Ringtram starts at Schwedenplatz always
15 and 45 min after the full hour
Once around the Ringstrasse it takes about 25 min.
The price for this Ringtram is 9 euros for the full day
14 euros is an ordinary dayticket for ALL transportation in Vienna
including the Ringtram
hop on and off as often as you like,
the ticket is valid between 10.00am and 06.00pm
NO standing-places available !!!
6 euros is a single ride of Ringtram
(1 round = 30 min. max)
Badnerbahn looks in the first moment like an ordinary streetcar / tram, but in fact it is the easy way to get to Baden bei Wien, a small spa south of Vienna.
You will recognize its wagons by the blue color, some of the wagons are brand new some in the older style, like you can see on my pics. This tram starts opposite of the Opera and as long as it uses the ordinary tram-tracks of Vienna you can even use it, when you have a day-ticket etc. from the Viennese transport-system.
The wagons are a bit more comfortable and also less crowded but the schedule of that train is less often.
Vienna - Nightlines
Nachtbusse / Night-buses are rather new for Vienna and their system is really great. Most of them will start or at least have a station at Schwedenplatz (close to the "Bermuda-triangle of Vienna's Nightlife) and you will mostly have 2 buses for each hour after 01.00a.m.
Tickets are available at small ticket-machines at Schwedenplatz, AND you may use them also without paying anything extra,when you still have a valid ticket for 24- , 72- hours, Vienna-Card or Week- Month- ect. ticket.
ONLY the single stripe of yesterday's ticket ofyour "8-Tageskarte" will not be valid there, BUT when you cancell on e of those stripes for the next day, it is valid rightaway and for the rest of the day untill "Betriebsschluss" , that is the end of the day of the ordinary trafic shortly after midnight...
Vienna Airport to Bratislava Airport for just 4,90
This bus might make sense, when you want to combine a budget-flight from/to Bratislava and a connecting flight from/to Vienna Airport. The bus will first go to Bratislava Novy Most and arrive at Bratislava Airport 75 minutes later.
This bus is leaving the airport of Vienna
5 times each day, all of the year:
at 08.15 + 11.45a.m. and 04.45 + 06.45 + 08.45p.m.
the fare is 4,90 one way
and 9,80 euros for return
children 0-12 pay 50%
Attention: This cheap fare is calculated from AIRPORT of Vienna to Airport of Bratislava.
From Wien U3-ERDBERG to Bratislava AIRPORT it is 10 euros one way !!!
Airport of Vienna to Novy Most is just 3,60 Euro one way !
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