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    Hydrofoil to Bratislava

    by Dabs Updated Jan 17, 2009

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    Several people suggested that the best way to get to Bratislava from Vienna was via the Twin City Liner, a hydrofoil that goes along the Danube. The service runs 4-5 times a day in each direction and takes 1 1/4 hours, the current cost is between 16E and 26E each way, the cheaper fares on the early morning boats from Bratislava-Vienna and the late evening boats from Vienna-Bratislava. Tickets can be reserved in advance on the attached website, our boat was full or nearly full so it's a good idea if you have your heart set on taking it. If you reserve online, you should exchange your printout for a ticket at the booth on the pier, we didn't and they still let us on but they said we should have exchanged it.

    I didn't think the scenery along the way was anything special, you saw some fishing cottages and foliage along the way but nothing in the way of sights until you approached Bratislava. For me it wasn't worth the 26E ($40US) per person we paid for it, the only good part about it was that the dock is closer to town than the train station, you could easily walk from the dock to the tourist areas.

    If you do decide to take the hydrofoil, get to the dock early if you want a window seat, there was already a line forming 45 minutes before the departure time. The best seats, in the front window, were by reservation only. Bring your passport just in case, they didn't check ours either way but signs (maybe they were old) suggested that they were needed. Unless you've got money to burn, consider taking the train back, it was 304sk (around $16US) round trip which was actually less than a 1 way ticket which was 400sk.

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    Train to/from Bratislava

    by Dabs Written Jan 17, 2009

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    Train station in Bratislava

    One way on the hydrofoil between Vienna and Bratislava was enough for me so we inquired about taking the train back at the tourism office in Bratislava and she advised taking the train from the Bratislava-Petrzalka station to the south of the center instead of from Bratislava hl. st. that is north of the center as the trains run every hour at 40 minutes after the hour. Now that I'm home and looking at the schedule it appears that the main station is more convenient during peak hours with two trains leaving on the hour and at 50 minutes after the hour. No trouble buying a ticket on the spot, the cost was 304kc for a round trip ticket and 400 kc for a 1 way ticket so we bought a round trip and just didn't use the other part.

    The train was comfortable and faster than the hydrofoil, the journey taking around an hour. The trains arrive in Vienna into Sudbahnhof although they might have also stopped at stations before that in Vienna, Sudbahnhof was the station closest to our hotel. You can also purchase a round trip train ticket between the two cities should you opt not to spend the money on the hydrofoil. I don't think there's any need to buy tickets in advance as there were plenty of open seats.

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    Trains from vienna to prague, budapest, etc.

    by GyuriFT Written Mar 16, 2008

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    A sample case:




    1) the trains from Vienna to Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary are MUCH more expensive than going the other way or between Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary.

    2) most trains to Budapest and Salzburg are departing from Wien Westbahnof, while most to Bratislava and Praha from Südbahnhof.

    3) First class tickets have often zero benefit. On some trains even the seats are the same. The biggest GUARANTEED difference: there is a yellow line painted on the car's outside and a large "1" number. Not sure, it's worth the difference. There is no guarantee of any kind in Europe what the "first class" quality is. In order to know, is it worth or not you have to know the REAL train car contest (car nationality, buid date, etc.) - that's what only few crazy railfans know. In Europe you can meet cars of any nationality you would probably not expect to be there.

    To give an idea how a car contest looks like, here is an (almost correct) 2008 contest chart of trains to/from Hungary:


    For Slovakia: http://www.vlaky.net/servis/radenia.asp?lang=2
    (click on the train numbers to see the cars!)

    If it is a bit confusing and you do not know the difference between "Apeer61" and "BDshmee": don't buy first class!

    4) Best is usually to travel a daily round-trip by bus from Vienna to Bratislava and buy all your train tickets in Bratislava.

    Sample walk-in prices in Bratislava:

    Budapest = 16 Euro
    Praha = ca. 30 Euro (hint: buy only tickets to Kuty, from Kuty on buy from the czech Conductor!)

    5) Salzburg and Bratislava is OK for a daytrip. Budapest and Praha: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.

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    River Cruises

    by alancollins Written Jan 2, 2007

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    The River Danube winds its way through Vienna and there are a number of river cruises available for sightseeing or longer journeys. For those who want to travel quickly Bratislava is 75 minutes away and Budapest is 4hrs 30mins by hydrofoil. There are slower cruises for those with more time to spare from the short river trip to 2 day trips

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    Trains to Sopron (Hungary)

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Aug 28, 2006

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    Train at Vienna's Sudbahnhof

    I travelled from Vienna to the small Hungarian town of Sopron by train in January 2006. The following information was correct as of that date:

    - At Vienna's Sudbahnhof, I was able to obtain a green timetable showing the trains to Sopron, Breclav and Znojmo. This was available free of charge from the passenger information desk;

    - There are dozens of daily trains from Sudbahnhof to Sopron....and dozens more from Wiener Neustadt to Sopron. Not all of the trains run each day, and not all of them stop at each stop on the route. Some of the trains from Sudbahnhof require you to change trains at Wiener Neustadt;

    - Trains operate on the following route:

    Wien Sudbahnhof - Wien Meidling - Wiener Neustadt - Ebenfurth - Sopron

    - On weekdays (Mon - Fri), early morning trains leave Wien Sudbahnhof at 04:38, 04:54 and 05:19, arriving at Sopron at 06:16, 06:26 and 07:02 respectively. There are then frequent trains throughout the day until the last train departs at 20:57, arriving at Sopron at 22:22;

    - On weekends, the earliest train doesn't depart from Wien Sudbahnhof until 06:19, arriving at Sopron at 07:26. Again, the last train departs at 20:57, arriving at Sopron at 22:22;

    - With no change of trains necessary, my journey took approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and cost 10.50 Euros;

    - You proceed through Hungarian passport control at Sopron train station after disembarking the train. If memory serves correct, my passport was checked by Austrian officials while on board the train;

    - Sopron's train station lies at the southern end of the town, a 5 minute walk from Szechenyi Ter. The bus station lies to the north west of the town, some 20 minutes walk from the train station.

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  • All Aboard for Bratislava!

    by Mariajoy Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    'S' Train to Bratislava

    On Saturday evening Petra and I found our way to Suedbahnhof and took the 18.50 'S' train (Suburban railway) to Bratislava. It takes about 1 hour to travel 60km to the former 'Pressburg' capital of Slovakia. Tickets cost 14E return and the last train to Vienna from Bratislava is 10.23pm.

    Remember you will need your passport as the police board the train checking passports there and back. You will also need to exchange your money into Slovakian Korun as the Euro is not accepted currency! (And it's best to try to think about these things before you begin your journey ;))

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    Travel around the country

    by BLewJay Updated Aug 12, 2005

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    Yikes...the 6:22 a.m. train to Budapest

    Most of our vacation was spent in Vienna, but we also took trips to Budapest as well as Salzburg. Instead of renting a car to get to these cities, we decided to take the Österreichischen Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) so that we could sit down, put our feet up, read, sleep and leave the driving to someone else. What a great way to go!!!

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    Head down the Danube to Bratislava

    by morgenhund Written Apr 12, 2005

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    In summer, the hydrofoil runs between Vienna and Bratislava (and onto Budapest). The hydrofoil leaves from the Reichsbrücke (U1 Vorgartenstr.) and takes 90 minutes to get to Bratislava - including 15 mins going there or 30 mins coming back through a lock. The hydrofoil offers fine views through the Lobau passing by some fine small towns and taking you to the centre of Bratislava - it is about 500m from the harbour to Namestie Trg.

    It costs EUR 22 one way or EUR 34 return and gives you enough time to take in most of Bratislava. The same company also has other excursions on the river that are worth considering. I have done the trip 6 times and tend to go annually and get the train back.

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    Vienna to Munich Train

    by Jmill42 Updated Mar 19, 2004

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    Trains to and from Munich arrive and depart only from Wien Westbahnhof.

    There are many per day, making you wait no more than 1 hour for the next available train.

    Please check the website or a travel agent to confirm these times!

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    Vienna-Prague Train

    by Jmill42 Updated Mar 19, 2004

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    There are several train stations in Vienna, so you have to be careful that you are at the correct one for your certain city. Prague is a great example of this, as trains depart from two different stations depending on the departure time.

    Wien S?dbahnhof to Praha-Holesovice:
    dep 10:34, 14:34

    Wien S?dbahnhof to Praha hl.n.
    dep 16:34, 18:34, 21:57, 22:16

    Wien Westbahnhof to Praha hl.n.
    dep 7:34, 23:25, 23:40

    Wien Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof to Praha hl.n.
    dep 07:05, 13:05

    Please check the website or a travel agent to confirm these times!

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    Vienna to Venice

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 19, 2004

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    Going fromm Vienna to Venice, there are two stations that service this route.

    Wien Westbahnhof has two trains at 9:30 and 11:30

    Wien Sudbahnhof has three trains in the morning at 8:57, 10:57, and 12:57

    Wien Sudbahnhof also has three overnight trains, with one leaving at 19:29 and the other two leaving at 22:45

    Please check the website or a travel agent to confirm these times!

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  • The Millenium Tower

    by reeka Written Aug 8, 2003

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    On the boat cruise you will also see the Millenium Tower build for? Yes, you've guessed it the millenium!

    202 metres high it is Austria's tallest building. Within are offices, apartments, shops, restaurants and cafes.

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  • Cruising

    by reeka Updated Aug 7, 2003

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    A lot of cruise ships from different countries also have stops here in Vienna.

    I don't know what the name of the cathedral in the background is, but its of gothic architechture.

    More pictures to come of this beautiful building

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  • Need to cool down?

    by reeka Written Aug 7, 2003

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    Here is topp taking a breather from the hot weather, inside in the eating area of the boat.

    It WAS nice and cool, but I had sights to see, pictures to make!!

    It's tough but somebody has to do it! :-)

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  • HUndertwasser's Boat

    by reeka Written Aug 7, 2003

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    As a main part of the tour was about the artists Hundertwasser, and fitting end to the tour was that the boat that we toured the Danube on was also designed by the artist himself.

    We saw quite a few of the main sights of Vienna, and it was nice that on such a hot day as it was, to have a bit of a breeze.

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