by car & highway to Vienna, Vienna
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.
If you have bothersome luggage and going to the train/bus stations would be a chore, and hotels/BB are no walking distance (as in 1-2 mins!) to train/bus stations, I recommend one takes the CK Shuttle. Definitely more $$ but thnk of the time dragging the luggage from one place to another, and the time spent, it is overall rather worth it!
I had a very pleasant journey via CK Shuttle and it was smooth journey, on time, and since I had heavy luggage, CK shuttle was a good choice for me than to take the train/bus. Travelled solo and therefore I had the car to myself.
Big tip: Check out their 'last minute' online. It is usually cheaper and because the driver needs to travel back/to Czech. Nothing is short change by this option! I had mine both journey in this manner.
Note that they would need a deposit, usually about 20% of the costs and pay via paypal. Best to have a paypal account handy beforehand. The balance you can choose to pay in CZR or Euro. CK shuttle is very responsive in emails even if late at night.
Because they do not have a office present in Cesky Kromlov and Prague, they operate mainly online but they have a good cars.
I discovered this service, as it was booked for me by my Austrian colleagues. They offer an airport collection and pick up service; as well as a sightseeing service.
It is fairly cost effective and the drivers appear smart and reliable.
They have a 24 hour call centre.
We left Budapest for one day to go see Vienna. I would like to spend there more then only one day but we had a time limit that allowed us to stay only for this day.
We left Budapest in the morning, facing the west, a 217KM drive (around 2.5 hours) .
We had the luck to have a beautiful sunny day, as you can see the photos.
We had a small stop for coffee and then we continue to the Hunderwasser Museum.
After a lovely visit in that unique place we moved on to the city of vienna.
Driving by car in Austria
Speed limit: in city 50 km/h, on highway 100 km/h, on motorway 130 km/h
Documents: driver's license ( photo!!), car registration card and Green Card (proof of car insurance)
If the vehicle is not registered in your name, carry a permission letter from the registered owner. Non Europeans must carry an International Driving Permit.
The maximum permitted level of alcohol in the blood is 0.05 per cent.
On-the-spot-fine: if the level between 0.05 and 0.08 per cent. Over this level suspension of driving licence.
Headlights must be used night and day in settlements.
Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat occupants.
Compulsory accessories first-aid kit, visibility vests, red warning triangle, snow chains ( in winter)
Using of motorways other than the A13 Brenner, A9 Pyhrn, A10 Tauren, and S16 Arlberg Tunnel only by paying toll. "Vignette" toll sticker has to be attached to the windscreen.
The "Vignette" is available for 10 day - €7.70, two month - €22.20 and 1 year - €73.80. The penalty for not displaying on windscreen €120.
Petrol stations are open from 8am to 8pm every day; there are also petrol stations that are opened round the clock in the larger towns and on main international routes, all petrol stations sell: Eurosuper 95, Super 98, Normal and Euro Diesel.
Hallo to all.I have a wish to explain everybody how I am positively suprised with something......I made my mind to visit Vienna,aeroplaen or bus,it doesnt matter,in the end I decide on bus.But the time tables never alined with my work and home obligations.Incidentaly I learned from an friend,that there is an guy in Belgrade,who does private transwer with his own car.I am totaly positevly suprised.The man was very nice and courtious,he come to pick me up from home,and drove me directly to Vienna town center.I must admit it was three of us in the car shearing the ride,but it was very comfortable,nice,warm.....He stops when you like for bathroom or coffe break.That was at Fridays night,in Sunday he pick me in Vienna and come back home.This is quick note to share my positiv experiance about my trip. If anyone need transwer like this here is man phone number 00381638477750
Unlike most North American cities but like most European cities, Vienna does not use a grid system, so best to get a map as soon as you enter the city. If you have trouble finding directions, the best place to go is a hotel or ask a person under 40 as they will usually speak English. If you speak German, then a gas station is a good place to go as they know the directions well, but many will speak very little English. Hotel clerks are always willing to give directions including to another hotel. The highways are well marked and easy to find. A couple other tips to remember is turning right on a red light is illegal so avoid doing this as fines can be large. All distances and speed limits are in kilometers and few people will know what you mean if you use miles.
Vienna’s taxis are numerous, although most prefer to collect passengers at the ranks or by pre-booking rather than being flagged down.
Taxis are run by reputable companies and cases of abuse are rare.
The minimum charge is € 2.00 during the day, followed by an extra € 0.20 per kilometre.
The minimum charge at night is € 2.10.
If you are visiting from Germany or Switzerland you will arrive on the Westautobahn (A1).
Drivers coming from the south will arrive on the Südautobahn A2).
A toll-sticker is needed on all Austrian motorways, purchased when entering the country.
The price depends on the length of your stay.
Coach (long-distance bus) services are often the cheapest way to reach Vienna, although not the quickest or most comfortable.
Many services operate to Eastern Europe, from the Wien Mitte station. The Austrian ÖBB bus service has excellent links with the rest of the country.
The traffic leading into the old city was heavy. Once we got to the ring, we drove around it twice trying to find our entrance. We finally had to give up and walk around to find it. Then got back in the car and parked in a garage near our hotel. But once you park, there's no need to drive again until you leave.
If you can avoid having a car in Vienna then its advisable. A lot of Viennese streets will lead you into a maze of a one way system. Many of the inner city districts have parking restrictions (you need a special disk) or short term parking only (Kurzparkzone). To get parking tickets you need to go to a Tabak shop, you then have to fill out the ticket and display it in the windowscreen, traffic wardens in Vienna are very efficient! Proper car parks are expensive and the best solution is often one of the outer district park and ride options. Try Siebenhirten U6 or Simmering U3. A car is great to get out of the city with on day trips but you will find that most places are more easily reached by public transport. If you do have a car then enjoy an evening drive out to the Heuriger in Stammersdorf, a daytrip to Durnstein (beautiful village in the west) and a drive from Kahlenberg to Hutteldorf through the Vienna Woods (Wienerwald). On the motorway (autobahn) people tend to drive like maniacs although not as bad as some places I have been and noone sticks to the speed regulations. Although surprisingly, many people do drink and drive, any more than a half litre of beer or a glass of wine and you could lose your license if you are checked. (spot checks happen in town quite often at weekends).The Austrian motoring association is the called the OAMTC. Don’t forget trams have right of way in the city and they are a lot bigger than you!
Usually, you cannot catch a taxi in the street. There are special stands next to public areas like metro stations, where you will find a taxi. Luggage heavier than 20kg is charged by other rate than up to 20kg. As well as trips outside the city - charged double price sometimes.
If you are calling a taxi company from home or street you may need to dial several numbers: 31300, 40100, 60160, 81400.
To get to Vienna by car is also a good idea: from the west you follow the A1 (for southern districts take the A21), from the south you take the A2 (coming from Graz) or the A3 (coming from Eisenstadt), from the east you take the A4 (via the airport), and from the north the A22. On all those roads you must have a 'Vignette' (toll sticker) on the car's window screen!
We went there by car. From Leipzig to Vienna it's ~ 750km (470 mi) you need less than 7 hours. Gasoline is very, very cheap!! It is easy to find parking space out of the city centre. Within the centre it is expensive!!