by car & highway to Vienna, Vienna
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
With the car:
If you come from the west you should use the motorway A1 (about 300 km east of Salzburg). You can also use A21 (about 20 km west of Vienna) to enter Vienna from the south.
If you come from the south take the motorway A2.
From the east take the B9 (and A4 from Fischamend, about 20 km east of Vienna)
From the north (ie. Brno CZ) take B7
Traffic rules in Austria are basically the same as in other EC countries
motorway: 130 km/h
federal road: 100 km/h
Blood alcohol limit: 0,5 per thousand
With the train:
Westbahnhof station: connections to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Hungary
Südbahnhof/Ostbahnhof stations: connections to Italy, former Yugoslavia, Slovakia, Czech Republic
Franz Josef station: connections to Slovakia and Czech Republic
Wien Mitte station: rapid transit trains
Bahnhof Nord/Praterstern: local connections
24-hour service hotlin(reservations): ++43 1 1717 (++43 1 1700)
With the airplaine:
Vienna Airport (Schwechat): all major airlines; approx. 20 km from the center
Connections to the city:
* rapid train S7 to 'Wien Mitte station' every hour.
* bus transfer to the City Air Terminal at the Hilton Hotel
* car rental
Vienna has an excellent public-transportation system with reliable, clean and convenient service. Moreover, taking public transportation into and within the city is a lot less stressful than dealing with Vienna's constant traffic.
Vienna's Public Transportation
The Eastern Region Transportation Association (Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region or VOR) is a network of eight zones covering a huge area that includes Vienna and surrounding towns. The city itself ist Zone 100, or the core zone (Kernzone), where you can travel on one ticket. When traveling in one direction in Zone 100 within one hour, you can transfer from the subway/underground (U-Bahn) to tram (Strassenbahn) or bus (Autobus) or local train without buying another ticket. When you travel from Vienna to outlying regions within the VOR area, the fare depends on the number of zones you travel through.
Where to buy Public-Transportation Tickets (Fahrscheine)
In Zone 100, as mentioned earlier, you can use one validated ticket to take all forms of public transportation between your starting point and destination (within one hour). You can purchase tickets from presale-ticket window (Vorverkaufsstellen) or ticket machines (Automaten) at most U-Bahn stations, or from a tobacconist/newsstand (Tabak-Trafik). If you can't buy a ticket ahead of time, you can get one from a machine inside a Strassenbahn or Autobus (but not on the U-Bahn). It will cost a little more.
Weekly- Monthly & Yearly Passes (Wochenkarten, Monatskarten und Jahreskarten)
Wochenkarten and Monatskarten are weekly and monthly passes, which can be purchased at presale-ticket windows (Vorverkaufsstellen) at major U-Bahn stations or at a Tabak-Trafik.
Tickets not already validated (e.g., presold tickets, Streifenkarten and Zeitkarten) must be punched in a blue ticket-canceling machine (Entwerter) upon boarding a Strassenbahn or Autobus, or before reaching an U-Bahn or on a local-train platform. One-time-use tickets bough from a machine on board a Strassenbahn or Autobus, or from an Automat in an U-Bahn station, do not require punching as they are already time-stamped.
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!
If it is many of you going for a couple of days, I would recommend a motor home. At least it worked well for the 5 of us. In the outskirts of Vienna there are good camping areas to provide all the necessary facilities. There is so much to see in Austria, that by hiring a motor home we really made sure we could explore it fully.
Getting around the centre of Vienna, the public transport is very sufficient, with S-bahns ans busses. In the very centre there is so much to see that most of the time we just walked as much as possible to really experience the true Vienna.
If you are driving to Vienna, make sure with your lodging that they provide parking. The closer to the center you get the harder it is to find available parking.
Vienna is so easy to get around. They have a great tram and underground system. I bought my tickets for both the tram and underground at the bottom of the stairs at the Swedenplatz station.
The best way to Get to Austria depends on where you're headed. If you're headed to Vienna, the you should travel directly into the city. The airport of Vienna (Schwechat) offers great connections by train and it also has a variety of car rental companies at the airport. I prefer the provences of Upper Austria, Tirol, and Salzburg. As such, my wife and I fly into Munich Germany. While you could fly to Salzburg and Linz just as easily, you can not beet the lower tax rate for car rentals in Germany (16% vs. 22% in Austria). Also, a full-size car gets you a Volkswagen Passat in Austria but a Mercedes or BMW in Germany (I think that's only with Hertz). Also, flights are usually much cheaper into Munich (by a hundred to two-hundred dollars if not more). You can pay 400 USD for a flight from New York to Munich and pay 600 for the same flight to Salzburg. Another benefit is that Lufthansa and United have direct flights to Munich from cities like San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boston, and Washington D.C. Last but not least, if you rent the Mercedes, you get to drive on the German Autobahn (A8) on your way down to Austria. No speed limit with a Mercedes equals lots of fun!!!! (Austrian autobahns max out at 130 kph).
In order to see the beautiful landscapes and natural wonders of Austria it is best to rent a car (with snow tires in the winter). However, if you're goal is to see museums, art, sites, history, and experience the wonderful culture within the cities, you can get by very easily by public transportation! For the adventure hungry, biking in Austria can be lots of fun too!
As mentioned, Mercedes taxis are of plenty but Vienna had the standard public transportation system. Be sure to notice on the Trolleys, the automative voice announcing the upcoming stops, very deep and harsh sounding.
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!!
Who saw my Prague page - know that we drove by car from Prague and it was very easy and fun to get there(312KM).
I think it would better to get around by unerground or trams... as by car see my TRAPs.