At the moment the cheapest way from Vienna to Budapest is by bus, Orangeways from Olympiaplatz 2./Entgerthstrasse (U 2 station Stadion, close to the soccer stadion) via Vienna airport to Üllõi út 129, FTC Stadion, Budapest, with online booking 4000 Forint, or with Volanbusz from 2900 (from the Volanbusz terminal Üllõi út 131 to Vienna Erdbergerstr. 200a bus terminal, it is the same bus as Westbus or Blaguss, but € 22 from there website).
You can also get in Budapest a 4 day return ticket for € 25 / 7250 Forint (same as single ticket, 13*** Forint for 30 day return) by train, no advanced booking necessary. Most trains to Vienna leave from Keleti puc station and go to Wien Meidling, many also to Wien Westbahnhof. From Vienna at the trainstation € 38,40 and with advanced online booking from € 19 for a single ticket.
http://www.elvira.hu/index.php (only the hungarian page gives prices, don´t book online with them unless you live in Hungary!)
Wien Hauptbahnhof (central station) is now partly working (get there with tram D or a bit more walking metro U 1:
Trains to Berlin, Roma, Milano, Zagreb, Warsaw, Praha, Ljubljana, Klagenfurt and Graz leave only from Wien Meidling.
Trains to Bratislava from Wien Hauptbahnhof coming from Wien Meidling and further south.
Trains to Budapest leave from Westbahnhof via Wien Meidling to Budapest (Keleti pu).
Trains to Prag from Wien Meidling, als from Wien Praterstern and Wien Simmering.
Trains to Venice in the night from Westbahnhof, daytime until Villach from Wien Meidling, then by bus.
Westbahnhof for trains to Munich, Zürich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Paris....
Se quiseres viajar do aeroporto para o centro de Viena, enquanto fazes uma conexão aérea de várias horas, a melhor opção é tomar o comboio expresso S7. Este comboio parte de meia em meia hora e demora 25 minutos até à estação Wien Mitte. O bilhete de ida e volta, 2 bilhetes de ida para cada lado, custa 4x2€.
Não precisas de gastar mais dinheiro em transportes para visitar o centro da cidade porque as principais atrações turísticas podem ser, facilmente, vistas a pé.
Se optares por utilizar algum tipo de cartão de transporte em Viena, como o cartão de compras*, apenas necessitas de adicionar um bilhete de ida, por 2x2€.
If you want to travel from the airport to Vienna city centre, while making a stopover of a couple of hours, the best option is to take the Express Train S7. This train leaves every half hour and lasts 25 minutes to Wien Mitte station. A return ticket, 2 single tickets for each way, costs €2x4.
You don't need to spend more money in transportation to visit the city centre, as the main tourist attractions can be seen easily on foot.
If you opt to use a kind of transportation card in Vienna, such as the shopping card*, only a supplement of €2.0x2 is needed.
*Bilhete válido de segunda a sexta, das 08:00 às 20:00, ao preço de 5.4€.
*Ticket valid from Monday to Friday, from 08:00 to 20:00. It costs €5.4.
Vienna has several train stations which are located all around the town. The West Station (Westbahnhof) is one of the major stations where you can catch trains to Germany and Switzerland.
The South Station (Suedbahnhof) is the station for trains to Italy, Slowenia, Hungary, Croatia, Poland and Slowakia. The most centrally located train station is probably Vienna Central (Wien Mitte, Landstasse) which is a hub of the suburban trains (S-Bahn) and other local trains.
Trains to Salzburg leave from Westbahnhof (trainstation), there are now 2 companies:
Oebb € 19 with advanced online booking but you can´t change the train, 49,90 if you buy the ticket at the station. Railjet, 2.20 hours, every hour 14 minutes past the hour, Oebb IC 2.52 hours, every hour 44 minutes past the hour.
Westbahn € 25, buy the tickets in the train or online. 2.32 hours, every hour 31 minutes past the hour.
It's an easy train journey from Bratislava Hlava Stanica (main station) to Vienna's Wien Sudbahnhof (still undergoing massive construction at the time of writing) , the journey taking not much more than an hour. The border crossing on this route is at Marchegg, but you won't notice because both countries are in the Schengen Zone and there are no formalities.
A return ticket from Bratislave cost just over 11 euro in October 2012.
Navigating both stations is easy, with platforms having electronic signage. You would find it very difficult to get onto the wrong train!
I took the train to Wien Sudbahnhof and then used S-bahn and U-bahn to get to the centre. With hindsight, it would have been better to get off (and on again) at Simmering. From Simmering there is a direct U-bahn connection to Stefansplatz in the heart of the city.
I'd also advise you to use Simmering if you want to make a daytrip to Bratislava.
You can find train times and details (and fares) in English on the official Austrian railway website:
or the official Slovak railway website:
If you are looking for easy and quick access from the airport to downtown Vienna (Wien-Mitte) or vice versa, then the City Airport Train (CAT) is the way to go. Non-stop in only 16 minutes, every half-hour, easy, fast, comfortable and no traffic jams...(starting at €11 (approximately $14.00 USD) and you can pay by cash or credit card and now purchase online). Also, if you are flying Austrian Airlines (or any Star Alliance Partner), you can check in at the Wein-Mitte station.
City Night Line is a very comfortable night train. You can book a reclining seat, a couchette or a complete bedroom. We had booked the reclining seat, it was a lot more comfortable that for example a seat in a plane. Pillows and blankets are provided. Since the train only stops in some stations to let people on or off, you get a few hours uninterrupted sleep at night. The conductors make notes where people want to get off and come to wake them in the morning.
You save a night in a hotel and you can save a lot a money, if you book one of their specials. We paid 29 Euro each, now - February 2006 - they have an offer for 19 Euro.
The City Airport train leaves at 07 and 37 minutes past the hour - a return ticket is EUR 15 and takes you to Wien Mitte (Landstrasse). The service is comfortable, but pricey. A cheaper way is to get the Schnellbahn (EUR 1.50 to the edge of Vienna and then a daily/weekly/monthly pass will cover the rest of the journey for free).
Train tickets from Budapest to Vienna are 9860HUF pp or approximately 36euros pp. The ticket is also good for 2 days of public transport in Vienna upon arrival which I thought was a good addition although I don't know if the same applies if one is going to Budapest from Vienna. I wouldn't buy my tickets online instead I bought my tickets the day before I left. Trains leave every 2 hours from Keleti Station, which is on the M2 line of the Budapest metro. The train stops at Vienna Meidling and Westbahnhof stations. The train ride is approximately 3 hours.
I spent ages trawling the internet for a way to buy train tickets to Vienna in advance and have them posted to my home in the UK without any luck. A friend mentioned the Czech Railway Tickets website, where you can book online. You don't need to navigate foreign websites or complicated journey planners. The timetable is there to browse and you can book in a few clicks. The price was reasonable and my tickets arrived in the post just a couple of days later. I'd definitely use them again.
The best and cheapest way to get from the airport is with the regular (S7) train and NOT the CAT. There is no real advantage to the CAT. When we were there (July, 2010), the train cost 3.60 one way per person whereas the CAT cost about 10 Euros. The CAT advertises a 16-minute non-stop trip in 1st class conditions. Big deal. The S7 is just as frequent and takes half an hour and stops a few times along the way. IMHO, not worth the triple price.
The main railway station of Vienna is the Wien Westbahnhof (see website below), where trains will arrive and leave Vienna from different parts of Austria and beyond (other countries in Europe). This railway station is convenient located within the city.
When travelling within Austria and other parts of Europe, the train is one of the best and cheapest way of transportation. If you are visiting various destinations, then it will be cheaper and more worthwhile to get the Eurorail Pass (http://www.eurail.com/).
For Austria, the OBB is the main railway company of the country and the trains are very clean, modern and staff are friendly. More information on the various OBB routes and other information are at http://www.oebb.at/en/index.jsp
We traveled from Prague to Vienna via train on an EC train, it was €33 plus €7 for the obligatory reservation on that type of train. We purchased the tickets the day before we traveled at the train station in Prague but probably could have bought them the day of travel as the train was not full. On the way back, we purchased our tickets in Vienna for another Supercity train, €49 plus €7 for the obligatory reservation. I believe it would have been cheaper to purchase the round trip ticket while in Prague, live and learn.
The EC trains are faster than other trains except for the Supercity trains and from what I've read more comfortable, the journey was about 4 1/2 hours. The train did stop several times but we were not required to change trains.
The MAC direct train from Vienne=a airport to downtown Vienna is very convenient. A round-trip ticket can be purchased in numerous locations in the airport and costs 16 Euro. The train departs from the airport (follow the signs that accurately state "16 minutes to Vienna") and drops off near one of Vienne's main subway stations. Very convenient for day trips and/or long layovers.