by train to Vienna, Vienna
By train from Vienna to Prague from € 19 if you book early. There are 7 direct trains from Vienna taking 4 hours.
By bus from Vienna to Prague from € 14 (Vienna Erdberg, Busterminal VIB), Student Agency (Vienna, Busterminal Stadioncenter, Engerthstrasse) and Westbus/Blaguss (Vienna Erdberg, Busterminal VIB) taking 4 hours.
At the moment the cheapest way from Vienna to Budapest is by bus, Orangeways from Vienna, Schwedenplatz/Franz-Josefs-Kai 27. (bus parking area) via Vienna airport to Üllõi út 129, FTC Stadion, Budapest, with online booking from about € 17, or with Volanbusz from about € 17 (from the Volanbusz terminal Üllõi út 131 to Vienna Erdbergerstr. 200a bus terminal, it is the same bus as Westbus or Blagus, but € 22 from the Westbus/Blagus 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 Hauptbahnhof, many then to Wien Westbahnhof. From Vienna at the trainstation € 38,40 and with advanced online booking from € 19 for a single ticket.
Update: The Orangeways bus stop is now Franz Josef Kai 27, APCOA bus parking (Schwedenplatz near Mc Donald), it is still the cheapest, but better don't book to far ahead.
http://www.elvira.hu/index.php (only the hungarian page gives prices, don´t book online with them unless you live in Hungary!)
You can go by train or train / bus combination depending on the time. about 2 hour 20 minutes.
(select Mauthausen Gusenweg or station)
Cheapest would be by early online booking from € 9, but no change of time is possible or the "Einfach-Raus-Ticket" € 36, buy at ticket counter or vending machine, you can use every REX and more slow train from 9am until 3am next day with up to 5 people (first train 9.14 from Wien Westbahnhof, change in St. Valentin you arrive at 12 at Mauthausen station)
Wien Hauptbahnhof (central station) is now working:
Trains to Berlin, Roma, Milano, Venice, Zagreb, Budapest, Warsaw, Praha, Ljubljana, Bratislava, Klagenfurt, Graz and Airport. Get there with tram D, O, 18, bus 13A or and metro U1
Wien Westbahnhof for trains to Munich, Zürich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Paris, many trains to Budapest start in Westbahnhof go then to Hauptbahnhof. Get there with metro U3, U6, tram 6, 18, 52 and 58
Wien Mitte for the expensive CAT to the airport. Get the with metro U3, U4 and tram O
There is now a direct daytime train from Vienna Hauptbahnhof to Venice Santa Lucia leaving Vienna Hauptbahnhof 6.22 am arriving about 2 pm in Venice Santa Lucia.
There is a direct overnight train from Vienna Hauptbahnhof at 9.56 pm to Venice Santa Lucia arriving at 8.24 am .
Also a overnight train from Vienna Hauptbahnhof at 7.17 pm to Venice Mestre (going on to Rome) arriving at 2.50 am.
You can also go from Vienna Hauptbahnhof at 8.22 am and 10.22 am via Villach (from there by bus) to Venice Tronchetto arriving 4.25 pm and 6.25 pm
From Venice Santa Lucia to Vienna Hauptbahnhof at 3.59 pm and 8.57 pm arriving at 11.35 pm and 7.51 am
From Venice Mestre (coming from Rome) to Vienna Hauptbahnhof at 1.20 am arriving 8.41
From Venice Tronchetto at 9.20 am and 10.20 am by bus to Villach then the by train to Vienna Hauptbahnhof arriving at 5.35 pm and 6.35 pm
If you book the direct trains from Vienna Hauptbahnhof to Venice early (or the train / bus combination), you can get SparSchiene tickets from € 29.
The OeBB website shows also train going via Innsbruck to Venice, avoid them, it´s a big detour.
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, sometimes promotion price, € 18,90 (buy online, look for "% Offers" > "WESTspartage") and persons aged over 60 Monday through Thursday for € 15,99 (you have to buy that at tobacco shops). 2.32 hours, every hour 38 minutes past the hour, from Salzburg every hour 52 minutes past the hour.
Since I planning to arrived to Budapest in noon I didn't have to possibility to use cheaper bus since there was no free seats at a time that suited me.
I arrived to Vienna Westbanhof and after some time I both one way tickets to Budapest. It cost me enormous 44 euros for me and 22 euros for my younger sister (FIP discount). There is also and cheaper option during online purchasing.
I always prefer trains. It was OK experience.
At the moment (2014) the new Hauptbahnhof is only partly working with trains to Bratislava and Sopron and a few regional trains stopping there.
The station and shopping center did finaly opened in October 2014.
From December 14. 2014 most long distance trains will leave from there, also trains from Linz and on to Vienna Airport.
But most trains west (Linz, Salzburg...) like Railjet and Westbahn will still leave from Westbahnhof until December 2015, German ICE trains will go to Hauptbahnhof and the airport. Also all night trains and car trains (Autoreisezug) will go to the Hauptbahnhof.
Get there with U1, S1, S2, S3, S60, S80, Tram O, Tram 18, Tram D, Bus 13A....
Taxi you find at the moment only at Am Hauptbahnhof (southside of the station) in the future (December 2014?) also at Gertrude Fröhlich Sandner Strasse (northeast).
There is a limited amount of tickets from Vienna to Warsaw and also to Krakow from € 39 (€ 59 from Villach and Klagenfurt), but you have to book well ahead of time.
1 nighttrain, 2 daytrains, about 8 to 9 hour.
Wien Südbahnhof Bstg. 1-9: 22:33, 09:08, 10:04
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.
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).