by train to Vienna, Vienna
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.
In 1993 I left Vienna for Graz from Sudbanhoff and then in 2004 we arrived by train into Westbanhoff from Bratislava. This wonderful city is extremely well serviced by train. You can get there from anywhere in Europe with no difficulty and if you ahve the time...I'd choose that way as you can meet more people and make new friends.
Train trip was only 2 hours from Salzburg. There lots of trains , no need to reserve ahead. Cost 40 Euro. The Vienna station is conveniently connected to the city with the underground. There are two train stations in Vienna. Trains from the west arrive in the West train station and those from the East arrive at the South Train station . They are connected by subway.
The EN Wienerwalzer is leaving Vienna at 21.25 with a few stops for Zurich (Switzerland) where it arrives at 6.20 in the morning.
I travelled in a sleeper compartment of 4. The regular price is about 109 Euro one way. If you book very early you may get a "Sparnight". Also if you have a half-fare care for Switzerland or Austria you get a discount. I paid CHF 127.00 with such a card. The sleeper price includes breakfast. You can choose 4 items out of a list. If you want additional items, then they cost 1 Euro each.
There are also the cheaper "Couchette" places available but there are mixed compartments only.
The sleeper compartment we had was very cramped space wise. If you have a fat suitcase then you are in trouble.
The bed and bedding is very comfortable. They provide a free bottle of mineral water, soap, towel and coathanger.
If you have something to declare for customs then you need to fill in a form. Because Switzerland is soon joining Schengen, there are no regular border checks anymore. When you check into your compartment, you need to hand your ticket, half-fare card, ID-card or passport to the conductor. You will get everything back in the morning before arrival.
In July 2008 I travelled by Eurocity EC 44 from Budapest to Vienna. The journey took about 3 hours to Wien Westbahnhof from Budapest Keleti pu.
I already bought my ticket in Switzerland but the cost is around 35 Euro one way.
The landscape is not terribly interesting as it is mainly flat and green. What caught my eye this time of the ear where the big fields with sunflowers in bloom facing their faces east.
Few interesting facts:
- Venice->Budapest is a mere 55 Euro (buy at the station), with "Fortuna" or "Smart" tariff (7 days advance) it's 29 Euro by train. The sleeper supplement is no more than 25 Euro.
- Budapest->Vienna is from 13 Euro to 29 Euro (29: round-trip, that includes local transport in Vienna for 4 days!)
- Budapest->Bratislava is 16 Euro regular price by train round-trip
- Bratislava->Vienna is 9.2 Euro Euro regular price by train round-trip, that includes 4 days local transportation in Vienna.
That means... for 29+16+9.2 = 54 Euro (1 week advance or buy from Tranitalia web site) you can have a Budapest and Bratislava and 4 days local transport in Vienna. Without advance purchase it will be 55+16+9.2 = 80.2 Euro. 25 Euro more and you saved on hotel having the sleeper to Budapest.
All this is much more if you go Venice-Vienna directly. Besides, you won't have Budapest and Bratislava included for free!
In Bratislava we were informed by the very helpful lady at the Tourist Information Office that because Bratislava and Vienna have an agreement, transport between the two cities is very cheap - a return ticket cost 322SKK (9.20 Euros). The journey took around an hour.
You can take a shuttle bus from Cesky Krumlov to Linz (Austria) and hop on a train to Vienna from there.
It will be more expensive vs CK ->Cesky Budejovice ->Linz -> Vienna rout, but way faster.
We paid for the Sebastian Tours shuttle bus 778 CZK (~30 euro) for two people. It took us 1.5 hours to get to Linz (train station).
Shuttle bus leaves at 9am, 11am, 2pm. They pick you up infront of your hotel. We traveled in the late October and were the only people on the bus. It was comfortable and entertaining. Sit in the front if you can - the scenery is amazing and you`ll enjoy it much more this way!
To buy tickets, you can just go to the Tourist Information office which is located on the main square. They`ll do the phone call for you and reserve it.
It is probably a good idea to buy tickets at least 1 day in advance during high season.
Trains for Vienna leave quite often. They are very comfortable too.
If you are arriving to Vienna by train, you will either arrive at one of the following main train stations:
1) South Train Station (Sudbahnhof)
2) West Train Station (Westbahnhof)
From these main Train stations, you can get to the city centre by the underground train (U-Bahn), trams, buses, or taxis.
Vienna has two major train stations that service different locations depending where you want to go:The West Train Station called Westbahnhof and the South Train Station aka Sudbahnhof. They are to be found on both sides of the town center and are easely acessed by metro or by foot.
The Wester Train Station was destroyed during World War II in 1945 after almost 9 years of existence. It was rebuilt and fully electrified al the way to Vienna under the mandate of Republic Minister Dipl.Ing. Karl Waldbrunner between 1950 and 1953 by workers and technicians from the railway .