by train to Vienna, Vienna
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 .
Trains are a very reliable way to travel in Austria therefore also in Vienna. There are three major train stations in Vienna: Westbahnhof (picture) - which is the busiest, linking Vienna to Germany and Switzerland, Southbahnhof and Wien Mitte - central station, which is also the biggest transportation hub in Vienna.
Use the official website of the company that operates the trains in Austria to see train schedules and buy tickets.
Also Wien benefits from the metropolitan transit system of the Schnellbahn (or S-Bahn) trains, which runs in the city (106km of rail and 51 stations) and around (382km of rail and 137 stations). This metropolitan trains are excellent to travel between close cities. Bucharest should have this system (we only have the classic trains).
I arrived by train to westbahnhof. You need to remember what station you use as there are four main stations in town.
Trams or the occasional taxi work well.
Although if it isnt too cold walk and enjoy this wonderful city.
Vienna's main international station is the Westbahnhof, which is used for arrivals from, and depatures to, big neighbouring countries, like Germany and Hungary. For smaller foreign cities, like Bratislava, and local connections, like Graz, you'll need the less accessible Sudbahnhof.
Vienna is right at the edge of old Western Europe, and allows easy access to much of the old Eastern Bloc countries, like Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. You can be in any of these countries in a few hours, and Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is just an hour away. Western cities like Zurich and Munich have direct connections too, but take much longer to reach, due to Vienna's proximity to the east.
During my last visit to Europe, I flew in to Vienna, then took the train to Prague. Later, I returned to Vienna via train from Bratislava. The trip from Vienna to Prague cost 43 EUR per person, but only a sleeper car was available, which cost an extra 90 EUR (for a total of 176 EUR for two people). Because we were exhausted and jet-lagged from our flight over from the US, the sleeper car was well worth the money. If you've never used a sleeper car, it is a small car with 2-3 tiny bunk beds stacked along one wall. The other wall has a sink, mirror, and coat rack. The bathroom is down the hall at the end of the car, and there is an attendant in each car for safety. The trip took about 7 and 1/2 hours and trains depart Vienna from Sudbahnhof.
Our return trip to Vienna via Bratislava took just 1 hour and tickets cost just 294 Slovakian Koruna each (7.92 EUR or 9.53 USD). Trains from Bratislava arrive in both Westbahnhof and Sudbahnhof, but you can use a ticket to Vienna to go to ether station (even though the printed destination is always Sudbahnhof).
Vienna is only 50km from the Slovak capital Bratislava. The journey cost about 10euros and is about an hour by bus or train.
Trains from both Bratislava Petrzalka and Bratislava Hlavna Stanice arrive in Sudbahnhof