We arrived here from Vienna on an Austrian Rail ways train. The journey took around 1 hour 15 minutes. We used an einfach rauch ticket to get here. This lovely old steam engine stands in Sopron Station.
Train from Vienna
Most visitors to Sopron are coming from Vienna either as day trippers like me or Austrians shopping for a bargain. E.g. the receptionist in our hotel in Vienna takes her dog there for a haircut as it's 5 times cheaper than Vienna.
There are plenty of trains that leave from Sudbahnhof station and go direct to Sopron (the trains are red OBB trains that go to Deutschkreutz and Sopron is on that line). The journey takes 1 hour 15 minutes. The normal price is 27 Euros for one return ticket but you can get a cheap day return that costs just over 28 Euros for 2 people. The only stipulation is you must keep to the slow trains and not take the express.
Unfortunatley the slow train is called the regional express which caused me some confusion and I ended up taking a return train to Wiener Neustadt which is 50 kms from Vienna. On the advice of an Austrian lady I then took the same train as her into Vienna which ended up being the express I shouldn't have taken!! When I explained to the gaurd he took pity on me and didn't surcharge me but remember, the regional express is NOT the express.
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By Car: How far/how long...?
Road distances from Sopron to:
- Budapest: 211 kms.
- Berlin (Germany): 720 kms.
- Rome (Italy): 1.118 kms.
- Madrid (Spain): 2.412 kms.
To find out more road distances together with driving times, check the web.
Navigating your way round Sopron on foot
Buses leave the station for the town centre but there's absolutely no need to use any transport other than shank's mare in Sopron. From the station, carry on straight up Matyas kiraly utca for about five minutes which will bring you to a large white church on the corner of MK and Szeceny ter. There's a small park here in the centre of the street and if you cross this and take the second turn left you are directly in the historic centre. I discovered this on my way back having almost completely circumnavigated Sopron. This was a great walk which showed me another and equally interesting view of life in Sopron, but if you want to go directly to the old town, just follow the route I've given and it will take you about five minutes. Once you get here all streets lead eventually to the Fo ter (principal square) but every street is really beautiful, so I can guarantee you a most pleasurable exploration. Also, once you get used to the place you will find that you are taking shortcuts through the many interconnecting courtyards and lanes.
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Getting to Sopron from Vienna
From 04.38 in the morning to 20.57 in the evening, trains run several times an hour between Vienna and Sopron. The trip takes 1hr,16 minutes generally but sometimes it can take 15 minutes or so longer. Try and choose a direct train as some of them involve changing. The route goes through several other Vienna stations, Ebenfurth and then several smaller villages between there and Sopron.Trains leave from platform 15 in Sudbahnhof and when you buy your ticket you will get a timetable which makes all your return options clear. It's a brand new train, spick, span, spacious and very comfortable. After Ebenfurth the scenery is great - vineyards, hilly, redroofed towns and spires in the distance. Closer to Sopron it changes a little with large green and yellow expanses of farmland and occasional trees on the horizon.
DON'T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT which will be checked at the railway station in Sopron. You can change your money when you getthere. Expect to gec.240-250 forints to the euro.
A return ticket between Vienna and Sopron cost EUR 27.
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How to arrive in Sopron?
From Vienna it`s the fastest way to go by car to Sopron; it takes you about half an hour to arrive there. First take the highway A2 direction Graz and at the "Knoten Guntramsdorf" you take the A3, following the signs for H (ungary), Eisenstadt.
There are usually 2, sometimes 3 trains per hour to Sopron from Vienna too, you depart from the train stations Südbahnhof or Meidling (from Wien Südbahnhof usually at :00, :27 and :57). The train needs 1 hour and 15 minutes to arrive in Sopron.
Trains to Vienna
The Hungarian town of Sopron is located close to the Austrian border and, thanks to its proximity and the frequent trains, it is quick and easy to travel between Sopron and Vienna.
I spent a couple of days in Sopron in January 2006, before returning to Vienna by train. The following information was correct as at the time of my visit (and the exchange rate at that time was 363Ft = £1 = 1.50 Euros):
- A one way ticket from Sopron to Vienna cost 3000 Ft;
- Tickets must be purchased from the International waiting room, as the main hall of the station only sells tickets for domestic routes. The International waiting room is nowhere near as grand as it sounds - in fact, it's a small room with one window from which to purchase tickets and a couple of chairs to sit on!;
- After purchasing a ticket, you must wait for the passport control to open (it opens shortly before the train is due to depart) and then pass through both the Hungarian and Austrian passport controls before making your way to the platform. Consequently, there are no formalities to complete upon arrival at Vienna's Sudbahnhof;
- There is no need to validate your ticket. A conductor will come around the cabins and stamp your ticket;
- The journey takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes, via a handful of provincial stops on either side of the border.
Trains between Sopron and Vienna's Sudbahnhof are approximately hourly during the day. A timetable can be found HERE
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