Liechtenstein's western border lies in the middle of the Rhein river and here it runs for some 25 Km in length. Access from Switzerland is then through five bridges with border inspection. Shouldn't it be for these, German language and the use of the Swiss Franc wouldn't suggest it's a different country.
Easy access as well to the northeast from the Austrian town of Feldkirch. Euro currency is widely accepted.
Gas/Diesel price at the pump is similar to that of Switzerland, and more expensive than in Austria.
Line 13 from Feldkirch, Austria to Schaan and Buchs, Switzerland, runs every 30 minutes, 3,60 Swiss Franks or 2,40 Euro (tell the driver first witch currency you want to use)
Line 12 from Sargans, Switzerland to Vaduz, Schaan and Buchs
Line 14 rom Feldkirch to Schaan and Vaduz
Just like another tiny country, San Marino, there isn't a train to take you to Liechtenstein. Take the train to Buchs or Sargans, Switzerland, and then hop onto a big, green bus called, appropriately, The Liechtenstein Bus. The bus takes Swiss Francs (the currency of Liechtenstein) or Euros and takes about 20 minutes to arrive in Vaduz, the capital. You can also get off in the town of Schaan, which is separated from Vaduz by a river.
Buses run a few times every hour and are clean and comfortable. For more help and for maps, the Buchs train station has a tourist information center. The same is probably true in Sargans but I don't know for certain because I went through Buchs.
There are lockers at the train station in Buchs so if you're just going for a day trip, like I was, you can store your bags at the station. These lockers, however, only take Swiss francs, unlike the bus, which takes francs and Euros.
The bus arrives in Buchs just across the street from the main entrance to the train station. It drops you off in Vaduz on Aulestrasse right by the main post office, only a block from the Stadtle, the pedestrian shopping street. This is a good place to get off if you've never been to Vaduz (or Liechtenstein) before. There are other stops, however.
Of course, the entire country is also accessible by car. Unlike San Marino, which doesn't allow cars in its historic district, cars were everywhere in Liechtenstein. So, if you have a car, getting there and around should be no problem but, if you don't have a car to use, don't worry. They've made it easy to visit without one.
Liechtenstein does not have an airport and has very limited rail connections (Schaan - Feldkirch) Coming from Swwitzerland the best option is to get a train to Sargans or Buchs and then catch the local Liechtenstein Post Bus into Vaduz via Balzers. The #12 bus runs the route Sargans - Balzars - Vaduz - Schaan - Buchs and vice-versa
The buses are very regular, every 10 - 15 minutes.
This is very easy.
Take the train to Sargans from where there are then buses that run every 30 minutes crossing the Rhine into Liechtenstein and go up to Vaduz.
For detailed info on the timetable of trains to Sargans and buses onward into Liechtenstein take your pick from.
We drove into Liechtenstein from Eastern Switzerland, I knew that when we crossed the river we would enter the country but if I hadn't I probably wouldn't have even noticed that we entered a new country. Entering from Austria is another story, they have a real border guard there and I believe some kind of toll but we turned around before we got to the border.
Driving around Liechtenstein was a breeze, the country is not very large, 16 miles long and 4 miles wide so it's hard to get lost as at some point you run out of country!
The best way to get around Liechtenstein is by bus. There is a reliable, cheap bus service that covers most of the country. Don't expect it to be there late at night, though, but if you are still partying in the early hours, you should be OK - they start early!
For more information, visit my website at www.about-liechtenstein.co.uk
You must be 18 years old carrying a full UK drivers licence, passport and vehicles registration documents. If the vehicle is not registered to you you must have a letter from the registered owner giving you permission. Adequate insurance is a must and it is advisable to have a green card (your insureer will usually provide you with one).
Fire extinguishers and first aid kits are advisable.
A GB sign is COMPULSARY regardless of whether you have EU registration plates.
It is also COMPULSARY to have a reflective jacket and a red warning triangle.
You HAVE to use headlight converters and you MUST used dipped headlights during the day. It is advisable to have a spare bulb kit.
The speed limits are : Urban 50kph open roads 80kph motorway 1120kph
When you are travelling to Liechtenstein by car or motorbike, please remind that you will always need an Autobahn-vignette for the highways in Austria and/or Switzerland.
Most of the times you will enter Liechtenstein coming from Switzerland. For this country, the vignets are only sold per year: € 28,10 per year (in 2007). When you (also) cross Austria during your travel to the small country you (also) need a vignette. In Austria they are sold in three types: 10 days for € 8,75, 2 months for € 22,95 and a full year for € 73,75.
Both the vignets can be bought at the border crossings, or in advance at specific places all over Europe, mostly tourist agencies. You stick the sticker on the front window of your car, and an electronical laser will check if you have the correct one while you are entering the country.
The distances in the country are very short, it is only a few hours walk to cross the whole country. Roads and bus transport are excellent, the railway is operated by Austria and is of minor importance for local transportation, mostly only for long distance trains between Austria and Switzerland (which do not stop in Liechtenstein).
The railway may run through the principality, but only an irregular local train servive that uses : Schaan-Vaduz, Forst Hilti, Nendeln, and Schaanwald.
To make up for this Liechensteins's bus service has been sub-contracted to the Swiss postbus system.
Now, that's what I call sensible outsourcing - it is run with ruthless Swiss efficiency. A bus arriving is not a matter of chance or circumstance but as reliable method of setting your watch, and you never get three turn up at once !
There are about 11 routes plus special buses to the nearby train stations in Austria/ Switzerland that recieve eurocity trains and a seasonal skibus.
Finding room for an airport in such a tiny country is no mean feat, especially when it is in the alps - and they havn't.
Most travellers will use Zurich airport in Switzerland, which has good connections to the principality.
As an alternative, the closest airport is actually 65kms away in Germany. Friedrichshafen airport has several flights coming in from German cities, Prague, and a very useful daily flight on Ryanair from Stansted London.
Transfers by rail need a few connections, but it passes off smoothly with effortless German / Austian / Swiss efficiency .
(depending on route)
Liechtenstein can easily be reached by train, traveltime from Zurich is about 1,5 hours.
From Zurich to Sargans, then change to the Liechtenstein bus
From St. Gallen to Buchs, then change to the Liechtenstein bus
From Austria or south Germany to Feldkirch, then change to the Liechtenstein bus
Liechtenstein has a great public bus system.
On major lines the buses are commuting in 10...20min frequencies.
You can reach almost every spot in Liechtenstein by bus.
The network connects in Buchs, Feldkirch and Sargans to the trainsystem of Austria and Switzerland.
The best way to come to Liechtenstein is by train TILL SARGANS in Switzerland and as u will step on the railway station of Sargans you would be able to see a Yellowish Green coloured Liechtenstein bus standing for you to take you to World's 4th Samllest Country.
Mareestrasse 29, Vaduz, 9490, Liechtenstein
Good for: Business
Feldkircher Strasse 1, Schaan, 9494, Liechtenstein
Good for: Business
Triesenberg, 9497, Liechtenstein
Good for: Families