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.
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
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.
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 Postal Buses go just about anywhere in Liechtenstein. The schedules emanate from Vaduz. They are pretty inexpensive, by Swiss standards - remember, this country is almost an extension of the Swiss confederation, at least pricewise! Nearest train stations are in Feldkirch, Austria - a very interesting town in its own right - and Buchs, Switzerland - both towns which have bus connections to Vaduz.
For information on schedules and prices for both the trains and buses - in German:
www.lba.li for the buses
www.sbb.ch for trains in 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.
It is a very unique country without any airport or a railway station so you have to get yourself on to this Liechtenstein bus either from Austria or Switzerland in order to come here.
But once you are in this small country the bus network is pretty good and it will take you to all the corners of Liechtenstein.
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)
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.
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).
This picture is taken on the main railway station bus stop where the bus of Liechtenstein stops. This its first stop so you can not miss the bus. Even if you miss the bus there is another one coming just after every 15 mins.
Rent a car in Zurich, Switzerland. The trip is only about an hour and the views along the way are great. Also, I have been told that there is a rail line - the World Almanac says Liechtenstein has 12 miles of track - that runs through the north of the country. I have been told that there is a train station in Schaan, a town just north of Vaduz, that you can use. Frankly, I do not remember crossing railway tracks when I went north, and I do not remember seeing a train station in Schaan, nor seeing a sign for one - no surprise there. However, this may be an option for getting into Liechtenstein.
As with getting to Liechtenstein, cars are the best bet for getting around. Although there is a bus service, it is not sufficiently flexible to get you to the different sites. Note, however, Liechtensteiners are not notorious for highlighting their sites and roads with signs. Additionally, although parking is plentiful in Vaduz, and though they do not appear to be rigorous in enforcing parking times, all the machines require Swiss franc coins. (Liechtenstein uses the Swiss franc as its currency.) Be sure to have the coins with you as it can be inconvenient trying to find a place to make change.
By Air : Liechtenstein has no airport and the closest one is Zurich (80 miles away) which has a railway station underneath it.
By Train : Buchs train station you can take the postbus (twice every hour) to Vaduz which is about a 15min drive.
By car : the N3 motorway from Zürich will take you toward Liechtenstein; other major highways bring traffic from Germany and Austria.
By Bus : There is a good bus link which connects to all the communities within the principality as well as to Feldkirch, Buchs/SG or Sargans and their connecting train service. There are also Taxi's and car rentals.
Unless you are the type that charters a helicopter at Zürich airport to fly in and set up your 100 million dollar trust fund, you'll arrive in Liechtenstein by road. You can take a train from Zürich to Sargans, but there you'll have to change to a Liechtenstein post bus, that will cross the Rhine into the Principality and meander around a couple of villages before depositing you outside the main post office in Vaduz.
In case you haven't already discovered, Liechtenstein has no airport. :-( The nearest airport is in Z?rich, Switzerland.
There are also no local railways apart from the international line from Zurich to Vienna that stops at Schaan (north of Vaduz).
Mareestrasse 29, Vaduz, 9490, Liechtenstein
Good for: Business
Feldkircher Strasse 1, Schaan, 9494, Liechtenstein
Good for: Business
Triesenberg, 9497, Liechtenstein
Good for: Families