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How to Use Public Transport and How to Get Around in Vienna, Austria

Vienna has topped the list of most liveable cities several times in recent years, and one of the key ingredients to its success is the modern and convenient public transport system that the city has developed. Both getting around in Vienna and traveling to the countryside is made very easy.

1.) Getting to Vienna

By plane

For passengers who come from a far distance, the quickest way to reach Vienna is by air. Vienna International Airport is situated at the outskirts of the city (in Schwechat) and is easy to reach through public transport from and to Vienna.
Check out the airport's website for transfer options: https://www.viennaairport.com/en/passengers/arrival__parking
City Airport Train timetable: https://www.cityairporttrain.com/en/home

By train

traveling by train in Austria is a very comfortable way of transport. ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) offers a lot of discounted tickets for particular routes throughout Europe (look for Sparschiene) and convenient night time traveling through the ÖBB Nightjet lines.
Vienna has several modern railway stations, the busiest ones being the Main Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof) and the Western Railway Station (Westbahnhof).
You can find information about timetables and tickets here: https://www.oebb.at/en/

By bus

There are several bus line services in Austria that serve Vienna, including international bus companies.
- Postbus: https://www.postbus.at/en/
- Eurolines: https://www.eurolines.de/en/home/
- Flixbus: https://global.flixbus.com/

By car

ASFINAG Journey planner:
This is an online journey planner site: https://routenplaner.asfinag.at

ÖAMTC Verkehrsservice:
They offer information about traffic construction works and route changes for cars for the whole country issued by the Austrian Automobile Club (ÖAMTC).
Link: https://www.oeamtc.at/verkehrsservice/

Parking: check out parking zones when you stay in Vienna. You will most probably need to buy a parking ticket for parking in public.

Car rentals: the main car rental companies operate offices in Vienna, so you can pick a car and explore the city and the region at your own pace.

By boat / ship

The river Danube flows through Vienna and therefore offers a unique way of traveling to the Austrian capital. River cruise lines coming up and down the Danube from neighbouring countries stop by on the banks of the river in Vienna and it's a really pleasant experience to explore this region by ship when the weather is mild.
Cruise boats: http://www.donaustationen.at/en/

2.) Public transport inside Vienna

Public transport in Vienna: red tram - Wien

The Austrian capital has a very modern, clean and convenient network of public transport. Subways (U-bahn), suburban railways (S-bahn), trams, busses and other alternatives will help you to get from point A to point B 24 hours a day. The official public transport company of the city is called Wiener Linien. Check out their webiste for timetables, maps, routes and tickets, here: https://www.wienerlinien.at/eportal3/

Vienna City Card

U-bahn (Underground) station in downtown Vienna, public transport - Wien

Save money during your stay in Vienna with this special card. It will give you discounts for many venues and sights that are frequented by tourists, plus it comes with free travel on public transport.
Info: https://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/vienna-city-card

Bikes

Public bicycles for rent in Vienna - Wien

Vienna is a bike friendly city and has plenty of biking routes to offer for cyclists. You can rent bikes at several places inside the city and explore the sights in a more active way.
- Cycling in Vienna: https://www.fahrradwien.at/
- Bicycle tours in Austria: https://www.radtouren.at/en/

Taxis

Taxis are a convenient but not so cheap way of getting around in the city. The official website of Vienna has a map that shows you taxi stands throughout the city, here: https://www.wien.gv.at/
List of taxi services: https://www.herold.at/