Vienna Transportation Tips by morgenhund
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The City Airport train leaves at 07 and 37 minutes past the hour - a return ticket is EUR 15 and takes you to Wien Mitte (Landstrasse). The service is comfortable, but pricey. A cheaper way is to get the Schnellbahn (EUR 1.50 to the edge of Vienna and then a daily/weekly/monthly pass will cover the rest of the journey for free).
- U2 extension open from 10.05.2008
- More frequent evening services during the tournament
- U1, U3, U6 at 4 minute intervals during the day (cf. 5 minute intervals normally)
- All underground lines operating at 5 minute intervals in the evening (cf. 7-8 mins)
- increased U1, U2, U3 services on match days before and after matches
- U-Bahn operating until 01:30 daily
- 1 and 2 are merged - operating as 1 between Schottentor and Karlsplatz
- J runs between Erdburstgasse and U6 Josefstädter Strasse and bus replacement service to Volkstheater
- D line to go around the ring via the Kai
- Increased capacity on the U2 between Karlsplatz and Schottentor to compensate for lack of trams...
5, 38, 43, 46, 49 will go every 7.5 minutes in the evening (instead of 15)
31, 67 and 71 will go every 10 minutes in the evening rather than every 15
Lines 5, 31, 38, 41, 43, 46, 49, 67 and 71 will operate until 01:15 from the Ring.
2A not running due to fanzone
77A to have split operation on match days (from 5 hours before kick off)
84A runs on match days over the Südosttangente
48A to run more frequently every 7.5 minutes
Night buses: Only operating as far as where they reach the ring (e.g. Karlsplatz or Schwedenplatz) Around the Ring there will be a shuttle service at 5 minute intervals.
If you are travelling around Vienna for a single day only and only between the hours of 8am and 8pm (and not on a Sunday!), then rather than taking a "24 Stunden Wien - Karte" 24 hour ticket, take the "Wiener Einkaufskarte" - or shopping ticket. It is valid on all public transport within Vienna's core transportation zone and is even transferable, but costs EUR 4.60 rather than EUR 5.70 for the 24 hour card.
The U1 ran from Reumannplatz (10th district) to Kagran (22nd district) until the start of September this year. Now the U1 runs further - there are five new stops in the 21st and 22nd district. They are:
Whilst there are no really sites of note on the extended U1, it might be of interest in that accommodation is very affordable and you have good access to the centre of town - a direct trip to Stephansdom take take only 20 minutes by U-Bahn.
A leafy pedestrian pavement along the Ringstrasse.
As well as strolling along the often leafy footpaths of the Ringstrasse, you can see a great deal by using the tram. The 1 and 2 tram routes run all around the Ring and allow you to hop on and off at will to see the sights, with tram stops conveniently located around the ring, taking you to all the major sights around the ring and linking up with all the underground lines (U1, U2,U3 and U4) that have stations on the Ring. The ring lines are now served by the Siemens Porsche designed ULF (Ultra Low Floor) trams, making it easy to get on and off - even with a wheelchair and/or a push chair. The thing to remember is that the 2 runs anti-clockwise and the 1 runs clockwise. Normal ticketing applies.
If you are coming from the South of Austria, Slovenia, Croatia or Italy or from certain routes in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary, then the chances are that you'll travel to the Südbahnhof. The Sudbahn, which terminates here heads out towards Graz, with routes off towards Italy branching off at Brück an der Mur. The Südbahnhof is many people's first point of arrival in the city.
Fortunately it is well served by public transport - in particular with the D tram (heads in to the centre), the 13A bus route (goes through the 4th-9th districts including stopping on Mariahilferstrasse). There are a number of shops, plenty of places to grab food and drink at the station as well as the airport lines buses too. If you inadvertently arrive here rather than the Westbahnhof, then the 18 tram will take you there in about 20 minutes.
The 18 train enters Blechturmgasse pre-metro stati
If you buy a day ticket (€5.00) you can make use of all the buses, trams and underground lines, as well as railway services within Vienna. The underground has five lines (U1, U2, U3, U4 and U6) and there are countless tram and bus routes to get you around the city too. The U-Bahn is easy to use - with stations all around the centre of the city and with routes covering most tourist attractions. Ticket inspectors are generally plain clothes - and whilst it might seem easy to travel without a ticket the fine if you are caught is EUR 62 and sometimes a trip to a police station. Underground trains run from approx. 0530 to 0030 and the interval between trains is between 3 and 8 minutes (at the lower end during the rush hour). Most stations are disabled friendly - there are lifts or stairless access to most stations, and apart from the U6 there should be no problem on the underground trains either.
In summer, the hydrofoil runs between Vienna and Bratislava (and onto Budapest). The hydrofoil leaves from the Reichsbrücke (U1 Vorgartenstr.) and takes 90 minutes to get to Bratislava - including 15 mins going there or 30 mins coming back through a lock. The hydrofoil offers fine views through the Lobau passing by some fine small towns and taking you to the centre of Bratislava - it is about 500m from the harbour to Namestie Trg.
It costs EUR 22 one way or EUR 34 return and gives you enough time to take in most of Bratislava. The same company also has other excursions on the river that are worth considering. I have done the trip 6 times and tend to go annually and get the train back.
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