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Language: German | Currency: Euros($) | Local time: UTC +1:00 | Avg. Flight time: 2.0 hrs
Catch the City Airport Train (CAT), as it’s the fastest transfer to Vienna with a journey time of just over a quarter of an hour. If you opt for the bus, the route’s more scenic and gets to the city centre in under 45 minutes.
The historic heart of Vienna was never designed for cars. Sure, you can drive and there’s plenty of public transport, but getting around Vienna on foot costs nothing and takes you to places even the all-powerful trams can’t go.
Innere Stadt, Mariahilf and Landstrasse are all walkable districts and there are endless cafés for pit stops along the way.
The city’s underground, tram and bus services are famously fast, frequent and efficient. Purchase a Vienna Ticket when you arrive and you’ll gain access to all public transport.
You can get anything from a single-journey ticket to 24, 48 and 72-hour passes, or an entire week’s worth of travel for under €20 – there’s nothing better for getting around Vienna.
Vienna’s U-Bahn is the city’s underground. It’s nowhere near the size of some European behemoths, but it has a very respectable five lines, covers 74.6 kilometres and stops at 104 stations.
So, whether you’re heading to the beach at Donaukanal, hopping over to check out the flea market in Margareten, or giving The Giant Ferris Wheel (Wiener Riesenrad) a whirl, the U-Bahn’s a good bet.
Where the U-Bahn doesn’t reach, trams and buses certainly go. People have been getting around Vienna by tram since 1865, so this method is a classic; it covers over 172 kilometres of the city (making it the fifth largest network in the world).
Nothing and nobody gets in the way of Vienna’s trams, so they’re by far the city’s most powerful mode of transport.
Buses are a more recent network addition and niftily designed to sneak up and down the narrowest of streets. If walking around the Old City gets a little too much, you can always catch these slender alternatives.
Rent a vehicle and you can explore far beyond the Old City. Find out where, and how to get your hands on four wheels for less than you think, on our Vienna car hire page.