Vienna offers many different possibilities to move from A to B.
A small selection for the most efficient ways in the city and much more can be found here: Arriving by car for your well-earned Vienna holiday is currently not recommended. In most districts, there are now time-limited parking zones with a fee. You cannot park longer than a few hours there. There are also some residential parking spaces which are only available to the residents of the respective districts. Leaving your car for a few days and nights in the numerous parking garages is an option, but a very expensive one.
Vienna has an international airport as well as two major railway stations – Westbahnhof and Hauptbahnhof.
Cars are not the only way to visit Vienna. There is an international airport (VIE – Vienna International Airport) as well as two major railway stations, which are very well connected to various public transport options.
Vienna airport is located in Schwechat in Lower Austria and is only a few kilometres from Vienna. The airport is also very well connected to the city centre. The easiest and most affordable way to get to Vienna is with the ÖBB train for approx. €3.90 per person. There is also the airport express (CAT) or one of the bus lines that commute between the airport and several spots in Vienna regularly.
The former Südbahnhof, now the Hauptbahnhof in Vienna, has been completely renovated. Almost all Austrian Federal Railway (ÖBB) trains stop there. From Hauptbahnhof itself, you can get anywhere very quickly on the “Öffis” (Viennese for public transport). For example, the subway line U1, various expressways, trams and buses stop there. The Hauptbahnhof itself is very modern and has a wide range of shops and eating places. Moreover, it is the centre of the new Sonnwendviertel with modern architecture and various restaurants.
Hauptbahnhof Wien: www.hauptbahnhofcity.wien
The second major station in Vienna is the Westbahnhof, which was renovated a few years ago. Not only the ÖBB trains stop here, but also the Westbahn, a private train company with the route Vienna – Linz – Salzburg and back. The Westbahnhof is very centrally located at the end of Mariahilfer Straße. With the subway lines U3 and U6, and various trams and buses you can reach almost every destination in the city comfortably. In the Westbahnhof you can find the Bahnhofcity Vienna West. There are various shops (clothes, electronics, food etc.) as well as some restaurants.
Get to know Vienna properly by public transport.
In Vienna, the Wiener Linien (public transport system) are recommended in order to visit as many sights as possible. The public transport network is very well developed. With a total of five subway lines, a sixth will be opened in the coming years, several expressways as well as various buses and trams make up an extensive network, from the centre to the outer districts. Especially the various attractions such as Schönbrunn Palace, the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater, the Ernst Happel Stadium, the Belvedere Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Heurigen in Grinzing, the MuseumQuartier, and the Karlskirche are easy to reach by public transport. The intervals are especially good during the day. A tip for all night owls: The Vienna subway stays open all night on weekends and the night before public holidays.
Wiener Linien: www.wienerlinien.at
Alternatives to public transport? Yes, Vienna has them!
There are also alternatives to public transport to get around Vienna as quickly as possible. As in all major cities, taxis are located at most of the city’s populated points. You can also stop an available taxi (lit-up taxi letters on the car roof) on the street by signalling with your hand. The taxi competitor Uber is also present and available in Vienna. Using the Uber app, a driver will very conveniently pick you up and take you to your destination. Afterwards you pay via your personal account, completely cashless and directly through the app.
uber in Wien: www.uber.com/de-AT/cities/vienna
If you would like to drive yourself or want to get to know the surrounding countryside of Vienna, one of two car-sharing offers is recommended – Car2Go or DriveNow. To use it you have to register and download the app onto your smartphone. In total, both companies have hundreds of vehicles on the Viennese streets, from small city cars to convertibles and larger vehicles. You pay according to driving minutes. The cars are fully insured and you do not have to worry about parking fees and time-limited parking zones.
In addition to cars, you can hire bicycles called Citybikes very easily and affordably in Vienna. These bikes are just as popular with locals as with tourists. Especially in the warm summer months, it is often more comfortable to get from A to B by bike than by car. The cycle paths are very well developed in Vienna, especially the ring and its sights, for example the Viennese town hall, the state opera, the Urania, and the Hofburg can conveniently be explored via the bike route. When the weather is nice we recommend cycling along the Danube canal – from the Schemmerl bridge in Brigittenau down to Simmering.
Citybike Wien: www.citybikewien.at
With a kick scooter through the city
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What is environmentally friendly and also keeps you fit? Exactly, a ride with an E-scooter, also called electric scooter! It’s a new and popular trend in Vienna. With such a scooter you can easily explore the city and save a lot of walking time.
You can also use this new service in an easy way. Simply download the app, search and find an electric scooter nearby, book and use it.
This new mobility service is already offered by these companies:
Explore Vienna and its sights easily by foot.
Vienna’s city centre in particular is really not so big and is therefore wonderfully suited to discovering the many sights in the 1st district by foot. The surrounding and neighbouring districts of Alsergrund (Servitenviertel), Mariahilf (Naschmarkt), Neubau (Mariahilfer straße), Wieden (Freihausviertel), Landstraße (Stadtpark), and Leopoldstadt (Karmelitermarket) have sights and shopping opportunities within short walking distance from the centre of Vienna.
Take your time visiting Vienna and take strolls through the small streets, squares, and hot spots of the city. There is so much to see and experience.