The Vienna Card offers 72 hours travel on the city's transport network, including buses, trams, S and U-bahns. It also offers reduced rates on some commercial tour buses and trams, and reduced prices on entry to the city's many museums and galleries. A set of coupons comes with the Vienna Card booklet offering discounts on a range of shops, restaurants and bars. At 18.5 euros, (in 2009, up to March 2010) the Card is very good value for three whole days in Vienna. Don't forget to validate it by punching the card when you first get on the bus, tram or whatever. It is not valid until you do.
The Vienna Card (Wien-Karte) is available online before you travel. Or, when you get there, at your hotel or from Tourist Info, Albertinaplatz (Corner Maysedergasse), Vienna. www.wien.info
If you fly into Vienna's airport and are staying centrally then forget taxis and walk straight on to the CAT (City-Airport Train) not forgetting to buy a 16 Euro return ticket valid for a month.
The CAT whisks you without stopping, in just 16 minutes to the centre of Vienna. From plane to CAT is just 400 yards and from CAT to Vienna Hilton just 200 yards. So convenient!
Having trekked about 400 miles around Heathrow it shows you why more, smaller airports are the answer rather than bigger airports that you can't get to because of congestion.
The Vienna Card is a travel pass and discount voucher rolled into one. It lasts for 72 hours and gives free travel on all modes of transport within the central area. It also gives discounts on wider travel and reduced entry for a host of museums etc.
It costs only €16 but remember to get it stamped the first time you use it. Inspectors are few and far between but get caught without a ticket and you'll be fined around €65 and still have to pay for your journey. Buy it at the airport on arrival, it will save you money on the train in.
Rapid transit rail service with double decker trains from Schwechat airport to the city air terminal (near the Hilton and the Wien Mitte station where you have the U3 and U4 underground lines). Costs 9 Euros single and 16 Euros return; journey takes 16 minutes and trains leave the airport twice an hour at .05 and .35.
If you find yourself arriving in Vienna on a Sunday, first orientate yourself by taking the tram all the way around the Ringstrasse - a one day travel pass costs 5 euros. When evening begins, head for the Rathaus (you'll have seen it on the tram ride) where you will find every food choice you can think of in the park. Join the Viennese on an evening out by making your choice and sit in the free seats in front of the Rathaus (what a great name for the town hall). A recording of a memorable recent classical concert or opera will be shown on the screen before you. Relax and enjoy.
The Rathaus is on Dr. Karl Lueger Ring;
By underground: Rathaus or Schottentor station
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