Public transport in Austria. As a tourist to travel to Vienna?
One of the most beautiful capitals in the world, Vienna, situated in the heart of Europe along the Danube River. The Austrian capital, famous for more than two thousand years of history and the mass of beautiful sights, has long been a tourist mecca. Tourists usually come to Vienna by train or fly on an airplane, some part of the tourist groups arrive on tourist buses. Naturally, the question arises among tourists about public transport in Vienna, since each country has its own characteristics, it is in the Austrian capital. Without claiming to be a deep knowledge of the public transport system in Vienna, I can give some explanations that may be helpful to tourists.
Near Train Station, located in the city, are stopping almost all kinds of public transportation, allowing easy access to anywhere in the city.
From the airport Schwechat, located about 20 kilometers from the city center in Vienna can be reached by regular train speed or w / e Express (City Airport Train), time difference in the way to the subway station Landstrasse about 10 minutes, but the price difference is about 2.5. From the airport from early morning walk in the city express buses, which can reach the city airport or to / Railway station. You can also use a taxi, then the trip will cost you 30-40 euros per cent of the light tip at ten at night and on weekends a little more expensive taxi.
In Vienna itself created a very comfortable public transport system, consisting of a metro (U-Bahn), buses (Vus), city trains (Schnellbahn) and trams (Stra? Enbahn). In the subway five lines intersecting at the center of the nodes in transplantation and out to the suburbs, and 95 stations. Urban trains and trams to 30 routes. Most bus routes - about 95.
Public transport runs in the interval from 5 to 6:00 am and ends after midnight. At night, on approximately 25 routes in the city at intervals of half an hour walk special buses (Nacht Bus). In Vienna, many taxis and they are relatively inexpensive (the trip will cost 10-20 euros), but their work is a feature - the vote on the street is useless, you can take a taxi in the parking lot, or order by phone.
Great convenience is that all types of urban transport single tickets, but a lot of options for these tickets. If you plan to stay in Vienna a few days, the easiest way to buy a Vienna Card - Vienna Card (ID) for 72 hours, which makes it possible to use public transport, but other than that offers discounts on tickets to museums, theaters, exhibitions, visiting attractions as well as individual shops, cafes, restaurants, etc. To do this, along with the card is given a special booklet with coupons, which are painted in detail, but in German or English.
The Vienna Card is worth 18.5 euros, you can buy at the airport (in this case, take advantage of discounts on tickets to the city), on / Railway station, in offices of public transport «Wiener Linien», in most hotels, tourist information center on Albertinaplatz 1. These cards are sold in several other cities in Austria, where, they can provide benefits even more than in Vienna. For example, in Salzburg «Salzburg Cards», although more expensive, gives free admission to all major museums and attractions, including the rise of the cable car to Mount Untersberg, whose height is almost 2,000 meters.
When you first visit the Vienna Card is composted, and then three days you can ride around the city, showing her supervisors, who meet in public transport is not too often. Incidentally, this also applies to the Vienna Card, and the usual ticket if they are not validated, then the controller you gatecrasher, and therefore will have to pay a fine of 60 euros.
In Vienna, there are a variety of tickets, including the various soft. Tourists tend to enjoy four: a ticket for one trip (1.8 euros when you buy in cash, 2.2 euros - from the driver) for 24 hours - 5.7 euros for 72 hours - 13.6 euros, 8 days - 28.8 euros. Tickets can be purchased from vending machines and special offices (Vorverkaufsstellen), they are usually installed in the subway and hubs, in tobacco shops, and single tickets from the driver (except underground). It's worth noting that the special fund are not available at all metro stations, at the weekend they do not work in the rest of the week half of them operate from 6.30 to 18.30, and the rest from 6.30 to 13.00. Advantage of the banks is that many of the cashiers know English.
At the entrance to the Vienna Metro turnstiles do not have our usual, and set composters, in which passengers are on their own compost tickets. Similar composting, they are easily identified by bright blue color, are installed in ground vehicles. Tickets must be validated immediately after the entrance to the cabin of the bus or tram.
Children under 6 are free transport, children and adolescents younger than 15 years are entitled to travel free on Sundays and public holidays and during school holidays. By the way, the Vienna Card allows you to carry with him to transport one child free under the age of 15 years. In addition, for adolescents may need to document (passport) certifying the age.
When viewed from the center of Vienna recommend to use a special tourist tram (yellow) «Vienna Ring Tram», which from 10 to 18 hours runs on Ringstrasse on the ring route, circling the perimeter of the historic city center. Along its route is the mass of attractions and museums, of which the tourists get more information. In the car are information screens, and passengers receive personal earphones with switch for 7 languages, including Russian. At this tram sell special tickets that can be purchased at the box office or from the driver.