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Austria Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Air

Vienna is connected to Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz and Salzburg by Tyrolean Airways (VO). Rheintalflug (WE) also operates internal services.

Charter companies also offer charter services for single and twin-engined aircraft and executive jets.

River/Lake


A number of operators run cruises along the Danube, and from Switzerland (Bregenz) across Lake Constance. On some cruises, a passport is required, they last from 1 to 8 days depending on the itinerary. These services run between spring and autumn.

Ferries

There are regular passenger boat services from mid-May to mid-September along the Danube and on Austria’s lakes. The Danube steamer services are run by DDSG Blue Danube Schiffahrt (telephone number: (1) 588 800) and private companies.

Rail

Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) (Austrian Federal Railways) runs an efficient internal service, with a 5,700km network of tracks throughout Austria.

There is a frequent intercity service from Vienna to Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz and Klagenfurt, and regular motorrail services through the Tauern Tunnel.

Information and booking can be obtained from railway stations or Austrian Federal Railways. Local information can be obtained on (1) 1717. For bookings from the UK, contact Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) (telephone number: (0870) 243 5363), or Rail Europe (telephone number: (08705) 848 848).

The most scenic routes are:

Innsbruck–Brenner
Innsbruck–Buchs
Innsbruck–Bruck an der Mur–Vienna
Innsbruck–Feldkirch–Innsbruck
Innsbruck– Garmisch– Zugspitze
Innsbruck–Salzburg– Innsbruck
Linz–Selzthal–Amstetten–Linz
Salzburg–Zell am See–Innsbruck
Salzburg– Gmunden–Stainach–Salzburg
Salzburg–Vienna
Salzburg–Villach
Salzburg, Vienna
Puchberg am Schneeberg– Hochschneeberg–Vienna
Vienna–Bruck an der Mur–Innsbruck
Vienna–Klagenfurt– Udine–Trieste.

Railways have fixed charges for portering. Tickets can be obtained from any station ticket office (Reisebüro am Bahnhof) or from most Austrian travel agents. For further information consult Austrian National Tourist Office (see Contact section).

Discount fares

Throughout Austria, up to 2 children under 6 years who are accompanied or require no seat travel free and a third child qualifies for a 50% discount. Children aged 6 to 15 pay half the fare.

The Vorteilscard is available to purchase, and offers a 45 per cent discount on rail travel within a one-year period. This ID card can be purchased at all Austrian railway stations.

Senior citizens (women 60 and over and men 65 and over) may buy train and bus tickets at half price after purchasing the Vorteilscard for approximately €25.50, those under 26 years of age pay approximately €17.90.

Austria offers a number of discount rail passes including the Euro Domino and Euro Domino Junior, both valid for 3 to 8 days within a 30-day period. The Austrian Rail Pass is available to foreigners. Reductions are also available for groups of more than 6 people. For more information, contact the Austrian Railways Head Office (see Travel – International section) or enquire locally.

Road

Austria has an excellent network of roads. The traffic drives on the right.

Help is readily given by the Austrian Motoring Association (ÖAMTC); there is a fee for non-members. For emergency breakdowns, dial 120 or 123.

Tolls must be paid on all Austrian motorways. Tourists can purchase either 10-day, 2-month or 1-year discs which are available at all major border crossings and at post offices. The weekly disc is valid for up to 10 days and costs approximately €7.63 for cars up to 3.5 tons. The two-monthly disc, valid for 2 consecutive calendar months costs €21.80 for cars below 3.5 tons. Heavy vehicles pay higher tariffs and motorcycles pay less.

Seat belts must be worn and children under the age of 12 and under 150cm tall may not sit in the front seat unless a special child’s seat has been fitted.

Both driver and passenger on a motorcycle must wear helmets, and the vehicle must have lights on at all times.

Speed limits are 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas (the speed limit in Graz is 30kph), 100kph (62mph) outside built-up areas and 130kph (81mph) on motorways.

Bus and Coach

Bus and coach services are run by federal and local authorities, as well as private companies. There are over 1800 services in operation. Some 70 international coach services travel to or through Austria and 22 routes with timetables and prices can be found in the Austrian bus guide which can be consulted via the Austrian National Tourist Office. For further information, contact Central Bus Information (telephone number: (1) 794 440, e-mail: service@postbus.at, website: www.postbus.at). Coach excursions and sightseeing tours run from most major cities.

Car hire

There are car hire firms with offices in most cities, as well as at airports and major railway stations.

Documentation

National driving licences issued by EU countries, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are accepted, and enable holders to drive in Austria for up to 1 year. UK licenses without a photo must be accompanied by some form of photo ID such as a passport. The minimum legal age for driving is 18. Car registration papers issue in the UK are also valid in Austria. A Green Card is compulsory.

Urban Transport

Vienna has an extensive system of metro, bus, light rail and tramway services. Most routes have a standard flat fare, and there are pre-purchase multi-journey tickets and passes. The Vienna Card entitles visitors to 72 hours of unlimited travel by underground, tram and bus. It also entitles the holder to reductions at several museums and other tourist attractions in the city as well as cafes, shops and wine taverns. The card can be purchased at hotels or at Vienna Transport’s ticket offices.

Those trams marked schaffnerlos on the outside of the carriage do not have conductors, but tickets can be bought from machines on board. Tickets are available from newspaper shops or tobacconists called Trafik. The classic way to travel round the capital is by horse-drawn carriage (Fiaker) but fares should be agreed in advance. There are bus systems in all the other main towns, and also tramways in Linz, Innsbruck and Graz, and trolleybuses in Linz, Innsbruck and Salzburg.

Travel times: The following chart gives approximate travel times (in hours and minutes) from Vienna to other major cities/towns in Austria.
  Air Road Rail
Salzburg
0.45 3.00 3.18
Linz
0.45 2.00 1.54
Innsbruck
1.10 5.00 5.20
Bregenz
- 7.00 7.58
Klagenfurt
0.50 4.00 4.25
Graz
0.40 2.40 2.45
 
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