Getting around Vienna Part 2 ~ Romancing Italy

May 26, 2011

Getting around Vienna Part 2

How does one get around the city of Vienna? Easily. Take the metro, ride the train, walk, take a horse and carriage, cycle. After our unusual beginning to our stay, the remainder turned out well.

  Rathaus - Town Hall used for events. AIDS Life Ball took place May 21

The big question - "How to get from the airport to the city" had a simple answer. Bus, train (slow), train (fast), taxi. The least expensive is the slow train that has a station right at the airport. It connects to the metro station at various points in town (about 40 minutes ride) which then spread out all over the city. The CAT is faster (about 16 minutes) as it doesn't stop along the way, and also connects to the metro at the end of the line.

Statue of Prince Eugene of Savoy at Hero's Square, Heldenplatz. It was erected in front of The Hofburg Palace. It was at this square during WW2 that Hitler announced his allegiance with Austria.

Vienna is a cyclist's city, with bike paths set in the sidewalk. I didn't know this and paused smack in the middle of the bike lane to look at my map and set a cyclist madly ringing his bell at me. Unfortunately deaf to such things, I didn't budge and he had to swerve around me. I must have been like Mr. Bean, walking obliviously away after creating havoc at a scene.

Urania Observatory on the Wein River, built in 1910, partially destroyed in WW2. A modern structure on the other side of the river. The ceilings were videos.

The metro lines run around the heart of the city with one line U3 going straight through the middle, past St. Stephen's Cathedral. So, if one doesn't want to walk all over, which is possible, the metro stops will pop you out at the major attractions. Check the link for info on attractions near the stops.

Vienna Metro Map -  See how to get around. Vienna gets a A++ for public transport.
Vienna Metro ticket options - Vienna website with hourly, daily, weekly options.

Their transportation system seems to run on the honor system as there are tickets on sale, but no one to check to see if you bought them or gates to go through. No one ever checked our train ticket and the bus driver claimed to not have any more tickets and let us ride for free.


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