Weekend break in the Alps

One of the great things about Austria is its diverse landscape. From Vienna, it takes five hours to get to the Tiroler mountains. Don’t buy a normal train ticket, though. You’ll find much cheaper offers on the internet.

My weekend trip to the mountains was my first actual holiday this summer and I was happy to spend it with family and friends. Johanna’s home made Sachertorte makes Viennese pastry chefs look like amateurs.

There are two big train company’s in Austria. You can travel with Westbahn, or choose ÖBB. Westbahn is a private railway company with limited train routes in Austria, but you can travel from Vienna to Salzburg. Also, the trains are very comfortable. Westbahn has several very interesting offers, especially in the summer. Most discount tickets can only be bought online, but sometimes you can also buy them at a tobacco store (‘Trafik’), like all normal Westbahn’s tickets.

You can also try to find a more interesting offer at ÖBB. Check the SparSchiene for the cheapest tickets. The number of tickets is limited though, so the sooner you book, the better. SparSchiene tickets can only be booked online.

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Citybike Vienna: cheap, fast and easy!

Although Vienna has a perfect public transport system, I think biking is the best and nicest way to get to know a new city. With Citybike, you can bike across the city for free!

Being a Dutchie, I cannot survive without a bike. Also, I don’t want to spend more money than necessary. For people like me, God invented Citybike. It’s easy, fast and supercheap!

Once you’ve registered with your creditcard, you pay € 1 euro one-time only. After that, you can get (and return) a bike at more than 100 biking stations in Vienna! The first hour is free of charge and considering the fact that you can bike across the city in half an hour, you never have to pay for anything, unless you want to bike longer. The second hour you will be charged € 1 euro, the third hour € 2 euro etc. You always have to return the bike at a station.

Vienna is very safe for bikers. But, there are a few things you want to know before using Citybike. These tips might come in handy :

– Before blindly picking a number on the screen, check out the best looking bike. The saddle height isn’t always that easily adjustable and not every bike has gears. The second gear doesn’t always work though. If you want to be safe, take a bike without gears. Besides that, they’re comfortable bikes, with super brakes and properly inflated tires.

– The bikes have no locks, so you cannot just park them on the streets, or leave them unguarded. You can only park them at a Citybike station.

– GET THE FLYER with all the Citybike stations and don’t lose it! You don’t want to risk searching for a Citybike station while the clock is ticking. You’ll find the flyers at most stations. Take two, just in case. If you have internet on your phone, you can download the app, or this one for Android.

– You also need to know where the second nearest station is, in case the station you want to return your bike to, is FULL. This happens occasionally and kinda sucks, but because there are so many stations, you’ll probably find another one within five minutes. The apps show you how many free boxes and bikes there are at the several stations.

Once you’re prepared, you’ll be happy! If not, you can always use the superb public transport in Vienna.

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Vienna: how to travel from the airport to city centre

Once landed on Vienna airport, it’s very easy to travel to the city centre. You just take the train! The trainstation is perfectly located underneath the airport.

Now, you have two options. You can travel with the green City Airport Train (CAT or City Express) that takes you to the centre in 16 minutes. You can buy the tickets at the green ticketmachines.

But if you want to save some money and are not in a real hurry, you can also take the normal train/S-Bahn (ÖBB), that takes you to the heart of the centre in 30 minutes and costs only € 4,40. You buy the tickets at the red ticketmachines, on the trainplatform. Both trains are very comfortable and clean. More info >