Transportation in Austria

Thanks to the extensive, modern and well-integrated railway and motorway systems, travelling around Austria constitutes an enjoyable experience in itself. Those who prefer more spectacular forms of getting around will have nothing to complain about, either, as the mountainous areas of Austria hold a number of destinations which can only be reached by cable car and electric gondola.

Bus
Long-distance coaches generally don't constitute a popular way of travelling in Austria. The national Bundesbus service generally operates local destinations inaccessible by train. It's well-integrated with the railway network in order to provide convenient connections. Many popular Austrian ski resorts, such as Tyrol and Vorarlberg, can only be reached by Bundesbus and private transport. Most popular European destinations are operated by Eurolines.
Fare Type: Who? Price: Validity:
one way All 5 EUR Graz-Gleisdorf
Car
The Austrian motorways and expressways are generally subject to a toll. In order to legally use the road network, drivers must purchase a vignette and attach it to the inside of their windshield. The sticker is widely available at tobacco shops and petrol stations, as well as within the border areas of neighbouring countries. On the motorways, the speed limit is 130km/h, on open roads 100km/h, and in towns, 50km/h.
Fare Type: Who? Price: Validity:
Vignette, passenger car All 21.80 EUR 2-month
Vignette, passenger car All 7.60 EUR 10-day
Train
The Austrian railway operates on more than 6,000 kilometres of tracks. Trains run frequently and are relatively inexpensive. Traveling by train is not expensive, especially if you're eligible for one of the many discounts offered by the Austrian railway. There are many daily connections to neighbouring Germany, and at least two trains every day to other neighbours. Sections of the railway routes running through the mountains provide some of the most spectacular views in the world. In the summer, an old museum-train connects Steyr and Grunburg.
Fare Type: Who? Price: Validity:
one way All 40 EUR Vienna-Salzburg
one way All 48 EUR Innsbruck-Graz
Air
Five airports in Austria operate scheduled flights. The country's most important international gateway is Vienna, the hub of national carrier Austrian Airlines, as well as the smaller Lauda Air. Other airports are located in Graz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Linz and Klagenfurt, all of them providing international connections as well as domestic flights. The smaller airports are popular destinations for cheap airlines.
Fare Type: Who? Price: Validity:
Austrian Airways, return All 185 EUR Vienna - Innsbruck
Lufthansa, return All 98 EUR Vienna - Frankfurt am Main
Ryanair, one way All 20 EUR Barcelona - Graz
Ferry
Regular passenger boat service runs from mid-May to mid-September along the Danube and on the larger lakes. International connections along the Danube include service to Passau in Germany and Budapest in Hungary.
Fare Type: Who? Price: Validity:
Hydrofoil Blue Danube, one way All 89 EUR Vienna-Budapest
City Transport
Most large cities and towns in Austria operate buses, tram lines and suburban railways, allowing travellers without their own cars to get around perfectly well. Vienna boasts one of the largest tram networks in the world, with well over 30 routes connecting the remotest corners of the city. Vienna's trams are caled Strassenbahn or Bim, referring to the distinctive bell sound. The capital is also the only Austrian city with a metro network. Night buses operate in the larger towns after daytime service ceases.
Fare Type: Who? Price: Validity:
Linz, 4-stop ticket All 0.80 EUR 4 stops
Vienna, 24-hour ticket All 5.70 EUR 24 hours