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Flying to Vienna

Airlines offering direct flights to Vienna from the UK include Austrian Airlines, British Airways, EasyJet, Eurowings and Germanwings. Cheap flights are available year-round, though prices tend to rise in July and August. Austrian Airlines also operates direct flights from the USA.

Flight times

From London 2 hours 10 minutes; New York - 8 hours 25 minutes; Toronto - 10 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 24 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Austria has an excellent network of roads. Traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18 years.

Speed limits are 130kph (81mph) on motorways, 100kph (62mph) on main roads and 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas. Drivers must carry a European driving licence or an International Driving Permit and third-party insurance is mandatory. Tolls are payable on a number of mountain roads, tunnels, motorways and main roads.

Toll stickers (Autobahnvignette), which must be attached to the windscreen, are valid for either 10 days, two months or one year. You can purchase them from tobacconists, border-crossing points, filling stations and from automobile clubs ARBÖ (www.arboe.or.at) and ÖAMTC (www.oeamtc.at).

Emergency breakdown services

ARBÖ (tel: +43 123); ÖAMTC (tel: +43 120).

Routes

The Westautobahn (A1) connects Vienna to Linz, Salzburg and Western Europe. The Südautobahn (A2) leads to Graz, Klagenfurt and the Italian border. The Ostautobahn (A4) passes the airport on its way to Bratislava and Budapest. The A22 connects the city to Prague, in the north.

Coaches

Eurolines Austria (tel: +43 900 128 712; www.eurolines.at) offers coach services throughout Europe, departing from the Vienna International Bus Terminal, which is opposite the U3 underground station. Coach services within Austria are operated in partnership with Blaguss (tel: +43 1 610 900; www.blaguss.at).

National services are also provided by Postbus (tel: +43 810 222 333; www.postbus.at) and a number of private operators.

Time to city

From Linz - 2 hours; Budapest - 2 hours 30 minutes; Salzburg - 2 hours 45 minutes.

Travel by Rail

Services

Vienna is connected to other European cities by an excellent rail network. In addition to the usual onboard services (restaurant and bar cars, snack trolleys and telephones), Austrian trains offer mini-office compartments (with power points for laptop computers) and women-only compartments.

Vienna's main railway station is the modern Wien Hauptbahnhof, Favoritenstrasse 51.

Operators

Österreichischen Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) (tel: +43 51 717; www.oebb.at) operates the rail network in Austria.

Intercity trains within Austria follow the main eastbound route from Bregenz to Vienna via Innsbruck, Salzburg and Linz, or travel north from Graz or Klagenfurt via Bruck an der Mur. There are departures to the major cities at least once every two hours.

Domestic rail services pass through breathtaking Alpine scenery but this is bypassed by the majority of international services. Travellers should watch out for the stunning view of the Melk Abbey on the main line approaching Vienna from the west.

International services include direct trains from Bratislava, Prague and Zurich.

Journey times

From Innsbruck - 4 hours; Salzburg - 2 hours 30 minutes; Linz - 1 hour 20 minutes; Bratislava - 1 hour; Prague - 4 hours; Zurich - 7 hours 50 minutes.

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