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How to get from airport to hotel??

What is the best way to travel from airport to hotel?? I'll be landing in Vienna Airport and will be staying in Motel one Wien Staatsoper.

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If you go to the airport website there is very easy to understand info re the transit options, the CAT train costs a bit more than the S-bahn and both take you to Wien Mitte, and from there you take the U-bahn to the station you need, included in the cost of the ticket. Depending on what time of day you arrive you might want a taxi. I arrived on a long-delayed flight, sick and extremely tired in the early evening and managed the CAT and Ubahn with no trouble at all. CAT is easier to find, otherwise the S would have been fine and I'll use that next trip.

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Last year, we took a taxi, which cost 40 euros. Ater flying from San Francisco, too tired to deal with anything more complicated.

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Thanks christa for your reply

It's €4.40 for ticket from airport using S7 to Wien Mitte. So does that mean that once I reach Wien Mitte I don't have to buy any ticket and just use the S7 €4.40 ticket to any destination on the U bahn ( my station is in U4 line)??

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The ticket you buy at the airport for 4.40 Euro will be valid the subway, trams and buses for an hour after validation. There is no need to buy a new ticket just to ride the subway.

Your transfer at Landstrasse/Mitte from the S7 to the U4 will be easy, just follow the signs. When you reach Karlsplatz/Oper on the U4 line, note that this is a large station. Follow the signs leading you to Resselpark/Otto Wagner pavilions, which will put you above ground closer to your hotel.

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I guess one of the factors is what I like to see. I've lived in big cities all of my life, and, for me, a vacation is getting away from big cities, out into nature. For my trips, the destination has been the Alps, the Black Forest, the Rhein and Mosel, etc, and airports are usually near big cities, so I spend a few hours after landing getting out of the city. I just looked up the taxi fare for my first night's venue for my last ten trips, and the second least expensive would have been 180€; the most expensive would have been over 500€. That's why I take the train when I arrive.

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Thanks guys for the reply

One more question. I'm taking a huge luggage. Roller bag. I heard the steps are quite steep and it will be difficult. Is it true???

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"Lee, you paid 500 Euro for a taxi?"

No, I said, "the most expensive would have been over 500€". No, I didn't take a taxi, I took the train; it was a 4 hour plus trip. It was a long time ago. I think I paid over 100 Mark for the train, not 500€ for a taxi.

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Hi guys

I read that tickets need to be stamped before u board the train. So when I buy the ticket at the counter, the ticket seller will stamp it for me when I buy?? When I reach Wien Mitte and change to U4 line, do I need to get it re-stamped again?? This is my first time taking a train in Vienna

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About half of the S7 trains are low floor and about half require you to walk up two steps. If my mom can handle this, you can handle this. On the subways and when connecting to other modes of transportation, there are always elevators.

When you buy your S7 ticket at the airport, you can choose to have it validated by the machine or you can validate the ticket yourself at one of the blue boxes just as you enter the platform. There is no ticket seller, no counter - you use a touchscreen machine to buy your tickets which you can switch to English. When you reach the U4 line, you do NOT need to buy another ticket to ride the subway if you have a ticket for the S7. That S7 ticket will be good for an hour on the Vienna public transport system on any mode of transport - train, subway, bus, tram. You should note, however, that a CAT ticket cannot be used on Vienna's public transport system - another disadvantage of using the CAT, in my opinion.

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Thanks emily

So all tickets even for "immediate use" we need to validate using the blue box also?? Not just for tickets for future use or pass where the day we validate is the start of the duration of the pass??

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If you buy a validated ticket, there is no need to validate it again at the blue box. All tickets must be validated- it doesn't matter if this was done by the blue box or by the ticket machine. Once you have your ticket, you just get on the train. It is an honor system and about 50% of the time on the S7 the conductor will come through and check tickets.

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Hi,

you can take CAT,S7,Bus or Taxi. The CAT will be a bit faster than the S7 to Wien Mitte, but also a lot more expensive. So as long as its not an emergency, I would prefer the S7.

If it is an emergency I would take a Taxi though ;) Faster and more comfortable than CAT. Last time I visited, I used this service: http://airport-taxi-wien.wien/en/ and was quite happy with it.

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Hi everybody, can you please tell me if it is customary to tip the taxi drivers in Vienna?

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I use my US credit card regularly and without problem at both the rail ticket machines and the subway ticket machines. I never use the CAT as it is a waste of money, but you can buy CAT tickets online or at the airport also with a credit card. Just be sure to let your credit card company know you will be overseas. Finally, just to clarify - the subway does not go to the airport.

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MrsEB - yes, you are correct. S-trains start with the letter S as S=schnell(fast) train. Subways in Vienna are indicated with the letter U standing for under. In Vienna there are 5 subway lines - U1, U2, U3, U4 and U6.

Kindly share where you are staying and I can tell you the best way from the airport to your hotel.

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Mrs EB , We will be returning to Vienna in October as well ( about three weeks stay ) Next NYC meeting on June 11 , much to share , hope you can make it !

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Hi, Emily -- we are thinking of staying at Pension Suzanne or Hotel Austria. Could you please tell us the public transit directions to each of them? Thanks!

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Mrs. EB I'm glad I just caught you , I have had to change the date to one week later , June 18 . A group that I am involved with in New Haven just threw me a curve on the 11th . I'll post the new date on the travel group thread in the next day or so , I hope you can still make it , Best , Steve