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Vienna öffi prices rise

On 1 July, public transportation will become more expensive for single ticket buyers. The umbrella organisation, VOR, (Transportation Network for the Eastern Region), will charge city dwellers €2.10 for a single-ride-ticket instead of €2. The Jahreskarte (annual permit), student tickets and Top-Jugendticket (youth discounts) and fares for seniors will remain at the current prices. The […]

Revisiting and Reviving the ‘Austrian Riviera’

Revisiting and Reviving the ‘Austrian Riviera’

On 28 Mar, 1894 at 19:00, Emperor Franz Josef boarded the Abbazia-bound Hofjagdzug at Vienna’s Südbahnhof to meet the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. The following morning at 9:00 sharp, the Kaiser pulled into the small station of Matulji with “beautiful sunshine, clear sky, blue sea and warm, kräftig air.” Coats of arms and laurel decorated the station with Austrian and […]

Weekend Séjour: Slovak Style

Weekend Séjour: Slovak Style

With our €200 budget we were conscious that our tickets would have cost significantly less if we had bought them in Slovakia. At Wien Südbahnhof (Ost), €14 is the standard price round-trip to Bratislava Hlavná Stanica. There, they would have been €11, but that didn’t matter. We were on our way to Slovakia, where everything […]

Westbahn: A Rough Start on Austria’s Privatised Rails

When its first sky blue and olive green trains set off on the route between Vienna and Salzburg in December 2011, Westbahn founder Stefan Wehinger and his team knew the climb would be steep, and that the details would make the difference. The main draw is the €23.80 fare between the two cities, roughly half […]

Vienna’s New Nightriders

On Sept. 3 the metro stations were crowded; boisterous groups, drinks in hand, laughing and calling out, voices echoing off the hard marble walls. Some sat on the floor, cross legged or legs stretched out, leaning against a pillar, pouring cocktails out of a thermos, sharing a pizza. It was one big party, everyone relishing […]

Navigating the Rails

Sitting on a hard plastic seat on a train taking me from Vienna International Airport to the city center, I think about all the trains I’ve been on and the various circumstances that have characterized my rides. Looking around, I notice how everyone seems to know exactly what they’re doing, where they’re going, and how […]

Europe on Hold

With confusion dominating the world after a plane crash killed Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski and much of the country’s elite, the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull could not have chosen a worse time to erupt, shooting clouds of ash into the atmosphere and grounding nearly every plane in Europe. The gods were clearly very angry. Lots of […]

Volcano Trains: Thousands Take to the Rails

Apr. 17, 2010, ICE 26 north to Dortmund, Germany from Vienna, departure time 10:40 a.m. At Vienna Westbahnhof the lines in front of the ticket counters are easily 50 meters long. The platforms are teeming with people. The numbers pulling little black carry-on bags and shouldering laptop briefcases are a clue to who these travellers […]

Tagebuch: March 2009

Dear Diary,  Owning my own car, I rarely use public transportation! So it was at the age of 20 when I took the train for the first time in my life, traveling to Salzburg at 19:00 of a Friday evening. Now, for all of you experienced travelers, this may seem like a simple undertaking. Not […]

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