I’ve got a ton of posts to crank out on our family vacation to Sicily and Salzburg. I’m hoping to get my butt in gear. Here’s a quick peek at what I expect to cover:
- Getting There. Connecting In Rome And Using Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points Overseas
- Hotel Review: Sheraton Catania, Sicily
- A Return To Taormina, A Beautiful City On A Hill
- Our Favorite Part of Taormina
- Exploring Mt. Etna
- Walking And Eating In Downtown Catania
- A Day In Siracusa
- Priority Pass Lounge At Catania Airport
- Mess after Mess. airberlin To Salzburg
- Hotel Review: Sheraton Grand Salzburg
- Sound of Music Tour
- Walking Around Salzburg
- L’Osteria Restaurant
- Salt Mines at Berchtesgaden
- Cable Car at Untersbergbahn
- Tasty Donuts, Salzburg
- Train To Vienna
- Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Vienna, OMG
- Park Hyatt Vienna Review, Part 2
- Riding The U-Bahn Subway In Vienna
- Schmetterlinghaus: The Imperial Butterfly House
- Haus des Meeres: Aqua Terra Zoo
- Austrian Airlines Lounge, Vienna Airport
- Austrian Airlines VIE-IAD, Business Class Review
- Wrapping Up
I’m generally a fan of rail-based public transportation when I travel. Call it a subway, metro, the “L”. I’m onboard for most of them. I don’t mind Uber, though I’m not especially fond of taxi cabs. I feel like I can see the city a bit more like a resident when taking a train here and there. And, I’ve encountered many subway systems that are clean and efficient.
Vienna was no different with their U-bahn. The system covers a decent portion of the city. We were able to use it for each of our trips during our short stay.
There are a variety of pricing options detailed on their website. Some of the options are:
Kids under 6 travel free. Kids under 15 travel free on Sundays and holidays.
We traveled on single-trip passes for €2.20 (with the discounted passes for the kiddos). There are automated ticket machines as well as ticket counters staffed with helpful employees to guide you.
It’s a bit of an honor system. You’re required to validate your tickets at one of the kiosks located throughout the terminals. I generally marvel at systems like this. I wonder how many people would pay the fare in NYC if they went with the honor system?
The stations are well-lit and clean, with plenty of signage. The trains were clean as well. We traveled midday so can’t report on rush hour conditions. During the off-peak hours we never really saw a meaningful crowd.
The entrances to the stations are generally marked by a blue cube with a white “U” on 4 sides. In many stations, the cubes are lit up for night-time visibility.
The Final Two Pennies
We found the U-Bahn exceptionally easy to use. There were stations conveniently located throughout the city. The trains were clean, affordable and ran on-time. I would recommend it as an affordable option for getting around Vienna.
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