Austria travel guide

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You're Going to Love Austria

Whether you are discovering some of Austria's modern art, eating a traditional Schnitzel, or going rafting down a river, you are sure to have a fun and exciting time. With its scenic mountains, architecture and music scene, it is no wonder so many travelers flock to Austria.

What to do in Austria

1. Visit Vienna's Belvedere Palace

This impressive building dates back to the 18th century and contains numerous rare and priceless art pieces.

2. Discover the Hohensalzburg

The fortress sits on a hill just outside of Salzburg and is considered to be one of the largest castles in Europe.

3. Enjoy the Vienna State Opera

A trip to Austria is not complete without listening to classical music, so make sure to stop by and tour the beautiful building or hear a performance.

4. Enjoy Austria's Public Parks

For guests that would like to spend time in some of the country's green spaces, visit the Prater in Vienna. The park is perfect for picnics and also contains a Ferris wheel.

5. Explore Austrian Culture

Learn more about Austria's art, history, music, and culture. Spend some time in MuseumsQuartier, a cultural district that can be found in Vienna.

1. Visit Vienna's Belvedere Palace

This impressive building dates back to the 18th century and contains numerous rare and priceless art pieces.

2. Discover the Hohensalzburg

The fortress sits on a hill just outside of Salzburg and is considered to be one of the largest castles in Europe.

3. Enjoy the Vienna State Opera

A trip to Austria is not complete without listening to classical music, so make sure to stop by and tour the beautiful building or hear a performance.

4. Enjoy Austria's Public Parks

For guests that would like to spend time in some of the country's green spaces, visit the Prater in Vienna. The park is perfect for picnics and also contains a Ferris wheel.

5. Explore Austrian Culture

Learn more about Austria's art, history, music, and culture. Spend some time in MuseumsQuartier, a cultural district that can be found in Vienna.

When to visit Austria

Austria in October
Estimated hotel price
C$ 194
1 night at 3-star hotel
Austria in October
Estimated hotel price
C$ 194
1 night at 3-star hotel

In order to avoid peak tourist season while also benefiting from good weather, the best time to visit Austria is between the months of April to May and September to October.

How to Get to Austria

Entry Requirements

Citizens of countries that are a part of the Schengen Zone are able to travel to Austria freely. Individuals that are not part of the Schengen Zone, such as those from the United States, can go to Austria without a visa for a maximum of 90 days.

Plane

Flying is one of the most common ways for travelers to go to Austria, as there are 6 airports to choose from, with Vienna International Airport being the most popular.

Train

Every neighboring country offers international trains to Austria at least once an hour, including Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

Car

While travelers are able to drive into Austria, you may come across an immigration check depending on which border you are using. Additionally, certain highways require you to have a tax sticker on your vehicle, which will cost around €8.50 ($9.50) for 10 days and approximately €25 ($27) for 8 weeks.

Bus

There are many buses between Austria and bordering countries, with Eurolines Austria being one of the largest providers. If you will be traveling from Serbia or Croatia, you may be able to find one-way tickets for around €45 ($50).

Entry Requirements

Citizens of countries that are a part of the Schengen Zone are able to travel to Austria freely. Individuals that are not part of the Schengen Zone, such as those from the United States, can go to Austria without a visa for a maximum of 90 days.

Plane

Flying is one of the most common ways for travelers to go to Austria, as there are 6 airports to choose from, with Vienna International Airport being the most popular.

Train

Every neighboring country offers international trains to Austria at least once an hour, including Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

Car

While travelers are able to drive into Austria, you may come across an immigration check depending on which border you are using. Additionally, certain highways require you to have a tax sticker on your vehicle, which will cost around €8.50 ($9.50) for 10 days and approximately €25 ($27) for 8 weeks.

Bus

There are many buses between Austria and bordering countries, with Eurolines Austria being one of the largest providers. If you will be traveling from Serbia or Croatia, you may be able to find one-way tickets for around €45 ($50).

Popular airlines serving Austria

Lufthansa
Good (4,688 reviews)
KLM
Good (846 reviews)
SWISS
Good (951 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,573 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,608 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,280 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (488 reviews)
Air France
Good (979 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,597 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,113 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,953 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,441 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,925 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
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Finnair
Good (864 reviews)
LOT
Good (681 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (923 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
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Scandinavian Airlines
Good (815 reviews)
Etihad Airways
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Where to stay in Austria

The most common place to stay in Austria is a traditional hotel, which will require you to fill out some forms based on your identification even if you are only staying for one night. To save money during your trip, you can always opt to rent a bed in a youth hostel as well.

Where to stay in popular areas of Austria

Most booked hotels in Austria

Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 165+
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 187+
H+ Hotel Salzburg
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 211+
Leonardo Hotel Vienna Schönbrunn
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 108+
Grand Ferdinand
5 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 261+
Hilton Vienna Plaza
5 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 253+

How to Get Around Austria

Public Transportation

In the bigger cities, like Vienna, you can use the quick and efficient metro to travel throughout the city, with a 24h pass costing approximately €8 ($9). Throughout the rest of the country, you can count on effective bus, tram and train services.

Trains

Trains are one of the most common types of transportation in Austria, as they are comfortable and connect all major cities. If you purchase a VORTEILScard, you will be eligible to receive discounts on domestic tickets.

Car

If you plan on traveling to a more rural area of Austria, renting a car is one of the easiest modes of transportation to take. Many highways have toll roads, so make sure that you have coins on-hand.

Plane

Although it is not the most common type of transportation, it is possible to fly to different cities in Austria with a domestic ticket generally costing around €300-500 ($330-560).

Public Transportation

In the bigger cities, like Vienna, you can use the quick and efficient metro to travel throughout the city, with a 24h pass costing approximately €8 ($9). Throughout the rest of the country, you can count on effective bus, tram and train services.

Trains

Trains are one of the most common types of transportation in Austria, as they are comfortable and connect all major cities. If you purchase a VORTEILScard, you will be eligible to receive discounts on domestic tickets.

Car

If you plan on traveling to a more rural area of Austria, renting a car is one of the easiest modes of transportation to take. Many highways have toll roads, so make sure that you have coins on-hand.

Plane

Although it is not the most common type of transportation, it is possible to fly to different cities in Austria with a domestic ticket generally costing around €300-500 ($330-560).

The Cost of Living in Austria

When dining in a restaurant, you can expect a standard lunch with a drink to cost you around €15 ($16). In a grocery store, a loaf of bread will cost you less than €2 ($2.20), while 12 eggs will cost approximately €4.50 ($5). Debit and credit cards are widely accepted.