They’re shining! And smell like they came from the factory today!
This is a common sight for anyone in Vienna. The VOR ticket machines. I’ve been checked THREE times in the last two weeks, which means that Wienerlinien are really stepping up their ticket controls now before Christmas.. I can go a month or two without being checked normally. Vienna is actually a REALLY affordable city in terms of public transport, or Öffis as the Austrians call it. To get an annual ticket will cost you about 32 Euro per month, which gives you access to buses, trams, s-bahn (regional trains, but only within the borders of Vienna city), and of course subways. I’ve never lived in a city this affordable and reliable. Yes it can be a bit shit if it snows a lot, but you’ll still make it! Which is pretty good in itself. On a normal day you can rely on the Öffis to get you to work within 20 minutes of your plan if you’re just winging it, and if you plan it to perfection you normally make it to your destination within 5 minutes of your plan. So yes… I may be annoyed with them sometimes (like when bus drivers smoke out the window of the buses on a cold day), but on the whole, I’m quite happy to be in a city where it’s this easy to not have a car. 🙂
In the suburbs, people have to rely on the train to get to school/work every day. I snapped this a while ago, showing the daily commute for the schoolkids that live in Schwechat (out towards the airport).
I’ve been sick as a dog for the past two days… gotta say, I’m really happy to be back on my feet!! 🙂
If you want to see the main sites in Vienna, but don’t feel like forking out for a tourist bus, you can get a day-pass (unless you already have one with Wienerlinien, then you don’t need to do anything more) and take the the D-line from one end to the next. It passes most of the important things in Vienna, and goes at a leisurely pace. You’ll pass the important theaters, the parliament, most of the museums, the opera house, Belvedere castle, Fernwärme Wien (a building designed by Hundertwasser)… Really, if you want a hop-on hop-off line that doesn’t have an extra price tag, and that is also not full of tourists – it’s the perfect choice. 😉