A Budget Trip to Vienna

Vienna is considered among the most expensive European capitals and not only – Austria is on the 13th place among the most expensive countries in the world. Therefore, a budget trip is always welcome. First of all, you should carefully book your flight in advance at very good rates. Flights to Vienna are now very affordable. As soon as you have landed in Vienna, you can take the Schnell Bahn (S-Bahn), which is the local train and is much cheapier than the CAT green train. You will pay only 4 EUR/way. If you want to take the U-Bahn or Metro from the city centre, then you have to stop at Wien Mitte, the central station, where all transfer trains stop. A good tip for your budget is to buy food from the local supermarkets – there are very many chains in Vienna – Billa, Spar, Merkur. However, please note that they are usually open from Monday to Saturday from about 9 A.M. to 18 or maybe 19. But, if you need something to buy from a supermarket on Sunday, don’t worry, you have two central possibilities to do this – at West Bahnhof the Merkur supermarket is open everyday from 5 A.M. to 23 and Billa at Praterstern Station is open from 6 A.M. to 21.
Also, if you drink a lot of water, take care to buy it from these stores, as it might be very expensive if you buy it from the Schonbrunn Palace, for instance. If you are in Vienna for a weekend, then it is very good if you buy the Vienna Card – it includes transportation for bus, tram, U Bahn and S Bahn for 72 hours from the moment you validate the tickets. Also, you get important discounts from museums and other attractions. If you would like to enjoy a cup of coffee, then avoid the central cafes and restaurants. As a tip, you can have a grand cup of coffee at Mc Donald’s, it is very tasty and strong!
Accommodation must be booked several months in advance in order to get the best rates. If you are on a tight budget, another tip is to save money by not buying too many souvenirs from the museums neighbourhood. You will find very nice items at local stores, and not in the city centre. Vienna is worth seeing all year round, but summer is the best time to enjoy the local atmosphere, a pleasant walk in the evening along the commercial streets or in some of the most famous parks.

Budget Trip to Vienna
Budget Trip to Vienna

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