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Saturday, 5 September 2009

Transport of some Delight

Today the rain had finally stopped, and so it was time to explore Vienna. And this is made easy by use of the city’s excellent public transport system. No doubt some will prefer a hire car, taxi or the horse and trap provided in order to relieve tourists of their money, but the coverage of the transport system, and its ease of use, is persuasive: a 72 hour ticket costs EUR 13.60, which in Sterling works out at less than four quid a day.

The design of the interchanges is one way in which using the system has been made easier: tram routes coming into the city connect on the level with other trams, or via pedestrian subways, and those subways also feed into the U-Bahn (or underground, as we might say). Also connecting seamlessly is the Schnellbahn, a network of what we would term “heavy rail” lines. The “Innere Stadt”, the very heart of the city, is served by hopper buses: no tourist should feel left out.

And, between the transport and the sights, comes walking. Overweight? This is the one for you.

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