Vienna is an international city with an international airport of its own. If you are planning to visit the city from India, there are several direct as well as connecting flights from various India cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad etc. There are several flights that ply on regular basis to and from India to the city of Vienna such as Jet Airways, Air India, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Niki, Lufthansa and many more.
As an Indian citizen, one can apply for tourist visa for Vienna from various cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Jalandhar, Bangalore, and Kolkata. The visa charges are EUR 60 (subject to change in INR as per the exchange rate) along with an additional service charge (inclusive of service tax levied upon per application) of amount EUR 30. One can pay the fee either in cash or by a Demand Draft in favour of 'VFS GLOBAL SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED' at the above-mentioned centres.
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The city of Vienna houses an airport of its own located just outside the city limits namely Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien-Schwechat). The airport serves as a base to the flag-carrier Austrian Airlines along with the budget airline Niki. Several international airlines including from most of the European countries and plenty of intercontinental airlines plies direct flights to Vienna regularly. However, if you are flying from Aerica, your only option is Austrian Airlines and there is no direct service to Northern England and Africa (except from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia).
Getting to Vienna by car or taxi is very easy as taxis are easily available and journey is full of scenic beauty. However, one might have to face heavy traffic especially while entering the city during any hour. Also, the parking area is quite limited with time limit restricted to 120 minutes (from 9:00 to 22:00, Monday to Friday). It is advisable to use other modes of transport for travelling to Vienna.
The rail network of Austria is quite efficient, comfortable, reliable and adorned with all sorts of modern facilities. The city of Vienna is home to several major stations with all their names starting with the German word –Wien”. The southern and the Western main train stations are well connected to the rest of the city where most people arrive. One can easily reach the other cities of Austria such as Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, Munich, and Venice from the main stations of Vienna through regular rail service. One can also connect to Vienna from other countries such as Germany (RailJet, Euro Night Line), Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Greece and many more through various trains, some plying regularly while other not so frequently.
Vienna offers an extensive network of public transport managed by the Vienna Transport Authority, which includes trams, rail, commuterês rail, buses, subways and taxis. The ways of commuting are inexpensive and quite efficient. The rail network is fast and reliable with complete informative timetables, discounts and great services available on rail website. The underground subway is easy to navigate. Metros or U-Bahn runs daily from 5:00 to 00:30 and all day long on Fridays and Saturdays. One can ride S-Bahn trains while visiting the surrounding districts and towns. Trams are another great way to get around the city and for sightseeing. They run every 5-15 minutes between 05:00 and 00:30. Bus service in Vienna mostly serves in suburbs and is not so popular with tourists but night buses that replace the U-Bahn from 00:45 to 05:00 on weekdays are quite handy and cheap. A single ride ticket costs EUR 210, a 24-hours ticket costs EUR 710, a 48-hours ticket costs EUR 1240 and at last a 72-hours tickets costs around EUR 1540. One can purchase the ticket from multilingual machines at every U-Bahn station and on buses and trams. The ride is free for children up to six years old. The Vienna Card with 72-hours of travel through public transport plus more than 200 discounts to museums, concerts, caf_s, and more, costs EUR 2190. One can buy it from Tourist Information Offices or from the Wiener Linien offices.
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