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When to go
Summer is inevitably busy and while winter can by bitingly cold, the days are often clear and there are always the excellent Christmas markets in December. Spring and autumn are perhaps the best seasons to visit Vienna, but avoid September when there are usually many conferences are in town.
PlanesSchwechat airport is 12 miles from the centre and linked by the CAT train every 30 minutes (€11; www.cityairporttrain.at). A taxi into town will cost at least €30. Some budget airlines fly to Bratislava in Slovakia 65 kilometres away and connected to Vienna by a 90-minute coach ride.
BoatsThe Twin City Liner links Vienna with Bratislava in Slovakia further down the Danube. The trip between the world’s closest capitals takes 75 minutes, costs from €20 and has departures from Bratislava to Schwedenplatz from 12 noon–10.30pm (www.twincityliner.com).
TrainsTrains head in different directions from Vienna’s three stations: Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof (north), Westbahnhof (west) and Südbahnhof (south and east). You can travel to Vienna on the Orient Express – the real one, not the Poirot reconstruction – check www.seat61.com for details.
AutomobilesA car is not necessary in Vienna; especially as parking can be an absolute nightmare.
TaxisThere are plenty of ranks although you can also flag down taxis in the street. If you get your hotel to order a cab for you specify if you want a regular taxi or a hotel limo service.