Sometimes it is quite difficult to reach a destination by public transport. We have collected some tips for excursions without a car here, so that you can also take a trip by train. We also checked how far the walk from the train station to the destination will be, so that it is clear in advance whether it is an excursion day or a hiking day 🙂
Excursion tips without a car – excursion by train
The excursion destinations and sights listed here are listed according to the distance from Vienna.
Stift Klosterneuburg – Klosterneuburg monestary
Klosterneuburg Abbey with its museum and wine cellar is one of the major highlights near Vienna. Public access: from Vienna Nußdorf you can take the 400 bus to the Klosterneuburg-Kierling train station stop. It is then a 7-minute walk to Stiftsplatz. Alternatively, you can take the REX to Klosterneuburg-Weidling Bhf station, then take the S40 one station further, and then it’s another 7 minutes from the Klosterneuburg-Kierling Bhf stop.
the city of Baden near Vienna – City trip with thermal baths
The connection from the center of Vienna to Baden near Vienna is very practical. From Karlsplatz you can take the Badner Bahn directly to the center of Badner. Not only a beautiful city with many sights awaits you there, but also a casino, the Baden thermal baths, rose gardens and you can also walk on the Badner hiking trails in the footsteps of Beethoven or the Vienna water pipe hiking trail.
Wals and hiks in the vienna woods
In addition to the city trip, the Wienerwald is the perfect alternative near Vienna. There is a train connection from Wien Hütteldorf with the REX or the Schnellbahn S50. When you get off at the Purkersdorf train station, you can walk into the Purkersdorf Nature Park. From the Untertullnerbach stop, you can walk to the Wienerwaldsee in a few minutes.
Strasshof railway museum “Das Heizhaus”
The railway museum is located in Strasshof an der Nordbahn, a special adventure for all fans of old railways, locomotives and train sets. This excursion destination is also a great experience for children. You can take the S1 express train from Vienna to Silberwald train station. After that, it’s only a 10-minute walk to your destination.
Mistelbach – MAMUZ Museum Mistelbach
With annually changing exhibitions and free entry with the Niederösterreich-CARD, the MAMUZ Museum Mistelbach is also an exciting destination. Take the S2 from Vienna to Mistelbach. From the Mistelbach Stadt train station it is then another 11 minutes to the exhibition site. Since this excursion tip is located in the city center, you can plan a nice day trip from it.
Krems – Wachau – Melk – excursion tips without a car
Speaking of day trips! It is also relatively practical to take the train to Krems an der Donau and use the city as a starting point for further excursions. A stroll through the city center is recommended, you can rent a bike at one of the many Nextbike bike rental stations and ride on the Danube Cycle Path, or you can hike on the World Heritage Trail. With the excursion boat, the bus or the Wachaubahn, it is also relatively quick and easy to get to the Wachau or to Melk. The region from Krems along the Wachau to Melk is therefore a perfect example of a trip without a car or even a holiday without a car.
Retzer Erlebniskeller and Reblausexpress
The town of Retz is known for its windmill, but there are also many tips for excursions related to wine. From Vienna you can travel directly to Retz by train. Then you are in 10 minutes at the main square in Retz, where you can explore the Retzer Erlebniskeller. There are also many bars to discover around the main square in Retz. In about 30 minutes you can also reach the Retz windmill, so a walk is definitely worth it. There is even more to experience with the Reblaus Express. Between March and October, this train connection runs to Drosendorf, a special experience.
Laa an der Thaya
You can get to the thermal baths in Laa by taking the S2 express train line from Vienna to the train station. After that, there are still about 10 minutes to walk. Thus, a trip by train or a trip to the Kuscheltherme spa is also a beautiful, lasting experience.
The Roman town of Carnuntum offers exciting insights into Roman times and their legion camps. This excursion destination is also very well connected to the public. From Vienna you can take the S7 express train to Petronell-Carnuntum station. It is then a 12-minute walk to the attraction.
Capital of Lower Austria: St. Pölten
There is a fast public connection especially to St. Pölten. Due to its location on the western railway line, you can get from Vienna to the provincial capital of Lower Austria within half an hour. But St. Pölten can also be nicely connected. For example with Krems on the Danube or to the south with the Mariazell Railway.
Ötschergräben, Gemeindealpe und Mariazell
Hiking with public transport is possible in the Mostviertel, for example. With the Westbahn to St. Pölten, with the Mariazellerbahn to the Ötschergräben or further to Mitterbach to the Gemeindealpe and alternatively further to Mariazell, where the Bürgeralpe can also be visited.
By train from Vienna to the Neusiedlersee
Another tip is to take the train to Lake Neusiedl. This is also relatively easy for a trip or a short vacation. Starting from Vienna Central Station, the journey to the train station “Neusiedl am See Bad Bahnhof” takes just 50 minutes. From there you can reach the Mole West in 20 minutes.
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In the Mole West you can eat well, or go out with a boat from the seaport. The Neusiedlersee is also easily accessible by public transport in Weiden am See. From the train station, it’s a 9-minute walk to Seepark Weiden.