Buses in Austria, Europe – Transport

Austria has an excellent rail network. But the Alpine villages and other hard to get places are serviced by buses. The bus service complements the rail services. The bus service run by OBB (Austrian Federal Railways) was called Bahnbus and that run by the Post Office was called the Postbus. In 2005 however they merged to form the OBB Postbus Gmbh after OBB bought over the Postbus. The frequency varies throughout the day and the week. austria2The service is more at peak hours of the day. On weekends reduces and in some places does not run at all.

The train stations and Post offices of the main towns invariably will have a bus station or Busbahnhof next to them. The bus schedules are put up at the stations and the relevant ones at the smaller stops. The stops have a sign of a green “H” for “Haltestelle”. But to get a comprehensive schedule one would have to purchase it. Tickets can be bought at the bus or from ticket machines at the bus station. Passes/travelcards for 24 hours (Netzkarte) and 72 hours are available. They are also available for 8 days (8-Tage-Karte) or for the week (Wochenkarte). These give a cheaper per ride rate. Travelcards are valid in trams, buses, U-Bahn and S-Bahn. Some of them give discount in museums.

There are intercity buses but buses are more often used to reach places in the mountains or other hard to reach places not serviced by trains. In cities there are bus service from the airport to the city centre. For instance, in Vienna there are buses at regular intervals from Wien-Schwechat airport to Schwedenplatz during the daytime (6:20am – midnight), to Sudbahnhof and to Westbahnhof. Like other places in Europe Vienna also has a night bus service which kicks in at half past midnight to 5 am.

For details and fares Postbus customer service (daily from 7 am- 8pm) can be contacted at –
+43 (1) 711 01 – When calling from outside Austria
0810-222 333 – When calling from within Austria

There are a number of concessions given to senior citizens and children for bus/tram travels. Some are fare reductions and in some cases children travel free.
Details at postbus.at
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