By Tram, By Bike, On Foot
Vienna Tours Self Guided. If you are not into doing guided Vienna tours self guided trips are easy to do here. You may have heard it from me before: Compared to other European capitals, Vienna is compact, well structured, far from overcrowded and has one of the best public transport systems in Europe. On top, you will connect to the city on a truly local level as you will move around the same way to many of us do: by tram, by bike and on foot. A map of Vienna and ideally one of the many good travel guides (in addition to Vienna Unwrapped…) will be all you need.
Vienna Tours Self Guided. Tour the Ring boulevard (Ringstrasse) by Vienna Ringtram. This is the only tramway touring the whole Ring and provides a great first orientation of the city. The 30 minutes trip includes an overview about the attractions on your way through videos on LCD screens and audiophones in multiple languages in the carriages. The tour is also great value for money.
Hours of operation: daily, between 10am and 6pm (last tram at 5.21pm from Schwedenplatz)
Tickets: EUR 7 per tour; EUR 9 for 24 hour hop-on-hop-off ticket
Other Trams With Scenic Routes
Vienna Tours Self Guided. A few local tramways tick off a lot of landmarks, too. The No 1 tram between Karlsplatz and Vienna Prater covers parts of Ringstrasse boulevard, passing the Vienna State Opera, the Austrian Parliament and Vienna City Hall. It tours through the residential ninth district before crossing the Danube Canal towards the Prater.
My favourite scenic tramway is the ‘D-Wagen‘: Get in at Belvedere Castle, then pass Schwarzenbergplatz and onto Ringstrasse boulevard with the State Opera, Austrian Parliament, Vienna City Hall, and through the ninth district up to the local wineries and vineyards of Grinzing.
Vienna Tours Self Guided. Renting a bike with a bike rental firm gives you all the freedom to explore Vienna on your own. Vienna is largely flat and its network of bike paths covers more than 1,050 kilometres.
You can rent city bikes or premium bikes (with front suspension and 21 gears) from a local bike rental firm and tour operator. They come with a bicycle map and a personalised itinerary. The premium bikes can also be delivered to your hotel upon request for EUR 5 per bike. City bikes can be rented for EUR 12 a day (until 7pm). The premium bikes are EUR 18 for the same period. Helmets, bike bags and child seats are costed separately.
Vienna Tours Self Guided. This bike rental firm and tour operator has a special delivery and collection service of their high quality touring bikes. You receive your bike right where you stay. Locks, rain ponchos, helmets for kids are provided at no extra charge, along with free tour maps and descriptions. There aretrailer bikes available for children below 125 cms.
The touring bikes can be rented for EUR 27 for 24 hours (adults), and for EUR 32 including hotel pick up and drop off. If you have a Vienna Card you will be entitled to a 10 percent discount;
Vienna Tours Self Guided. Bike rental firm enzovelo offers high quality city and tour bikes as well as electric bikes. You can rent international top brands such as Flyer, koga miyata, maxcycles, and Raleigh.
T: 0043 (1) 310 05 45
Vienna Tours Self Guided. Rent a Citybike like the locals for your self guided Vienna tour. Vienna’s City Bike system has more than 80 bike stations which can be used 24/7 every day of the year. While the locals need to register to be able to rent a bike, visitors can borrow a Citybike Tourist Card for EUR 2 per day and per bike, and then pay an hourly fee between EUR 1 and EUR 4, whereby the first hour is free.
While the Citybike is a low cost option, it does not include accessories like helmets, rain ponchos or children’s bike seats. There is also no delivery service to your hotel, or bike maps included.
Click here for a map of city bike stations in the centre.
Ask your hotel or Bed and Breakfast whether you can borrow the Citybike Tourist Card. Alternatively, go to tour operator Royal Tours.
Location: Herrengasse 1-3, A-1010 Vienna (close to Cafe Central)
Opening hours: daily from 8am to 11.30am and 1pm to 6pm
Vienna Tours Self Guided: Walks
Self guided walks through Vienna are easy and pleasant if you restrict them to a certain area like Old Vienna, or the area around Spittelberg. Review my favourite walks through Vienna including maps.