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Public transport in Vienna

Schnellbahn Photo, Wien, Austria

Vienna has excellent well-developed network of public transport, so there is no such thing as second-hand market in the lounge or queues at the stations - transport is strictly on schedule and at short intervals.

The transport network is represented by five metro lines, buses, trams and commuter system and intra-rail called Schnellbahn (S-Bahn). At the last used railcar Bombardier Talent.

With tickets in Vienna is interesting: for all types of transport they are equivalent, ie the same ticket can be used for travel on the subway and buses and trams, and even S-Bahn (but only within the city) until until it expires.

Before the trip ticket must be validated, but in this case, it is considered valid, since it placed the time of activation. Tickets can be purchased at subway stations in the special machines, "talking" in different languages. To do this, select the number of days that will work the ticket and put his money into the machine. I note that the ticket is calculated from the date stamped on it the date, but not immediately after purchase.

Choose your tickets is very broad, here are some prices:
- A monthly pass - 50 euros;
- Tickets for 8 days, which you can use any 8 days (not necessarily consecutive), kompostiruya before each trip - 28 euros;
- Ticket for 72 hours - 14 euros;
- Ticket 24 hours - 6 €;
- A ticket for one trip - 2 euros.

If you do not want to buy a ticket from the machine, you can pay on-site - in trams have machines where you can throw a 2 euro trifle, and get a ticket. But it should be borne in mind that in the old trams paper money machine does not accept, and supervisors can come at any time. This is what happened to me when I arrived in Vienna early in the morning, I saw the right tram and jumped into it without a ticket, hoping to get some stops "hare." But there it was! Three controllers have gone on the next stop and threatening questions: Ticket? From this "outrage" I was slightly taken aback, because the controllers in Austria were rarely used (this does not apply to long-distance trains, where they visit several times per trip) and showed the paper to 20 euros, said that just arrived, where buy tickets do not know, but a scoundrel driver does not want me to change money. In their rejoinder: why should we care that? No ticket - pay a fine! I, pointing to the bag, tried to encourage them to conscience, to take pity on an ignorant foreigner, and tell him where and how to buy a ticket to me, armed with knowledge, never did so. Surprisingly it worked, all three at once forgot about fines and vied with each other to tell me where to buy this ill-fated ticket.

However, this case - the exception rather live in Europe, friends afterwards declared that I was lucky to stay with their 60 euros, this is exactly the sum of the fine for fare dodging. In the other is to say that over the next 2 weeks, controllers, I have not met even once, but regularly bought tickets. Murphy's Law?

If you have not purchased tickets in advance, the buses can be paid directly to the driver, the right of it there is such a cash register, which prints the ticket and gives change. Despite the relatively small number of passengers, buses with an accordion, so the cabin is almost always a place.

At stops doors do not open yourself to get out - you should press the button on the door or on the rail, the same thing outside. This is done because people are not very many, and therefore there is no need to open the door for nothing, thus saving heat inside the cabin in winter, electricity, and less wear out mechanical parts. The metro is the same.

If you press the button during the movement, the door, of course, does not open, but the lights at the stop light and the door will open without re-pressing. And the keys open the doors to the new subway, the old need to pull the handle:

Salons in the metro mostly bright and make a good impression, especially the coloring of the walls.

Now, with regard to the stations. Many of the escalators are not afraid of rain, and moving passengers directly onto the street. In addition to the escalators at big stations are there and elevators for passengers with heavy bags. Station not particularly noteworthy. Although there are attempts to diversify the scant practicality, something hanging from the ceiling. Stations of the old model in its own interest.

Since the Vienna Metro shallow and often goes out, the stations are often located directly on the street. And most importantly: no turnstiles in the subway, the leadership of the Vienna Metro hopes solely on the conscience of the passengers, but there is also periodically visited the overseers.

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