We like to explore and experience each destination to the fullest and a good way to do this is to stay longer in a hub city and take day trips to different places each day. There are so many places to see and things to do outside of Vienna.
It can be cheaper and easier than packing and carrying all your luggage to multiple hotels, especially when you get a good deal to stay longer at your hotel, hostel or Airbnb. Vienna is close to many beautiful cities. It is important if you are thinking of crossing the border of a nearby country to always have your passport with you.
In this guide we’ve selected our favourite day trips from Vienna and share all the information you need to start planning your day trip, including how to get to each place. We hope this list inspires you to take lots of day trips from Vienna and visit other nearby destinations.
Top Tours From Vienna
Vienna is the perfect base for day trips to some of the best European capitals such as Bratislava , Budapest , Prague and Ljubljana . It is also an incredible hub for exploring more of Austria. Some of the best day trips from Vienna are Salzburg and Hallstatt .
1. Vienna to Salzburg Austria
Let’s start with Austria. Salzburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the Austrian Alps and is also the home of Mozart and the Mirabell Gardens & Palaces. To fully explore this beautiful city, you need to stay 2 to 3 days, but with a day you can get a good taste of what Salzburg has to offer.
While in Salzburg, be sure to visit Schloss Hellbrunn , take the Sound of Music Movie Locations Tour, take some of the city’s most impressive photos from Fortress Hohensalzburg and grab a coffee at Café Tomaselli .
Although a full day may not be enough to see everything Salzburg has to offer, it is one of the best day trips from Vienna.
Transfer to Salzburg from Vienna: Take a direct train from Vienna to Salzburg. The journey takes approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes. Trains depart every 25-30 minutes starting at 5:30 am and the last train back to Vienna departs at 22:00. Tickets cost €25 per direction if you buy them a week in advance, up to €54 per direction if you buy on the same day.
2. Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia
The old town of Bratislava is completely different from Vienna, with pastel-coloured buildings, interesting statues, cobbled streets and a beautiful blue church. Our favourite view is from Bratislava Castle. It’s quite a hike to get to the top, so if walking is in your strengths, you can always take a walk there. Bratislava is also extremely cheap compared to its neighbouring cities, so it’s a good option if you’re travelling on a budget. Without a doubt, Bratislava is one of the best day trips from Vienna.
The best things to do in Bratislava: Bratislava Castle, Michael’s Gate, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Old Town, UFO Bridge (for city views), the Presidential Palace, street art and the Blue Church.
Transfer to Bratislava from Vienna: Travel time from Bratislava to Vienna is less than an hour and bus tickets range from 5 to 10 euros each way. Another great option is to take a train from Vienna to Bratislava, departing from Wien Sudbanhof and arriving at Bratislava Central Station or Bratislava Petrzalka Central Station. Both stations are close to the city center and are easily accessible by public transport or taxi.
3. Vienna To Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is our favorite city in Eastern Europe with many attractions and unique atmosphere. It is only 3 hours by bus from Vienna. Although you could spend a whole week in Budapest, if you have limited time, a day is a great way to get a glimpse of this wonderful city.
Budapest is known for its baths, its impressive parliament and its cultural heritage. Our favourite landmarks in the city are the Dorothy Synagogue, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Chain Bridge. This is a great day trip if you’re staying a few extra days in Vienna and want to see something different.
Getting to Budapest from Vienna: You can take a direct train from Vienna to Budapest or you can also take a bus. The bus and train journey takes approximately the same time, 2 hours 45 minutes.
4. Vienna to Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is four hours from Vienna but it’s worth it! Entering Prague is like entering a fairy tale. Our favourite sights in Prague are the Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock, the Jewish Quarter and getting lost in its cobbled streets.
Getting to Prague from Vienna: The train journey from Vienna to Prague takes approximately 4 hours and departs frequently from Vienna Hauptbahnhof (main station). You could also take a bus or drive for 3.5 hours.
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5. Vienna to Ljubljana, Slovenia
It’s about 5 hours by bus from Vienna to Ljubljana, but it’s one of our favourite small towns in Europe. Ljubljana is a charming city and not overrun with tourists, which makes it even more magical. Ljubljana reminds us of a mixture of Vienna and Eastern Europe. You can see the whole city in less than a day, as it is quite small and compact. Our favorite sights are Ljubljana Castle, the Triple Bridge, the Dragon Bridge and just walking around the old town.
Transfer to Ljubljana from Vienna: The easiest way to travel is by car and takes about 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus which takes about 7 hours.
6. Vienna to Hallstatt
Hallstatt is one of Austria’s most beautiful villages and is also famous on Instagram for its super scenic views, making it one of the best day trips from Vienna. Hallstatt is an ancient alpine village full of history and stunning scenery. This lakeside village will blow you away. The best things to do in Hallstatt are to walk around and visit the colorful market square , the creepy painted skulls of the Bone Chapel , take great photos on the various platforms and of course take a boat ride on the lake.
From Hallstatt you can also continue into the mountains to drive the Grossglockner High Alpine Road , one of the most popular destinations in Austria due to its stunning natural beauty.
Transfer to Hallstatt from Vienna: Take the OBB train line to Attnang-Puchheim for 2 hours and 10 minutes and then change trains and take the local REX to Hallstatt station for another 70 minutes and finally cross the lake on a ferry. Another option is to drive 3 hours in a rental car.
See HERE a list with other day trips from Vienna!