Travelers headed to Austria can take advantage of several good deals on local city transportation.
In Salzburg, visitors can purchase a 72-hour pass for $8.50 that allows unlimited travel on the city’s trolley and bus lines, or a 24-hour pass for about $4.25. Both passes provide free use of the funicular to the Hohensalzburg Fortress.
In Vienna, a 24-hour rover ticket for about $4 can save travelers money on subways, buses and trams. Another option for those planning to spend more time in Vienna is a booklet of “strip tickets,” good for one year. Each strip is valid for one person for one day’s unlimited travel on public transport. An eight-day strip costs about $21.
In Innsbruck, a 24-hour pass valid on street cars and bus lines, costs about $4.50; a five-day version is about $8.50. Innsbruck also offers free membership in Club Innsbruck if you stay more than three nights at a hotel in the city. Membership, provided through a hotel-issued card, provides free daily bus service to five skiing/hiking areas, discounts on sightseeing flights over the Alps, plus admissions to museums and the Alpine Zoo.
Visitors planning to travel extensively should consider the Rabbit Card offered by the Austrian Railway Network. The card allows a choice of any four days of unlimited rail travel within a 10-day period, as well as free boat trips on Lake St. Wolfgang. For first-class travel, the card costs $136; second-class, $91.
Call the Austrian National Tourist Office at (213) 477-3332 or Rail Europe at (800) 345-1990.