General information on Vienna


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Travelling - Accessibility / Public Transport in Vienna

Vienna has a well-developed public transport network. Buses, trains, trams and underground lines will take you almost anywhere in the city in no time at all. Vienna public transport Wiener Linien operates five underground lines, 31 tram and 80 bus lines, of which 21 are night lines. Night lines only operate between 0.30 am and 5 am. The fastest and cheapest way of moving around Vienna is using public transport.
You will get a 3-day-pass for public transportation in your conference pack.

Travelling from and to the Vienna Airport (Schwechat)

Vienna International Airport is located 13 kilometres south east of Vienna.

  • Rapid Train Railway:
    With an ÖBB ticket, the S7 will take you in 30 minutes to the city centre. Price: 3,90€ (oneway to Vienna  includes also the use of the public transport in Vienna).
  • City Airport Train (CAT):
    with the CAT it will take 15 minutes but it will cost 11€ for a single and 17€ for a return ticket).
  • Taxis
    Taxi fares to the conference venue are about EUR 40 -50 Euros (depends on the traffic) and take around 25 minutes. There is a taxi rank outside the airport terminal. Night-time fees are slightly higher.
    Taxi 40100 (yellow office at airport) offers a fixed price of 36 Euros for the Airporttransport!
  • Bus
    The Vienna AirportLines operate several bus lines between Vienna and the Vienna International Airport. Wien Schwedenplatz - Vienna International Airport takes approx. 20 min.
    Price: oneway 8 Euros, Return 13 Euros
  • Taxis in Vienna
    A taxi is the most comfortable way of getting around the city but also the most expensive. Vienna's taxis do not have a special livery/colour. They are identifiable by their roof-sign which is lit when available. Prices must be displayed inside the cab and meters (which are compulsory in all cabs) will indicate the fare.
  • Car Parking
    Most districts (like the 18th, where the main BOKU building is located) are short-term parking zones. Parking vouchers (“Parkscheine”), to be filled in and placed behind the windscreen, are available at tobacconists (“Tabak-Trafik”), railway stations and Vienna public transport offices. The charge is EUR 1.05 per 30 minutes.



In case of illness

A list of doctors in Vienna can be found in the phone book and at www.praxisplan.at  (search for language skills possible). In case you need a doctor you should try to find out in advance whether he/she is working together with the Viennese health service (“Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse”).

To be able to actually see the doctor you either need a health insurance card or a European sickness certificate (e.g. E 111). This form should be accepted by most of the doctors.
In Vienna, you can find many hospitals.

Here’s the main hospital:
  Allgemeines Krankenhaus der Stadt Wien (AKH)
  Währinger Gürtel 18-20, A-1090 Wien
  Phone.: +43 1 40400-0


Pharmacies
Pharmacies are open from 8.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 18.00 hrs on weekdays, from 8.00 - 12.00 hrs on Saturdays. Medicines that do not require a medical prescription may be purchased directly over the counter. If you need advice, do not hesitate to ask the pharmacist. If you usually take some medicine in particular, it is advisable to bring a sufficient amount with you for your trip. There are duty pharmacies open 24 hours a day in all city districts. Outside all the pharmacies there is a list of the nearest duty pharmacies.

Safety - Emergency Phone Numbers in Austria

  • Fire Brigade: 122
  • Police: 133
  • Ambulance (emergency doctor): 144

Safety - Crime
Visitor safety is generally adequate and Vienna can be considered a rather safe city. Like in any other major European city, you can walk everywhere using common sense. Compared to other major cities, Vienna is a safe city with a very low crime rate.
The buildings on the campus area are unlocked during daytime. Employees, students and visitors move freely. Please don't leave any valuables unattended.

Other general information

Internet
There are numerous small Internet cafés throughout the city.
During the Conference and SSC, a computer room will be available for all participants.
Electricity Supply 230V AC. Connectors can be obtained from your hotel reception or electronic stores.

GSM cell phone roaming
GSM cell/mobile phone roaming is available without any problems for all major international providers. It is advisable to inquire beforehand at your provider which roaming company in Austria offers the cheapest tariffs.

Climate
The temperatures in June vary from 15°C to 25°C.
Links to BBC weather forecast

Drinking water
The tap water in Austria is of excellent quality and can be used without concern.

Smoking Policy
Please note the smoking is banned from all public buildings. Restaurants and bars may, depending on size, be declared either as “smoking” or “no-smoking” locations or have separate areas and ventilation systems.

Bank services - Money matters
 
Banks open from 8.30 – 12.30 and 13.30 - 15:00 hrs on Monday - Wednesday and Friday, from 8.30 – 12.30 and 13.30 - 17:30 hrs on Thursdays. There are multiple bank machines (ATMs) open 24 hours a day throughout the city that accept all major international bankcards. The official currency of Austria is the euro (€). Major credit cards are widely accepted, but please always check beforehand.

Tipping
Tips of 5-10% of the total bill are usually expected in restaurants and bars, although not mandatory. If part of a big group, you may of course ask the waiter to pay separately. Hotel and airport porters will accept tips, depending on the luggage.


V.A.T.
A value-added tax (V.A.T.) of generally 20% is applied to most products and services (a 10% V.A.T. applies on e.g. books, drinks and a few other items). The VAT is included in the displayed price.

Useful Links:
Vienna Tourist Information
City of Vienna
City map and address finder
Public Transport (Wiener Linien)
Vienna International Airport
City Airport Train
Vienna AirportLines

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