Flights to Austria
There is plenty of choice when it comes to flights to Austria. Obviously the most regular operator is Austrian Airlines.
The fly from Heathrow to Vienna and connect you with their shuttles planes to all the other Airports in Austria...Salzburg, Innsbruck, Linz and Graz!
There is probably a flight at least every hour!!
British Airways fly from Gatwick to Salzburg and Vienna.
Easyjet fly from London Gatwick direct to Salzburg and Vienna. Also, they fly to Munich from where you can take the train to Salzburg or Innsbruck.
Parking at the Airport.
We can help reduce your costs a little. Use our parking partner and get a 5% discount!
Take the Ferry and drive to Austria
One of the best ways to get to Austria..no delays at Airports...no problems with how much luggage you can take...and no problems with your shaving kit or your bottle of Evian being confiscated as dangerous!!!
There are many routes across the channel from the UK to France. The drive takes around 14 hours non stop...so fine if you are both Ralley drivers!! But we would suggest a more leisurely pace across Europe, so that you can enjoy the drive rather than arriving knackered in Austria and needing to sleep for the first day to catch up!!
The favoured routes are from Calais and Dunkerque. Driving to Lille and onto Tourneax/mons then Luxembourg. the other route is via Brussels in Belgium, then down to Luxembourg. But both the AA and Rac have good route maps.The reason for a drive through Luxenbourg, is that the fuel is really cheap..so you can fill at at bargain prices..rather the the German Autobahn prices.
We ourselves when we make the journey, go via Lille, so that we can get an evening ferry from UK, then it is only an hour's drive to overnight at Lille 'Holiday inn'. We chose this because it is only a few minutes off the main road, so great for not getting lost in the town! WE also at times make a second stop in Germany and overnight near Heidlberg. This makes a nice holiday of the drive to Austria.
Remember when you get to Austria, you must have the Motorway vingnette...otherwise the fines are heavy!! You can buy at the border or any of the service stations on the way from Munich to Salzburg.
Beware of Austrian drivers...they like to think of themselves as a cross between F1 driver and Rally driver!! They do not like to be behind any vehicle..so just chill out and let them pass. Also, watch out for their habit of overtaking on blind bends!
Train to Austria
The train journey to Austria takes a bit longer than a flight...but it can be far more enjoyable.
Taking the train to Austria can be a fantastic experience. And, with the possibilities of today’s modern train services criss crossing Europe, you have lots of choice. We have on this page included information about the various services. We cannot put every bit of information on this page so we have put a link to Rail Europe to help you get more information on a particular service.
From London to Vienna
It's easy to travel from London to Vienna by train. Just a few hours ride on Eurostar from London to Paris, then a comfortable sleeper or couchette on the overnight 'Orient Express' from Paris to Vienna. This is the real Orient Express, not the expensive tourist one! See the Orient Express page for an explanation. Alternatively, there is a good (and cheaper) if there are no cheap fares left on the Orient Express) service changing in Brussels and Cologne, using the excellent CityNightLine hotel train between Cologne and Vienna. Or an evening departure from London, the overnight sleeper Paris-Munich then a daytime train to Vienna.
From London to Salzburg
Travel from London to Paris by Eurostar to the Gare du Nord, from where it is a 10 minute walk to the Gare de l'Est from where you can get the train to Munich.
Travel from Paris to Munich overnight, arriving in Munich the next morning. This train is one of the German Railway's excellent 'NachtZug' expresses. It has brand-new sleeping-cars (1, 2 and 3-berth deluxe rooms with private shower and toilet, 1, 2 and 3-berth standard rooms with washbasin, there's a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in standard rooms), and modern air-conditioned couchettes (choose between a berth in a 4- or 6-berth compartment). Inclusive fares are charged covering travel plus sleeping accommodation. The sleeper fare includes a light breakfast.
Travel from Munich to Salzburg by air-conditioned 'EuroCity' train (the 'Bartok Bela', with restaurant car)
From London to Innsbruck and Kitzbuhl
Travel from London to Paris by Eurostar. It arrives at the Gare du Nord, from where it is a 10 minute walk to the Gare de l'Est.
Travel from Paris to Munich overnight, arriving in Munich the next morning. This train is one of the German Railway's excellent 'NachtZug' expresses. It has brand-new sleeping-cars (1, 2 & 3-berth deluxe rooms with private shower and toilet, 1, 2 & 3-berth standard rooms with washbasin. There is a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in standard rooms), and modern air-conditioned couchettes (choose between a berth in a 4- or 6-berth compartment). Inclusive fares are charged covering travel plus sleeping accommodation. The sleeper fare includes a light breakfast. Click for more pictures and information about this train.
Travel from Munich to Innsbruck on an air-conditioned 'EuroCity' train (the 'Michaelangelo', with restaurant car) For Kitzbühel, change at Wörgl.
For information on all train travel to Austria, click this link: http://www.seat61.com/Austria.htm