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Austria Wrap Up Avg Cost $74 Per Person Per Day

view over bregenz

We spent 15 days in Austria. Here is a collection of our impressions, travel tips, and the cost break down.

Schedule

  • Bregenz 1 days

Bregenz

 

    • Our main purpose for coming to Bregenze was becasue we managed to secure a ride share from Geneva to there. Overall though we enjoyed the quaint city nestled right on the shore of Lake Constance with the towering mountains in the distance. A great stop for a day or two.

 Innsbruck

  • Innsbruck is a city in the heart of Tyrolean Austria. There are castles and plenty of museum but we spent our time just wandering around the city and getting to know our couchsurfing host.

Salzburg

  • Salzburg is a picturesque city but seems to be riding out the themes of Mozart chocolates and the Sound of Music too much. The center seems a bit too artificial and Disneyland like but it is still a nice city to spend a day in. The best part for us was seeing the ice caves in Werfen (outside the city) and spending time with our couchsurfer.

 hallstatt

  • Hallstatt is a simply magical village overlooking Lake Hallstatt. The architecture is incredible and the narrow passageways and small squares are beautiful. Visiting the salt caves there on top of the nearby mountain was one of the highlights of our trip to Austria.

vienna

    • Vienna is a beautiful European capital city with no shortage of things to do. We spent a few days exploring and a few days staying in to do some work but really would have had plenty to see even if we were trying to fill 7 full days with sightseeing activities. Highly recommend spending a few days in the city.
  • Wachau Valley 1 day

wachau

  • As a day trip from Vienna my friend and I took the train out to Krems where we rented bikes and biked all the way to Melk along the Danube River. The ride is simply gorgeous with various villages (Durnstein, Spitz) to stop in along the way and explore. Highly recommend doing this if you have an extra day or two while you are in Vienna.
Would we do it the same way?

We felt like we got a good idea of what Austria is like from the places that we visited. We went to a few major cities (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck) but also got to see some smaller places as well (Hallstatt, Bregenz) so overall we had a good trip. More time would have allowed us to visit some of the other regions of Austria but we’ll have to save that for another time.

Our Route

Our Impressions

vienna

As soon as we crossed over the border in Austria from Switzerland it seemed as if we were in a land of similar gorgeous scenery yet significantly lower prices. This came as a pleasant surprise after our overpriced days in Switzerland. Right off the bat I was impressed by the scenery in Austria – I wasn’t expecting to be seeing the same type of lake and mountain scenery we had seen in Switzerland but it’s all there in Austria too.

Everything about our time in Austria was great. We met some great people, had delicious meals, saw some beautiful cities and scenery and overall enjoyed ourselves. The level of English was decent in the cities, and the prices were relatively manageable (train prices are still expensive, don’t get me wrong). The weather while we were there was very nice – not too hot, but comfortable, which made sightseeing even more enjoyable.

Two weeks was a good amount of time to spend in Austria, we felt like we didn’t need to rush through the cities and could linger in Vienna for an extra few days to take things easy. Austria has some great activities – like the ice caves outside Salzburg and the salt mines in Hallstatt which I found to be incredibly interesting and to break up the usual city type sightseeing activities.

Bests And Worsts

Best food:

sausage stand

Vienna has some amazing goulash and sausages. The goulash we had in Innsbruck was delicious and the sausages we had at the sausage stand in Albertinaplatz in Vienna were also amazing.

Best experience:

Dave-and-Luca

Our best experience was couchsurfing in Innsbruck and Salzburg. We had such hospitable and friendly hosts who we shared many laughs with over home cooked meals and nights out in bars. It was great to connect with some locals and really learn more about the Austrian culture. Similarly we had a friend in Vienna who we had met on a trek in Burma who we stayed with for a few nights and that also allowed us to learn more about the culture and go to some of the more local spots in the city.

Biggest Rip Off:

Probably the trains – those really get to be very expensive.

Bucket List Activities: NONE

Tips For Traveling

Transportation

Local Buses/Metro

We took some trams and the metro in Vienna and just bought tickets as we went, though they have specials if you want to buy multi day passes so take a look.

Trains

The trains are very efficient and comfortable (though they are also very expensive). We generally bought tickets at the station after looking up the train times and schedules on the Austrian rail website.

Ride Shares

We used a ride share to get into Austria and then  once again when we went from Innsbruck to Bregenz. The website http://www.carpooling.co.uk/ is very easy to navigate and worth looking on to see if anyone is heading in your direction. Much much cheaper than the trains.

Cabs

We did not take any cabs in Austria.

Long Distance Buses

We did not take any long distance buses in Austria.

Student IDs

We were able to get a few student discounts at museums so make sure to carry the student id with you!

Public Facilities

Often toilets in Austria were not free so it’s good to carry a bit of change with you.

Safety

Austria felt very safe.

Food and Restaurants

goulash-for-lunch

We mostly ate at simple restaurants or taverns. We ate at a few sausage stands, enjoyed many bowls of goulash at simple pubs and generally didn’t go to any fancy establishments. A few times couchsurfers cooked for us and when we were in the apartment I cooked most of our meals. Overall the food in Austria is good but meat heavy so vegetarians beware!

Credit Cards And Money

We were able to use our credit cards sometimes, though we have cards without the chip so this gave us trouble sometimes.

Internet

Internet is widely available.

Accommodations ( 1 Euro= ~1.35 USD)

  1. Bregenz– we rented a room in an apartment on airbnb – https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1272856?guests=2
  2. Innsbruck– we couchsurfed.
  3. Salzburg – we couchsurfed.
  4. Hallstatt – we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast – this seemed to be the main type of accommodation in this town. We stayed here http://www.hallstatt.net/unterkunftsverzeichnis/privatzimmer/privatzimmer-appartement-herta-hoell/ for 64 euros for a double room with breakfast, free wifi and a TV in the room. It was a nice place.
  5. Vienna – we stayed with a friend for a couple nights and then rented an apartment for a few nights when my friend came to join us https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/348346?checkin=24-10-2013&checkout=31-10-2013&guests=2.

Finding Couchsurfers

We didn’t have too much difficulty finding couchsurfers.

Cost Break Down

We kept track of every cost we had down to the purchase level and categorized it into 5 groupings:

  • Entertainment – Mostly sightseeing.
  • Food and Water – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks (little things we bought in the middle of the day, chips, ice cream, etc).
  • Gifts – For couchsurfers, usually a bottle of wine or some chocolates, sometimes treated to dinner.
  • Transportation – all forms but not including any flights in and out of the country.
  • Utilities – Things like lockers for bags, pay phones, small purchases like detergent.
  • Accommodation – All hotel/hostel/guesthouse stays
  • Car – gas, tolls, 

So where did we end up?

$74 per person, per day. 

austria

Would we go back to Austria? YES

But not anytime soon. We got a good feel for the country while we were there and though we did not explore all the regions and enjoyed our time there we won’t be rushing back anytime soon.

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One Response to Austria Wrap Up Avg Cost $74 Per Person Per Day

  1. Yes, Austria is certainly more affordable than Switzerland! I really liked Bregenz actually; I’ve been there for a couple of weeks in total for work, and I find it especially pleasant in the summer. You can even walk or bike along the lake across the boarder to Germany, where there’s a really nice town called Lindau on an island in the lake. For anyone travelling in Austria for perhaps longer than a week, it may be worth getting a Vorteilscard, which gives 50% discount on train travel. It costs €20 if you’re under 26 and €100 if over, so for young people, it’s definitely worth it. Otherwise, trains can be booked in advance online and you can get reasonably good deals if you’re organised enough to know in advance when you want to travel.

    Sam October 26, 2013 at 7:22 PM Reply

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