Many people go to Vienna and make a day trip to Bratislava, but it makes for a much cheaper sight-seeing trip to spend one day in Vienna by making a day trip to Vienna from Bratislava. Here is a one day Vienna itinerary!
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How to start your day trip to Vienna from Bratislava
Vienna is less than an hour’s bus ride away from Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava. As it’s so close it makes sense to go to Vienna for a day trip as opposed to staying the night in Vienna. Vienna is not a cheap place to travel, in fact it can be comparable to the prices of places like London. Accommodation and food in Vienna is 3 times more expensive than in Bratislava.
To get to Vienna from Bratislava, all you need to do is go to Bratislava’s main bus station and get on a direct bus to Vienna from there. You can buy your ticket on the day at the ticket office. The cost of a return trip is 9 Euros. Alternatively, you can buy a one-way ticket for 5 Euros. The bus takes just under 1 hour to reach Vienna.
How to spend one day in Vienna – Free things to do
Roam around the gardens at Belvedere palace
Whilst you must pay to go inside of the palace museum, walking around the gardens is absolutely FREE. The gardens are filled with every colour flower you can think of. It’s a nice place to just stroll around and admire the architecture of the palace. It is also an Instagrammers paradise with many spots worthy of those precious snaps. Check out this post for some inspiration!
St. Stephen’s cathedral
St. Stephen’s cathedral is Vienna’s most iconic building and the most visited attraction by tourists. The cathedral is over 700 years old, but its design is still fascinating. In parts, the age of the cathedral really stands out.
Get modern at St. Charles church/ Karlskirche
St. Charles Church is a strikingly beautiful church in the heart of Vienna. Whilst it’s quite pricey to go inside you can admire the beauty from the outside. You can sit by the pond and just admire the baroque style building for hours.
Get funky at Hudertwasser house
The Hundertwasser house is a funky apartment complex with colourfully decorated exterior. The colourful building attracts visitors from around the world and is a must see whilst in Vienna.
Rathus – Vienna city hall
Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the city hall as we felt tired from walking and it was getting rather late in the day. However, if you do have time it is probably worth checking out the city hall square for its lively vibe alone.
How to get around Vienna
For this one day in Vienna itinerary, there is no need to take public transport. We recommend walking between each place as not only will you get to see the little things in between you will also get a better feel for life in Vienna. The streets are filled with beautiful architecture so there is no chance of you getting bored. We recommend downloading maps.me and pin pointing these places on your map beforehand, so you can easily navigate between the attractions.
However, if you do get tired of walking, Vienna has an extensive transport system. You can opt to jump on the bus or take the underground subway. Each ride is 1.40 Euros on both the bus and subway. Alternately, you can rent a cute scooter like in the above pic, but of course that would cost a lot more.
Where to stay in Bratislava
During our stay in Bratislava we stayed at Freddie Next to Mercury hostel. It’s a 10 minute walk away from the old town but that was fine as we were able to get a good night’s rest and still meet other travellers. The rooms are fully equipped with a kitchenette, plenty of cooking equipment and a fridge. There is also free tea, coffee and hot chocolate available in the kitchen down stairs. The staff were friendly and helped us with getting around the city. We would fully recommend this hostel for travelers who want to relax but still be in a social environment.
Well, we hope you enjoyed reading this guide of how to spend one day in Vienna on a day trip from Bratislava. Let us know your thoughts on Vienna in the comment section below. In the mean-time, check out our Bratislava guide.
*We were hosted complimentary by Freddie Next to Mercury Hostel. All opinions are our own, based on our experience.*