Plan your sustainable travel!


One of the challenges many cities and regions face, is finding sustainable travel alternatives to offer guests. O
ne of the criteria that played a part in the selection of the 2024 IMBA Europe Summit location was accessibility by (international) train. Vienna is one of the leading cities in Europe in terms of train accessibility.

The Vienna Central Train Station is the most modern and important national and international transportation hub in Austria. All of Austrian Federal Railways’ (ÖBB) long-distance trains stop here and at the Wien-Meidling station a bit further south. Linking the west, south, north and east lines creates two opportunities to switch trains. Nearly every long-distance destination served by the ÖBB can be reached with a maximum of one change of trains. Railjets and Intercity Express (long-distance) trains coming from the west also go to the Central Train Station, meaning a change to one of the southern lines takes no time at all. State capitals Bregenz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Klagenfurt, Linz and St. Pölten are connected directly to Vienna’s airport via the Main Station. https://www.oebb.at/en/

Taking your bicycle along on long-distance trains

On long-distance trains (Railjet, Railjet Xpress, Intercity, Eurocity, Express train, ICE as well as in the Nightjet), you need to reserve a space for your bicycle. Reservations at the ÖBB Ticketshop or via the ÖBB App cost € 3.-. At the ÖBB customer service at +43 (0)5 1717 and at the ÖBB ticket counters, you pay € 3.50 for this.

Airport

Getting from Vienna airport to the city is quick and easy, largely because all car, bus, and train services are within a minute or two of arrivals. Vienna International Airport lies just beyond the city limits, so is not covered automatically by standard city network cards, for example. 

By public transportation it will take you approximately 50 minutes to reach the conference center die Stadtgalerie from the airport. By car (rental or taxi) it will take approximately 30 minutes.

Public transport

Here is a link to help you plan your trip : https://www.wienerlinien.at/web/wl-en

The trains from Vienna center and Vienna Main Station (Wien Hauptbahnhof or Wien HBF) to Mödling are :

  • Rex 1 
  • Rex 3 
  • S2 
  • S3

The CAT is the dedicated express train link between Vienna and the airport. On timetables and elsewhere, the airport station name is sometimes shortened to just Landstraße or just Wien Mitte, but it’s all part of one complex.  The CAT leaves from Wien Mitte – Landstraße station and delivers you to the airport (and vice versa) in 16 minutes, with no stops en route. Wien Mitte – Landstraße is a large station sitting on various public transport lines, including:

  • Subway (U3 and U4)
  • Tram (line O)
  • Train (S1, S2, S3, S4, S7)
  • Bus (74A)

The CAT is fast, modern and comfortable, with plenty of space for luggage. However, the CAT does cost more than the S7.  https://www.cityairporttrain.com/en/home

 

Getting around & sites to visit

About the region

The Wienerwald (Vienna Woods) are a forested highland region spanning areas northwest and southwest of Vienna, Austria’s capital. The Wienerwald was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 2005 by UNESCO. This status protects the great variety of natural and cultural elements that make this region so unique and valuable. The Wienerwald BR covers an area of 105,645 hectares and extends across 51 communities in Lower Austria and seven municipal districts in Vienna.

The uniqueness of this region is characterised by the diversity of nature, culture and sustainable management on the margins of the city of Vienna –Europe’s only biosphere reserve, part of which is in a metropolis with more than two million inhabitants.

The Wienerwald has a number of dedicated MTB trail areas and Austria’s first and only urban MTB trail centre, located at a former, low-lying ski resort that due to  climate change has been transformed into a MTB facility. MTB area Anninger is one of the trail areas in located in close proximity of the main venue of the event.

If you want to make your way around Vienna by bike, you will find a well-developed cycle network throughout the whole city. The Vienna cycle network comprises 1,654 kilometres and is growing constantly. It consists of different kinds of cycle routes such as cycleways, cycle lanes, cycle paths, combined pedestrian and cycle paths, multiple purpose lanes, and traffic-calmed zones. Cyclists are also allowed to travel a great number of one-way streets in both directions.

Mountain biking


Only 2 km from the main venue, you’ll find the MTB Area Anninger. But there are other parts of the Wienerwald that are worth exploring either before, during our after the IMBA Europe Summit. 
Need some inspiration? Read the following article from 43ride.com how a perfect week of riding in & around Vienna could look like.

For other places to mountain bike around Vienna and in the Wienerwald, check the information on the website of our local partner Wienerwald Tourismus or download the Wienerwald app for Android or Iphone

And don’t miss the Trail Center Vienna / Hohe Wand, located in the midst of the UNESCO Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve, it is the only urban trail center in Europe.  Along with the trail park that currently has 4 ‘mtb only’ routes, this facility also features a kids line, a kids trail and an installed pump track.

Other places to visit 

Hiking

Nature park of Föhrenberge“Föhrenberge” is the name of the extensive forest area in the Vienna Woods, which stretches from Mödling to the southern edge of Vienna. Characteristic are the umbrella-shaped black pines (“Paraplui trees”). They form the backdrop around the vibrant Sparbach nature park. In the nature park, numerous hiking trails lead you through pine and beech forests, over gentle hills and to shelters. Among the natural highlights of the region ranks the Perchtolsdorfer Heide. The dry grassland is also a habitat for squirrels. The approx. 20 cm big rodents enjoy strict protection.

Our advice : hike from the Goldene Stiege car park via the “Breite Föhre” and Anningerstraße, past the “Krauste Linde” inn, to the Anninger-Schutzhaus (stamp) and back to the starting point (10 km/2h40).