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Nestled along the Danube River, Vienna is a testament to the grandeur of imperial architecture, classical music, and rich cultural heritage. Venturing beyond the main city offers a wealth of day-trip possibilities, each promising a unique facet of Austrian charm. You can explore the historical gems of Prague and Budapest, visit iconic landmarks in Salzburg and Hallstatt, enjoy a boat tour from Bratislava, and soak in lush landscapes at the Danube Valley. 

5 reasons to go on a Vienna day trip

6 reasons to go on a Vienna day trip
  • Rich cultural diversity: Vienna’s proximity to its neighboring states can take you to historic town squares of Budapest, lush landscapes in the Danube Valley, and boat tours from Bratislava, depending on what kind of experiences you want to indulge in. 
  • Historic exploration: If you love exploring medieval castles, ancient ruins, and well-preserved towns, you can easily tour historic landmarks in Budapest, Prague, and Bratislava on day trips from Vienna. 
  • Easy transfers: Vienna is located in the heart of Austria, allowing you to visit its nearby towns and cities with ease. You can choose trains, and trams, or book tickets that include transfers for easy navigation. 
  • Scenic landscapes: Whether you prefer serene lakes or alpine mountains, Vienna offers something for everyone. Enjoy boat tours from Bratislava and enjoy spectacular views from the Danube Valley on your day trips from Vienna. 
  • Unique local experiences: With Vienna day tours, you can explore a region within a short time and participate in regional festivals, local markets, and cultural events. 

Which Vienna day tour is best for you?

Vienna day trip tickets

If you are on a budget

Go for: Danube Valley day trips from Vienna
Duration: 9 hours
Guide: Guided tour at Melk Abbey
Hotel pick-ups: Not included

  • If you are on a budget and do not have much time, you can choose Danube Valley day trips from Vienna that start from around €99.
  • These day trip tickets include a lunch and walking tour through Krems or Durnstein, bus trips in modern coach, boat tours, and guided tours at Melk Abbey. 

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Vienna day trip tickets

If you are a history enthusiast

Go for: Hallstatt, Salzburg, or Prague day trips from Vienna
Duration: 8 to 12 hours
Guide: English, Spanish, or German-guided city walks, depending on the ticket you choose 
Hotel pick-ups: Available from selected hotels in Hallstatt and Salzburg

  • The 7000-year-old Hallstatt buildings, the Mirabell Palace and Salzburg Cathedral at Salzburg, and the Gothic cathedral of St. Vitus, Old City Hall, and the National Museum at Prague are some historical gems that you must explore on your day trips from Vienna. 
  • Enjoy hotel pick-up services, comfortable bus transfers, and guided city walks with these tickets. 

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Vienna day trip tickets

If you love nature

Go for: Danube Valley or Bratislava day trips from Vienna
Duration: 8 to 9 hours
Guide: English or German-guided city walk and guided tour at Milk Abbey, depending on the ticket you choose
Hotel pick-ups: Not available

  • Enjoy a boat ride through the Danube Valley and immerse yourself in the lush landscapes in the summer months. You can also explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wachau and Melk Abbey on your Danube Valley day trip. 
  • While returning to Vienna, you can cruise along the Danube River and enjoy a serene boat tour. The Maximilian Fountain, the City Hall, and Michael’s Gate are other significant landmarks you can sightsee on your Bratislava day trip. 

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Vienna day trip tickets

If you want to explore the city square

Go for: Budapest or Prague day trips from Vienna
Duration: 8 to 12 hours
Guide: English or Spanish guided tours, depending on the ticket you purchase
Hotel pick-ups: Not available

  • Enjoy guided city walking tours through the most iconic and historic landmarks in Budapest, Prague, or Bratislava on your day trips from Vienna. You can choose between English and German guided tours. 
  • Admire the St. Vitus Cathedral, Old City Hall, and the National Museum in Prague, the ‘Buda’ district and city square in Budapest, and Michael’s Gate, and Maximilian Fountain in Bratislava. 

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Discounted prices

If you book Vienna day trips online, you can also enjoy reduced prices and valuable add-ons in some cities like Danube Valley, Bratislava, and Salzburg. If you have children in your company, aged between 2 to 12 years of age, you can enjoy discounts on ticket prices, provided you can show valid ID proof. 

Flexible cancellation policy

One of the best perks of planning day trips from Vienna is that they allow you to avail yourself of flexible cancellation policies. If you book Vienna day trips online and your plans change or you cannot make it on the day of your visit, you can cancel your tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund on your purchase.

Vienna day trips: Highlights

The following landmarks are included in your Vienna day trip tickets. The exact attractions included in your tickets may differ according to the kind of tickets you purchase.

Mirabell Palace
Buda Castle
Prague Castle
Prague National Museum tickets
Mozart Residence


Hallstatt, nestled on the shores of Hallstatt See, is a village renowned for its Alpine charm and historic salt mines. The iconic waterfront, charming streets, and Dachstein Alps make it a UNESCO-listed gem and a must-visit on your day trip from Vienna.



Surrounded by the Salzkammergut mountains, Wolfgangsee is a glacial lake offering scenic boat rides and lakeside serenity. St. Wolfgang's pilgrim church and the Schafberg Railway are some other places you can explore on your visit. 

Salzburg Cathedral

Salzburg Cathedral

A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, Salzburg Cathedral or Salzburger Dom dates back to the 8th century. Its awe-inspiring interior and frescoes make it a must-visit attraction on your day trip from Vienna.

Michael's Gate

Michael's Gate

Michael’s Gate or Michalska Brana is a medieval tower in Bratislava, Slovakia. You can climb to its observation deck for panoramic views of the Old Town. The gate also houses the Museum of Weapons and is culturally relevant. 

Maximilian Fountain

Maximilian Fountain

The Maximilian Fountain in Bratislava's Old Town Square is a Neo-Renaissance masterpiece depicting historical scenes. Built in the 19th century, it's a popular spot for locals and tourists alike and is a must-visit on your Vienna day tour.

Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge

This iconic bridge links the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ parts of the city. When illuminated at night, it offers stunning photo opportunities and provides a stunning backdrop for the city’s skyline. It is also known as the Szechenyi Lanchid. 

Wachau Valley and Melk Abbey

Wachau Valley and Melk Abbey

Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for terraced vineyards, charming villages, and the majestic Danube River. When touring the Danube Valley, you must also visit Melk Abbey, an iconic Baroque masterpiece overlooking the river.

Plan your day trips from Vienna

Best time to visit
Must-see attractions
Visitor tips
Vienna day trip essentials

Currency: the Euro (€)

Language: German

City code: +43

Emergency numbers:

  • European emergency number: 112
  • Fire service: 122
  • Police: 133
  • Mountain rescue: 140
  • Ambulance service: 144
Best time to visit Vienna
  • Summer season vs winter season: The best months to visit Vienna are between April to May and September to October. The warm, sunny weather between April to May is best for outdoor adventures like hiking, swimming, and exploring iconic landmarks around the city. The Rainbow Parade and the Vienna Island Festival around June to August also attract large crowds, of both tourists and locals alike. September to October are also great for touring around the city, however, if you visit during these months, you have to book all your stays in advance, for there is an extremely high surge of visitors. The December months have chilly temperatures, however, the Vienna, Budapest, and Prague Christmas markets are worth a visit. 
  • Weekdays vs weekends: Typically, weekends see a higher surge of visitors than weekdays. You can choose to plan your day trips from Vienna around the weekend to optimize your itinerary. However, if you have time on hand, choose to travel during weekdays for more downtime and fewer crowds.  
Vienna transportation
  • Vienna U-Bahn: The U-Bahn is the underground metro system in Vienna, consisting of five lines. It is budget-friendly, fast, and efficient for covering longer distances. Use U4 to reach Schönbrunn Palace and U2 for the Museum Quarter.
  • Trams: Trams 1 and 2 provide a scenic route around the Ringstrasse, passing major landmarks like the State Opera and Hofburg Palace.
  • Buses: Bus 2A takes you up to Kahlenberg, offering panoramic views of Vienna. Bus 48A is convenient for reaching the Vienna Woods and the Lainzer Tiergarten.
  • City bikes: Vienna has a bike-sharing system, Citybike Wien, making it easy to cycle around the city. Many bike lanes provide a safe and enjoyable way to explore landmarks like the Prater and Danube Canal.
  • Walking: Vienna is a pedestrian-friendly city, and many of its landmarks are within walking distance. It is best to explore the historic center, including St. Stephen's Cathedral, Hofburg Palace, and Albertina, on foot.
Attractions in Vienna
  • Belvedere Palace: The Belvedere Palace showcases exquisite Baroque architecture, enthralling visitors with its splendid gardens and housing an impressive art collection, including Gustav Klimt's The Kiss.
  • Sigmund Freud Museum: The Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna preserves the legendary psychoanalyst's former home, offering insight into his life and groundbreaking work in the field of psychology.
  • Weltmuseum: Vienna's Weltmuseum boasts a rich ethnographic collection, showcasing artifacts from cultures around the globe, and providing a fascinating exploration of world history and cultural diversity.
  • Mozarthaus Vienna: Mozarthaus Vienna, Mozart's former residence, allows you to immerse yourself in the composer's world and features exhibits on his life, music, and the cultural scene of 18th-century Vienna.
Where to eat in Vienna?
  • Wiener Wiaz Haus: Serves a large collection of Central European dishes with vegetarian and gluten-free options.
  • Pramerl and the Wolf: Head to Pramerl and the Wolf if you want to splurge on a Michelin-starred restaurant, They have no a-ala-carte menu. You can choose between a small or a larger set of meals. 
  • Lugeck: If you want to try modernized versions of local dishes suited for a more international palate, head to Lugeck. Their Russian fried buns and Tafelspitz are very popular. 
  • Cafe Kandi: This cafe is a little pricey but it’s worth a visit for their beautiful selection of natural wines that complement their dishes perfectly. 
  • Thell: A decade-old establishment on 5th Street, Thell is famous for its elegant takes on classic favorites like Tafelspitz and strawberry nougat dumplings. 
Shopping centers in Vienna
  • In Vienna:
    Naschmarket: Known for its spices, international cuisine, and antiques
    Kartner Strasse: Best finds include high-end boutiques, local Austrian shops, and international brands
    Graben: Lined with flagship stores of renowned local and international brands
  • Around Vienna:
    Getreidegasse: Salzburg’s most famous street known for its historic buildings and Mozart-themed souvenirs
    Bratislava Old Town market: Features local crafts, handmade products, and traditional Slovakian goods
    Durnstein: Located in the charming Wachau Valley, this market offers local wines and handmade keepsakes
    Great Market Hall: Also known as Nagyavasarcsarnok, it is Budapest’s largest indoor market known for its spices and traditional snacks
    Wenceslas Square: A central hub of shopping and entertainment in Prague, it offers many shops, boutiques, and department stores
Tips to note when going on a Vienna day trip
  • Check transportation options: When planning your itinerary, check train and bus timings and ticket prices to better optimize your time. You can also choose tickets that include transfers and hotel pick-up services for a more hassle-free experience. 
  • Arrive early: We recommend you set out on your day trip from Vienna early in the morning to reach your destination around noon hours or in the afternoon. It is generally less crowded and you can explore comfortably. 
  • Separate your waste: Waste separation is a common practice in Austria. When disposing of your waste on your day trip from Vienna, be sure to sort them into appropriate bins for recycling. 
  • Tipping culture: Tipping is quite common in and around Vienna. The most common practice is to round up the bill or leave a tip of around 5% to 10% of the total amount. 
  • Pick up a few German phrases: While most Austrians speak English, learning a few German phrases goes a long way. You will have an easier time navigating the local markets better if you know a few greetings and common phrases. 

Frequently asked questions about Vienna day trips

What are some popular day trip destinations from Vienna?

You can visit the historic town squares and marketplaces in Budapest and Prague, explore cultural landmarks in Bratislava and Salzburg, soak in the scenic beauty of the Danube Valley, and go on guided city walks in Budapest if you book day trips from Vienna. The city’s strategic location makes it the perfect spot to plan day trips from.

Where can I buy Vienna day trip tickets?

We recommend purchasing day trips from Vienna online for a hassle-free experience. Online ticket bookings are convenient and save time and money.

Are Vienna day trip tickets available online?

Yes, you can book Vienna day trip tickets online. It is recommended to book tickets weeks in advance for the summer months between April to May attract a large number of tourists. With online tickets, you can ensure guaranteed access to the attractions no matter the crowd on the day of your visit. 

Why should I buy Vienna day trip tickets online?

It is best to book day trips from Vienna in advance to secure guaranteed access to the attractions. You can also save money on discounted pricing, and combo deals, and enjoy flexible cancellation policies. Online ticket bookings ensure a comfortable and hassle-free visit.

How far in advance should I plan my day trip from Vienna?

It is best to book your day trips from Vienna at least 6 weeks in advance for the best deals. You can optimize your itinerary and book experiences to your liking. If you book Vienna day trips online, you need not worry about losing your money in case your plans change. All Vienna day trip tickets, if booked online, can be canceled 24 hours before the experience begins.

What transportation options are available for day trips from Vienna?

You can use the U-Bahn subway, buses, and trams to navigate in and around Vienna. We recommend purchasing day trips from Vienna that include transfers in comfortable modern coaches and hotel pick-ups for a smoother touring experience. 

Are guided tours recommended for Vienna day trips?

Yes, if you book day trips from Vienna, we recommend you choose guided walking tours. They are available in English, German, and Spanish. Professional guides offer a wealth of information on the historicity of the landmarks and acquaint you with stories and anecdotes surrounding the attraction. You can uncover hidden gems, navigate language barriers easily, and meet like-minded travelers on guided tours from Vienna. 

What is the best time of the year for day trips from Vienna?

The best months to plan a visit to Vienna are around April to May and from September to October. The summer months are warm and ideal for outdoor exploration. The fall months are comparatively cooler and see an immense surge in tourists, as compared to the months. If you are visiting during the fall, make sure to book your day trips from Vienna weeks in advance. 

Are there family-friendly day trips from Vienna?

Yes, you can book day trips from Vienna to the Danube Valley, Bratislava, and Budapest to spend some quality time with your family. The Danube Valley boat tour and guided city walks in Budapest are the major highlights of these day trips.

How can I make the most of a day trip to Hallstatt from Vienna?

If you are a history enthusiast, you will love to visit Hallstatt on a day trip from Vienna. The quaint village town is famous for its 7,000-year-old buildings, artisanal variety of local dishes, and handmade souvenirs. 

Can I combine multiple Vienna day trips into a weekend itinerary?

Yes, if you want to make the most of a weekend, you can cram at least 3 day trips from Vienna. You can choose diverse experiences over 2 to 3 days. Bratislava and Salzburg offer a number of cultural landmarks. Budapest and Prague are famous for their extravagant markets and decades-old buildings. The Danube Valley is a scenic paradise.

Can I explore the Danube Valley on a Vienna day trip?

Yes, nature lovers would enjoy a trip to the Danube Valley on a day tour from Vienna. The Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its stunning Melk Abbey. You can also cruise along the Danube River on a boat tour as you return to Vienna. 

Are there any day trips from Vienna suitable for history enthusiasts?

Yes, Vienna is known for its imperial architecture and Mozart-inspired souvenirs. You can book day trips to Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, and Hallstatt, if you want to enjoy guided city walks along historical landmarks and decades-old buildings. The Budapest Old Town Square, Michael’s Gate, Maximilian Fountain, and Salzkammergut are must-visit attractions.

What should I cover on my day trip to Bratislava from Vienna?

With Bratislava day trip tickets from Vienna, you can enjoy comfortable air-conditioned bus transfers, guided city walks, and a boat tour in a modern catamaran. It is perfect for history and architecture lovers as you can explore cultural gems like Michael’s Gate and Maximilian Fountain.

Are there any hidden gems for nature lovers on day trips from Vienna?

Yes, if you love nature and picturesque lakes, you can choose a day trip to the Danube Valley from Vienna. The UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley and Melk Abbey are the most significant highlights of this day trip. You can also enjoy a relaxing boat tour along the Danube River as you return to Vienna.