Austria by bus
Traveling by bus in Austria is definitely one of the safest and cheapest ways of traveling while ensuring at the same time that you don't miss out on the beautiful natural landscapes around the country. Thanks to the well connected bus network between Austrian cities it is easy to reach the majority of the most popular destinations within the country in a day.
Intercity buses in Austria
In Austria intercity buses are available on more than 22 travel combinations, while traveling with an average speed of 119 km/h. Of course, intercity bus routes via highway have a higher average speed. The majority of the Austrian intercity buses are comfortable long distance coaches, but older vehicles might be used on busier travel days.
The timetable for popular intercity bus routes like Linz - St. Polten or Linz - Wels can be found online, but for some shorter intercity bus routes you might have to go to the bus station. Tickets are sold both online and on the spot, but after the COVID-19 pandemic an increasing number of travellers prefer buying their tickets online.
As mentioned above there are more than 22 domestic intercity bus travel combinations in Austria. Below you will find some of the most popular Austrian travel routes with minimal or no stops along the way:
From Austria there are international bus routes to neighboring countries such as Italy and Germany, as well as to other countries such as Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia.
The majority of these international bus lines are daily departures, that are operated by various Austrian bus companies.
Most of the International bus departures drive from Linz, Innsbruck, and Wels. Of course, there are also some international bus departures from other cities throughout the country.
Below we have listed the most popular international bus routes:
Airport buses in Austria
If you are flying to Austria you will land in one of 6 airports located throughout the country. From the majority of Austrian airports you have a bus shuttle to the nearest largest city and in some cases even intercity buses to other cities in the region. Click on the airport name below and read more about getting to and from the airport.
Bus companies in Austria
There are over 19 bus companies operating in Austria. 4 companies offer intercity bus lines, 2 companies drive airport shuttles, 5 companies operate regional and local lines, 7 bus companies offer bus rental and 7 companies offer bus tours. The bus companies are located in 8 cities throughout the country. The majority of companies can be found in Vienna and Salzburg.
4 intercity bus companies operating in Austria are very different in size. The largest Austrian company Arlberg Express connects more than 8 cities, whereas the smallest intercity bus company Oberger only has service to 22 cities.
Below we have listed some of the most popular bus companies in Austria. Full list of bus companies in Austria can be found here.
Bus stations in Austria
In most cities there is a dedicated bus station, in smaller cities the bus station might be a parking lot with a shelter or a section on the road marked for multiple buses. In some cities buses also stop at public road bus stops or at gas stations and hotel parking lots. In larger cities you will find bus stations with amenities like toilets, luggage storage, kiosks, fast food restaurants and other useful services for travellers. In Austria there is a total of 39 bus stations, below we have listed 15 of the most popular bus stations, for a full list of bus stations in Austria click here.
Hire a coach in Austria
Austrian bus rental companies offer coaches for any kind of group trip, whether it’s a transfer from the airport to your hotel, or single and multi day excursions to the many sights in Austria. Rest assured you will be able to find a suitable partner. If you are travelling during the high season, it is advisable to book your bus in advance to secure one of the best vehicles for your group.
Here you can see a list of some companies offering bus rental in Austria:
- BLAGUSS Reisen GmbH
- Autoreisen Schuch
- Loacker Tours
- Boro Bus
- Schweighofer & Zohrer
Public transportation in Austria
In the majority of larger Austrian cities, public transportation is available, in the cities like Vienna or Graz you have an extensive network of buses connecting all suburbs to the centre of the town.
Buying tickets for public transportation varies from city to city, sometimes they are bought at dedicated sales points and other times they are bought on the bus for example, so be sure to check which options are available for the city you are travelling in.
Here is a list of some Austrian companies operating both local and suburban bus lines.
What to see in Austria
As a visitor of Austria, you have lots of great Austrian sights to visit. Some of the most popular sights are Schönbrunn castle in Vienna, Ambras Castle in Innsbruck, and Kalkalpen in Molln. That said, there are a lot of other sights in Austria worth visiting! Some of the sights do not have an entrance fee, whilst others charge for entrance. Below you will find a list of the most popular sights in Austria:
Schönbrunn castlemonumental building
Ambras Castlemonumental building
Hellbrunn Palacemonumental building
Schonbrunn Palacemonumental building