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godb Aug 18th, 2014 03:44 AM

Tageskarte Wachau
I shall be in Vienna in September and plan to do a day trip to the Wachau Valley. Has any one done this trip using the Tageskarte Wachau that allows travel on buses and train in this region for 10 e? I find that day trips to this region from Vienna involve a combo ticket that includes entrance to the Melk Abbey. Instaed of the Melk Abbey, I rather want to see small villages in this area by bus. Looking for tips to plan an itinerary. Thanks

PalenQ Aug 18th, 2014 05:45 AM

Here are the bus routes and relevant info. Durnstein was an absolute highlight. You can crisscross the river by ferries indicated on the map.

You can also rent a bicycle and cycle along paths hugging the river.

godb Aug 18th, 2014 09:22 PM

Thanks. The only problem seems the relative infrequency of buses. Apparently you do not need to spend 1 hout in most of these villages except possibly Durnstein and the buses are usually at hourly intervals

PalenQ Aug 19th, 2014 04:51 AM

The boat has the advantage of being able to see both sides of the Wachau Valley - bus you can only see one side. For lots of nice details on the Wachau Valley excursion and trains, boats, etc check out; and

godb Aug 19th, 2014 06:46 AM

Thanks PalenQ. Checked both the links. How does get to travel with the cheap Sparscheine fares (mentioned in the latter link)?

PalenQ Aug 19th, 2014 02:42 PM

godb - those discounted fares are mainly for long-distance trains and can be had at the Austrian Railways site - ( and always cheap walk up fares can be garnered from Westbahn, a competitor to Austrian Railways that has walk up cheap fares as low or lower than the Sparscheine fares - this is not relevant to going Vienna to Melk and back as those are local trains with low walk up fares.

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