Tourist Information

Time

Austria operates on Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the United States. Official times like shop hours or train schedules are usually indicated by the 24-hour clock, means 7:30 pm is 19:30. 

Money

The Euro "€" is the official currency in Austria and the most of its bordering countries. You can change money at banks, post offices and currency exchanges in airports or train stations. Classic credit cards, like American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club or VISA are rarely used, but accepted by major hotels, petrol stations or large shops. Otherwise cash or Eurocheque cards will be accepted. The most banks work with international ATM networks like Cirrus, Plus, Star and Maestro.

Electricity

The power supply in Austria is 220V AC. All sockets follow European standards. To use American-type plugs, a 220V transformer should be used together with an adapter plug. 

Public Phones

The most public pay phones were removed in the last few years, but you will find some in high-frequented spots like airports, train stations or shopping areas. The Deutsche Telekom accept often only their own phone cards, which are available from € 5.– to € 15.– at newsagents, post offices, some tourist offices and public transport offices, but sometimes you can pay with coins. You might also buy prepaid cards from other providers, but unfortunately there are only a small number of public phones.

Cell Phones

Austrian cell phones perform on a GSM network, which is not compatible with the North American or Japanese system. U.S. wireless firms, like T-Mobile or Cingular, use GSM, but on different frequency bands. If you own a multi-band cell phone, you can use it in the USA and in Europe. If not, there are a lot of possibilities buying or renting an unlocked GSM mobile phone with a SIM card, working in Europe and about 190 countries, operating with GSM network, all over the world.

Tourist Information

Tourist Info Vienna
Wien 1, Albertinaplatz/Maysedergasse, 
behind the Wiener Staatsoper
Phone   +43 (0)1 24 555
Daily:    9:00–19:00

Climate

Austria is located in a temperate climatic zone with a Central European climate influenced by the Atlantic climate. The four seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter) each have typical temperature and climatic characters. During spring and autumn Vienna experiences a milder climate. Spring, one of the best seasons to visit Vienna, sees average temperature around 15°C. However, nighttime temperature often falls to single digit. It is a good season to explore Vienna off the beaten track.

Taxi

Taxis are reasonably priced and can be found at clearly marked taxi stands (Taxistandplätze), usually located near U-Bahn, Strassenbahn and Autobus stations and busy intersections. When travelling to and from the airport be sure to request airport rates. You can order a taxi by calling one of the taxi call centers, the numbers are listed below.
Taxi Vienna    +43 66 44 60 43 89
Taxi 40100     +43 140 100

Passport and Visas

All non-residents of the EU are required to have a valid passport. Participants should check regarding visa requirements for travel to Austria. Applications should be made to the nearest Austrian Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible. Citizens of member states of the European Union and the USA do not need visas.