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Costs

Daily budget Basic €55 /occasional treat €75. Drink Beer (0.5l €3.50), wine or coffee €3. Food Schnitzel €9 hostel/buDget hotel €20/€60 Travel Train: Graz–Vienna €31.40; Vienna–Salzburg €44.20

Emergencies

Austria is law-abiding and reasonably safe. Dial 059133 for the nearest police station (Polizei). Pharmacies (Apotheke) follow shopping hours; a rota system covers night-time and weekend opening, with details posted in the window.

Some emergency numbers include: police 133; ambulance 144; fire 122.

Information

Tourist offices (usually Information, Tourismusverband, Verkehrsamt or Fremdenverkehrsverein) are plentiful, often hand out free maps and almost always book accommodation.

Internet

Internet access is widespread (€2–5/hr) and many hostels and hotels have wi-fi.

http://www.austria.info Austrian Tourist Board website.
http://www.oebb.at Train website; including excellent English-language journey planner.
http://www.tiscover.com Detailed information on all regions of the country.
http://www.wienerzeitung.at Website of the official Vienna city authorities’ newspaper.

Mail

Most post offices are open Monday to Friday 8am to noon and 2 to 6pm; in larger cities they do without the lunch break and also open Saturday 8 to 10am. Stamps can also be bought at tobacconists (Tabak-Trafik).

Money and banks

Austria’s currency is the euro (€). Banking hours tend to be Monday to Friday 8am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3pm; Thursday until 5.30pm. Post offices charge slightly less commission on exchange than banks, and in larger cities, have longer hours.

It is definitely worth carrying an ISIC card (isic.org) in Austria. Entry to museums and art galleries is costly, particularly in Vienna, and proving your student status will reap substantial savings (often up to fifty percent).

Opening hours and public holidays

Most shops are open all day Monday to Saturday, though out of cities they can close at lunch and on Saturday afternoons. Many cafés, restaurants and bars also have a weekly Ruhetag (closing day). Shops and banks close, and most museums have reduced hours, on public holidays: January 1, January 6, Easter Monday, May 1, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, Corpus Christi, August 15, October 26, November 1, December 8, December 25 and 26.

Phones

You can make international calls from all public phones, but it’s easier to do so from booths at larger post offices. The operator and directory enquiries number is 118 11.

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