For 6 days, Vienna’s Danube Island will be a hotbed of beach volleyball as the world’s best players gather for the summer event of the year: the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch.
Thousands of beach volleyball fans will flock to the world’s most liveable city to witness the kind of goosebump moments that have already been served up this season at sun-kissed tour stops in Fort Lauderdale and Gstaad.
But one of the best thing about this year’s eagerly anticipated #ViennaMajor is the ease at which to get to the action. Vienna is blessed with a ridiculously efficient – and not to mention cost-effective – public transport system, run by Wiener Linien, that makes getting around a piece of cake (feel free to insert Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel references here).
If you’re unfamiliar with Vienna or have yet to figure out your own route to the Danube Island, fear not. With the help of a host of local heroes who will be starring on the sand, we’ve put together a handy how-to-get-there video. So, no matter what transport you choose, you’ll find your way to the Red Bull Beach Arena with ease.
Haven't figured out how you're going to get to #ViennaMajor? Never fear, our beach volleyball local heroes are here to guide you to the Danube Island - no matter what mode of transport you choose...
By train, plane or automobile you’ll soon be whizzing around Vienna as quickly as Bruno Oscar Schmidt dives around the beach volleyball court.
Vienna International Airport is the international airport that serves the city. Located in Schwechat, some 18 km (11 miles) south east of the middle of Vienna, it is the biggest airport in Austria. It serves as the hub for the national airline, Austrian Airlines. For more information visit their website.
If you’re touching down in Austria at the airport, the quickest way to reach the center of Vienna is by taking the super-fast CAT (City Airport Train). Taking just 16 short minutes, you’ll arrive at Wien Mitte station which also connects you to Vienna’s tram and subway system. Tickets cost EUR 11 for a single and EUR 19 for a return. Click here to book your tickets online. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets at the CAT cashier at the airport.
There’s limited car parking available at the event site but don’t worry, make use of the many park and ride facilities, which enable you to park your car and then take the subway to the venue. For more information on park and ride, click here (details in German).
If you would like to get around Vienna by car then Car2Go is the perfect way of doing so. Their smart cars – small enough to fit in the tightest car park spaces – can be found all around the city and, after a few simple registration steps, you can soon be whizzing around Vienna in no time.
Vienna’s subway/underground/metro system connects all corners of the city and Handelskai - on the U6 (brown) line - is your best bet. This station is the closest to the venue, a short walk to the event site.
Vienna is big on bikes. Thousands of residents and tourists hop on a bike and take advantage of the many safe and expansive bicycle lanes. The Danube Island is easily accessible by bicycle too, and your best bet to pick one up is at one of City Bike’s 120 bike stations around the city. Simply register online and in minutes you’ll soon be able to saddle up and explore the city and head to the Danube Island.
When you’ve exhausted all of the public transport options that Vienna has to offer, there’s no better way to get to know the city than hitting the pavement and exploring the city on foot. The Danube Island has a number of pathways to discover this unique part of Vienna.
If you have enough time after watching the action and exploring the Beach Village then there’s plenty more of Vienna to see! Check out the Vienna Tourist Board website for tips on what to do in the Austrian capital!
And finally, if you’re looking for a place to stay, look no further than our partners Austrian Trend Hotels, who are offering a special room and Boarding Pass offer.
See you @ the Island!