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taxi and tram question

devon
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taxi and tram question

We are staying 1010 and will be sightseeing as much as possible, two questions please!

The sightseeing ring tram is something we want to do but various comments on here say avoid as it is a tourist trap and to take 2 separate trams changing half way. Obviously the sightseeing tram you cannot get off but we are okay with that and I know it costs more, but from a relaxed point of view it has to be the best option?

How easy is it to get a taxi back to the centre, say for example from the Belvedere, without prebooking or ringing up on the spot? We are used to London where you hail them in the street or find them on a rank. Are there ranks by the main attractions?

thanks.

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1. Re: taxi and tram question

Of course, you are free to take Yellow Ring Tram if you want to. As far as relaxed goes, you don't need to change, but you will have to wait longer: The YRT only goes every half-hour, while regular trams go every few minutes.

Taxis are easily found. There are taxi ranks near main attractions, and you can hail them in the street. The question is rather why you would, as there are perfectly fine tram and metro connections to all attractions.

devon
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2. Re: taxi and tram question

Thanks Stefan

The main problem we are having planning is Belvedere. We are stopping on Stephanplatz and will get U1 to Haubtbahnhof, it is 600/700 metre walk to entrance and will do upper and lower with a 1000m in between. We will be leaving from the opposite end and the metro would be Karlsplatz, but that is 1200m walk!

We are seniors and our legs are older than us, we will already have done a lot of walking around the galleries and Belvedere is only part of the day!

Sometimes we take the easy way out!

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3. Re: taxi and tram question

The best public transport connection to Belvedere is not by metro but either tram 71 (Lower Belvedere) or tram D (upper Belvedere). Both connect to Karlsplatz, where you could either change to metro U1 or walk along Kärntnerstraße.

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4. Re: taxi and tram question

Tram D is taken right in front of the Opera House and stops right at the Upper Belvedere. No one takes a taxi for such a short distance.

devon
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5. Re: taxi and tram question

but Opera House is still a trot from Stephanplatz?

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6. Re: taxi and tram question

10 minutes? If you don’t want to walk take the U1 one stop from Stephansplatz to Karlsplatz. Takes 1 minute. Karlsplatz is the same as the Opera.

Burnley, United...
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7. Re: taxi and tram question

Returning from the Lower Belvedere take tram 71 as mentioned back to Opera then walk to a Stephansplatz or take U1. Opera to Stephansplatz is only a 10 min walk down a pedestrianised street.

devon
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8. Re: taxi and tram question

Okay, so I am planning using advice above which is obviously good.

I have the timetable for tram D and will be getting it after alighting from the U1 at Karlsplatz.

The timetable say the stop is called Kartner Ring/Oper.

Zooming right in on Google maps there are 2 stops by this name i.e., obviously for each direction. Both streets are parallel and both are one way in same direction?

Karlplatz metro has 4 different exit locations.

Will it all become obvious on the day which exit to take and which stop to go to for tram to Belvedere?

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9. Re: taxi and tram question

Yes - the exits from the ubahn station are marked. There will be a little tram sign/symbol at the exit.

Also, in my opinion, by the time you walk down into the ubahn station at Stephansplatz to catch the U1 to Karlsplatz and walk out of the Karlsplatz station to the tram, you could have walked directly to the tram quicker.

Edited: 19 September 2018, 13:34
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10. Re: taxi and tram question

How bad is your walking? If you really can’t walk the level 700m from the cathedral to the opera then maybe consider bus 2A. Check out the map on this link. Saves you descending to the U1 and up again.

https:/…city-plan_220937.pdf

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