Leaving Your Trip in Steyr

This page offers help (concrete or informational) on leaving your trip.  Topics include...

  1. Where you Leave Your Trip (see immediately below)
  2. Our “Access Packages,” designed to help you to do so.
  3. Suggestions on how to time your ongoing travel, whether you are having us arrange it, or doing it yourself.
  4. Service information regarding train travel from your trip end location.
  5. Suggested post-trip visits, especially when these are not geographically obvious, but are rendered economical and convenient by direct rail connections.
  6. Hopefully helpful hints for those setting up their own travel from the trip.

If you wish to arrange some or all of your travel through us, please tell us what by means of this response questionnaire, designed to collect all the information we need to be able to book your travel.


1. WHERE and WHEN Do You Leave Your Trip?

Our trip disbands at the end of Saturday afternoon, upon arrival in Steyr, at the end of a full (and beautiful) riding day.

Steyr itself is a pretty city, and our usual hotel sits at the confluence of its two rivers.  All in all, a nice place to spend a final evening, for onward travel on Sunday, if your time permits.

If you wish to arrange your own ongoing travel (in other words, you do not want to set up any ongoing travel arrangements through us), a couple of hints regarding ongoing travel are offered at the bottom of this page.  Otherwise...


2. Our ACCESS PACKAGES
as of April 1, 2013

Stay with us for dinner and the night in Steyr, and travel to a local airport city in the morning.  Linz is the closest (intra-European flights only), Vienna and Munich are both 2 - 3 hours away.  Prague is just as close, but it takes longer to get there (slower trains).

The only way to travel further than Vienna or Munich after your Saturday evening arrival in Steyr, is via overnight Hotel train.  Evening trains with late arrivals can get you to Vienna or Munich for a morning flight.  But, if you wish to fly on Sunday, it may actually be less expensive (and more relaxing) to take a Hotel Train to Frankfurt or Zurich for a Sunday flight, rather than travelling to Vienna or Munich and checking into a hotel for what will inevitably be a very short night.  A selection of overnight sleeper trains are offered as an alternative to our Access Package, to put you in any of several European capitals on Sunday morning (Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Venice, Zurich, Amsterdam...).

Base (Starting) Access Package Price:  156€.
To see what this means in your currency, look here: http://www.bluemarble.org/CurrencyConv.html

Availability is normally reliable until 35 days prior to trip start, although prices to Munich may rise if a special fare code on the train sells out.  Within 35 days, availability must be confirmed, and costs may be higher. 

Included:

  • A gastronomic dinner in Steyr.
  • Night in Steyr, based on shared occupancy.
  • A buffet breakfast, if you have time / get up for it.
  • Train tickets to any of Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Prague, or Linz
    - 19€ discount on package price if your ongoing travel is just to Linz).
    - Tickets to Munich are train-specific, not refundable or exchangeable once ordered (see below for extra cost flexible tickets).  Tickets to Vienna are “open,” and can be used on any train.
    - Add 8€ for tickets valid on connecting shuttles to Vienna Airport or Munich Airport.
  • Seat reservations on trains which require them.
  • A printed schedule / itinerary, highlighting any connections.
  • All taxes, booking or agency charges, baggage charges.

Options Offered at an Extra Cost (subject to availability)
Prices are in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price.
For a general discussion of train upgrades, see here.  Topics include the relative comfort of first versus second class, and different types of accommodation available on overnight trains.

  • Private single room in Steyr:  +33€.
  • Sunday daylight train tickets to London.  Add 119€ if you are also purchasing tickets from London at the start of your trip, 159€ if not, or if you prefer a changeable ticket (in 1st cl., add 179€ or 219€; 1st class tickets include meal service on the Eurostar between the continent and London).
  • Daylight train tickets to Frankfurt or Zurich (downtown or airport):   +29€ 2nd cl., +56€ 1st cl.
    Tickets are train-specific, not refundable or exchangeable once ordered (see below for extra cost flexible tickets).
  • Tickets to other points:  prices on request.
    A maximum add-on fare of 96€ in 2nd class, 119€ in 1st class, will generally apply, and fares will be lower to many points.
  • First class train tickets (in lieu of 2nd class):  +36€ to Vienna, Munich or Prague. +8€ to Linz.
  • Flexible (modifiable) tickets.
    In 2nd class:  +24€ to Munich, +39€ to all other points.
    In 1st class:  +39€ to Munich, +49€ to all other points.
    On overnight trains:  +59€, regardless of cabin type or destination.
    These tickets are exchangeable at any station, on a space-available basis, until the day prior to the train’s departure, for a 15€ fee.  Cost of the exchange is 25€ if you make it through us, as opposed to standing in line at the station yourself (but we know some tricks to get on trains that are supposedly “sold out”).  Tickets are refundable less 20%, provided they are turned in at a station at the latest the day before the train’s departure.  Be careful with this:  there are no staffed stations on our route in the last two days prior to arrival in Steyr.  Most tickets can be modified / cancelled on line, but not all can.

Alternate Arrangements, in lieu of our usual packages (subject to availability)
Prices are complete (in other words, they are not in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price)

  • Saturday afternoon tickets to Vienna, Salzburg or Munich:   59€ to any downtown, 67€ to the Munich or Vienna airports.
    Tickets to Munich are train-specific, not refundable or exchangeable once ordered (see above for extra cost flexible tickets).  Tickets to Vienna or Salzburg are “open,” and can be used on any train.
  • Saturday overnight sleeper trains, to any of the following cities.
    Arrival is before 8a unless otherwise noted.  Arrivals after 9a mean that there is a morning train change, around 8a, to reach your final destination.
    Amsterdam (midday arrival), Berlin, Brussels (midday arrival), Copenhagen (early afternoon arrival), Frankfurt (downtown or airport), Paris (late morning arrival), Venice (8:30a), or Zurich (downtown or airport).
    Price (includes a couchette, or a T-4 sleeper to Zurich or Paris):  109€ to most points, 139€ to Brussels, Copenhagen or Paris.  Saves the cost of a hotel night, and reduces time lost to travel.
    Sleeping car upgrades are available, and can make these trips a lot more fun.
    Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable once ordered (see above for extra cost first class and / or flexible tickets).
  • Dinner, hotel and breakfast, with no ongoing rail tickets:  104€ based on double occupancy.
    See above for extra cost of single room.


3. TIMING Your Trip

The ride that brings you to Steyr is long, beautiful, and should not be rushed.  In addition, Steyr is lovely, and spending a night there will be a pleasure.  We thus recommend Saturday night in Steyr, and travelling onwards on Sunday.

If you must catch a Sunday intercontinental flight, this may not be possible.  In this case, consider the overnight sleeper trains to Zurich or Frankfurt:  cheaper and less rushed than a Saturday evening journey to Vienna or Munich, plus a hotel night in either.

If you are travelling onward the same evening, and using one of our Baggage Transfer services, please remember that the baggage is only guaranteed to arrive by 8p.   It is generally delivered circa 7p.
  This schedule is compatible with all overnight trains, with evening trains to Vienna, and even with the last train to Munich (post-midnight arrival).  However, it is not compatible with a shortened biking day and a 3p departure from Steyr.  If you require this, ask us if special arrangements can be made.


4. Service Information
Schedules are approximate – exact timetables can be consulted at
http://www.raileurope.com/index.html
Best trains are mentioned.  Others are slower or have multiple connections.

  • To Linz:  journey time is circa 50 minutes, hourly service.
    First Sunday morning train is at 4:45a.
  • To Vienna or Salzburg:  journey time is 2 - 2.5 hours, with one connection.  Service is hourly.
    ° Last train to either on Saturday evening is at 9:15p.
    ° First Sunday morning train to either is at 4:45a.
  • To Munich:  journey time varies from 3'45" to 5 hours, with one or two connections.  Service is irregular, but there is generally a train every two hours or so.
    ° Last train on Saturday evening is at 7p (there is a better one at 6p).  Reliably catching either puts some stress on the day.  Special arrangement must be made for early baggage delivery if you are targeting the first, and using one of our Baggage Transfer services.  Enquire if interested.
    ° First Sunday morning train is at 6a, the only direct train of the day.  It arrives Munich downtown at 9:45a, and you can safely be at the airport by 10:30a.
  • To Prague:  journey time is generally 7.5 hours, generally with 2 or 3 connections.
    ° No Saturday evening service.
    ° First Sunday morning train is at 4:45a.  Then service is spread throughout the day, every couple of hours.  Trains of particular interest:  a fast train goes at 6a, arriving Praha at 12:30p (2 connections).  And there is a single-connection service at 1:15p. 
  • To Frankfurt or Zurich.
    ° Saturday overnight services depart Steyr at 8:15p (Frankfurt) or 9:15p (Zurich).  Airport arrival is 6:30a (Frankfurt) or 7:30a (Zurich).
    ° Sunday service is roughly hourly, 7 hour trip to Frankfurt, 8 to Zurich (a gorgeous journey across the Alps).
  • To Venice.
    ° Saturday overnight service departs Steyr at 9:15p, arrives Venice at 8:30a.
    ° Sunday service takes 9 hours, but is scenic.
  • To London.
    ° Saturday overnight service departs Steyr at 9:15p.  Morning connections reach London just after noon.
    ° Sunday service is an all-day trip with several connections.  Example: dp 6a, arrive 7p, with 3 connections.


5. Suggested POST-TRIP VISITS
We love Vienna, one of Europe’s great capital cities, and one that will make a lot of sense to you after a week in Austria.

If you would rather a change of pace, consider the sleeper train to Venice, for a couple of days on the canals....


6. Hints on TRAVELLING INDEPENDENTLY After the Trip
Guests subscribing to an “Access Package” need not read this section.

See also “Timing Your Trip” and “Service Information,” above, as either of these may additionally help.

We gladly provide travel consulting (schedule or routing information) concerning post-trip individual travel.  In particular, we have invested a great deal to become railway experts.  Our service fees are reasonable:  a 20€ charge for all but the most complex projects – or the most simple (for instance, only a 10€ charge applies if the service is limited to the preparation of a routine rail ticket).  You will generally find them well-justified by the time they will save you in research, standing on line, overpaying for your tickets, or all three.

But, for some, this type of research is fun.  So, here are some hints, intended to start off hardened “do-it-yourselfers.”

Trains. Schedules for all routes can be consulted on this web site:
http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/point_to_point/triprequest.htm

Steyr is on a branch line off the main, “Y” shaped east-west trunk route from Vienna (in the east) to either Munich or Frankfurt (in the west).  Some trains turn north after crossing the German border, and head for Leipzig and Berlin.

Trains run on the branch at least hourly, connecting to main line services at one of two junction stations:  Linz or St.-Valentin.

Planes.  The closest airport is in Linz, just an hour away.  We have never actually heard of anyone using this airport, but it has pretty extensive European service, based on its web site.  Bigger airports are in Vienna or Munich:   Vienna is considerably closer, but Munich is a bit easier (an airport shuttle train goes to the airport direct from the main rail station, while in Vienna you must take a bus, or metro across town to the airport train).


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