No car? No problem. Who needs the high fuel prices and stressful traffic anyways? In Villach, it is possible to travel to the most important places in the region using public transport. Since Villach is a major transportation hub for the Alpe-Adria Region there are plenty of options to visit some beautiful destinations. Even if you have a car, it can be refreshing to take a different route and let someone else do the driving. Choose an environmentally friendly way of travel and check-out our recommendations for some of the most affordable travel destinations from Villach.
It is easy to get around Villach on foot and with a bicycle, most of the city is within reach. However, sometimes it easier to travel by bus or train to your destination. Want to get around Villach and Carinthia? Here are your public transport options -
Ready to get out of the city and travel? Villach is well connected to many places in the Alpe-Adria region. Remember that by booking in advance, you have the best chance of a lower ticket price. Whether it is for a day trip or for a week-long holiday, here are some of the top places to visit using public transportation -
*Prices are for a single journey from Villach*
Venice: Prices starting from 19 Euro. ÖBB has both train and bus service to Venice from Villach, plus it is possible for a direct journey without transfer. The ÖBB Railjet and ÖBB Intercitybus have regular, daily routes between the two cities. The budget bus service Flixbus also operates routes to Venice but only at the weekend.
Trieste: Prices starting from 17 Euro. Meet Micotra, the new cross-border train connection between Austria and Italy. This new partnership between the state of Carinthia and the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia means better public transit to Italy for Villachers. Want to travel by bus? Flixbus has a route to Trieste that only operates at the weekends.
Ridesharing in Austria: In addition to public transportation, there are also several websites for ridesharing. Simply enter your desired starting point and destination as a passenger and see if you can find a driver that is willing to share the ride. Check out BlaBlaCar, Karzoo, or Flinc.
Safe travels! If you have any other tips for public transport in Carinthia or affordable destination recommendations, be sure to let us know.
Chelsea Navarro is an American expat from California, USA.
She has lived in Villach with her partner and dog since February, 2016. She enjoys exploring the Austrian wilderness, drinking Villacher beer and traveling around Europe.