Wednesday, October 27, 2021

How To Travel To Liechtenstein

EuropeLiechtensteinHow To Travel To Liechtenstein

By plane

There are no airports in Liechtenstein. You can fly to Zürich Airport from everywhere in the world (115 km). Despite the fact that the airport was the sole significant airport in the vicinity of Liechtenstein, Austrian Arrows provided limited flights from Vienna to St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport (53 km). In Bad Ragaz, which was close to the border, there was also a private airfield. Another common entrance point is via Friedrichshafen, Germany, where low-cost flights fly.

In the Southern Lowlands, Liechtenstein’s prince owns a heliport.

By train or bus

The Austrian federal railway company, BB, operates a limited service from Buchs SG station in Switzerland to Feldkirch in Austria, through Schaan-Vaduz station (near Schaan). Trains only operate a few times a day, making buses the most convenient option.

From the railway station in Buchs (the major Swiss town on the Liechtenstein border) to Schaan and Vaduz, buses operate every 15 minutes. Tickets are CHF3.40 on the bus, and the journey takes approximately 10 minutes to Schaan and another 5 minutes to Vaduz.

If arriving by train from Switzerland, it may be more convenient and cost-effective to go to Sargans, from whence a bus (see below) may be taken directly to Vaduz. Consult the SBB schedule to see which option will get you to your destination the fastest. The Sargans station has lockers where you may store your belongings. This link will take you to a map of the station, which will show you where the lockers are and where you can board the bus.

The Liechtenstein Buses Route 12 connects Sargans and Buchs train stations, passing via downtown Vaduz and Schaan. Every 20 minutes or so, it departs from outside each station. The buses have a yellow-green color scheme. From Sargens, a ticket to Vaduz costs CHF5.80 and from Buchs, CHF3.40. There are also student rates (be sure to show your student ID). If you plan on making a lot of trips, a full network day ticket (CHF12) or week pass (CHF24) is a good idea, but two single fares (e.g., from Sargans or Buchs to Vaduz and then Vaduz to Feldkirch) are less expensive than a day pass.

Look for the distinctive off-yellow Liechtenstein Buses from Austria’s Feldkirch train station. The numbers 11 and 14 run directly to Vaduz, but the number 13 goes to Buchs train station, bypassing Vaduz, so you’ll have to change at Schaan.

By car

The Swiss Autobahn A13/E34 runs parallel to the Swiss side of the Rhine River, forming the Swiss-Liechtenstein border. The bridge crossing into the southern town of Balzers and the crossing into Vaduz are the two most frequently utilized entry sites for crossing the Rhine into Liechtenstein. Vaduz has ample parking, including a huge parking garage under the Kunstmuseum. Driving in Liechtenstein is generally safe, although small and twisting mountain roads need additional caution. There are speed traps all over the place!

Hitch-hiking

From Feldkirch, Austria, it’s a breeze. During rush hour, a large number of commuters enter the capital. A simple sign on Feldkirch’s main road should get you a ride in a matter of minutes.