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“Not the Blue Danube.”
Review of Twin City Liner

Twin City Liner
Ranked #108 of 573 things to do in Vienna
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Twin City Liner links Vienna and Bratislava, center to center. From Schwedenplatz in Vienna to Bratislava´s Old Town. The Twin City Liner is a high-speed catamaran which speeds up to 70 km/h. It also provides a high level of comfort. The catamaran is fully air-conditioned and equipped with luxurious first-class seating, panoramic windows, an open-air deck, an additional passenger cabin Captais Lounge) and outdoor seats on sun deck. The catering service board offers snacks, drinks and souvenirs. Travelling time: 75-90 minutes. The best way to discover Vienna and Bratislava!
Liverpool
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“Not the Blue Danube.”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We took the trip from Vienna to Bratislava by boat at the beginning of July. I booked the tickets on line, but from a bank statement noticed that I had booked two tickets twice, because on one attempt there was what I thought was an error message. I thought it would be easy to sort out when we went to pick up the tickets at their office by the boat landing stage. The woman behind the counter wasn't interested and insisted on printing off all four tickets, and said 'use the internet'. We thought we might be able to sell them on the day but the 9.00 boat wasn't busy, and people had bought tickets in advance. I don't expect to get my money back.
I had bought reserved seats for an extra 5 euros each so we had four on the first row, and thought at least we would have a good view. The journey is basically due east so the reward for the first four rows of paying extra is a greenhouse experience at this time of the morning, all the way to Bratislava. Row five and backwards is in shade. Before we set off there were people sitting on the outdoor seating on the upper deck who obviously thought they had the best seats. When the hydrofoil reaches the Danube proper it travels at speeds of up to 60 km an hour and even on a warm day its like sitting in a wind tunnel. Only the hardiest stayed on the upper deck.
The first stretch of the journey is along the canal which has little of interest along its banks, and that is even truer of the Danube itself. Both are brown. There are trees along the bank in a low lying landscape, with the odd barge or fishing hut being the only points of interest. The only scenic part is immediately before Bratislava. There is very little information on the boat, but someone comes round selling a tour of Bratislava.
The good thing for us was that we were staying at Marrol's Boutique Hotel, which I do highly recommend, and it is only 200 metres from the the Bratislava landing stage. Overall it is worth asking yourself whether it is worth paying a lot more than travelling by train, to spend an hour and 40 minutes ploughing along a boring stretch of river. If you do want to, book a place but don't reserve a seat in the first four rows. We were travelling by train on the rest of our holiday and saw a lot more of the country side than on the boat.

Visited July 2013
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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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“Pleasant trip”
Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

This was a nice relaxing way to get to Bratislava for a daytrip from Vienna. Even the booking agent will tell you the bus is cheaper, so you can do boat bus combo. The boat was a nice option for our family traveling with children and a teenager who need to move around. The boat announcements provided a little information about the journey.

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Oslo, Norway
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“Oh, well...”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Ordering tickets online is easy, boarding is in the city center - an easy way to travel between capitals. Not the cheapest way though, and honestly not too much to see along the river (and no information). We went in by boat, returned by train - a good compromise.

Visited March 2013
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Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland
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“River Trip”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

I would have given this a five but for the lack of relevant info on the web site. I booked on line and printed of tickets what I wasn't told was that these would have to exchanged at the ticket office, this caused us to lose our place in the queue. Be aware that you have to take your passports with you. The actual trip was great passing some very interesting fishermans chalets.

Visited May 2013
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Banstead, United Kingdom
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“Great way to travel between Vienna and Bratislava”
Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

From near the entrance to the U4 tube stop Schwedenplatz in Vienna, the Twin City Liner hydrofoil boats take 75 minutes to complete the 60 km journey to Bratislava . In good weather, there is room to enjoy the open deck at the back so it's not worth paying extra for the sun deck seats which, as the boat travels at a pretty rapid rate of knots, mean that your face is blown backwards. The seats in the enclosed deck are comfortable and there is a bar and toilets. Having done the journey in one direction, the best option is to take the train back at half the price. 25 euros is just about worth it, the train is 13.

Visited May 2013
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