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Vienna to Bratislava Hydrofoil
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Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna
Northampton, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

This has got to be the only way to travel on a very hot day. We went to Budapest first for a few days, then got the coach to Vienna, then this up the Danube to Bratislava. So enjoyable, easy and cheap too really for the kind of experience. Boarded then got a drink and something to eat and sat outside all the way up the river. Obviously the trip was enhanced by the fact that the sun was shining and it was very hot, so the breeze was great. As Bratislava Town is so small on arrival your hotel can't be to far away, so it's ideal as you dis embark right near the centre of town.
No airport transfers to pay for either, so take that into consideration when doing your costings.

Visited July 2012
6 Thank 15Roc
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Melbourne, Australia
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“What a trip.”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Running out of time on a bike ride from Budapest to Vienna we decided at very short notice to take the hydrofoil from Bratislava to Vienna. What a wonderful decision that turned out to be.
On - line booking..........easy and efficient with plenty of helpful information provided by the booking office.
Ticket collection in Bratislava.........easy again with plenty of useful advice given by the friendly staff.
Boarding the vessel............easy again with bike racks being provided as well as very convenient luggage storage.
Captain and crew............efficient, friendly, informative.
A most pleasant interlude which far exceeded our expectations.

Visited October 2012
4 Thank Dick M
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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“Worth the trip”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

We thought the boats had stopped for the winter but the twin city one stills runs in October. It was well worth the cost as the boats speeds along the Danube passed villages and fishing huts and you can sit in comfort in the cabin or up on deck. Refreshments are available and you can smoke in one area. Lovely way to pass a few hours.

Visited October 2012
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Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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“Good day trip”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Yup, the ship can get hot and you don't get a lot of info along the journey and the scenery can become a little repetitious in spots, but it's the Danube - I've covered 1,200 km of it by bike - and more than a few times it offers wonderful views of beautiful towns and great antiquities. The Danube is truly one of the world's great rivers. This speedy trip from glorious Vienna to lovely, quirky Bratislava is a good way to spend a day, especially if you wander about Bratislava's old town with its narrow, winding streets and excellent cafes.

Visited June 2012
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“Don't take the Twin City Liner boat from Vienna to Bratislava”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

There were two of us, eager to take a day trip from Vienna to Bratislava, so we took the Vienna tram to Schwedenplatz and there, at the Danube Kanal, found the high-speed, hydrofoil "ship" Twin City Liner. We got a take-away coffee across the street and walked into the Twin City Liner ticket office and asked for two tickets. Even tho we later saw empty seats on-board, we were told that the 8:30 a.m. trip (the ticket price a hefty 29 Euros per person, one-way) was "sold out" and we then were up-sold, in order to get on, by another 8 Euros for the "Captain's Lounge." It was all a bad joke and we paid an extra 8 Euros per person for it. The Captain's Lounge was a plexiglass box behind the upper cockpit with seating around a table for eight. (No safety belts) Even tho we had paid 8 Euros extra for this so-called lounge, the Captain and his crew let anyone with cheaper tickets come and go, wander in and hang out, making the small space very crowded at times, and not valuing the extra 8 Euros we had been charged. The crew didn't bother to turn on the a/c either, making the space an unventilated "closet" until we found the switch and then turned on the a/c ourselves. When challenged at the end of the trip as to why he didn't ask anyone for their "Captain's Lounge" tickets and why he let nearly anyone come into this "pay extra" space, Capt. Rainer (he gave us his name) pitifully replied that he was "too busy" and that we should write to the company if we had any complaints.

Overall, the ride was boring and made unnecessarily unpleasant by the lackadasical Captain and crew. There were no safety drills and we couldn't see any evidence of life vests. We were traveling on one of the world's major river waterways, yet no one instructed us what to do in case of an emergency. The ride on this section of the Danube is of no great interest, really, as any Austrian will tell you. Once outside of Vienna, there is little to see but trees along this portion of the river. Yet the boat company did nothing to make it more interesting. There was no tourism narrative and, worse than that, there were no safety announcements. The only use of the sound system was to try to sell us tours when we arrived at Bratislava. Ooops -- There was one "safety" announcement, of about 15 seconds, instructing us not to use the toilets when the ship was docking at Bratislava.

We had a great time in Bratislava. But, this Twin City Liner ride to get there was a boring rip-off. For our return, we took the very nice, very clean and FASTER Blaguss Bus, which departed from the Bratislava bus station and dropped us at the Vienna U3 underground station for less than 8 Euros per person.

My advice? Skip the boring, un-managed, slower and possibly unsafe Twin City Liner boat and take the bus. The bus ride is more pleasant, more scenic and a great deal cheaper -- a much better value overall.

Visited August 2012
83 Thank DJKTraveler
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