Can I visit Zagreb on a day-trip from Vienna?

Are you coming to Vienna and considering opportunities for different day excursions? Can a day-trip to Zagreb be arranged from Vienna?

Vienna is a beautiful city, but if you have been there a couple of times, then you might consider visiting other cities and places not so far from Vienna. Can Zagreb be an example of such a destination? Maybe you have been inspired by the fact that Zagreb was just recommended as the number one destination to visit in Europe in 2017 by Lonely Planet?

Visit Zagreb from Vienna
Zagreb is a truly beautiful city. But, maybe a bit too far away from Vienna for a day trip… By Dreamer4787 / Shutterstock

Facts about the trip between Vienna and Zagreb

If you do the trip with a flight, it can be expected to last for about 50 minutes. It is a short travel when you go straight, but if you decide to go with a car instead the fastest road is totally 373km. On a day when traffic goes as normal and there are no special accidents or lines, then you should be able to cover this distance in about 4 hours. If you ask us, then 4 hours is a bit too much for a day-trip to Zagreb, and thus we would not recommend a day-trip to Zagreb from Vienna.

Where should you go on a day trip from Vienna then?

There are lots of destinations that can be reached on a day trip from Vienna much easier than Zagreb. What about Bratislava in Slovakia? The capital is less than an hour away from Vienna by car and can easily be reached. You can even travel by boat if you are lucky.

If you want to travel some more than a day trip to Salzburg can also be arranged quite easily, and if you want to go to the east, then Budapest is a capital only 250km from Vienna. Traveling on the highway you can reach Budapest in about 2,5 hours of driving if there is no trouble on the road.

What do you think? Where would you like to go on a day trip from Vienna?


What to see in Budapest?

I am going to Budapest next week on a day trip from Vienna, and I wonder: What should I see, what should I do?

The question does not really have anything to do with Vienna, but we will of course try to answer it as good as possible anyway. Budapest is a great city, and if you have 7-8 hours in the city we would for sure recommend some sort of a guided tour making it much easier to get the most out of your time in the Hungarian capital. There are jump on – jump off tours in Budapest and you can find them almost anywhere in the center. If you are more into a private guided tour in Budapest, then you should visit Budapest Guide. There are also many other private tour operators, so if you do a search on Google you will find many others as well.

Another piece of advice would be to read the article written by Budablogger named: Budapest best – best five of Budapest. The article is a bit long, but it contains some really good advices and the five favorites of the author. If we would write the article there would probably be some changes, we would for example add the area around Fishermen’s Bastion and the Matthias Church and maybe the St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Heroes Square, but all in all the article is really interesting and contains some really good advices. What is for sure is that the area around the City Park is great, and even though it doesn’t look the best on first impression, it still is a wonderful area with lots of great activities and cool things to do. If you want a beautiful picture/panorama, take a walk along the Danube.

If you are on a budget in Budapest then you can also walk along the Danube on the Buda and the Pest side, especially wonderful after sunset. If you travel with tram 2 along the Danube on the pest side you can see a whole lot for the price of a public transportation ticket.

These advices will hopefully help you a bit, and then the given links can give you the information missing from this page.