After the two nights spent in Bratislava, it was time for us to continue towards the third capital of our trip – Vienna. Vienna had loooong been on my bucket list and was probably the one I was most excited about in advance. From Bratislava it is little over an hour by bus to Vienna, but this time we opted for an other type of transport – a boat trip from Bratislava to Vienna along the Danube river, a popular way to travel between the two cities.
There are two operators providing this journey, TwinCityLiner’s catamaran and Lod‘s hydrofoil. Both operate regularly with around 1,5 hour travel time and around 20-35 eur fee for a one-way trip depending on the day and time of departure. The biggest differences being in the type of boat used, departure times and the port locations. Based on all three, the TwinCityLiner was the one more suitable for us as it departed slightly later in the morning, arrived closer to our hotel in Vienna and the boat seemed better to my untrained eye.
So, in the second morning in Bratislava, we hopped on a boat right next to the old town. We had bought the tickets the day before to be on a safe side, and to avoid having to arrive to the terminal too early in the morning. The cruise itself was an easy one, 1,5 hours went quickly by glazing over the Danube riverbanks and the Lonely Planet Vienna-edition. Although, I must say, with grey water and flat land around the river, you should not expect too much of the scenery. Even with the no-so-exciting views, I still think taking the cruise was a perfect option for this leg, it was nice to have a different type of transport for this part, especially as it took about the same time as bus or train would’ve taken and basically created no additional costs.