Welcome to Graz
The city of Graz is Austria’s cultural and culinary capital and holds the title UNESCO City of Design. It is known for its rich and manifold urban culture, beautiful parks and unique merge of historical and modern architecture. The Old Town of Graz is by itself a sight to behold and hosts some of the most intriguing attractions of the city: the Museum of Contemporary Art – commonly known as “The Friendly Alien”, the Clocktower on top of the Schlossberg (Castle Hill) and the Zeughaus – an Armory Museum that hosts the world’s biggest collection of medieval and Renaissance weaponry.
Only a short trip away from the city center lies Eggenberg Palace. With its beautiful gardens and peacocks, its lavishly decorated state rooms, baroque furniture and oil paintings, visiting the castle is a must for every artist.
But Graz can offer more than architecture and museums. Lovers of good cuisine will find themselves at home here at once! The city is proud of its huge variety of restaurants, cafes and bars and offers a vast selection for every taste – from Austrian specialties to vegan buffets. The night life of Graz is diverse and buzzing and we will explore some of the best spots during our evening programs.
Your Journey to Graz
Using the Flixbus is probably the cheapest option. They offer free Wi-fi, an entertainment portal, restrooms, power outlets and space for your luggage for a budget. You can easily book online or use the Flixbus App.
The international airport Graz Thalerhof (GRZ) is only 12 kilometers away from the city center. You can easily get to the city by bus or train. The bus station is located right in front of the airport, right next to the departure area. The train station is 300 meters away from the terminal and can be easily reached on foot. If you prefer taking a taxi, you’ll find the taxi rank right outside the terminal, next to the arrival area. The airport also offers shuttle transportation service, for more info click the link below. Quick tip: sometimes it’s better to fly to Vienna airport and take the Flixbus to Graz (Read the section “by bus” for more info).
Do not worry about getting lost, the airport is relatively small and you should not have any trouble finding your way.
Bus: Airport -> City Center : Bus 630/631, direction “Graz Zentrum Jakominiplatz”
Train: Airport -> Main Station: S5, direction “Graz Hauptbahnhof Hbf”
Shuttle Service: http://www.flughafentransfer.at
You can book a train ticket to Graz at your point of departure or buy one from the Austrian Federal Railways – ÖBB: www.oebb.at/en
Graz main railway station is close to the city centre, which can be easily reached by tram lines 1, 3, 6 and 7 in just a couple of minutes. There are also a few buses that can take you to the centre, the university district or outskirts. Please feel free to contact us for travel recommendations; we will gladly show you how to get to your hotel/apartment using public transport: firstname.lastname@example.org
However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when travelling to Graz by car:
- Motorway tolls
- Parking in Graz
You need to buy a toll sticker when you want to use motorways and expressways in Austria. This sticker is called a “Vignette” and must be displayed properly on your vehicle. The Vignette is mandatory for cars, motorcycles and light camper-vans. You can buy a 10-day Vignette, which costs:
- Vehicles with max weight of 3.500 kg (Cars, light campers): 9,20€
- Motorcycles: 5,30€
Visit this website for more information about the Vignette: https://www.asfinag.at/toll/vignette
Parking in Graz
The easiest thing to do is to book a hotel or apartment that offers free parking spaces. If that isn’t possible, we recommend using Park & Ride Webling. It’s free and located right next to the motorway access. There is a bus stop (Trattfelderstraße) only 500 metres away: Bus line 32, direction Jakominiplatz, which takes you right to the city centre.
There are several other P&Rs and multistorey car parks scattered throughout the city, but please keep in mind that car parks in Graz are pretty expensive! Some hotels and apartments offer free parking space, so take a look at our recommendations.
Please visit the websites listed below for more information about P&R, multistorey car parks and short-stay parking:
- Park & Ride: https://www.graztourismus.at/en/travel-and-transport/parking/park-ride
- Multistorey car parks: https://www.graztourismus.at/en/travel-and-transport/parking/parking-garages
- Short-term parking: https://www.graztourismus.at/en/travel-and-transport/parking/short-stay-parking-zones
If you still have questions about travelling to, or staying in Graz, feel free to email us at: email@example.com.