‘Vaduz sits in the south-west corner of Liechtenstein, on the border with Switzerland. If you’re heading that way, here are a few things to know before you travel to the city…’
Liechtenstein’s official currency is the Swiss Franc. However, on public transport and in cafes, etc., we were offered the opportunity to pay in France OR Euros. Given all tourists arrive from either Austria or Switzerland, it’s always good to have the option.
Liechtenstein has no airport and only 4 main train lines, so I thought getting through the teeny Principality could prove challenging. In fact, it was anything but.
The buses were plentiful, regular, clean and always, always on time. We travelled from Austria to Liechtenstein to Switzerland in one go and it was one of the easiest journeys we’ve ever made.
Tickets are available on buses and full journey passes are available. This means, regardless of the fact that you may well have to change buses halfway to your final destination, you don’t have to buy separate tickets. For example, we bought tix from Liechtenstein to Austria on our last day. Although we were aware we had to connect in Vaduz, we were able to hop on and off buses without any the usual hassle. It saved so much time, particularly when connecting buses were scheduled to close to drop off time.
I was slightly unprepared for how pricy Liechtenstein would be in some respects. In Vaduz centre, it was between £4.50 – £6.50 for a cappuccino; a fact that almost made my eyes pop out of my head. Being a coffee addict, I wondered how anyone could realistically feed their habit and still be a good egg.
Supermarkets weren’t much better for some items, with tins of soup coming in at an eye-watering 6.70 Francs (at the time of writing in March 2019, we were getting 1.2 Francs to 1 GBP). That’s some very expensive soup.
Not everything was quite that extortionate, but do expect to pay a fair bit more than you would in the UK. Wine, however, was SO cheap. I’m talking even the good Aussie and South African stuff. Obviously don’t buy that, though, because Liechtenstein’s wine is excellent.
No Passports Needed
You do not need to show your passport or any ID when crossing into Liechtenstein from neighbouring Austria or Switzerland on the bus. In fact, if you travel to Switzerland from Vaduz, there’s not even a border. OK, obviously there IS a border, but it’s just not delineated in any demonstrable way. We didn’t even realise we’d moved into another country until we spotted a Swiss flag on the castle at Sargans.
Although Vaduz is Europe’s second smallest capital, there’s a lot to see and do (outwith the usual winter sports). Vaduz has a range of museums, is the base of the Liechtenstein parliament, has a cathedral, a palace, the national stadium, AND has a footbridge you can stand on with one leg in Liechtenstein and the other in Switzerland. What’s not to love?
We spent three nights in Triesenberg, which is just east of the city and had plenty of time for sightseeing, walking and relaxing. We didn’t drink much coffee, though…
Do you have any other tips for travelling and staying in Vaduz?