Guys, I need some help.

I am planning a Europe trip – Norway, Austria, Switzerland. As of now, the plan is to take Austrian Air from Bombay, with a stopover at Vienna. Travel is Vienna for 4 days, and then go to Switzerland for 4 days, back to Vienna, and then fly to Norway for the rest of the trip.

Slight problem – the cost is working out too high. Austrian air is coming to 49k return inclusive of taxes.

I have another option – Fly to Oslo, via Frankfurt. Then take train to Vienna from Frankfurt. This would cost me 43k. Does anyone know how far Frankfurt is from Vienna, and give me cost options (train and flight)

Also, please let me know if you can think of any way i can juggle around the iteranary, to reduce costs. My norway is quite structured with a defined iteranary, but we are backpacking in Switzerland and we do have some options.

Need the info as fast as possible. We are planning the trip for august, but need to book the tickets soon.

Please please please drop in a comment if you have any useful info.


  1. June 21, 2006 at 9:56 am

    You are talking of backpacking. And you are considering Vienna in the same trip…

    You can drop your number to me at dilips_10 AT yahoo DOT com if you intend to. I can call if need be.

  2. June 21, 2006 at 10:18 am

    Switzerland and Austria are neighbours, and bundling the two is easy, but why did you have to include Norway? It’s not cost-effective if you’re on a self-financed budget trip. Why not look at Paris/Bucharest/Prague and leave a tour of Scandinavia for another time?

    A relatively cheap — and, in my opinion, very interesting — option would be to take a return air ticket to some city in Europe (say, Frankfurt), and spend two weeks travelling around continental Europe by train on a Eurail pass. If you plan properly, you can sleep overnight in trains and save a packet on accommodation.

    However, if you’ve already planned your Norway itinerary and would like to use your midway stopover to see some other places by air/rail, these links might be helpful:

  3. Eurail. Also see a map of the European rail network.
  4. Frankfurt to Vienna by rail.
  5. For competitive flight fares, try Air Ninja.