Travel information

Welcome to Graz

Graz is unique. Awarded World Cultural Heritage status by UNESCO in 1999, its southern flair lets you discover the historical old town leisurely. Alongside it, contemporary architecture has set new accents and created a fascinating and harmonious symbiosis of old and new.
In 2003, Graz was named Cultural Capital of Europe, a festive occasion which has had a lasting effect on the city, leaving behind a fresh international breeze in art and culture, noticeable on every corner of the old streets. No other city offers so much variety within such a small area, together with its sunny southern ambience as a bonus: futuristic architecture right next to medieval houses set in a maze of ancient alleyways and squares. In addition, Graz's lush green surrounding countryside invites you on a journey – down the wine routes or to one of the many castles.

Arrival from the airport

To reach the city center from Graz-Airport, you can take a taxi or bus directly outside the terminal, or a train (7-minute walk to stop). A bus or train ticket costs € 2.30. For detailed information on the time schedules please see: www.flughafen-graz.at

Time

Graz is in the CET (Central European Time) – 1 hour ahead of the UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). Daylight saving time or summer time in Austria begins on the last Sunday in March at 1:00 am UTC and ends on the last Sunday in October at 1:00 am UTC.

Weather

May in Graz is influenced by Humid Continental Mild Summer, Wet All Year climate. The range of average daytime temperatures are around 15 degrees Celsius  and 24 degrees Celsius. When you travel to Graz in May you however have to expect repeatedly rain, oftentimes fog - do bring clothing that protects you from rain or take an umbrella.  

Shopping

Opening times on weekdays are 9:00 to 18:00, some until 20:00 on Thursday or Friday. On Saturdays, most shops close at 18:00. All shops, with very few exceptions, remain closed on Sundays.

Currency and credit cards

The Austrian currency is the EURO (€). Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept internationally valid credit cards.

Electricity

The main voltage in Austria is 230 V AC. Connector plug/outlet correspond generally to the Euro-norm. The required plug type is “Type F” or “Schuko”, the Europlug (Type C) is working as well.

Public transport

Graz boasts a modern, efficient public transport system consisting of 6  tram lines, 24 bus lines as well as 8 night bus lines. Tickets are sold from dispensers, ticket counters and the main train station, in tobacco kiosks and directly on busses and tramways.