Linz is not that big and you can easily get around the city center on foot. However, if your destination is a bit further away, we recommend using public transportation to cover longer distances. Find important information about driving( insurance, parking, registration of your car) and transports in Linz here.
Public Transportation (German only):
The public transportation system in Linz is very well connected and the trams and buses cover most of the city well. The JKU is also perfectly accessible by tram lines 1 and 2. The travel time to and from the city center is just under 15 minutes.
There are a variety of tickets and fares (German only). If your main residence is in Linz, it is worth looking into purchasing an inexpensive student pass.
Bicycles (German only):
You can also cover longer distances in Linz by bike. The city is constantly working on improving the infrastructure so that more areas are accessible via bike paths.
Cars - Driver's Licenses - Parking:
Linz boasts a good, efficient public transportation system and it is not really necessary to purchase a car. However, if you do decide to purchase a car - or import your car from abroad to Austria (German only) - there are quite a few things to consider. You should also find out if your driver's license is valid in Austria and whether or not you need change it over. Furthermore you need to register your car and get an insurence (German only).
If your new residence in the city center does not include a parking space, you can apply for a residence parking permit (German only) and, under certain conditions, park your car designated short-term parking spaces in Linz.
The JKU parking lots can accommodate a large number of vehicles. If you come to campus regularly, you could consider purchasing a semester parking pass for students.
Getting out of the City:
The surrounding countryside as well as smaller towns and villages can easily be reached by bus or train. When it comes to train travel, comparing fares can be worthwhile as they can vary greatly depending on the provider. The ÖBB is a nationwide rail network, providing travel services throughout Austria. The Westbahn, in turn, travels only between Vienna-Salzburg via Linz but offers cheaper fares. You can purchase discount ÖBB tickets by applying for a Vorteilscard. The costs cover themselves even after just a few train trips.