Vienna’s international airport is located in Schwechat, 18km southeast of the city centre. After passing customs (for arrivals from outside the Schengen zone) and collecting your baggage, ATMs, banks and tourist information can be found in the arrivals hall. To get to town, there’s a choice of rail or road. The City Airport Train (CAT, +43 1 252 50, www.cityairporttrain.com) departs every half hour between 06:06 and 23:36, arriving at S-Bahn station Wien Mitte. The ride takes 16 minutes and costs from €11 for a single trip, and from €17 for a return trip (book online for the best price; reduced rate with the Vienna Card). It’s cheaper to take a regular S-Bahn train, departing from the airport to Wien Mitte station approximately every 30 minutes between 04:34 and 00:18; tickets cost €4 and the ride takes about 25 minutes.
Vienna Airport Lines buses (tel. +43 1 700 73 23 00, www.viennaairportlines.at) depart every 30 minutes between 05:00 to 23:00, stopping off at U-Bahn Schwedenplatz, the train stations Wien Meidling and Wien Westbahnhof and the Vienna International Center (VIC), taking about 30 minutes. A single ride costs €8, a return trip €13, and tickets can be bought from the driver.
Taking a taxi to the centre takes about 15 minutes. If you just hop into a waiting taxi outside, the ride will cost about €45, including the fee for returning to the airport empty; it costs €33 if you mention to the driver or dispatcher that you’d like the set price (Pauschaltariff).
The new Wien-Hauptbahnhof (central station) is currently under construction, so in the meantime trains from Prague, Warsaw, Venice, Rome, Ljubljana, Zagreb and Graz arrive at Wien-Meidling station, above the Philadelphiabrücke U-Bahn station. Trains from Salzburg, Munich, Zurich, Berlin, Frankfurt and Budapest arrive at Wien Westbahnhof, which is conveniently built on top of the Westbahnhof U-Bahn station. Trains from Bratislava and Burgenland arrive at the temporary Ostbahnterminal near the new central station, which is reached on tram D from the Ringstrasse. All these stations have luggage lockers and ATMs, and a tourist information desk office.
All international buses arrive at the Vienna International Busterminal (VIB), which has ATMs and luggage lockers. Right across the street is the Erdberg U-Bahn station, from where it’s a 10 minute ride to the city centre.
Major highways lead from Vienna west to Munich, south to Venice, east to Budapest and north to Brno. Driving the 350km from Munich will take approximately four hours, the 250km from Budapest are covered in three hours. When parking in Vienna, pay attention to the short-term parking zones in the inner districts of the city.
The Danube river is increasingly used for ferry routes to Hungary, Slovakia and Germany. Ferries arrive at Anlegestelle Reichsbrücke near U-Bahn station Vorgartenstrasse. Twin City Liner boats dock at Marienbrücke bridge near the Schwedenplatz U-Bahn station.
Airport & Airlines
Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien, airport code VIE, tel. +43 1 700 72 22 33, www.viennaairport.com) is located 18 kilometres southeast of central Vienna. It is often referred to as Schwechat, after the nearby town. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain and EU enlargement in 2004 the airport has developed into a hub for flights to Eastern Europe and the Middle East, with over 30% of the 20 million passengers per year in transit. The airport is served by the City Airport Train (CAT) from the city centre between 05:36 and 23:06, by S-Bahn trains (between 04:34 and 23:47) from Wien-Mitte station and by buses from the VIB bus terminal. Passengers of Austrian Airlines and most other Star Alliance airlines using the City Airport Train can check in their luggage at Wien-Mitte station.
Air Berlin, tel. +43 1 70 12 60, www.airberlin.com
Air France, tel. +43 1 502 22 24 00, www.airfrance.com
Austrian Airlines, tel. +43 5 17 66 10 00, www.austrian.com
British Airways, tel. +43 1 79 56 75 67, www.ba.com
Lauda Air, tel. +43 820 32 03 21, www.laudaair.com
Lufthansa, tel. +43 8 10 10 25 80 80, www.lufthansa.com
Niki, tel. +43 1 70 12 60, www.flyniki.com
Swiss, tel. +43 8 10 81 08 40, www.swiss.com