Getting to Vienna

Getting to Vienna

By air

Flying from any European capital city, flight time to Vienna will not take more than three hours. Vienna International Airport is located 20 km south-east of Vienna’s city center. Please visit their website (www.viennaairport.com/en) for information on flight arrival and departure times.

There is several possibilities to travel from the airport to the city center and back. Comprehensive information about options is provided by the Austrian Rail Networks ÖBB (http://bit.ly/2t2WFqH):

  1. City Airport Train (CAT): This train connects the airport non-stop with Wien-Mitte in 16 minutes. It leaves every half an hour and tickets cost € 11.00. Tickets can be bought online or at vending machines (www.cityairporttrain.com).
  2. Schnellbahn (S-Bahn) and Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB): Trains - S7 and ÖBB railjet lines - connect the airport to various train stations of Vienna, taking between 20 and 30 minutes. Tickets cost € 3.90 and can be bought online or at vending machines. Timetables are provided by www.oebb.at/en/.
  3. Vienna Airport Lines (VAL): 3 bus lines connect the airport with Vienna’s main transport hubs. Busses leave every 30 minutes and take 20 to 40 minutes to the city center. Tickets cost € 8.00 (if you fly with Austrian Airlines there is a reduced price of € 7.00) and can be bought online, VAL vending machines at the airport, ÖBB vending machines or directly from the driver (www.viennaairportlines.at/en/).

By train

Vienna has several important train stations (Wien Hauptbahnhof, Wien Westbahnhof, Wien Meidling) and is connected to main European cities via trains operated by the ÖBB, the Westbahn or foreign railways companies. Please visit www.oebb.at/en/ and www.westbahn.at to find route options and book your tickets. 

By bus

Bus companies such as Eurolines (www.eurolines.com) and Flixbus (www.flixbus.com) offer busses to Vienna.

By car

Austria provides an excellent network of motorways, expressways and federal highways. Please note that tolls apply for taking Austrian motorways: The “Vignette” can be bought at any gas station along the route. For more information on the different types please check http://www.asfinag.at/maut-vignette/vignette/.

Note that several districts of Vienna are short-stay parking zones, which means you need to purchase parking tickets. Mostly, information is displayed directly at the parking spaces. Further information (also about where to buy tickets) can be accessed at https://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/to-and-around/parking. A cheaper option is to leave your car in one Vienna’s conveniently located park and ride facilities (www.parkandride.at).