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Vienna International Airport(VIE) is a modern and compact terminal at Schwechat, just outside the city limits. Flights arrive from all over the world.
Taxis are readily available and cost around €35-40 for two or three passengers, one-way to the city centre. As all the international hotel chains are represented in Vienna, sometimes at different locations, it may be helpful to have the exact address written down for the driver. You can also pre book transfers that are cheaper than regular taxis at about €29. You don't have to share this ride!
Buses connect the airport with the two main railway terminals, Wien Meidling and Wien Westbahnhof, as well as the city centre [Schwedenplatz/Morzinplatz] and UN complex in around 25-35 minutes and costs €8 single.
Moreover, there are buses departing for destinations South of Vienna like Mödling or Baden.
The Vienna S-Bahn (commuter train) line S7 easily links the airport with the city featuring many stops in different districts. All trains stop at Floridsdorf, Traisengasse, Praterstern, Wien Mitte and Rennweg, with almost all trains stopping at the branch line stations to the airport. The regular fare is only €3.90, including a connection to the U-Bahn network. If you are in possession of a valid pass for Vienna, you only have to buy a supplementary (outer zone) ticket costing €1.70. The pass or tickets, probably purchased at the airport, must be validated when boarding the train! Present pass and supplement ticket to the train attendant in order to receive a smile (or not).
When departing Vienna to go to the airport please note the following: For S-Bahn travel, the trains have double entrance doors that you step UP into. If your luggage is large and/or heavy, this could make boarding the S-Bahn train more difficult than other types of trains. This becomes especially apparent if the platform is busy and lots of passengers are all boarding, with their luggage, at the same time. This should not deter those ambulant passengers with manageable luggage. As long as your are aware of the steps on the S-Bahn trains, you stand to save on your fares considerably when factoring in the price of 12 Euro for the express CAT train or 8 Euro for the Airport bus to or from Schwedenplatz.
Trains TO Vienna leave .18 and .48 minutes past the hour and go to Wien Mitte (Landstraße) and further to Floridsdorf. Some trains continue beyond to places like Laa an der Thaya, Wolkersdorf, etc.
Trains bounding for the airport leave, for example, Wien-Mitte Station at .19 and .49 past the hour and display "Flughafen Wien", "Fischamend" or "Wolfsthal". These trains can also be boarded/left at other stops which are stated above. The departure/arrival times logically differ then. Travel duration between Wien-Mitte and Vienna Airport is 26 minutes.
A map of the greater Vienna S-Bahn network is available at the Vienna S-Bahn Website
For more detailed advice visit their website at http://fahrplan.oebb.at
Note: Maps provided in the U-Bahn are hard to understand, so it is advisable to get a more detailed one.
In addition to the S-Bahn the new direct train service from the airport to Wien Hbf (Vienna main station) and Wien Meidling can be used. This trains leave from the airport every half hour at .03 and .33 minutes past the hour (between 6h33 and 23h03). This are long distance trains (Intercity or Railjet-trains), which continue to other cities like Salzburg, Innsbruck or Bregenz.
The trip to Wien Hbf (Vienna main station) takes just about 15 minutes and to Wien Meidling 26 minutes. At Wien Hbf you can connect to underground line U1 and at Meidling to underground line U6. If heading for downton Vienna you can now choose between S-Bahn at .18 and .48 or express train at .03 and .33 (combined with undergorund U1), so you basically have a train every 15 minutes.
Also several new hotels are located near the main station.
Tickets and prices for these express trains are the same as for the S-Bahn: €3,90 – if you have bought a city travel pass you only need an extra single zone ticket (€1.70). (Don’t forget to validate before you get on the train!).
For the way back to the airport the express trains are leaving Wien Hbf (Vienna main station) at .11 and .39 minutes (between 5h39 and 22h11).
The new City Airport Train (CAT) links the airport with Wien Mitte station in around 16 minutes (non-stop) and costs €12 one way or €19 return. Those returning to the airport and flying on Star Alliance group airlines (including Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa) and some others like AirBerlin/Flyniki, can check in and drop their bags at Wien Mitte Terminal before boarding the train. This is also possible on the evening before your flight. The ticket is only valid to on the CAT train. A separate ticket is required if wishing to use the public transportation in Vienna.
More info on the CAT and city check-in (carriers, times): www.cityairporttrain.com
Vienna’s new Central Station ("Hauptbahnhof“) is now fully operational.
Well connected to the airport, to all other Central European capitals and to the city’s efficient public transportation system the new station and the surrounding developments make a difference for travelers.
Disregard all earlier information about “Westbahnhof” or “Meidling”!
Train-Connections from/to the Airport:
National and International express trains connect the Hauptbahnhof with Vienna International Airport every hour.
Hbf -VIE 11 and 39 min. past the hour
VIE-Hbf 03 and 33 min. past the hour
Travel time is less than 20 min.
Costs are € 3,90 (2 Zones) – if you have bought a city travel pass you only need an extra single zone ticket (€1,70). (Don’t forget to validate before you get on the train!).
Inner City transportation
The new Hauptbahnhof is well connected to the city’s public transportation system.
Trains within the city limits (ÖBB), Underground (“U-Bahn”), Tram (“Straßenbahn”) and Buses operate on one tariff. A Zone 100 pass buys all public transportation within city limits.
S “ S-Bahn” connects from the Hauptbahnhof to stations like Meidling (U6), Wien Mitte (U3, U4), Praterstern (U1,U2) and many more.
U1 Undergrpund (U1) connects from the Hauptbahnhof to the Opera area, to St. Stephens Cathedral (Stephansplatz), to Schwedenplatz (speed boats to Bratislava), to the Prater (Ferris Wheel) and to the VIC (Vienna International Center) on the northern banks of the Danube
“D” Is the most useful tramline originating from the Hauptbahnhof and makes a number of city highlights easily accessible like Arsenal (Military History Museum), Belvedere Palaces and Gardens, Schwarzenbergplatz/Karlsplatz, Staatsoper (Opera), MQ (Museum-Quarter), Hofburg Palace, Parliament Building, City Hall (Rathaus), University, Palais Liechtenstein and then on to Heiligenstadt and Nussdorf (vineyards, Heurigen).
“0”, “18” are other tram lines from the Hauptbahnhof of less importance for tourists.
13A is one of the many buslines – probably the most useful for tourists.
To plan your trip within Vienna, use the “Wiener Linien” information platform:
The new HUB to explore Central Europe by rail:
The new Hauptbahnof makes exploring the rest of Austria and the heart of Europe so much easier.
This is a list of interesting destinations and travelling times. Only direct connections listed:
Other direct destinations are Zurich, Milan, Rome, Bucharest, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin, Gdansk, Warsaw, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
New Hotel Situation:
Vienna is a fast growing city and welcomes an ever growing number of visitors too. Development projects can be seen in different parts of the city. Around the new Hauptbahnhof 10 new hotels have recently been built and some more are under construction.
If it fits your travel plans have a look at the following hotels and keep your eyes open for deals!
However Vienna's excellent transport system as already indicated means your choice of hotels is vast. For each hotel one of the many connections detailed above (CAT, S7, Airport Bus, train to Hauptbahnhof) will suit best. Generally check the hotel's website. And with heavy luggage give serious consideration to a pre-booked taxi.