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Vienna International Airport

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Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien-Schwechat) lies 18km south-east of the city. It has four terminals and five concourses which can all be reached on foot (though distances can be long). You'll find a good choice of shops and restaurants to keep you busy both landside and airside.

Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are connected in one building, while Terminal 1A is a temporary terminal in an external building. Concourses B, C and D are together a horseshoe building connected to Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Concourses F and G are in long piers connected to the end of Terminal 3.

  • Terminal 1: Mainly used by Air Berlin and a few other airlines
  • Terminal 1A: A temporary terminal, outside Terminal 1, built to accommodate the increasing number of low-cost flights
  • Terminal 2: Closed, with renovation due to begin in 2017
  • Terminal 3: The biggest terminal, leading to Gates F and G and serving long-distance flights

The main building has four levels:

  • Level 0 (ground floor): Arrivals
  • Level 1: Departures, a large check-in hall and Gates B, C, D and F
  • Level 2: Few facilities
  • Level 3: Gates G 
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Getting into Vienna

Quickest by train

It's not far into Vienna city, and quick, easy and reasonably priced with the CAT airport shuttle. 

Train

The clean, comfortable City Airport Train (CAT) from Vienna Airport takes you to Bahnhof Wien Mitte (Vienna's Central Station) non-stop in just 16 minutes. It leaves every 30 minutes from 06:06 to 23:36. You'll find a shiny new shopping mall at the station, and you can change to the Landstraße station for the local U-Bahn underground system. 

Tips: 

  • If you travel to the airport with CAT, you can check in for your flight (including luggage) using its City Check-in service at Wien Mitte - up to 75 minutes before your flight leaves.
  • If you're in a group of four or more, buy your tickets together for reduced rates.

Cost: EUR 12 one-way/EUR 19 return (valid for 30 days), or EUR 11/EUR17 online (less with the Vienna Card)
Buying tickets: CAT counter in Arrivals, tourist information, machines on the platforms, on the train (EUR 2 surcharge) or online
Location: Train station under the main terminal building. Follow the green CAT signs at the airport, but don’t board the S7 train by accident - it can be easy to end up on the wrong platform!

A cheaper and yet still convenient option, is to take the local S-Bahn S7 train to Wien-Mitte station in 25 minutes. Trains leave at 17 and 42 minutes past the hour.

Cost: EUR 4.40 (includes U-Bahn connection)
Buying tickets: Machines on the platforms 
Location:
Train station under main terminal building 

Taxi

Taxi fares can vary greatly, depending on traffic and your final destination. The road out of the airport, the A22 (Sud-Ost Tangente), is Austria’s busiest road, and traffic is notoriously heavy during rush hour.

For the best fares, we recommend booking a taxi with a fixed price. Go to the green taxi counter in Arrivals and ask for a Wiener Taxi and get a flat rate to anywhere in Vienna. You’ll need to wait 5-10 minutes for your cab, but it could be worth your while.

Cost: EUR 30-50 (flat rate EUR 36)
Booking a taxi: Go to the taxi counter in Arrivals, or call +43 (0) 1 40100

Going further afield?

You can now take the high-speed long-distance train ICE directly from the airport to destinations including Linz and St Pölten. You can also take the high-speed Railjet train to destinations including Linz, Prague, Budapest, Zurich and Frankfurt.

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Food Court

Pier West

Besides lots of shopping options the strongest emphasis in the new space is on the upmarket culinary range such as: 

Demel
offering coffee and tea, homemade pastries, and specialties from the Viennese cuisine

Henry
freshly squeezed juices, tapas and antipasti, cold and warm dishes from around the world

American diner Big Daddy
a broad range of breakfast dishes, freshly made salads, American sandwiches and varieties of traditional burgers 

DO & CO Bar
centrally located, it has an extravagantly designed bar with exquisite wines, beer and cocktails


There is also a separate children’s adventure area. 

C Gates, airside 

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Lounges

Options for everybody

JetLounge 

Aircon, buffet with warm and cold dishes (also vegetarian), drinks, free WiFi, PC working spaces attached to printers, magazines, international TV, recliner seats, massages, showers, barrier free access and toilets, nappy changing facilities, smoker cabin. For a fee of €29.50 the lounge is open to everybody (cards only). Some airline passengers have free access.
Handy for passengers travelling from Gates B, C and D.

Plaza, airside, directly after boarding pass check 2, across from Swarovski shop 
Hours: 05:00-22:00 daily

Sky Lounge Schengen
Aircon, warm and cold snacks, drinks, working spaces, magazines, recliner seats, massages, showers, barrier free access and toilets, nappy changing facilities, smoker cabin. For a fee of €29.50 the lounge is open to everybody (cards only). Some airline passengers have free access.
Handy for passengers travelling from Gates F and G.

Terminal 3, airside, level 2 
Hours: 05:00-22:00 daily

Sky Lounge Non-Schengen
Aircon, warm and cold snacks, drinks, working spaces, magazines, recliner seats, massages, showers, barrier free access and toilets, nappy changing facilities, smoker cabin. For a fee of €29.50 the lounge is open to everybody (cards only). Some airline passengers have free access.
Handy for passengers travelling from Gate G.

Terminal 3, airside, level 2 
Hours: 05:00-22:00 daily

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Power outlets

Many options available

Power outlets are scattered all over the airport:

  • in all lounges
  • in the waiting areas for gates B, C, D, F and G.
  • at work spaces with power plugs and desks for your laptop at gates F and G
  • at gates B and C where seats with integrated power plugs as well as USB plugs are available
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The Red Lounge

Business Plaza

To get to the Red Lounge (a.k.a. the Business Plaza or Frequent Traveller Lounge), walk to the middle of the shopping centre, where you are supposed to take the lift opposite the restaurant Air Quick. Lift unbelievably slow, so take the spiral stairs, and the lounge desk is just behind the entrance to an Irish pub, The Dubliner.

The lounge is split into two parts, joined by a long green corridor: most people stay in the small room at the rear of the main arrivals desk. To get to the much nicer part of the lounge, though, turn around at the front desk and walk through the green curtained door marked ‘Relax Area & Panoramic View’. Then turn right, and you’ll enter a large room with a long bar and vast floor-to-ceiling windows offering an amazing view of the runway and blue lounge chairs great for a short nap.

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Best places for relaxing

Quiet and comfortable

Vienna Airport does offer some insider tips if you’re on a layover. If you’re looking at a morning flight and it’s still only 23:30, head for Gate F 30 airside: it has large, comfortable couches to sleep on, and smaller seats with plugs for your laptop or phone. There are two smoking areas (glass boxes) at F 32 next door if you’re a smoker, and clean bathrooms nearby. 

Alternatively, try Gate G, next door. With almost bed-size couches, Wi-Fi and power outlets to recharge your own batteries and those of your phone or laptop, this is also perfect for a layover. Only cons: announcements are loud (although there are fewer of them after midnight), and lights aren’t dimmed. Security and cleaning staff are understanding and will leave you in peace.

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ATMS

Throughout the airport

Bankomat Check-in 1 / Gates B, C, D

Euronet Bankomat

  • Across from customs
  • Plaza, airside, next to the boarding pass check

Erste Bank

  • Terminal 2, airside, in the middle of the Terminal

Raiffeisenbank

  • Office Park, landside, ground floor
  • Airside, close to Gate 42
  • Between Terminal 1 and 2, at the exit
  • Level 3, Gate G, next to customs
  • Level 1 ,Gates  F, next to the Interchangedesk
  • Terminal 3, Level 1, next to entrance of the central security check
  • Behind the Desigual shop
  • In the entrance area of 'Ströck'
  • Next to the Versace shop
  • Level 1, Gates F, to the right at the beginning of the pier 
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Smoking

Also in bars and cafés

As well as the glass cubes we’ve all become so used to, many of Vienna Airport’s restaurants and bars have these smoking areas. The cafés and restaurants with such areas are:

Air Cafè
Terminal 3, airside
Hours: 04:00-22:00 daily

Kulinariat
Austrian and international Food
Terminal 3, airside, level 3, G gates
Hours: 06:00-22:30 daily

Johann's Biereck
Beer, drinks and snacks
Arrivals
Hours: 05:00-23:59 Mon-Sun

Take Off
Pub and coffee house
Terminal 1, landside, departures 
Hours: 05:00-22:00 daily

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Observation deck

Fun way to kill a few hours

At 250 metres in length and some 21 metres off the ground, the Vienna Airport observation terrace offers a breathtaking view of the tarmac. There are nice benches so you can sit down, old-school binoculars and information about flying. This view is particularly good in the mornings and impressive at sunset. Cost: EUR 4 adults, EUR 2 children (under 16)

Hours: 10:00-20:00, from 15 March to 15 November

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Showers

Available in lounges

There are no public showers available at Vienna airport. Showers are available at these lounges (€29.50 entrance fee): 

JetLounge 

Plaza, airside, directly after boarding pass check 2, across from Swarovski shop 
Hours: 05:00-22:00 daily

Sky Lounge Schengen

Terminal 3, airside, level 2
Hours: 05:00-22:00 daily

Sky Lounge Non-Schengen

Terminal 3, airside, level 2 
Hours: 05:00-22:00 daily

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Save on Your Car Rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

Rental car desks by Avis, Buchbinder, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Megadrive, Sixt, Thrifty are located at the rental car center. This is situated at a multi storey car park and can be reached by a short underground walkway. 

Car park P4, landside, level 0

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