Vienna, Austria (AT)
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.
The main building has four levels:
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 06:05 to 23:35. 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.
Cost: EUR 12 one-way/EUR 21 return (valid for 30 days), or EUR 11/EUR 19 online (less with the Vienna Card)
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 18 and 49 minutes past the hour.
Cost: EUR 4.40 (includes U-Bahn connection)
Location: Train station under the main terminal building
Vienna AirportLine operated by Postbus. Tickets can be bought on board.
Cost: EUR 8
Location: Outside Arrivals area
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 at 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 40-50 (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.
Power outlets are scattered all over the airport:
Gate F 30 after security: 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.
Gate G, after security: 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 and lights aren’t dimmed.
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
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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