Vienna, Austria (AT)
Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien-Schwechat) is located 18km south-east of the city center. It has four terminals and five concourses which can all be reached on foot (though distances can be long). Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are all located in one building, with Concourses B, C, and D attached in a kind of horseshoe shape. Concourses F and G are long piers at the end of Terminal 3. Terminal 1A is a temporary external building.
In general, arrivals can be found on the ground floor, departures on level 1 as well as Gates B, C, D, and F. Gates G can be found on level 3.
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. 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 from a ticket machine or even cheaper with FLIO
Operating hours: The train leaves every 30 minutes from 06:09 to 23:39
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!
Tip: Children under 15 years old travel for free. And, free Wifi is available on the board.
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 4.10 (including travel on entire Vienna public transport network)
Location: Train station under the main terminal building
Vienna Airport Lines, operated by Postbus, connect the airport with the main transport hubs. Tickets can be bought on board. Buses to the city centre (Morzinplatz/Schwedenplatz) run 24 hours a day, journey time just 20 minutes.
Cost: EUR 8 one-way
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
Booking a taxi: Go to the taxi counter in Arrival
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 the lights aren’t dimmed.
At 306 meters in length and some 21 meters 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 3 adults, EUR 1 children (under 16)
Hours: 10:00-20:00daily, 8:00-22:00 from March-September
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