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Getting Vienna by plain
I took this picture for attraction when was sitting down on the grass right next to the monument of Empress Maria Theresa.
There exist regular daily flight from Zagreb to Vienna but the ticket is too expensive, cost around 230 euros, in one direction, if flying with Croatia Airlines. In my opinion it is too much for such a short distance, which is approx. 300km only.
From the Airport to Vienna
The cheapest way is by S Bahn, S 7 (train) to Wien Simmering (U 3), Wien Rennweg (S Bahn to Wien Hauptbahnhof), Wien Mitte (U 3, U 4), Wien Handelskai (U 6) and Wien Floridsdorf every 30 minutes, € 4,20 (including travel on Vienna public transport) and 24 minutes, if you come out of the custom area go to the right and follow the signs to the CAT train station down the ramp then to the left down the staircase for the S Bahn station, buy the ticket in the vending machine at the other end of the platform. Or to the right for the faster but more expensive CAT to Wien Mitte (change there to U 3 and U 4 or tram O)
Bus is every 20 minutes for € 8 to Morzinplatz (20? minutes, citycenter), Wien Westbahnhof (45? minutes) and Wien Meidling Bahnhof (35? minutes), there are also buses to Neusiedl a. See, Bratislava, Brno, Prag and Budapest.
The fastest way by CAT train every 30 minutes, € 12 and 16 minutes to Wien Mitte (if you go to the airport you can check in in Wien Mitte if you have a Star Alliance ticket).
Taxi: if you just step in the cab it will be € 30 to 50 depending on trafic and where in Vienna. Or if you go to the green taxi counter at the arrival hall, order a "Wiener Taxi", you get a flat fee anywhere in Vienna for € 36, you will have to wait about 5 to 10 minutes for the driver.
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To Vienna by plane
I arrived and left Vienna by plane. Vienna's International airport is located in Schwechat; about 18 km southeast of Vienna. It is the main hub of Austrian Airlines, but also served by many other airlines.
The best and cheapest way to get to town is by the suburban train S7 which is almost as quick as the overpriced City Airport Train (CAT). Please note that the Airport Station is located just outside the central public tranportation zone, therefore you need a ticket which covers two zones.
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Taxis in some cases cheaper than public transport
The city airtport train (CAT) now costs 11€ one way (or 17€ return ticket) and brings you from the airport to "Wien Mitte"/Landstraße. From there you can use public transport for 2€ per ticket (valid about 90minutes in vienna). A very competitive taxi is taxi mann mödling (starting at €29 +43 2236 30300, http://www.taximann-moedling.at) which will take you even to various places in lower austria (Niederösterreich). For lower austria you normally have to add another 2€ for the train (ÖBB).
So if you want to stay in the south area of vienna (or in lower austria) a taxi can be cheapter than CAT and more comfortable :-)
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Flughafenbus is the fastest kind of transportation, when your hotel is close to Schwedenplatz or close to Ringstrasse.The bus needs just 20 minutes to reach the city and between 05.00a.m. and 11.00p.m. it runs every 30 minutes !
The buses are leaving Schwedenplatz at the hour and 30 minutes later !
At the Airport they start always 20 and 50 minutes after the full hour !
Click here for the place, where the bus starts !
From there it is a walk of 200 meters to the metro U1 and U4, the trams #1, #2, #21, #N, and most of the night-buses across Vienna will also start at Schwedenplatz.
The price for that bus is one way 6 euros
tickets are sold by the driver
From Schwedenplatz/Morzinplatz buses start
at every full and half hour
with a valid 24-hour, 72-hour-etc.-ticket of the Vienna-transport-system or the Vienna-Card you get a reduction of 1 euro for that bus !
There is a similar bus from the Airport to Westbahnhof and Suedbahnhof :
it starts between 05.00a.m. and 11.00p.m. every full and half hour from Westbahnhof, goes first to Suedbahnhof, where it starts again 15 minutes later and arrives 35 minutes later at the airport (last arrival is 11.35p.m.), so the total time Westbahnhof to Airport is 35 minutes !
At the airport the bus starts between 06.00a.m. and midnight, also at every full and half hour, first going to Suedbahnhof, where it leaves again always at 20 and 50 min. after the full hour, arriving in Westbahnhof after a total ride of 35 min from mthe airport. (last arrival is 00.35a.m.)
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By plane to Vienna - VIE airport
Vienna Airport is the aerial gateway to the city with flight connections to several european cities as well as long-distance connections, including North America, Far Asia and the Middle East. Next to Austrian Airlines, also Niki has its operational base in Vienna - in cooperation with Air Berlin, they usually have good offers for flights into Vienna. Connections through Vienna are usually easy as the distances between the gates are not too far. Just take into consideration that some gates have a separate security control at the gate (instead of a central one) which can be quite annoying and delaying. For information on transportation from/to the airport, see my separate tip.
It is also worth to check Bratislava Airport as an alternative to Vienna. Flights are usually cheaper to Bratislava and transportation from Bratislava Airport to Vienna city centre costs the same as from Vienna Airport to the city centre. It only takes more time, but it can save you money.
From the Airport to Vienna city centre
Prices to get from Vienna Airport to Vienna city centre are quite high compared to other European cities. With the express train (12 €) and the express bus (8 €, all prices as of 2011) there are two expensive options which cost roughly the same as a ticket from/to Vienna city centre to Bratislava airport. The cheapest option is the S-Bahn for 4 € which can be combined into day tickets. It is the best option for those on a tighter budget, but it is also the slowest option. If you are not in hurry, don't even think about taking a cab as prices to Vienna city centre range from 40 to 60 EUR.
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CAT - the fast train from the airport to the city
CAT is the name of the fastest train from the airport to the city centre of Vienna. Fly the train is the motto of that newly built train that will take you to the station "Wien Mitte" / Landstrasse Hauptstrasse within just 16 minutes. This is certainly the best way to get to the city centre IN CASE that your hotel is in walking-distance from there (it is PERFECT for the city Hilton-hotel!!)
When you stay closer to Schwedenplatz, Suedbahnhof or Westbahnhof I rather recommend the airport-bus, see my next tip !
There are various prices for one-way-tickets as follows :
Buy the ticket inside the train : 10,- (5,-) Euros
Buy them at a machine for 9,- (5,-) Euros
return-ticket : 16,- (8,-) Euros
Print them out at your computer : 8,- (5,-) Euros
returnticket : 15,- (8,-) Euros
Family-tickets are 25,- Euros
children under 5 are free and each child between 6 and 14 goes for free with 1 paying grown-up
trains are leaving every 30 minutes Wien Mitte between 05.38 a.m and 11.38p.m.
So that means that each hour a train is leaving 8 and 38 minutes after each hour
From the airport trains are leaving between 06.05a.m. and 11.35p.m.
always 5 and 35 minutes after each hour.
In case that you have booked a Star Alliance Flight (AUA, Lufthansa,...) you may check in your luggage already at the station Wien-Mitte 24 hours up to 75 minutes prior to your flight, you simply have to show your flight- and CAT-ticket - you may do that between 05.00a.m. and 11.00p.m.
When flying with NIKI, Air Berlin or Transaero you may check in the luggage between 05.00a.m. and 09.00p.m
That makes sense, when your flight is late at night and you want to get rid of your luggage, while exploring Vienna.
Golf-bags my be checked in, BUT no bikes and no surfboards !!
Flights to USA have to be checked in at the Airport ONLY !!!
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Fly Cheap to Vienna using Budget Airlines
There are a few budget airlines serving within Europe now offering cheap prices to fly directly to Vienna. They include Air Berlin (Germany), Sky Europe (Slovakia), and Blu Express (Italy). You can go to their website to check out the prices.
Other international airlines offering cheap flights include Qatar Airline, Turkish Airlines, Italia Air, British Airways, etc.
Vienna International Airport is a nice, modern airport located just 20-30 minutes from downtown by auto or train. It has 2 terminals and 3 concourses serving about 80 airlines and serving as the home airport and hub for Austrian Airlines. Upon arriving at Vienna, we quickly went through customs and flowed through to the transportation area. We found a money exchange, picked up a few Euro, then headed toward the bus area.
Transportation to and from Vienna International includes direct Bus (6 EUR/person - 30 minutes), express CAT train (9 EUR/person - 16 minutes), local train (3 EUR/person) or taxi (23 EUR).
As could be expected, prices in the airport are very expensive... for example, a tall Starbucks cappuccino cost 3.50 EUR.
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CAT express service to the Airport
The CAT is the fastest and one of the most convenient ways to get to the airport, but not really worth the money unless you are in a big hurry as the ride takes only 16 minutes. Once in the CAT station it is a pretty long walk to the check-in counters and the gates. The price is 9 EUR/person (if you buy online it is only 8 EUR) for a comfortable ride in a very nice, modern train. The regional trains run the same route as the CAT to the airport, but they make many more stops. The other benefit of the CAT, other then saving time, is that you can get your airline tickets and check your luggage at the station in downtown, rather than waiting in line at the airport.
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Vienna International Airport
At Vienna International Airport, changing flights
is quick and easy: once your aircraft arrives in
Vienna, you should never have to wait longer
than 30 minutes before you’re back in the air
on your connecting flight – and you won’t find
smoother service than that anywhere in Europe.
And if you should ever have any more time on
your hands before your flight departs, you can
spend it in comfort in one of our lounges or
enjoy a refreshing snack in one of the many
bustling cafés at Vienna International Airport.
These pictures were taken right
after touch down in Vienna ...
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Vienna International Airport
Located about 10 miles southeast of Vienna, Flughafen Wien is an international gateway to the world. Easy access as well as a simple layout makes this a great place to land after a long flight from North America.
CAT - City Airport Train
This is a train which takes 16 minutes (exactly 16 minutes and 18 seconds! :-D ) to takes you from the wien-mitte (landstrasse U-Bahn stop) to the airport.
It is a modern and first class train. It is air conditioned and probably the most efficient way to go to the airport. The ticket price is 9 euro one-way or 16 euro two-way if bought in advance. The interior of the train is clean and comfortable.
When you are in the Landstrasse (wien mitte) U-Bahn station, just follow the CAT signs (a green square with an airplane on it).
For a cheaper alternative, you can use a normal train that stops at every station and probably is not a first-class train.
Wien-Schwechat Flughafen (VIE)
All international flights to Vienna go to Wien-Schwechat Flughafen. The airport is located outside the city, about 18km away. All major airlines service the airport. Not one American airline company flies to Vienna, but their partner companyies do.
Transportation into the city is cheapest by the S7 Flughafen / Wolfsthal tram, which will end at Wien Mitte, a short U-Bahn ride to the center.
Cost is 3 Euro
The ride takes 30 minutes and leaves every 30 minutes from 5 to 21:30
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