The cheapest way is by S Bahn (train) to Wien Mitte every 30 minutes, € 4 (including travel on Vienna public transport) and 24 minutes, if you follow the train sign you see first the green CAT train station and after that to the blue S Bahn statio, buy the ticket in the vending machine. Update: if coming from terminal 3 follow the train sign a ramp down, then to the left for the cheaper S-Bahn (ticket machine is at the other end of the plattform), to the right for the faster CAT.
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.
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.
Ive read on this forum about cheap Taxis from and to Airport and I find them outdated so I would like to add some fresh info.
I spent my new year in Vienna,this year - 2013.
After few great days spent in this beautiful city it was time to return home and I searched google for cheap taxi and I found this company, Vienna-Airport-Cab.at
It is interesting that only their company offers every 8. Service for free,besides cheap prices.
So who travel often to Vienna, like me, can find this very interesting.
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 :-)
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.)
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.
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.
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 !!!
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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