Vienna airport is about a 30 minute ride from the city centre on the S-bahn 7 route, the fare was about 35 ATS at the time.
Pretty much the only reason I would go to Vienna was to either pick someone up at the airport or accompany them back to Vienna after staying with me in Graz!
The S-bahn station is underground in the Airport building which was pretty handy and there was a regular service to the city every 20-30 mins.
In the airports of the EU I know you find after check-in and identity control (very fast for Schengen passengers) a security check common to all travelers. The airports modulate the number of security porticos and security teams in accordance to the number of passengers (low peak - high peak hours) so that the time spent in these lines remains generally below 15 minutes.
After security check travelers can spend time in the shops, bars or restaurants until the time of embarking at their specific gate.
In Wien-Schwechat the things are different. The security check is organized at each individual flight gate. There is only one machine and one security team at the gate so that if you are on a plane with 50 passengers all of them are through in a dozen minutes but if you are on a flight with 200 passengers then the waiting is very long because all of them have to pass by one single portico! You will see lines still waiting to pass the security check at times where their plane is supposed to take off.
As a result of that type of organization you will see, instead of passengers relaxing at restaurants and bars, numerous nervous travelers seeing their departure delayed because of the slow security check.
Even if taxis seemed to me more expensive than in other capitals once you are 2 or 3 travelling together with luggage they are competitive considering price, comfort and security.
The CAT costs 9 € to which you have to add a ticket at 1,80 € for your transport from Wien-Mitte to your hotel and you have to carry your luggage from one transport mean to another, plus walking (maybe under the rain) and being (maybe) a target for pickpockets.
An official taxi (usually Mercedes) from the airport to the centre of Vienna at the door of your hotel costs 39 €. Divide by 2 or 3 and compare with price and less comfort of the public transport.
The airport Flughafen Wien Schwechat is 19km east from the city center.
-After the arrival go underground, look for Schnellbahn(fast metro) sign and take the train S7(35‘, 3,40euro for the single ticket). The ticket is valid for an hour so you can use it in any other metro lines etc. The return ticket costs 6.80euro but only 3.40e if you have the wien card.
-There is also the City Airport Train. This one takes only 16‘ to Wien Mitte station but the single ticket costs 9euros(16e for return).
-There are also 2 buses but I never used them. I know the ticket costs 6 euro (return ticket 11 euro)
-Alternative take a taxi (35-40 euro) but if there is traffic more than 30‘.
If you are travelling to Vienna from other continents, then you will arrive at the Vienna International Airport. The airport is modern, clean and well-organised. The airport is not very big, and is easy to navigate.
The official website of the airport is below. If you want to check arrival and departure information, you can go to:
For such a long journey from Singapore, We choose Qatar Air to Wien with a stopover at Doha. Since we were all smokers back then, this short stopover was a welcome break from the long haul. After all, Getting to Europe is expensive as it almost costs our family 5k SG $ just for the flight. Do check out Qatar Air website for more info or deals.
Vienna airport is the intersection of travel from central-Europe to the Balkan. Austrian airlines has several flights to all the countries in the former yugoslavia.
The airport is old, and the seating capacity at the gate could have been better.
There are many good deals to come to Vienna with german wings and air berlin. For example, you can buy a ticket from Dortmund-Vienna for as little as €50 return. Check the internet sights, and see what you can find. This is a cheaper (and faster) option than driving or taking the train.
There were two companies that I saw offering bus services from Bratislava Airport to Vienna - Blaguss and Terravision. Both cost 10 euro one way or 16 euro return. I took the Blaguss bus as it was just leaving when I left the terminal building. Tickets can be bought from the departures terminal or directly from the driver. The bus arrived 1 hour and 20 mins later in Vienna's Erdburg international bus/u-bahn station. The station is on the U-bahn line 3.
There are several options for making the transfer to and from Schwechat Airport -- the S 7 regional tram, a shuttle bus and the CAT -- the City Airport Train. The CAT has half-hourly intervals, offers first class comfort and takes about 16 minutes between the airport and the Wien Mitte/Landstrasse station. The regular fare for one journey (2008) is EUR 9 for a single, EUR 16 for a return ticket. This is a little more expensive than the other options. However, if you are a passenger of one of the eligible airlines, you can do your check-in at the Landstrasse station in downtown Vienna, which is extremely handy if your plane leaves very late on the day of your departure -- you simply check out at your hotel, head for Landstrasse station, check in your suitcases, get your boarding pass and have gained time for doing more sightseeing/shopping within Vienna.
My example might demonstrate how efficient this option can be:
10:00 AM -- checkout at hotel, take taxi to Landstrasse station
10:20 AM -- arrive at Landstrasse station, check in at Germanwings counter
10:30 AM -- get rid of suitcase, obtain boarding pass, leave Landstrasse station for downtown sightseeing/shopping
17:08 PM -- miss planned train to Schwechat airport, get very worried about making it
17:38 PM -- take next CAT train
17:56 PM -- arrive at Schwechat Airport
18:05 PM -- enter security area with boarding pass already obtained at Landstrasse station in the morning
18:10 PM -- arrive at gate just in time
18:15 PM -- boarding the plane commences
18:45 PM -- plane takes off on time -- worries prove unsubstantiated
is this handy or what!!! On the CAT's website there is a list of all the airlines offering this early check-in from Landstrasse station in downtown Vienna.
There are currently major constructions at Wien-Landstrasse so please calculate some detours due to blocked entrances and the like.
HINT FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS:
I was told by staff that wheelchair users go for free and wasn't charged -- if this might apply to you, please try to confirm this by asking staff as I could not find this information on CATs website or in their printed brochures.
The doors of the train are on the same level as the platform, but there is a gap and there is a fairly steep stepless slope within the train. I was fine after asking another passenger to help me with my large suitcase.
We fly standby (employee discount) and that's why we flew with 2 different airlines. With Austrian we had all the amenities one can expect from a non low-cost airline so I have nothing new to say about it.
Niki I wanted to try since I saw that they fly to my airport (ARN). I hoped that Niki Lauda would be piloting my plane but he wasn't the captain then :p I'm very impressed of the quality of that airline. From the service to the aircrafts, one wouldn't believe one is flying with a low cost airline - they to me are "cheap (or affordable if you don't book early in advance) luxury".
International airport in Schwechat (ca. 15 from city). You can reach the city from the airport by bus, train or taxi.
There are several train stations according to where you come from: Westbahnhof and Südbahnhof are the most important ones for international lines.
Take the old styled trams along the Ringstrasse: You'll have a fast glimpse at the impressive fin de siècle architecture and the beautiful gardens and parks so characteristic of the city. (Partialment building in the picture).
Otherwise, walk a lot and rely on the efficient public transportation.
Because of the short notice we had for our stay in Vienna, all direct cheap flights had long been booked. The same was true for specials for the train. We didn't want to drive , so I started looking again at flights and came across the pages of Swiss Air. We got our flights through Switzerland, first Zürich, then Geneva, for about 25% of what a direct flight from Frankfurt to Vienna would have been. We booked Swiss Air and flew Lufthansa, Austrian Airways and Tyrolean Airways, a bit tiring because of the waiting in between flights, but generally very good service. I'll never understand the way the airlines make their money, though.
A beautifully run and managed airlines.The cabin crew are so polite and well mannered.The meals and refreshments served on board are excellent.The choice of entertainment on personal TV screens is excellent too.The aircraft are all modern and the entire fleet is young in terms of age .All in all an excellent airlines to fly with.
On arrival at Vienna Airport, you have several options for travelling to the city: taxi, city airport train “CAT”, and airport bus. My suggestion is that you take the airport bus which is least expensive and entirely adequate: these have tour bus style seating, probably every bit as comfortable as the aircraft you just left, and ample space beneath for your luggage. The service runs from 0600 on a half hour frequency and will take you to the Westbahnhof or the Sudbahnhof, where you can connect with the urban transport system.
Finding the bus stop at the airport is not difficult, but in a major transport interchange such as the Sudbahnhof it may be less simple to find on your return to the airport. Seek out that blue aircraft sign in the photo and you’re there: it’s probably best to just ask! Best of all, you’ll find when you catch the bus that the fare is only 6€.