by airplane to Vienna, Vienna
I found the set up a bit confusing. Normally on arrival at a new airport I am ok with my orientation. Trying to identify public transport to the city was tricky - there were a variety of people touting for your business.
The official transport was a bus. I took it into town - but the journey terminated at a buding site with a wooden hut.
Best plan your route before arrival. Subway/metro is best if you do not have too much luggage.
Fly by the friendly Airline Austrian to the Vienna international Airport, come with train to the Westbahnhof or Suedbahnhof, or come with Your car over the motor-road A1 or A2.
The favourablest way is with the tramway or with the bus and You keep reasonable tickets in the 'Trafik' (Cigarette shop), or by self-service ticket-booking-automatic-machine in subway-stations. Taxis are expensiv and a trip with a Fiaker is very nice, but very expensiv too.
VIE is linked to the world by many airlines (Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air, Lufthansa, British Airways, Air France, KLM, Iberia, SAS, ect.) and also offers good connections to Eastern Europe. And now a couple of low cost carriers connect Vienna to Germany (Air Berlin, Germanwings).
If you arrive by plane right in front of the airport you can catch the shuttle bus to the citycentre. It is 5,80 Euro for a one way ticket, you can take up to three pieces of luggage.
I found out later that there is a cheaper way to get to the city. You just have to take the S7 line to Wien Mitte. This is the Schnellbahn (a fast subway).
Plane: to Schwechat airport and then airport bus, schnellbahn or taxi (try C&K for good deals tel: 444 44).
Eurolines coach from major European cities including from Britain see www.eurolines.com
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION OF EUROLINES STATION: U3 ERDBERG!!!!!
Train to Westbahnhof (West Station) or Südbahnhof (South Station) see the Austrian Rail page at www.oebb.at or www.raileurope.com or www.eurorailways.com.
The international airport Wien Schwechat (www.viennaairport.com) is located about a half hour outside the town. There are regular flights there from around the world.
There is a regular Bus service in to town. There is a rail-link too.
Flights to Vienna are regular and frequent so you should have no trouble getting there from any part of the world.
The best way to get from the Airport to the city is to take the bus that goes to the City Airport at the Hilton hotel in the city center.
Get a deal on the Vienna Pass when you buy your ticket for the bus from the airport.
This pass is good for all public transportation for 72 hours.
The metro and tram system works well and you can get everywhere in under 30 min.
Having transited Vienna Airport six times in 2002, old Cliffie reckons he can offer an opinion on the airport and Austrian Airlines. Connections are easy, since the airport is smaller than, for example, Amsterdam or Frankfurt, where the unlucky traveller can spend half an hour trudging between gates. Vienna Airport has an excellent range of shops and catering facilities. And old Cliffie loves connecting in Vienna to an Austrian Airlines A340 for a long flight to the Far East.
A lot can be seen on foot, most major attractions.
The subway is very good, and so are the electric trams. These require payment in coins: as we didn't have any, the nice driver let us ride for free when I attempted to pay with bills, because we were tourists - but don't try to do that, be honest! :)
Vienna's Flughafen Wien Schwechat handles over huge passengers a year, the majority flying to/from London (two hours). The departure tax is factored into the price of the air ticket.
Flight to vienna, airport wien-schwechat
The airport is located 11 miles (18 km) southeast of the center of Vienna. There is a tourist information office in the arrivals hall.
Taxis are available outside the arrivals area. The fare is metered and will be about 360 Austrian schillings ($28). Travel time to the center is about 20-30 minutes. BUS
A very good bus service goes from the airport terminal to the city air terminal right next to the Hilton Hotel (Stadtpark) and to Westbahnhof (West Rail Station) and Südbahnhof (South Rail Station). From those stops it is a short taxi ride to most destinations in the city. If you are staying in a city center hotel, like the Marriott (walkable with light luggage), you would go to the city air terminal and take a taxi to your final destination.
Buses run from 6 A.M. to midnight with departures every 20 minutes from 7:30 A.M. to 11 P.M. The fare is about 70 Austrian schillings ($6) and you pay the driver when you board. This is a very convenient way to the city, almost as fast as the taxi, but a fraction of the cost.
A train runs between the airport and Vienna from about 5 A.M. to about 10:30 P.M. and costs 38 Austrian schillings ($3).
Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar/Interrent, and some local firms have counters in the airport. Remember, however, if you are just going to central Vienna, or to places like Graz, or Linz, a car really is not necessary. Central Vienna is compact with good transportation (such as the trams). The train system is extensive, with fast, frequent service to cities such as Graz, or Linz, and all of Austria.
The Airport is located way out of the city, but there are frequent busses going into Westbahnhof and Sudbahnhof. There also was a bus going directly to Bratislava, Slovakia.
The bus/streetcar/Sbahn/Ubahn system is reliable and extensive
Travel to the Vienna international airport and take the bus to the city center. Another possibility is to take the train to Vienna. Austria has excellent rail connections.
The best way to travel around is to use the public transport : bus, metro or tram.
BUS FROM THE AIRPORT
There are mainly 2 'public' ways to get to the city center:
- Train (S7) to Sudbahnhof, 3 euros.
- Bus to City Air Terminal (Hilton Hotel), Westbahnhof and Sudbahnhof. 5,80 euros. 25 minutes. BR>
The Vienna Airport is very modern and served by many major carriers, including Austrian Airlines. [They now have a direct flight from Chicago!]
Vienna is 5 hours by train from Prague and 3 hours by train from Budapest.
The U-bahn [or metro] system is fast and efficient. One of the best touristic things to do is to ride the #1 tram that circles the Ringstrasse. It's cheaper than a bus tour and you see a LOT!