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Arriving by Plane to Vienna
As well as most European airlines which offer services to the Austrian capital, there are also three Austrian-based airlines: Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air, and Tyrolean Airways, which offer flights from Europe and the US
Airport Wien Schwechat
Vienna’s international airport is 20 km. (12, 5 miles) southeast of the city. Taxis to the centre cost about € 32.00; the airport bus costs € 5.80.
A commuter train on the S7 line also operates between 5 am and 10:15 pm and is a cheaper option at € 2.00.
The airport bus
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€.
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Airport Schwechat - Long lines at security check.
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.
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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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A short flight
Via the website if Divantoura, a Belgium travel agency from Gent, I booked an open jaw flight. So first from Brussels to Vienna and then a return flight from Prague to Brussels.
The price was 200 euro (taxes included).
As we were driving to Brussels national Airport, I had doubts about the departure time as the re was a thick fog over the Brussels region. But no problem at all, there was no delay.
The flight time was only 1h35, a rather short flight. So there was only time for a small lunch box filled with cake and some candy.
As we arrived in the Vienna Schwechat airport it was very busy, so maybe it was rush hour I the sky. Maybe that was the reason we needed to wait for about a half an hour before we got our luggage.
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Taxi from/to airport.
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.
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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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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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After arriving at Vienna's airport Schwechat, which is approx. 15 kilometres away from the city centre, your best option is to take the airport bus. We took the bus to Westbahnhof because it was close to our hostel. Before reaching Westbahnhof the same bus stops at Ostbahnhof, too. There's a connection to Schwedenplatz, too. This would be your best option if you want to go straight into the city centre.
The airport bus leaves every 30 minutes and costs 6 EUR. From the airport to Schwedenplatz it takes approx. 20 minutes, to Ostbahnhof approx. 25 minutes and to Westbahnhof 35 minutes.
On the way back to the airport better take a bus earlier than the one you really have to take in order to be in time for your flight. The busses get stuck in traffic easily on the ring road.
I flew to Vienna with the wonderful Austrian Airlines. Great service (food/snacks have to be paid for) but tea and coffee are complimentary with a free chocolate wafer.
I really enjoyed this flight as they show the plane's route on a screen above your seat so you know exactly where you are, the altitude, speed, temperature etc etc. at any given time.
On the way out there I chatted to a very nice and helpful Austrian girl who told me about the CAT train (it actually sounded like the C80 train -so there was a little bit of confusion - but only for a minute :))
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
train from the airport to center
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‘.
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.
Shuttle service to the Vienna airport from the center of the city.
In 16 minutes the City Airport Train takes you from the Air terminal into the heart of Vienna to the airport.
Trains runs 7 days a week , 365 days a year.
Located by the Hilton hotel and the city park
one way ticket - 9 euro
both ways - 16 euros
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Austrian airlines and Niki
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".
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