The Vienna International Airport (airline code VIE) is located in Schwechat aorund 16km (10 miles) southeast of Vienna. The airport is one of the largest hubs for flights in central Europe and especially well suited for flight to Eastern Europe too. In 2008, over 20 million passengers passed through the Vienna Airport.
Layover in Vienna
The minimum time you need to calculate between flights is 30-45 minutes.
The airport in Vienna has many shops and restaurants, so your best bet to spend some time on a layover is to stay there. Unfortunately, nearby the airport are not too many attractions, and to go to the city it takes 30 minutes.
From Vienna to Airport
Getting from Vienna Airport to the City
You can go from the Vienna airport to the city centre by taxi, bus, train (S-Bahn) or the City Airport Train (CAT).
Taxi from Vienna Airport to the City
A taxi from Vienna airport to the city center costs around €30 and takes 30 minutes (depending on traffic of course). The taxi lines are directly outside arrivals and the lines are usually not too long.
Right before the exit of arrivals there also booths of taxi companies, such as ATS (Airport Transfer Service) Vienna. They sell flat fee taxi tickets to the center, the price of ATS is between €35 and €40 depending on the destination district. Taking a regular taxi outside of the arrivals building may be cheaper.
Vienna Airport Bus
Vienna Airport Lines busses leave every 20 minutes from the airport to the city’s Westbahnhof and Südbahnhof train stations (starting from Dec 12 2009, the Südbahnhof will be replaced with Wien Meidling).
The earliest bus leaves around 06.00am, the latest around midnight.
Time to the city: The bus journey takes 40 minutes to the Westbahnhof or 20 minutes to the Südbhanhof/Wien Meidling.
Departure: The airport busses leave right in front of the arrivals hall.
Cost: The price for a oneway ticket with the Vienna Airport Bus is €6, a return ticket costs €11.
CAT – the City Airport Train in Vienna
The City Airport Train is a direct high speed train link from the airport to the Vienna city center’s Wien Mitte station.
The trains leave every 30 minutes. The earliest train leaves 06.05am, the latest at 11.35pm.
Tickets can be bought at vending machines in the station.
Time to the city: The train takes just a quick 16 minutes.
Departure: To get to the train from arrivals follow the green CAT signs.
Cost: The cost for a oneway ticket with the City Airport Train is €10, a return ticket costs €23.
The S-Bahn is of the public transportation network in Vienna and the cheapest way to get to Vienna from the airport.The trains go to the Wien Mitte train station (same as the CAT).
The S-Bahn trains leave every 30 minutes. The first train departs the Vienna Airport at 04.54am, the latest at 00.18am.
Time to city: 24 minutes.
Cost: A oneway S-Bahn ticket costs €3.60.
Car Rental counters are in the western part of the arrivals hall.