Getting from Vienna airport to the city is very easy, largely because all transport services are within a minute or two of arrivals.
This is good news when you come off a plane, tired, and wondering if the bottle of perfume (or brandy) survived the baggage handlers.
See also: How to get to Vienna airport
Here’s where to go for welcome services, car hire, taxis, car sharing, trains, and buses…
Option 1: Welcome car transfer
The Welcome people offer a pickup service*, where you can pre-book a car transfer into the city with a local, English-speaking driver and full meet-and-greet support.
Their prices are around the same as a taxi from the line.
Option 2: Car hire
If you haven’t already booked car hire from the airport, you can compare prices and book a car here*.
Some of the car hire desks are immediately to your left when you come out of arrivals. If yours isn’t, then continue left, down the ramp and then right at the bottom.
It’s a little convoluted, but simply follow the car hire symbol (a car with a key), and also look for signs to the “car rental centre” which you reach on Deck 0 of the P4 multi-storey car park. You’ll pass through a train station area on your way.
If you follow the car hire signs and then miss the car rental centre signs, you can find yourself eventually emerging into a garage.
You wouldn’t be the first to do this (I did).
Just retrace your steps to the lifts just before the car park and go up to level 0 to find the actual car hire desks.
Car hire services at Vienna airport include all the major brands, such as Avis, Hertz and Sixt.
Option 3: Taxis / car sharing
The taxis use the same outside location as the buses (see below).
The taxi and limousine companies have booths in the arrivals hall just opposite and to the left of where you emerge. They usually cost around €36 into Vienna.
Another option is the car sharing service, DriveNow (scroll down on that page for Drive’n Fly details). DriveNow has its own airport parking bay (Terminal parking P3 Level 0).
Option 4: Trains
When you come out of airport arrivals, simply walk right to find a ramp that leads you down directly to the train station under the terminal.
To the right of the ramp are two important booths:
- The CAT ticket office and ticket machines (the CAT is the direct express train service to the city centre)
- The ÖBB ticket office and machines (Austrian railways and standard city trains to the centre)
There’s also a display board with departure times for all trains leaving the airport for Vienna and elsewhere.
The machines have English displays for buying whatever tickets you need to reach your destination. A single ticket to the city on a normal municipal train service (S-Bahn) costs €4.20 at the time of writing.
Down the ramp, you quickly reach platforms 1-2 for the S7 S-Bahn line into Vienna and other trains, and platform 3 for the CAT service.
For more details on the difference between the CAT and S7, timetable links, stops in Vienna etc., see the article on getting to the airport.
Option 5: Buses
Immediately ahead of you as you exit airport arrivals, slightly to the left and right, are corridor exits to outside the terminal. The bus stops are immediately outside, and you can buy tickets from the drivers.
- The Air-Liner bus service takes you to the Vienna international bus terminal and Hauptbahnhof central rail station: see their website for full details
- The Vienna Airport Lines run various services to different destinations in Vienna, including routes to the city centre (Schwedenplatz), to Westbahnhof and Hauptbahnhof rail stations, and to the area around the United Nations: see their website for details