Getting from Vienna airport to the city is very easy, largely because all transport services are within a minute or two (or less) of arrivals.
This is good news when you come off a plane, tired, and wondering if the bottle of perfume/brandy/nerve tonic survived the baggage handlers.
Here’s where to go for car hire, welcome services, taxis, car sharing, trains, and buses (see also the map at the end for stops and stations reachable from the airport):
The Welcome people offer a pickup service*, with transfer into the city at around standard taxi prices, and options to buy a customisable welcome package (Sim cards, tickets etc.).
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 €35 into Vienna. You can contact a local service in advance (their websites etc. can be found here).
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).
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.
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.
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 Vienna International Busterminal: see their website for full details
- The Vienna Airport Lines run various services to different destinations in Vienna, including routes right into the city centre (e.g. Schwedenplatz or Schottentor) or to the area around the United Nations: see their website for details
Map of stops and stations
If the map doesn’t display, see here.
(Photo credit: © Maksim Šmeljov / Fotolia)