Vienna International Airport (airport code: VIE) is outside the city limits, about 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city center.
As you can imagine, it’s easy to reach by train, bus or car. Below are travel tips and details for each, but before we start, four helpful pointers:
- The airport’s website also has official information for passengers travelling to VIE where you can find links, telephone numbers etc. Go here and use the “Arrival and parking” drop-down menu.
- Most transport routes use the standard “plane” symbol for an airport on signs and information, but it might help to know that the German for airport is Flughafen.
- The airport is outside the Vienna travel zone. That means single-journey tickets, network passes etc. for Vienna will only get you to the city limits and not the airport.
- I’ve marked all important stations and stops on a custom map at the bottom of the page.
There are various train services to the airport, but these are your two main choices: the express CAT (City Airport Train) or the slower S7 Schnellbahn (city train).
This is the dedicated train link between Vienna and the airport. It leaves from Wien Mitte and delivers you to the airport (and vice versa) in 16 minutes, with no stops en route.
Wien Mitte is a fairly central and large station sitting on various public transport lines:
- Subway (U3 and U4)
- Tram (O and 1)
- Train (S1, S2, S3, S4, S7 and more)
- Bus (74A)
The CAT is fast, modern and comfortable, with plenty of space. If you’re on the right flight, you can even check-in your luggage at the station.
All good so far.
However, it’s more expensive than the S7 (at the time of writing around €11 one-way) and it only leaves from (and arrives at) Wien Mitte.
The trains begin early morning and depart every 30 mins until late evening: 5.37 am to 11.07 pm at the time of writing. For current timetables, prices, online tickets etc., check the website.
This is the city train that stops at various points in Vienna and goes out to the airport and beyond and back again.
As noted above, Vienna to the airport is two travel zones, so you’ll need to buy/validate an extra ticket if you already have a travel card or similar for Vienna itself. See here for details on public transport tickets.
It’s a little slower than the CAT with stops en route, so takes around 23 minutes from Wien Mitte. In my experience, the trains are older and less user-friendly, with less space for luggage and steps to climb to get in. But it’s very cheap and you can leave from any of these Viennese stations:
Floridsdorf, Handelskai, Traisengasse, Praterstern, Wien Mitte, Rennweg, St. Marx, Geiselbergstraße, Zentralfriedhof and Kaiserebersdorf
There are some fast regional and intercity trains that go from Wien Mitte and Vienna’s main train station (Wien Hauptbahnhof) to the airport. You’ll find timetables and online tickets (also for the S7) here.
As with trains, various bus services go to the airport. Your main choices are:
Vienna Airport Lines
These operate three services with pickup points throughout the city:
- VAL1: Westbahnhof to VIE via Volkstheater, Rathaus and Schottentor, leaving every 30 mins
- VAL2: Morzinplatz/Schwedenplatz to VIE direct, leaving every 30 minutes
- VAL3: Donauzentrum to VIE via:
- Kagraner Brücke
- Hotel NH Danube City
- Donaumarina, leaving once an hour
Journey times vary between around 17 and 45 minutes, and adult single tickets are €8. Again, check for up-to-date prices, timetables etc. at the VAL website.
These buses go direct to the airport from the Vienna International Busterminal (Erdbergstraße 200 A, 1030 Wien, next to the Erdberg station on the U3 subway line), take 15 minutes and leave every hour from 5.05 am to 10.05 pm.
It costs €5 for an adult single ticket, but check for up-to-date prices here, where you can also view the latest timetable and buy tickets online.
By taxi / car
Another alternative is the car sharing service, DriveNow (scroll down to see details of the Drive’n Fly option). DriveNow has its own parking bay at the airport.
The airport and car hire returns are easy to reach by road. Journey times depend on where you leave from and when, of course. In good traffic, you can reach the airport from the center of Vienna in around 20 minutes. In bad traffic, well…longer.
The address for your Sat-Nav is Abflugstrasse in the town of Schwechat, but it should be a POI anyway.
Simply leave Vienna southeast on the B227 road which runs parallel to the Danube canal and morphs into the A4 Ost-Autobahn (motorway). The airport is just off the motorway and has its own, clearly-signed exit (Junction 13, “Flughafen”).
Map of stops and stations
If the map doesn’t display, see here.
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