Schönbrunn Palace is well-served by public transport (subway, tram, and bus) with some parking.
Here are tips on how best to reach the palace, park and gardens…
- See also: Schönbrunn visitor & tickets info
Schönbrunn by subway
The U4 subway takes you from downtown Vienna straight to more or less outside the palace.
In the city centre, board the U4 at Karlsplatz, Stadtpark, Schwedenplatz or Schottenring (always in the direction of Hütteldorf).
The first station has the helpful name, Schönbrunn, and is the best for reaching the main palace and gardens.
Assuming you’re coming from the city centre, exit the platform to the west (the train’s direction), where you can see the lifts. At the top of the lifts or stairs, cross over the tracks on the glass bridge and keep going on to a paved walkway to the right.
This walkway takes you past a car park to hit a main road at a pedestrian crossing. The palace grounds are on the other side of the road behind the outbuildings.
Cross over the road and go right along the sidewalk. Keep going for a couple of minutes until you reach the main entrance to the palace complex. You’ll recognize this through the two white stone columns with gold eagles perched on the top. You can’t miss it.
Whichever platform you reach at Hietzing, you can only exit to one side. Go up the lifts or take the stairs. When you emerge, look south – the wall you can see bounds the palace gardens.
Cross over the main road on the left to reach that wall. There are two pedestrian crossings, and on the wall you’ll see “Schönbrunn” written in big red letters.
If you want to go to the palace, go left; just keep walking until you reach the main gates.
If you do wish to visit the palm house, desert house or zoo, go right. Follow the sidewalk around (it bends left) and keep going. Eventually, you’ll see a church ahead of you, a post office on your left, and just past the post office a large park entrance. Go in there. You’ll find a map display inside.
If you then go straight ahead, you’ll go through the gardens and eventually hit the palace. For the three other attractions mentioned above, keep to the right, and turn right as soon as you can (after just a few meters).
This brings you onto a wide walkway which goes directly to the zoo, passing the palm house on your left (which you can see straightaway) and the desert house on your right.
(Zoo-side entrance to Schönbrunn park)
Schönbrunn by tram or bus
Schloß Schönbrunn stop
Trams 10 and 60, and bus 10A, all have a stop called Schloss Schönbrunn, which is opposite the main entrance. If the latter is not obvious (it should be), just look for the huge gateway flanked by two giant marble columns topped by golden eagles.
None of these lines leave from the centre, but the 60 tram does leave from Westbahnhof, one of Vienna’s main railway stations.
Buses 8A, 56A, 56B and 58A take you round the back of the Schönbrunn park complex and drop you on the road marked Elisabethallee at the stop Montecuccoliplatz. The latter three lines all leave from Hietzing subway station.
Go southeast down Elisabethallee from the Montecuccoliplatz stop until you reach the entrance to the car park on your left. Go in there right to the far end.
That leads to a marked entrance into Schönbrunn park on the right. Go in and continue down the lane until you reach a crossroads. Immediately on the left is the top zoo entrance, the right-hand path takes you to the Gloriette. And straight on takes you down (eventually) to the main palace. All around you is the park.
Schönbrunn by car
The road in front of Schönbrunn has limited roadside parking along the palace side and a paid car park nearby (Schönbrunner Schloßstraße). Drive past the palace on your right and you’ll see the car park on your left after the large bus park. At the time of writing (December, 2019), however, it was closed for resurfacing.
Another option is to drive to the car park intended for zoo visitors at the rear of the palace grounds (Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 1). That’s likely to have space unless it’s a weekend, holiday, or a particularly fine day.