Getting from Vienna airport to the city is quick and easy, largely because all car, bus, and train services are within a minute or two of arrivals.
This is good news when you come off a plane, tired, worrying if the bottle of perfume (or brandy) survived the journey, and wondering where you put your passport.
Bus, train or car?
(The CAT non-stop train takes you into Vienna in 16 minutes; press photo © 2022 City Airport Train)
If you’d prefer to get a good night’s rest before continuing into Vienna, then consider one of the hotels near the airport.
Otherwise, here’s where to go for transfer services, car hire, taxis, local trains, and transfer buses…at least when I last flew back in August 2022.
Option 1: Car transfer service
The Welcome people offer a pickup service* for around the same price as a taxi from the line. You pre-book a car transfer into the city with a local, English-speaking driver and full meet-and-greet support where required.
Option 2: Taxis / car sharing etc.
The taxis use the same nearby outside location as the buses (see below).
The limousine and taxi companies have booths in the arrivals hall just opposite and to the left of where you emerge after passing through customs. They usually cost from something like €38 into Vienna.
Another option is, of course, a car sharing service or simply book yourself an Uber, for example.
Option 3: Car hire
Car hire services at Vienna airport obviously include all the major brands.
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 go 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 pass through a train station area on your way.
Option 4: Trains
When you come out of airport arrivals, simply look right to find a ramp that leads you down directly to the train station under the terminal.
To the right of the top of the ramp are two important booths:
- The CAT ticket office and ticket machines (the CAT is the direct express train to the city centre)
- The ÖBB ticket office and machines (national rail services and city trains to the centre)
A display board gives 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) was €4.30 at the time of writing.
Down the ramp, you quickly reach platforms for the CAT service and the S7 S-Bahn into Vienna; these are your two main options.
The CAT is faster and more comfortable than the S7, but costs more. For more details on the differences, stops in Vienna etc., see the article on getting to the airport.
Option 5: Buses
Just 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.
The Vienna Airport Lines, for example, 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.