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, and wondering if the bottle of perfume (or brandy) survived the baggage handlers.
Here’s where to go for welcome services, car hire, taxis, car sharing, local trains, and transfer buses…at least when I last flew back.
Important: check official sites and city-airport-city travel timetables for temporary changes/closures relating to the Coronavirus situation: certain services may be unavailable or may run less frequently because of reduced visitor numbers.
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.
Option 2: 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’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.
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, of course, a car sharing service or book yourself an Uber.
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 top 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)
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) 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, with platform 3 reserved 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
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 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