Vienna boasts one of the finest public transport systems in Europe. It is safe and easy to use, consisting of punctual buses and trams, a fast U-Bahn (underground), and S-Bahn (railway). Most operate from about 6am to midnight; buses stop earlier but there are night buses on weekends covering the major routes.
The U-Bahn is the fastest way to get around the city, while the S-Bahn is the fastest way to get to the airport. The tram network is one of the largest worldwide and is the next best way of getting about, with the added advantage of being a good way to see the city, although some lines don't operate on weekends. Buses are useful in the inner city where there are no trams.
Fares are standard for all forms of public transport, and once validated will allow one journey including transfers in the same direction. Travel passes are available: the Vienna Card is valid for three days, allows unlimited travel on public transport, and offers discounts at many attractions, shops and restaurants.
Taxis are plentiful, reliable and metered, but have a list of surcharges and are among the most expensive in Europe; Lyft and Uber are also options. The most romantic, if expensive, way to get about is by horse-drawn carriage, or fiaker. A car is generally a burden in Vienna, but can be useful for trips outside the city.
The airport is located 14 miles (23km) southeast of Vienna.
Vienna International (VIE)
LocationThe airport is located 14 miles (23km) southeast of Vienna.
Getting to the city
Local trains and buses leave regularly for Vienna. There is also a City Airport Train, which provides a fast and direct service to the centrally located City Air Terminal that is connected to the underground, bus and tram networks. Trains depart every 30 minutes and operate between 5.36am and 11.39pm.
TimeGMT +1 (GMT +2 between April and October).
Car hire companies include Alamo, Avis, Buchbinder, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Flizzr, Hertz, Megadrive, National, Payless, Sixt, and Thrifty.
There are taxis available in front of the Arrivals Hall. The taxi fare is metered and the drive takes around 30 minutes.
Transfer between terminals
Terminals are adjacent and are walking distance from one another.
There are numerous shops, including duty-free, as well as various restaurants and bars in all terminals. Bureaux de change and banks are available. Other facilities include airline lounges, luggage storage, business centres, and a medical centre.
Vienna International Airport has two multi-storey car parks connected to the terminal via covered walkways. Rates vary according to section. Park C, the long-term parking lot, is generally cheaper but is still within walking distance of the terminal building.