What is the best way to get in and out of Vienna International Airport? And where to go if you are on a layover? I use Wien airport (Schwechat) myself several times a year. This means you’ve caught someone with their ear on the ground. My top tips include how to get round the airport, Vienna airport transfer options, the best Vienna airport hotel, and my suggestion for a self-guided layover tour if you just have a few hours on the ground.
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Vienna international airport has currently three terminals: Check-in1, Check-in 2, and the Austrian Star Alliance terminal (Check in-3). The airport has two runways. From the piers to the central terminal area it is a 5 to 10 minutes walk.
Vienna International Airport Map
Here is a map of the arrival area of Wien airport. Use it to find out where to go to claim your baggage, where to catch the Airport Train (green box on the left), where to find buses and taxis, and where to pick money.
Unless my family picks me up, I like taking the CAT Airport train (cheap option) or hiring a private Vienna airport transfer (relax option).
Trains From Vienna International Airport
This train takes you from Vienna International Airport to Landstrasse/Wien Mitte in 16 minutes. Wien Mitte is a busy underground, bus and tram station less than 10 min by underground from the city centre.
Frequency: every 30min, 7 days a week; trains run between 06.05am and 23.35pm
The S7 commuter trains (destination Floridsdorf) run in parallel to the CAT and take 24 minutes from Vienna International Airport to Wien Mitte. You can also get off at Wien Rennweg just before Wien Mitte if your accommodation is located in this area of the third district (Landstrasse). Alternatively you can get off at one of the subsequent stations Wien Praterstern, Wien Handelskai or Wien Floridsdorf if you are located in the North East of Vienna.
Frequency: every 30min; between 4.54am and 0.18am from the airport (between 4.34 am and 11.49pm from Wien Mitte)
Tickets: EUR 3,60 (single ticket)
You can buy your ticket at the airport station and the different stations in Vienna.
Bus /from Wien Airport To City Centre
Vienna Airport Lines
Vienna Airport Lines runs a service to four major transport hubs in town: Schwedenplatz; Vienna International Centre, Westbahnhof (Western Railway Station) and Simmering. The journeys take between 20 and 45 minutes.
Frequency: every 10 to 15 minutes from the airport
Tickets: EUR 7 (single ticket)
There are numerous car rental firms right at Vienna International Airport. You can book from there which takes a little more time than booking online. Read more on Car Rental Vienna, including a checklist for picking the right car in Austria, and driving and parking tips in Vienna.
Vienna Airport Hotels
The only Vienna airport hotel located directly at Vienna International Airport is the NH Vienna Airport. At just 100 metres from the arrivals hall, it is perfect for a quick stopover in Vienna. I visited the hotel for a stopover lunch with my Viennese family and thoroughly liked the restaurant and lobby. The hotel is clean and modern and you don’t hear any outside noise!
A beautiful hotel in the immediate vicinity of Vienna International Airport is Boutiquehotel Hein located in the nearby market town of Schwechat.
My tip: Wien Airport is only 12 km from Vienna. Consider staying close to terminal Wien Mitte of airport train CAT in the traditional residential district of Landstrasse. The Hilton Vienna am Stadtpark is right next to the terminal, bordering lovely Stadtpark. The Grand Hotel Mercure Biedermeier Wien is a five minutes walk to the terminal, located right in the district of Landstrasse. Alternatively, book yourself into inexpensive bed and breakfast at Hotel Pension Stadtpark, Vienna.
Vienna Layover Tours
If you plan a layover in Vienna, even if it is just a few hours, there is time for a quick sightseeing tour in Vienna. The airport is just 12 kilometres from the centre. The quickest self guided tour is taking the Vienna Ringtram around Ringstrasse, and then descend into the city centre. If you prefer someone to optimise your time and sightseeing schedule and safely bring you back in time for your departure, you can book a guided Vienna Layover Tour. It’s not cheap but gives you peace of mind. Pick up and drop off point is Vienna International Airport.