Flying to Vienna
Vienna's international airport is named Schwechat, after the small town just 15 km southeast of the city centre. Well connected by rail and road it can be reached from the city centre in under half an hour. For up to date travel information see: www.viennaairport.at.
Major international airlines that fly here directly from the UK are British Airways, KLM, Aer Lingus, Lufthansa and Air France. The national carrier Austrian Airlines, taken over by Lufthansa not long ago, offers reduced fares (so called Red Tickets) at www.austrian.com.
For bargain flights from the UK one of the best and cheapest services is with Easyjet from London Gatwick. They usually offer two flights a day, early morning and late afternoon – for more information go to: www.easyjet.com. Bmi, British Midland International, has five direct flights a day from London Heathrow to Vienna, in cooperation with Austrian Airlines. Flights can be booked at www.flybmi.com.
Another cheap flight option is Ryanair - www.ryanair.com. although this means landing at Bratislava Airport, just 60km east. Trains and buses run regularly between the cities of Vienna and Bratislava – these are the two closest capital cities in the world – and travel time is just over one hour. The bus companies Eurolines (www.eurolines.com) and Terravision (www.terravision.eu) run a regular coach service 10 and four times a day respectively. Tickets cost around 10 euros single, 16 euros return.
Getting to the city
Train: One of the best ways to get to the city centre from the airport, in just 16 minutes, is by CAT (City Airport Train, www.cityairporttrain.com). This service runs every half hour between 5.38am to 11.38pm. Tickets can be booked online for nine euros, returns are cheaper at 16 euros, tickets purchased at the airport are 10 euros each.
Cheaper options: Cheaper travel alternatives in to town are the S7-Bahn (suburban railway) from Airport to Wien Mitte (journey time 25 minutes for a mere 3.60 euros), and the bus ride for six euros: Postbus (also known as Vienna Airportlines), the journey takes about a half hour (www.postbus.at/en).
Car: If you should be driving by car from the Airport take the A4 motorway straight into Vienna. Travel time is about 20 minutes. Ample parking space is available at the airport, including disabled-accessible parking. Car rental is possible at the airport and most of the car hire firms have an office in the arrivals hall. Avis (01-7007-32700; www.avis.com) and Hertz (01-7007-32661; www.hertz.com) are just two of the best known. See Vienna car hire for more information.
Taxis: The most comfortable and relaxing journey into Vienna after landing at Schwechat Airport is by cab. The 20-minute trip into the city will cost somewhere in the region of 35 euros. For a group of more than four passengers there's a transport service that has larger vehicles available; they can be booked at www.ck-airportservice.at.