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Vienna International Airport is easily the largest and the busiest airport in Austria, serving not only the Austrian capital but also nearby cities within and outside of Austria. Public transport here is easy, but to take advantage of the stellar network of roads, some of which run through the idyllic Austrian countryside, hiring a car is highly recommended.
Who to Book With
Travellers who land at Vienna International will have the freedom of exploring the Austrian capital and its environs by hiring from any one of the eight car hire companies represented at the airport. These companies are Avis, Sixt, Buchbinder, Megadrive, Budget, Europcar, EasyMotion and Hertz. The offices of these companies are all found in the car rental centre located in the multi-storey car park P4 on level 0.
Need to Know Essentials
When collecting your car rental, you must present the following:
- National driver's licence (International Driving Permit in lieu of licenses without a photo)
- Credit card of the same person who prepaid the booking
- Identification (passport, national ID)
Authorities may tow away vehicles parked in areas which obstruct traffic. On-the-spot fines can be made, with higher fines needing a deposit and subsequent payment. The bigger petrol stations accept credit cards but it is best to check first with your UK bank. When driving in bad weather, typically when visibility is poor, dipped headlights must be used. Persons in the front and back seats must wear seatbelts, if they have been fitted. A reflective jacket, a first-aid kit and a warning triangle must always be carried. When driving in winter, winter equipment for the car is also required.
Travellers with a hire car can easily reach the airport via the A4 airport motorway. The airport exit has signs on the road indicating Flughafen. By public transport, travellers have several options, too. The fastest is the City Airport Train but the cheapest is Vienna's S-Bahn. Taxis from the airport are available and a few reputable companies operate here. Airport buses take passengers to Vienna and other nearby cities.
Vienna International has a dedicated railway service running directly between Vienna Airport Station and Wien Mitte Station in the city centre. The City Airport Train has a counter at the Arrivals area where travellers can purchase tickets. The first train from the airport departs at 06:06, with the total journey taking only 16 minutes. A one-way ticket costs around £10. Vienna's S-Bahn or the overground train system also travels between the Airport train station and Wien Mitte Station, but stopping at all stations in between. The total journey takes 25 minutes and a one-way fare is around £3.
Taxi cabs and limousine services can easily be hired at the airport. A taxi rank can be found outside the Arrivals area. Six companies provide official taxi and limousine services. They include Airport Driver and Airport Jet-Set Service.
Vienna International Airport to Vienna city centre is about £28
Vienna International Airport to Bruck/Leitha is about £37
Vienna International Airport to Klosterneuburg is about £50
Vienna International Airport to Traiskirchen is about £58
Buses are also available at Vienna International, leaving from outside the Arrivals area. Vienna Airport Bus runs buses between the airport and Vienna's transport hubs. Buses to Wien Morzinplatz/Schwedenplatz in Vienna city centre run 24 hours a day with the total journey only taking 20 minutes. Buses also run to Wien Donauzentrum (40 minutes) and Wien Westbahnhof (45 minutes). A single-journey ticket on the Vienna Airport Bus costs £6.50. A number of other bus operators such as Eurolines and Postbus also run services from the airport to other destinations in and around Vienna, including those outside Austria: Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
Vienna International has one main terminal, a separate terminal for the Austrian Star Alliance group and a VIP terminal. Transfer between the areas of the main terminal is easy as the areas are integrated into one large complex. The airport receives flights from many important airports around the world, with Frankfurt, London and Zurich being the top three busiest international routes.
Short-stay parking is available at car park K1, close to the Departures area, and K3 close to Arrivals. Parking here costs £3.60 per hour. Parking at the multi-storey car parks P3 (for those heading to Check-in 1/1A/2) and P4 (Check-in 3) costs the same. The farthest car park Pc is the cheapest at £3 per hour.
Free wireless LAN connection for public and passenger use is accessible in all areas of the terminal.
Information counters can be found in Check-in 2 and at the bus station.
Airport Information Service Hotline: +43 1 7007 0
Flight Information: +43 1 7007 22233
Special assistance for passengers with reduced mobility is available free of charge running 24 hours. Passengers will need to inform their airline at least 48 hours prior to travel to arrange these services. There are designated parking spaces as well as dedicated minibuses for wheelchair-bound passengers. Toilets, lifts and pay phones are also provided.
Restaurants and Bars
Bars, restaurants and cafés are located in both public and passenger areas of the terminal building. Café Don and Wiener Gold are located in the public area of Check-in 3. The Airport Bistro Service is found in the public area of Check-in 1. Meinl Foodcourt is located in Gates F (passengers only).
Check-in 3 (Schengen and non-Schengen):
Austrian HON Circle Lounge
Austrian Senator/Star Gold Lounge
Austrian Business Lounge
Check-in 1 or 2:
AIR lounge (non-Schengen)
JET lounge (Schengen)
Money and ATMs
Several banks and ATMs are scattered throughout many areas of the airport. American Express and Interchange are located in the Arrivals area, accessible to the public. An Erste Bank is located in Check-in 2.
Shops and stores are on hand in many areas of the airport. Burberry, Hermes and Hugo Boss can be found in the Plaza (the central area), accessible only to passengers. Oakley and Paul & Shark have locations at Gate C. Swarovski and Gautam Sunglasses can both be found at Gate D. Heinemann-Duty Free stores are located in gates C, D, F and G, as well as in the Plaza.