Vienna Airport Mini Guide
Since humble beginnings as a military airport in 1938, Vienna International Airport (VIE) has metamorphosed into the largest and busiest airport in Austria. In 2018 it welcomed in excess of 30 million passengers. Also known as "Schwechat" after the county in which it is located, the airport has a colourful history of growth and success. Today it offers excellent facilities and services for travelling in comfort and style. Visiting after dark offers a treat courtesy of the 109 metre control tower, which entertains with a funky laser show. Whether you are visiting for business or for pleasure, Vienna International Airport has something for everyone.
The phrase “access all areas” springs to mind when reviewing the abundance of routes to and from numerous worldwide destinations. The airport hosts more than 65 passenger and 10 cargo airlines. It provides a hub for national Austrian Airlines and budget airline Niki.
Making Your Onward Journey
If it’s all about "Location, Location, Location" then this airport definitely has a prime spot. The site is not too far from central Vienna, with good transportation links. Vienna’s central position makes it an important hub for Central and Eastern Europe and the airport facilitates easy access to further flung destinations such as Hungary
and Czech Republic
For a hassle-free start to your onward journey, car hire is a great option. Whether staying within the city limits or wishing to go further, why not enjoy the freedom and convenience of your own car? Getting into central Vienna is straightforward. Take a 25 minute journey on the Schnellbahn (S-Bahn) train to Wien Mitte station, close to central Vienna. There are regional buses heading into the city and onto other Austrian towns, along with international buses to neighbouring countries.
The CAT (City Airport Train) offers a direct route to the city centre and hence costs more. It takes about 16 minutes to travel between the airport and City Air Terminal, located 10 minutes from Wien Mitte. Onward routes from there are plentiful, including the new CAT-CAB which offers limousine travel into Vienna.
Designed for Comfort and Convenience
Since 1938, there has been a rich and colourful series of transformations. Today the footprint includes 2 runways, 4 terminals, a VIP terminal and a Business Centre. Passengers can enjoy the free Wi-Fi and lounges, with advice always on hand from several information desks and a 24 hour hotline. Those wanting quiet reflection are welcomed at the Chapel.
Shopaholics and those seeking last-minute purchases will be pleased with the vast array of shops - from high street to designer stores, and shops reflecting Viennese history such as "Mostly Mozart". If you are in need of more cash for your spending spree, there are numerous banks and currency exchange facilities.
If you like to wine and dine, want to savour one last piece of Sachertorte, or simply want to relax with a cup of freshly brewed Julius Meinl coffee, there are around 25 restaurants, fast food outlets and cafes to peruse. Business travellers will like the convenience of an on-site hotel, offices, meeting rooms and conferencing facilities. Even more comfort and mod-cons courtesy of the new VIE-Skylink terminal, (Now named Austrian star alliance terminal 3) came as of 2012
What if I am a Passenger With Reduced Mobility?
Don’t worry, free support is available! Notify your airline 48 hours before departure, indicating your level of reduced mobility (see airport website). There are disabled-accessible car parks, designated free drop-off/ pick-up points and specially equipped airport transfers.
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