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Flying into Beautiful Vienna

Get ready for a culture overload in Vienna, Austria! From the time you arrive at the newly renovated Vienna International Airport to your first glimpse at the State Opera House, you’ll know why Vienna is a hub of European culture. Trade your beer garden for a quaint café and your street sausage for finger sandwiches. It’s time to experience a lifestyle fit for a Habsburg.
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With so much to see, from lavish royal palaces to the Vienna Boys' Choir, the city has earned itself a “must-see” designation on the European travel circuit. That also means its massive airport can be daunting to navigate. Don't worry, though, this guide will help make your travel a smooth passage.

What do I Need to Know About Booking Flights to Vienna?

Travelers have plenty of options when it comes to booking flights to Vienna. Ninety-five airlines operate out of the city's airport, including popular Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines. There are also plenty of budget airlines and a dedicated low-cost carrier terminal housing favorites like easyJet, Germanwings, and Brussels Airlines.

With flights to 174 cities worldwide, chances are you can find a nonstop flight from many major hubs. Only Austrian Airlines, however, offers nonstop flights to North America landing in New York, Chicago, Washington, Toronto, and Punta Cana.

As Vienna is heavily influenced by tourism, the city experiences a peak season during the summer months when many Austrians go on holidays and backpackers flock to the city. Vienna also experiences a peak during the holiday season with its popular Christmas markets. Book tickets six months in advance for optimal flights and prices. You can find the best deals on flights from September to November or from February to April, which are also some of the best months to visit Vienna, with smaller crowds and pleasant temperatures.

What’s the Best Way to Get to and From the Airport?

Vienna International Airport is located 12 miles outside of the city. There are so many options to transfer to city center that it makes even the savviest traveler’s head spin. Here’s an easy-to-understand breakdown of your transportation options. The most affordable way to reach city center is on the S-Bahn S7 train, which departs from the airport every 30 minutes. A ride to Wien Mitte Central Station takes about 24 minutes and costs 3.60 euros.

A slightly more expensive, yet still affordable, option is the City Airport Train (CAT). The CAT will set you back 10 euros but only takes 16 minutes. Airport buses are a slightly more complicated option. The ride costs 6 euros, takes 30 minutes, and drops riders off at Schwedenplatz, where they can connect on the U-Bahn to their destination. The most expensive option, but perhaps the most convenient, is a taxi. Fares average 35 euros for the 20-minute ride to central Vienna.

Are There Any Hotels Near the Airport?

There are a few hotels close to the airport. However, if you’re visiting Vienna as a tourist destination, an airport hotel is not convenient to city center, as it’s located on the city's far southeast side. If you’re just looking for a quick overnight, a couple of affordable options are Arion Airport Hotel and Hotel ibis Vienna Airport, both starting around $70 a night and offering a comfortable rest. While only the Arion offers a free airport shuttle, the Ibis does have a on-site driving range to help you loosen up after an overnight flight.

How Much Time do I Need for International Departures?

Lines to check luggage can get quite long at Vienna's airport, especially if it’s a popular time for U.S. flights. Allow yourself the full two hours, as bags must be checked 60 minutes before departure. If you arrive and the airport is empty, no sweat! There’s plenty to do in the airport's 70 shops and restaurants. You can also use that time to request your VAT refund for items purchased over 75 euros while in Austria from a customs officer.

If you’re traveling to the airport via CAT, many airlines will let you check luggage at the train station, saving you precious time from longer lines at the airport. Check with CAT to see if your airline is one of their luggage partners.

Whatever you do, don’t stress about travel to Vienna. Follow these steps to make sure that your trip is about the city and not the travel. And don’t forget to try a Sacher torte!

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