Vienna is the capital of Austria with a population of 1.8 million. It is very popular as a destination for conferences and conventions as it is easy to reach, has plenty to offer and is considered one of the safest cities in the world, offering the highest standard of living (#1 according to the Worldwide Quality of Living Survey, Mercer Human Resource Consulting). All year round, Vienna is a leading tourism destination, attracting visitors with its historic city and numerous cultural attractions, such as museums, opera houses, concert halls, theatres, as well as architecture from several epochs. For those who like to enjoy culinary pleasures, Vienna is well-known for its coffee culture, which is best experienced at the impressive imperial coffeehouses, as well as its
”Heurigen” inns (local wine taverns) in and around the city. Vienna has a long academic history with 9 universities and hosts major international organizations such as the UN, UNIDO, IAEA, OECD and OPEC.
Getting to Vienna
The main train station of Vienna is called Wien Hauptbahnhof (commonly abbreviated as “Wien Hbf”, translating to Vienna central station). It is directly connected
to the underground line U1, as well as many other bus lines. The majority of trains in Austria are operated by the ÖBB.
The Vienna International Airport
is an international transport hub and is conveniently located close to the city. To get to the city center, you have the following options:
- City Airport Train (CAT): The CAT
offers a direct connection to the City Air Terminal (Wien-Mitte/Landstrasse, underground lines U3 and U4) in only 16 minutes. Leaving the
airport, the CAT departs every half our between 06:05 and 23:35, and going to the airport between 05:38 and 23:08. Tickets are available at one
of several terminals (single ticket 12 euros / return ticket 19 euros), online (single ticket 11 euros / return ticket 17 euros),
or even on board (single ticket 14 euros).
- Train: The train station for the “S-Bahn” is located right next to the train station of the CAT.
The ride to the city center takes longer than on the CAT as it stops at several stations. However, tickets for the S-Bahn are cheaper.
You can buy a ticket (valid in two zones) at the ticket machines in the train station (4.20 euros, including public transportation in Vienna).
For an overview of all stops on the way from the airport to the city center, please see the schedule.
- Airport Bus Shuttle:
There are regular buses running from the airport to
- Wien Morzinplatz/Schwedenplatz (with connection to underground lines U1 and U4)
- Wien Dörfelstrasse/Meidling (with connection to underground line U6)
- Wien Westbahnhof (with connection to underground lines U3 and U6)
The bus station is located directly in front of the airport arrival hall. Buses leave every 20 to 30 minutes. It takes around 30 minutes to get to Vienna by bus.
Tickets (8 euros) are available on the bus or at the self-service ticket machines. Please note that the tickets are only valid for the shuttle bus, and not for public transportation in Vienna.
- Taxi: The taxi stand at the airport is located in front of the arrival hall. It takes about half an hour to get to the city centre (approx. 36 euros).
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