Your arrival in Vienna will probably be at the airport or the central train station. Here's how to get from there to your hotel in the city center...
1. The best transfers from the airport and the station to the center of Vienna.
Transfers between the airport and the city
Transfers between the station and the city
2. Private transfer from the airport to the city
If you arrive in Vienna by plane, the option of private transfer from the airport to your hotel is the most comfortable and effective, and I recommend that you book it in advance. Although you can get to the center by public transportation, the private transfer guarantees you to avoid waiting, save time and get directly to the door of your hotel.
How to make a reservation
You can make your reservation online, providing your flight details and hotel address. This way the driver will be able to wait for you on the day of your arrival in Vienna at the precise time, taking into account possible delays. When you make your reservation you will receive an e-mail with the necessary information; the driver will be waiting for you, usually in the arrivals area, with an identification badge and will take you to your hotel.
Luggage is included in the transfers, but if you travel with extra luggage, please specify it via e-mail when making your reservation so that it can be taken into account.
Transfer back to the airport
The private transfer service from your hotel to the airport: works the same way as the arrival service. At the time of booking you will have to provide your flight and hotel details so that they can plan the pick up on the day of your return flight calculating the time in advance you need to be at the airport.
3. Private transfer from the central train station to your hotel
If you do a quick search on the internet, you will see that there are several train stations in Vienna, but the main one is called Vienna Hauptbahnhof (Vienna Hbf for short) and is located a short distance from the city center (you can even walk there in about 40 minutes, although this can be quite inconvenient if you are traveling with luggage).
Surely the first thing you want to do when you arrive in Vienna is to accommodate yourself in your hotel or go out and explore the city. I dare say that waiting for a cab, locating a bus stop, or figuring out a subway map while dragging your luggage is not something you are looking forward to... If you want to avoid all this, I recommend you to book the private transfer from the central train station to your hotel in advance.
Advantages of this service
This service is available 24 hours every day of the week; if you arrive in Vienna in the early hours of the morning, you can still book this service. A professional driver will be waiting for you at the station with an identification badge and will take you directly to your hotel after you have handed over the voucher that you will receive by e-mail when you make your reservation.
You can book this transfer individually or for several people traveling with you.
Private transfer back from your hotel to the station
This private transfer service from your hotel to the central train station is also available for you to hire on your return. The driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Vienna Central Railway Station, making sure to be there in plenty of time so you don't miss your train. In both cases you will have enough space for luggage.
4. Getting from Vienna airport to the city center by public transport
Thousands of passengers arrive daily at Vienna International Airport, which means that for those who want to use public transport, there is a wide range of connections to the city center.
Train city airport
It connects the airport with Wien Mitte station, located in the center of the city. It takes less than 20 minutes to get to the center of Vienna and from there you can take the subway to your hotel. The frequency of these trains is half an hour and their schedule is between 5:30 am and 11:00 pm. It costs 11 euros each way (also available to return to the airport from the center) and 19 euros if you buy round trip.
With a regional train the trip will be less comfortable, but you will save a lot in price since the single ticket to the center costs about 4 euros. Depending on your destination one or another line will suit you, but the main line to get to the center is the S-7 which has a schedule from 4:50 in the morning to 00:15 at night and takes about 25 minutes to the station Wien Mitte.
If your accommodation is well connected to the Vienna Erdberg bus terminal, this bus, active from five in the morning to ten at night, will drop you off there in about 15 minutes. The fare is about 5 euros, but be aware that this terminal is a bit far from the center of Vienna.
Buses Vienna Airport lines
There are three lines connecting Vienna airport with different parts of the city, so it may be useful to check their routes if you are staying far from the center. The VAL 2 line does drop you off in about 20 minutes in the center of Vienna, at Schwedenplatz, but does not make stops. The cost of the trip is 8 euros and it is also available to return to the airport from the center or other parts of Vienna.
Taxi or Uber
In addition to these options, you can also choose to take a cab or Uber to get to your hotel.
Ana's Traveller Tip
If you will be using Vienna's public transport network, you can purchase (both online and at stations) a 24-, 48- or 72-hour pass or a weekly or monthly card.
5. Getting from Vienna main train station to the center by public transport
Despite the convenience of getting directly to your hotel from the train station, the possibility of getting to the center of Vienna by public transport is tempting both for the price. There are several ways to do this:
The local trains operating in the city of Vienna are the S-Bahn and from the central train station there are several lines to the center; choosing one or the other depends on the location of your hotel. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the center and the advantage is that you do not have to leave the station. The price of the train ticket is about two euros and then you can connect with the metro.
If you want to take the subway directly (U-Bahn lines) without going through the train, you have the Südtiroler Platz stop on the U1 line to the left of the train station across the main avenue (Wiedner Gürtel). The price of a subway ticket is similar to the train and you can take a 24, 48 or 72 hour pass for unlimited use of public transport during your stay. In about 20 minutes you will reach Stephansplatz, near the Hofburg imperial palace.
Although it will take a little longer than by train or subway, you will find several bus stops outside the Vienna Hbf station. Give the address of your hotel to one of the drivers and ask which line is the most convenient for you to reach your destination. Please note that luggage space may be reduced if there are many passengers on board.
Taxi or Uber
It is an option that may interest you if you have arrived in Vienna without having hired a private transport in advance and you want to get directly to your hotel. You will have to wait in line and prices may vary; in the case of Uber remember that when you access the application and enter the route you can see the cost before accepting the trip, in the case of the cab it will depend on the taximeter and traffic. It will take you about 15 minutes to the center.
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