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How to get to Vienna

Vienna is easily accessible by air, train, bus or car.


Vienna by plane

Vienna International Airport (VIE) is located 18 km southeast of the city centre. It serves many European as well as long-haul destinations.

Vienna by train

Since 2014, the new Vienna Central Station is the city's most important hub for international railway traffic. There are direct connections to several S-Bahn (city train) and tram lines, city and regional buses, as well as the U1 underground line.

Vienna by car

The major motorways A1 (West), A2 (South), A4 (East) and A22 (Danube Bank Motorway) lead radially into and out of Vienna. The A23 is a circular motorway that connects A2, A4 and A22 in the south of the city. As this is Austria's busiest road, it is additionally decongested by S1.

As tolls are compulsory on all Austrian motorways and expressways, a toll sticker has to be bought. Vignettes are available for 10 days (8.80 EUR), two months (25.70 EUR), or one year (85.70 EUR) at petrol stations close to or directly at borders or in OEAMTC (touring club) offices.

Speed limits in Austria are 130 km/h on motorways, 100 km/h on open roads, 50 km/h on city or town roads.

More information on the Austrian motorway network is available at the ASFINAG homepage.

Airport transfer

There is a taxi stand outside Vienna International Airport (VIE) where you can usually get a ride at any time. In addition, several taxi and limousine services offer transfers to and from the airport to be booked in advance for a fixed price of 36 EUR for up to 4 persons (as of June 2016). All other taxis are metered; a ride to the city centre should cost around 30 EUR, depending on traffic conditions and the exact destination. Generally, taxis can also be summoned via phone (e.g. +43 1 60160, +43 1 40100, +43 1 31300).

City Airport Train (CAT)

Via the City Airport Train (CAT), the transport hub ‘Wien Mitte' right at the centre of the city can be reached non-stop within 16 minutes. The train runs every 30 minutes from 6.09 a.m. to 11.39 p.m. (into the city) and from 5.36 a.m. to 11.06 p.m. (airport-bound). Tickets can be purchased online (11 EUR single/17 EUR round-trip), from ticket machines (12/19 EUR), from the airport tourist information, or directly on the train for a surcharge of 2 EUR. There are discounts available in combination with the Vienna Card or for groups of 4 or more. At the CAT station ‘Wien Mitte', it is also possible to check in for various airlines, including luggage transport.


Public transport


Vienna has an excellent network of public transport consisting of approximately 140 underground, bus and tram lines that cover 180,000 kilometres and will take you almost anywhere in the city effectively and inexpensively. There are also night lines that operate between 0.30 and 5 a.m.

Wiener Linien offers a variety of tickets for different needs. Single rides including transfer(s) cost 2.20 EUR, but there are also four-way tickets (8.80 EUR), tickets for 24/48/72 hours (7.60/13.30/16.50 EUR) or 8 days (38.40 EUR) available, which can be purchased from vending machines at underground stations, at news agents', or at ticket offices and have to be punched prior to boarding. Public transport is also included in the Vienna Card, which offers a wide range of discounts at museums, shops, cafés, restaurants, theatres and sights.

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The official language in Austria is German. Foreign languages, particularly English, are widely understood and spoken.

Currency, credit cards, banking

The official currency in Austria is the euro (EUR, €). The most common international credit cards (such as Euro/Mastercard, Visa, American Express) as well as debit cards (Maestro) are widely accepted in Vienna. ATMs are available throughout the city.

If you need to exchange money, the best place to do so is at a bank. Banks are usually open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 1.30 to 3.00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and until 5.30 p.m. on Thursdays. In the city centre, most banks are open over lunchtime.

For many services, such as in restaurants and bars, or in taxis, it is common (although not obligatory) to give a tip of 5 to 10 per cent. The exact amount depends on the level of satisfaction with the service provided.


Vienna has a mild continental climate. The weather in February can be rather cold and sometimes windy, with average temperatures between 0 and 6°C (32-43°F). For local weather report and forecast, visit the ZAMG homepage.

Time zone

Vienna is in the Central European Time Zone (CET = GMT / UCT + 1).

Electric Current

Electricity is supplied at 230 volts (alternating current). Type F plugs (CEE 7/4, CEE 7/7) are used.



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