Arrival in Vienna & Public Transportation

Arrival at the international airport of Vienna

Vienna international airport is located about 16 km south-east of Vienna. The journey time to Vienna is approx. 15 – 30 min. depending on the means of transport (train, bus or taxi). Keep in mind that the actual jouney time may also depend on the traffic conditions, if you are going by bus or taxi.
When you have arrived in Vienna you can use the public transport of Vienna for your continuation.

Here you will find more information for airport transfers.

Arrival by car

When travelling to Vienna by car, please take note of the rules for short-term parking zones in Vienna:

Districts 1 to 9 and 20:
Monday to Friday, except public holidays, 09:00 – 22:00, max. stay 2 hours
Districts 10, 12 and 14 to 18:
Monday to Friday, except public holidays, 09:00 – 19:00, max. stay 3 hours
Special scheme near the Stadthalle:
Monday to Friday 09:00 – 22:00; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 18:00 – 22:00, max. stay 2 hours

Short-term parking zones are only posted at the entrance to the respective district.

Different short-term parking rules may apply in the shopping streets of Vienna and are posted separately in such places.

In all short-term parking zones, you must have a parking ticket from the first minute of parking onward, even for short stops to unload luggage. 15-minute free parking tickets are available and can be obtained from your hotel. The 15-minute parking tickets may not be combined with other parking tickets.

In the city center you will rarely find parking spaces. Alternatively we would recommend to park your car in one of the several

Arrival by train

You can book your train ticket online or contact the Mobility Centre of ÖBB on tel. 05-1717 (from outside Austria dial +43-5-1717).

In Vienna there are 4 major train stations – Central train station (Hauptbahnhof), Bahnhof Wien Meidling, train station west (Westbahnhof), Bahnhof Wien Mitte. Here you will find more information.

From all train stations you have access to public transportation to the city center.

Public transportation

Vienna has a dense and extensive public transport network. It consists of underground (called “U-Bahn”), tramways (typical Viennese call it “Bim”) and buses operated by the Vienna Transport Authority (Wiener Linien). Additionally there is a metro railway network (called “S-Bahn”) run by the Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB, which reaches out to the vicinity of Vienna.

Tickets are sold from dispensers, Wiener Linien ticket counters, in tobacco kiosks and directly on tramways. Please note that there are no dispensers in the underground, bus or railway, you have to buy and validate tickets before entering.

Tickets can be purchased online as well. One ticket is valid for all public transportation within Vienna!

Website of the Vienna Transport Authority (Wiener Linien)

Validate tickets

Tickets bought in advance must be punched in a blue ticket-cancelling machine in the tram or bus or at the barrier before you board the underground train. If you travel without a valid ticket you have to pay € 105,00*

Ticket for single trip

can be used for any single trip within Vienna (also valid during night service). You may change lines, but you may not interrupt your journey. € 2,40* or € 2,60* if you buy it at a ticket machine in a tram (you need change for the exact amount of the fare because these ticket machines do not give change).

Children up to the age of 6 always travel free. Children aged up to 15 travel free on Sundays and public holidays as well as during Vienna school vacations (photo ID required). Outside of these times: children (6 to 15 years) can ride with a half-price ticket € 1,20*.

24-hours Vienna ticket

is valid throughout Vienna for exactly 24 hours from the time it is punched (also valid during night service) € 8,00*

72-hours Vienna ticket

is valid throughout Vienna for exactly 72 hours from the time it is punched (also valid during night service) € 17,10*

Vienna weekly ticket

is valid exactly for one week (Monday-Monday) within Vienna (also valid during night service) € 17,10*

Vienna Card

is the ideal “entrance ticket” to the city: a 24/48 or 72-hour rover ticket valid on the underground, on trams and buses (also valid during night service), with additional discounts and benefits. Punch it once and enjoy all the benefits. Comes with a comprehensive information brochure.
€ 13,90 / € 21,90 / € 24,90 *

Operating times

The subway lines in Vienna run on weekdays from about 05:00 to about midnight. Most tram and bus services end earlier. During the nighttime hours, night buses cover the major routes in Vienna. You can also use the night buses at no extra charge with all tickets issued by Wiener Linien. The five Vienna subway lines run without interruption at intervals of 15 minutes on Friday and Saturday night and on the evening of public holidays. The night bus networks will be aligned to this new service offered by Wiener Linien.

You can use the online route planner of the Vienna Transport Authority to calculate the optimal route of your trip.

Taxi in Vienna

Radio taxi: 31300, 40100, 60160. The fare is shown on officially calibrated taximeters. The starting rate during the day is € 3,80*; at night (23:00 – 06:00) and on Sundays and public holidays € 4,30*, surcharge for radio taxis: € 2,80*. For rides from and to the airport, which is located outside of the city limits: surcharge € 10,00*. Therefore you should inquire about special airport rates.


Fiacre stands: Stephansplatz, Heldenplatz (sometimes also on Michaelerplatz), Albertinaplatz, Petersplatz, Burgtheater; small sightseeing tour € 55,00*/ carriage (about 20 minutes through the center of the city), large sightseeing tour € 80,00*/ carriage (about 40 minutes along the Ring Boulevard and the old center of the city).


Jump on your bicycle and hit the pedals: with a bicycle you travel fast, but still slowly enough to enjoy Vienna’s sights on the way. Vienna offers 1.100 kilometers of bicycle paths, some of them in areas with hardly any traffic. More information can be found here.

* Tarifes based on 2018. Subject to changes.