Vienna International Airport is located 18 kilometres south-east of Vienna City Centre. It’s Austria’s largest airport receiving flights from a network of destinations. The airport handles over 22 million passengers per year and currently hosts three terminals with a myriad of facilities for visitors to enjoy.
There is plenty to explore at Vienna International Airport.Sample some traditional Austrian Sachertorte after touching down, or explore the many boutiques and shopping facilities the airport has to offer. If staying in the local area there is plenty to see and do, and venturing into central Vienna is quick and easy with the journey taking less than 20 minutes. Visit the famous Schönbrunn Palace and gardens or if travelling with family, a day out at the popular Tiergarten and Zoo will be well remembered. A boat trip down the River Danube is the perfect way to see the city of Vienna from a different perspective. Glide along the river as the beautiful parks and architecture come into view, capturing the imagination as it harks back to Vienna of old. The river is used for recreation by the Viennese, and visitors will find beach cafes, restaurants, bars and Sunken City on Danube Island. Shopping in Vienna is not for the faint-hearted. Elegant brands and exclusive boutiques are located in the area of Goldenes Quartier, while Kohlmarkt specialises in traditional Viennese jewellery. For lovers of all things food related, the historic city of Vienna is home to patisseries, chocolatiers and plenty of cafes serving up delicious Austrian treats.
Reaching Central Vienna from the airport has never been easier. City Airport Train, or CAT, transports visitors from the airport to Wien Mitte in just 16 minutes. Intercity Express runs to outlying cities and the Express Train operates between the airport and Floridsdorf. Bus services are readily available and operate into the city centre stopping at various areas of interest. Regional buses can also transport visitors from the airport to Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary.
Vienna International Airport was primarily constructed as a military airport in 1938. It was used during World War II and was taken over by the British towards the end of the war. During this time there was one runway until 1972 when a second was built and a larger arrivals hall opened. Its proximity to the capital of Austria and Bratislava ensures the airport is always busy.