Vienna International Airport – Flughafen Wien (IATA: VIE, ICAO: LOWW) ,is located in Schwechat and 18 kilometres (11 mi) southeast of central Vienna, is the busiest and biggest airport in Austria. It is often referred to as Schwechat, the name of the county it is in. The airport is capable of handling wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A340. The airport is the hub of Austrian Airlines and its subsidiaries, as well as budget airline Niki.
Originally built as a military airport in 1938, it was taken over by the British in 1945. In 1954, the Betriebsgesellschaft was founded, and the airport replaced Aspern as Vienna’s (and Austria’s) principal aerodrome. There was just one runway, which in 1959 was expanded to measure 3,000 metres (9,843 ft). The erection of the new airport building starting in 1960. In 1972 another runway was built. In 1982 the airport was connected to the national motorway network (Ostautobahn). The airport received Olympic teams as Austria has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. Pope John Paul II also used the airport during his visits to Austria. On December 27, 1985, the El Al ticket counter was attacked by Palestinians terrorists. In 1986, the enlarged arrivals hall was opened and in 1988, Pier East with 8 jetbridges. In 1992, the new terminal 1 was opened and a year later the PLAZA Shopping mall in the transit area. In 1996, Pier West was opened with 12 jetbridges. The airport formerly featured a Harrods, but it closed in 2003. Presently, Vienna International Airport has three terminals: The main terminals 1 and 2 and a provisional terminal 1A, built to offer more space for low-cost carriers. In 2004, the airport started building a new terminal, SKYLINK, which will make the airport more capable of dealing with higher passenger volumes. This new terminal will also make the airport capable of handling bigger aircraft, such as the Airbus A380. All Terminals are operated by Fraport, Vienna Airport Handling, Swissport and Austrian Airlines. After completion of SKYLINK, Austrian Airlines and its partners will move to the new Terminal.
From Vienna-Schwechat Airport to the city center
Take the City Airport Train CAT to the city center in 16 minutes. The express train line S7 and airport express buses will take you into the city and to Vienna’s main train stations.
The Vienna U-Bahn (an abbreviation of Untergrundbahn, or underground railway) is a rapid transit (metro) system consisting of five lines. It is the backbone of one of the best performing public transport systems worldwide according toUITP (International Association of Public Transport) in June 2009. More than 1.3 million passengers use the Vienna U-Bahn every day. The network is undergoing expansion and the rolling stock renewal. Since 1969, 200 million euros have been invested annually into the extension of the Vienna U-Bahn.
The first section of the modern U-Bahn opened on 8 May 1976, but two of the lines extended and later designated as U-Bahn (U4, U6) date back to the Stadtbahn (“city railway”) system, which first opened in 1898. Parts of both the U2 and U6 originate from premetro tunnels built to accommodate earlier tram lines. Only the U1 and U3 were built wholly as new subway lines. Lines are designated merely by a number and the prefix “U” (for U-Bahn) and identified on station signage and related literature by a colour. There are currently five lines; U1, U2, U3, U4 and U6. There have been numerous suggestions for a line U5 but all these projects have been shelved. Stations are often named after streets, public spaces or districts, and in some special cases after prominent buildings at or near the station, although the official policy of theWiener Linien states that they prefer not to name stations after buildings. Ticketing for the network is integrated under the Wiener Linien umbrella brand with all means of public transport in Vienna, including trams and buses. Local tickets are valid on S-Bahn suburban rail services and other train services but these are operated by the state railway operator, ÖBB. Tickets are not valid on bus services operated by Vienna Airport Lines and the City Airport Train express train.
On the Danube from Vienna to Bratislava in only 75 minutes: that’s possible with the Twin City Liner.
The catamarans, specially designed for the shallow waters of the Danube Canal, cross as many as four times a day between Schwedenplatz in the center of Vienna and the sights of the Slovakian capital.
The liner has 106 seats in the passenger cabin, 8 seats in the Captain’s Lounge, 12 seats on the open-air deck, panorama windows and an on-board buffet. The boats are equipped with facilities for the disabled and fully air conditioned. Dogs and bicycles can also be carried.The Twin City Liner and the DDSG’s sightseeing ships are docking at the ship station “Vienna City”, which opened in 2010. In addition to the ticket sales office, the architecturally impressive building is also home to the “Gate to Bratislava” – an information desk operated by the city of Bratislava – along with the “Motto am Fluss“. Here you can find a restaurant and cafe run by the celebrity restaurateur Bernd Schlacher.
Austria has an excellent network of motorways, expressways and federal highways, so driving to Vienna should be a pleasant experience. As tolls are compulsory on all motorways and expressways in Austria, you will also need a vignette to use Vienna’s city motorways.
Some of Vienna’s districts are entirely short-stay parking zones. In districts 1 to 9 and 20, you will need to purchase a parking ticket from Monday to Friday (except on public holidays) between 9.00 am and 10.00 pm. In districts 12 and 14 to 17, short-stay parking zones apply from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm.Around the Vienna Stadthalle in the 15th district, tickets must be purchased for the short-stay parking zone, which operates from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 10.00 pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, a parking ticket is needed between 6.00 pm and 10.00 pm.You can park your car for longer periods at affordable rates in one of Vienna’s Park & Ride garages.
The well developed public bus network of Postbus brings you from the surrounding provinces to Vienna safely and in comfort. Westbus offers daily bus connections from Klagenfurt and Graz to Vienna and back.
from across Europe to Vienna are operated by the bus company Eurolines. Full details on timetables, online bookings etc. can be found at www.eurolines.at
More than 210 discounts and unlimited free travel by underground, bus and tram for 72 hours. Available in hotels and at the tourist information centre on Albertinaplatz (open daily from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm) and the tourist information point at the airport (open daily from 6.00 am to 11.00 pm), at sales and information points of the Vienna Lines (e.g. Stephansplatz, Karlsplatz, Westbahnhof, Landstraße/Wien Mitte) or by credit card on tel. +43-1-798 44 00-148.
The information, and photos, on our Vienna pages has been compiled with the help of Wien Tourismus – http://www.wien.info/en– to ensure quality, up-to-date information on the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria.
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