Vienna Airport - Flughafen Wien

Vienna's international airport is located at Schwechat, a town around 20km to the south and east of the main city on the road towards Slovakia and Hungary.

It is run by a publicly-quoted company (although the city of Vienna and the state of Lower Austria still have sizeable shareholdings) and deals with just under 20 million passengers a year through the two terminals. The airport is scheduled to add a third terminal, the Skylink project, and is campaigning for a third runway.

Vienna International Airport

With Vienna being the capital of the country, most European and other major international airlines offer scheduled services but there are also a range of low-cost and charter airlines as well.

The airport came into being as a military airport at the start of the Second World War and was used by the British and French sectors during the occupation of the city in post-war Austria.

It officially became a civil airport in 1953 and has been continually expanded from that point due to increasing traffic and it is now one of the largest employers in eastern Austria. The current expansion plans not only include an extra terminal and runway but also a direct rail link to Bratislava.

Travel to the Airport

Most people travelling to Schwechat and Vienna Airport will use one of the two rail options:

  • CAT
    This is the special City-Airport Train which runs between the airport and the Wien-Mitte station every 30 minutes. The operation has its own City Air Terminal at the station and it is possible to check in for most flights at the rail terminal.
  • S-Bahn
    The local rail network also runs out to Schwechat every 30 minutes. It is not as quick as the CAT service but stops at more places and is cheaper.

There are also buses which run to the airport from various stops in Vienna city centre run by Vienna Airport Lines (part of the Postbus service). International bus services are also available from Eastern European cities such as Brno, Budapest and Bratislava.

The major car rental agencies are represented at the airport on the arrivals level. Those arriving with their own car will find spaces for 22,000 vehicles in short- and long-term airport parking.

There a quite a few local taxi companies offering trips to and from the airport, some of whom are listed on our airport transfers page.


With the map of Vienna and the airport below, you can zoom in or out or move in all directions by using the controls to the left. And the buttons on the top right switch between a traditional map view, a satellite view and a mixture of the two.

Details of Travel Services for Vienna Airport

Flughafen Wien AG
A-1300 Wien Flughafen
Tel: +43 (0)1 7007 22233 (flight information)
Tel: +43 (0)1 7007 0 (switchboard)


CAT - Website:
S-Bahn and Rail: (general Austrian rail site)
Vienna Airport Lines: (general Austrian Postbus site)