Stuck on a Vienna layover at the Vienna International Airport (VIE) in Austria? You’ll find that there’s plenty to do to keep you busy, both inside and outside the airport. The airport is located 12 kms from downtown Vienna which makes the city an accessible destination for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Vienna layover, click here for useful tips.
The Vienna airport offers a number of services that will help bide the layover wait. You can find an interactive airport map here (Macromedia Flash required) to help you get situated. There are more than 70 shops, as well as a number of restaurants and cafés. On Level 1, there’s a supermarket. In addition, you can find two post offices, 10 lounges, and you can also take advantage of the VIP and Business Services. Wireless Internet access is available for free in the lounges and within certain ranges.
If you’re looking to ditch your bags, the airport offers luggage storage at the Baggage Claim in the Arrivals Hall. Luggage storage at the Vienna Airport is open from 5:30am to 11:20pm, as well as safe deposit boxes for smaller items.
For those looking to leave the airport during your Vienna layover, there are a few different options for transportation into Vienna. You can take the city airport train which leaves every half hour and takes 16 minutes from the airport to the city. Bus services through Vienna Airport Lines take roughly 20 minutes and there are also bus routes available to nearby countries including Slovakia and Hungary. In addition, car rentals, taxi and limousine services are also available at the airport.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Vienna Layover:
Schonbrunn Palace (Schloss Schonbrunn)
The Schonbrunn Palace is one of Vienna’s main attractions and a royal residence in the city. The palace, surrounded by expansive gardens with sculptures, also contains the Tiergarten Schonbrunn zoo which is considered the world’s oldest zoo.
The Nanschmarkt is a huge outdoor market which sells everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, to seafood. On Saturdays, you can find antiques and other goodies. The market dates back to the 16th century and is a great place to people watch and get a sense of the city, as well as a bite for lunch.
State Oprah House (Staatsoper)
The State Oprah House is the main theater in Vienna and considered one of the top eight opera houses in the world. You can take a tour of the Opera House, or can purchase a ticket and attend a show.
If you’re looking for a good view of the city, and to grab a bite, check out the Donauturm Observation Tower and Restaurant. The express elevator takes you up to the 150m above the ground where you can get a panoramic view of Vienna.
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