Vienna Layover Guide (VIE)

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Vienna International Airport (VIE) is one of the largest airports in Austria. It is located in Schwechat at a distance of 20 km (13 mi) from its central city of Austria. Vienna Airport (VIE) was first opened by the Betriebsgesellschaft in 1954. Vienna is Austria’s capital city, known as “the city of Music”. This city is famous for fine arts, classical music culture, architecture, museums and other historical places.

Can you leave Vienna Airport (VIE) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible to leave Vienna Airport (VIE) during a layover. Visa will be required if you leave the international transit zone. (more info).

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

Austria Organized Tours

City Segway Tour

As you float around Vienna’s opulent avenues and secret passageways, get a close-up view of the city. After a quick safety introduction, learn how to operate your Segway and start your historical adventure. Enjoy the magnificence of the Opera House while riding down the Ringstrasse. Outside the Hofburg Palace, where the Habsburgs once resided, hear tales about them. » book this tour

Wachau Valley Winery Biking Tour

On this full-day bicycling and wine tasting adventure in Austria’s most picturesque valley, discover the most stunning part of the Wachau Valley. The Wachau Valley, which is renowned across the world for its top-notch white wines, gorgeous villages, and spectacular landscape, is the ideal location to spend a day away from the bustle of the city. After arriving by rail, get on your bike and explore with your knowledgeable guide. As you cycle through historic towns, quaint villages, and breathtaking scenery, inhale the clean country air. » book this tour

Boat Tour on the Danube Canal

Take a cruise down the Danube Canal through Vienna, a historic and contemporary city. View significant structures on this trip, such as the Uniqa Tower, the Urania Observatory, hotels and businesses by Jean Nouvel, and the Media Tower by Hans Hollein. View Otto Wagner’s Schützenhaus, the Ringturm, the Rossauer Barracks, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s Spttelau waste incineration facility. » book this tour

Austria Things to do / Sightseeing

MuseumsQuartier Wien

The MuseumsQuartier Wien is a massive cultural complex that spans the southwest corner of the Ringstrasse and is home to a number of world-class museums. The Leopold Museum, an extraordinary collection of Austrian masterpieces from the 19th century to the present, is the place to go if you’re interested in art. The national collection of 20th-century artwork by renowned painters including Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol is housed in the Museum of Modern Art right across the street. The Kunsthalle Wien, next to the MUMOK, hosts a changing roster of avant-garde exhibitions.

Time required: Half Day to Full Day.

Airport to here: 25 minutes via Private transport.

Belvedere Palace

If the MuseumsQuartier or the Kunsthistorisches Museum are unable to satisfy your need for art, Belvedere is certain to do so. The best specimens of Baroque architecture in the world, according to some, are these two palaces, which are connected by an elaborate garden designed in the manner of France in the seventeenth century. The buildings today exhibit an extraordinary collection of Austrian art by renowned artists like Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka, who were once residents of Austrian notables like Prince Eugene of Savoy and Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Time required: 2 Hours to Half Day.

Airport to here: 18 minutes via Private transport.

Hofburg Palace

Hofburg is essentially a city within a city, unlike Vienna’s other royal residences. Travelers with experience advise starting in the center of this enormously complex and working your way out. The Swiss Court, so-called in honor of the Swiss guards that once patrolled the region, is surrounded by the oldest areas. Spend some time exploring the Sisi Museum in the Kaiserappartements, which provides details on the life and passing of Vienna’s adored Empress Elizabeth.

Time required: Half Day to Full Day.

Airport to here: 25 minutes via Private transport.

Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera has served as the capital’s top performing arts theatre and a vital hub of Vienna culture since 1869. One of the most esteemed posts in Austria is its directorship. The Staatsoper still holds performances, but you may also take a guided tour of this spectacular structure. Every day, 40-minute excursions that give you a peek inside this well-known landmark are offered. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions.

Time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Airport to here: 24 minutes via Private transport.

Museum Judenplatz

When Judenplatz was first established as the Jewish Ghetto in the 13th century, it received its name. This area was the hub of Jewish life in Vienna for many years, and the Museum Judenplatz’s exhibitions still reflect that identity. The Mittelalterliche Synagogue, underground from the museum, provides a more accurate view of Vienna’s Jewish past. Visit the neighboring Holocaust Memorial to cap off your exploration of the neighborhood.

Time required: 1 to 2 Hours.

Airport to here: 21 minutes via Private transport.

Vienna Tiergarten

It all started in 1752 when Franz Stephan, the country’s Holy Roman Emperor and the husband of Maria Theresa, gathered an unusual menagerie. Today, Tiergarten is the oldest zoo in the world, housing 8,500 animals from tigers to lemurs in 750 different species. Visitors can witness orangutans, elephants, penguins, and otters, among other creatures, at the zoo’s daily animal talks and feedings.

Time required: 2 Hours to Half Day.

Airport to here: 31 minutes via Private Transport.


Hundreds of merchants come to this market in the Wieden District (near the Ringstrasse) every Monday through Saturday to sell fruit, meat, dairy products, and other regional foods. Naschmarkt, one of the biggest events of its sort, offers a wonderful introduction to daily life in Vienna. There are shops everywhere, as well as food vendors and little restaurants.

Time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Airport to here: 26 minutes via Private transport.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

This enormous Cathedral, which rises above the streets of the Innere Stadt, is Vienna’s true landmark. Since the early 12th century, St. Stephen’s has stood in this location, although only the Riesentor and the Heidentuerme are left of the original structure. Built-in the early 1300s, the Gothic building today withstood the 1683 Turkish siege. In 1791, mourners flocked to this location to pay their respects to Amadeus Mozart.

Time required: 1 to 2 Hours.

Airport to here: 23 minutes via Private transport.

Things to Do in Vienna Airport (VIE)

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
There are several lounges available at the airport is located at terminal 1 and 3. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
There are hotels, sleep pods inside and near the Vienna Airport (VIE). » view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
The airport offers long benches ideal for a transit nap and areas of rest chairs in the International Departures area.

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: Free WiFi is available at Vienna Airport (VIE). Connect to the "S Flughafen Wien / Vienna Airport" network.

SIM Card: You can buy Lyca Mobile Austria SIM card by reaching the various shops at the Vienna Airport (VIE). » buy a global sim card for Austria, Vienna that you can use for other countries as well!

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: Taxis services are available for hire at the taxi rank directly in front of the arrivals hall or ask for assistance at the “City Transfer” counter in the arrivals hall.

Train: The S-Bahn, or suburban underground railway, can take passengers from Vienna Airport to central Vienna in 25 minutes via the S7 line or to the Vienna Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station) in 16 minutes (more info).

Bus: Vienna Airport Lines provides bus service between VIE airport and Vienna’s underground and long-distance railways. (more info).

Shuttle: Various companies such as EuroHotel Vienna Airport, Life Hotel Vienna Airport, Hein Hotel Vienna Airport, Arion Hotel Vienna Airport provides Shuttle services at Vienna Airport (VIE).

Car rentals: Various companies offers Rental Car services on-site on Level 0 of multi-storey car park 4 (P4) » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: The parking area is available at the Vienna Airport (VIE).

Luggage Storage & Lockers

At Vienna Airport (VIE) facility of Luggage storage is available with different rates. » book a luggage storage or locker at Vienna Airport (VIE) online (subject to availability).

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

- Vienna Airport (VIE) ATMs, currency exchanges and banks