Arrival in Vienna and Transport to the Venue
This page provides information on how to get to the conference site from the airport, by train and by car.
The Vienna International Airport (VIE) in Wien-Schwechat is situated about 20 km south-east of Vienna. On the airport’s web site you find flight information as well as transportations into the city center:
Local Train: S-Bahn
to station Wien-Mitte/Landstrasse (takes 24 minutes).
The Local Trains “S-Bahn” to Wien-Mitte/Landstraße depart every 30 minutes from the airport. Tickets available at vending machines directly at the station (4.20 Euros) and are valid for connections in Vienna as well (urban railways, underground, tram and bus). From there take the underground U4 to Karlsplatz, then walk to the venue, passing St. Charles’s church.
City Airport Train (CAT)
to terminal station Wien-Mitte/Landstrasse (takes 16 minutes).
Departure from the airport every 30 minutes (single ticket online 11 Euro / at the vending machine 12 Euros). Then take the underground U4 to Karlsplatz (extra ticket required, 2.40 Euros)
from the airport to the conference venue (about 45 Euros).
Please use the taxi rank immediately in front of the arrivals hall or the „City Transfer“ counters in the arrivals hall.
Vienna Airport Lines
Bus Service to (Single ticket 8 Euros).
- Wien Hauptbahnhof: every 30 minutes; (Travel time 25 minutes)
- Wien Schwedenplatz: every 30 minutes; (Travel time 20 minutes)
Railjet to station Wien Hauptbahnhof (central station) (takes 15 to 18 minutes).
Departure from the airport about every 30 minutes. Tickets available at vending machines directly at the station (4.20 Euros) are valid for connections in Vienna as well (urban railways, underground, tram and bus).
If you prefer travelling by train you will find all the necessary information at the Austrian Federal Railways website or via phone +43-5-1717.
ÖBB-How to reach the venue from railway stations:
- from Wien Hauptbahnhof (central station): Tram line D (direction „Nußdorf, Beethovengang“) to „Schottentor“
- from Wien Regionalbahnhof (terminal railway station Wien West): Underground U3 to Volkstheater, change there to U2 and exit at stop Schottentor
- from Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof (terminal railway station North-West): Tram line D (direction „Absberggasse“) to stop „Gusshausstrasse“
- from Wien-Nord / Praterstern (railway station North): Underground U2 to „Schottentor“
Coming by car is generally not recommended, as the car will rather be a burden in the city, while public transportation coverage is excellent. If you still want to come by car, here are some general directions. Please use a route planner (such as Google Maps) for more details.
How to reach the venue with the car:
- from the South and East: Südautobahn (A2) – Südosttangente (A23) – Exit Knoten Prater – Schüttelstraße – Untere Donaustraße – Stubenring – Universitätsring
- from the West: Westautobahn (A1) – Hietzinger Kai – Wiener Straße – Schönbrunner Straße – Karlsplatz – Opernring – Universitätsring
- from the North: Donauuferautobahn (A22) – Südosttangente (A23) – Exit Knoten Prater – Schüttelstraße – Untere Donaustraße – Stubenring – Universitätsring
Please bear in mind that you have to buy the official highway toll label („Vignette“) before using any motorway in Austria (more information at website asfinag).
Please also note that public parking is not free of charge in the inner districts of Vienna. For more information, consult the parking management website of the City of Vienna. There are also underground car parks close to the venue, but they are rather costly.
Public Transport in Vienna
Some basic facts about public transportation are provided here.
Luckily, all means of public transportation within the city limits can be used with the same ticket:
- Underground (U-Bahn)
- Urban Railways (S-Bahn)
- Tramway (Straßenbahn)
Even a single ticket allows (multiple) connections, but no return trips.
Various types of tickets are sold at tobacconists („Trafik“), at vending machines in underground and S-Bahn stations and in some hotels. Even though there are also other options, it is highly recommended that you buy the ticket before you enter the means of transportation. There are several types of tickets:
- Single ticket: (2.40 Euros)
- Weekly pass: valid Mo 0:00 a.m. – Mo 9:00 a.m.; transferable (17.10 Euros)
- Various tickets: valid for a day or more
- Half-price tickets: are required for children and dogs (aged 6-15)
Please refer to the transportation website (wiener linien) for details on those kind of tickets.
When starting your journey, you must validate your ticket.
This is accomplished by inserting it into the blue or orange punching machine (see photo) which is located at the entrance of subway and S-Bahn stations or inside buses and trams. Underground stations have gates (with punching machines) at every entrance, and you must have a valid ticket in order to advance beyond the gate.
If you use a multi-strip ticket, first fold it such that the correct strip is at the edge. In case of a ticket valid for a day or more, you only have to punch it when you commence your first trip.
It seems quite easy to ride for free without a ticket. In principle yes, but naturally there are random inspections and if you are caught without a valid ticket, you have to pay a fine of 105 Euros (plus 2.40 Euros for the ticket).t valid for a day or more, you only have to punch it when you commence your first trip. It seems quite easy to ride for free without a ticket. In principle yes, but naturally there are random inspections and if you are caught without a valid ticket, you have to pay a fine of 105 Euros (plus 2.40 Euros for the ticket).