Cheap Flights to Vienne, Austria
- Area City : 414.65 km² (160.10 sq. mi)
- Area Codes : 011 + 43 + 1 + local number
- Currency : Euro (€)
- Population City : 1,863,881 (2016) Metro: 2,600,000
- Official Language : (Austrian) German. Alemannic Austro-Bavarian
- Time Zones : CET (UTC+1) Summer (DST): CEST (UTC+2)
- Airports : Vienna International Airport (VIE)
Viennes airport is located in Schwechat, just 18km southeast from the city centre. Passengers can take the City Airport Train (CAT) to connect with the hub at Wien Mitte in just 16 minutes. The Express Train S7 to Floridsdorf takes 37 minutes. The Intercityexpress (ICE) trains have direct connections to Wels, Linz, St. Pölten and stop at Wien Meidling and Vienna Main Station. The Vienna Airportline Bus goes directly to the city centre and other places. Taxis and rental vehicles are available with the latter incurring an additional 6% tax surcharge when renting at the airport besides the 21% VAT on all rentals.
Airlines departing from Cape Town to VIE include:
- Swiss, Austrian (via Zurich) 13h 45m+
- Lufthansa (via Munich) 14h 10m+
- Air France (via Paris) 14h 35m+
- Condor (via Frankfurt) 15h 0m+
Flights taking over 15 hours include:
- British Airways (via London) 15h 40m+
- Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa) 15h 45m+
- KLM (via Amsterdam) 16h 45m+
- South African (via Johannesburg) 16h 55m+
Flights taking over 17 hours include:
Airlines touching down at VIE include amongst others:
- Air Canada
- Air China
- Air India
- Air Mauritius
- Air New Zealand
- Air Seychelles
- Arkia Israeli
- El Al
- Qantas Airways
- Qatar Airways
- TAP Portugal
Reasons to Visit Vienne, Austria:
- The city is ranked second (after Melbourne) for the Worlds Most Liveable Cities (2011 to 2015) by the Economist Intelligence Unit. From 2009 to 2016 Viennas been first in the Quality of Living survey by Mercer and ranked second out of the worlds top 25 cities by the Monocle 2015 Quality of Life Survey.
- The city abounds with breath-taking sites of Romanesque, Baroque and Art Nouveau architectural styled structures. Splendid palaces, castles, gardens, parks, monuments and a list of museums are to be revered. A night to remember is experiencing one of Viennas famous balls in a city thats labelled the last great capital of the 19th century ball or on a pleasant day stroll around Stephansplatz, a square located in the very centre of Vienna with attractions, shopping, eateries and a relaxed feeling.
- Regarded as the City of Music, Viennas also known as The City of Dreams (home to Sigmund Freud) and its high quality of life. Out of Celtic and Roman villages, a medieval and baroque city grew, becoming the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Josephus recounts, in one of the earliest references to Vienna, that Caesar banished Herod Archelaus, King of Judea (23 BCE – 18 CE) to Vienna in Gaul.
- Located all over the city there are plenty of budget, affordable, boutique and luxurious hotels, a good range of backpackers, apartments, B&Bs and other choices. Theres a fantastic selection of bars and wine bars, each with their own unique character, a variety of marvellous theatres, nightclubs, jazz and comedy clubs, casinos and more. Restaurants of all types offer a variety of delectable cuisines but for a bargain meal, pop into a Beisl (Viennese pub) or stop at a market stall.
When to Go Vienne, Austria:
The best time for visiting Vienna is from April to May or September to October that affords mild weather in spring and autumn with fewer crowds. Summer between June and August is filled with tourists, high prices and hotels fully booked.
Places to Visit Vienne, Austria:
- Opposite the Hofburg is the Kunsthistorisches Museum, home to ancient and classical relics and paintings by old masters.
- The Museumsquartier, converted in the 1990s from the Imperial Stalls has a number of museums.
- St. Stephens Cathedral at Stephansplatz 3 leaves you speechless. Overbearing and ominous with Romanesque and Gothic architecture it towers up 137 metres and is absolutely remarkable. For a fabulous view, climb the 343 stairs and when youre in the church, visualise Mozart being married right there in 1782.
- Once a fortified castle dating back to the 13th century, the Hofburg Imperial Palace is every visitors stop, providing a fabulous wealth of history and culture. The official seat of the Austrian President, its home to numerous museums and art galleries. View The Imperial Apartments, the Imperial Silver Collection and the Sisi Museum dedicated to Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898) with displays of items she once owned. Born into royalty and married at 16 to Emperor Franz Joseph, Empress Elisabeths interesting but sadly tragic life ended with her assassination in Geneva, through stabbing.
- The Baroque Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most significant monuments in the country. It was the residence for the emperors from the powerful House of Habsburg that ruled from late 17th century to the early 20th century. Also part of the palace is the Tiergarten Schönbrunn (Vienna Zoo), established in 1752 as an imperial menagerie, its the oldest zoo in the world.
- Check the events calendar and enjoy a tremendous show at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, a traditional riding school with magnificent Lipizzan horses.
- Soak into with a night of opera at the beautiful Vienna State Opera. A striking sight with Renaissance Revival architecture, it opened in 1869 and is one of the most prominent in the world.
- The magnificent Burgtheatre styled in Baroque Revival design is the Austrian National Theatre and one of the most foremost language theatres on the globe. From designs by Gottfried Semper and Karl von Hasenauer, constructed was between 1874 and 1888.
- The Volkstheater established in 1889 through requests from the citizens was founded as a counter-weight to the popular Hofburgtheater.
- Viennas English Theatre is continental Europes most established and oldest English-language theatre that hosts performances all year through.
- The beautiful historic Theatre an der Wien that opened in 1801 is a must see, if not experience.
- Home base for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is the beautiful Neoclassical Wiener Musikverein (concert hall) that opened in 1870 and has a seating capacity for almost 3,000. Additional theatres include, amongst others, Raimund, Theater in der Josefstadt, Vienna Volksoper and Akademietheater.
- The historic building complex of Belvedere comprises the Orangery, two Baroque palaces, the Palace Stables and art pieces covering the Middle Ages to present day and where the largest collection of paintings by Klimt can be appreciated.
Getting Around Vienne, Austria:
Vienna has an excellent public transport system and whether youre travelling with the U-Bahn, a tram (street-car) or bus, youll find it clean, comfortable and safe. Tickets purchased in advance are cheaper or buy a Vienna Card from a tourist office, public transport centre or order one via your phone with your credit card. These cards are great for unlimited travel within the city offer discounts to certain museums, shops and restaurants.
The U-Bahn (subway):
To get around fast, the U-Bahn is ideal. The main station Karlsplatz is located in the heart of Vienna. There are five lines travelling to different places that operate from 06h00 to midnight daily.
The Tram (Streetcar):
The red and white trams are practical and a great way to see the city and sights with stops well marked and each line bearing a number or letter e.g. Lines 1 and 2 travel to major attractions on the Ringstrasse. They operate from 06h00 to midnight.
Buses travel throughout the city day and night but with fewer operating at night. These depart every 10 to 30 minutes from Schwedenplatz and your normal ticket can be used or purchase a ticket from the driver.
Taxis are plentiful within the city centre but the tariff goes up quickly. They can be booked telephonically or found at clearly marked ranks in the city. There are added charges for telephonic bookings, fares after 23h00, trips on holidays and Sundays and for baggage in the trunk. A 10% tip is acceptable.
With 250km of marked cycle paths in the city, cycling is popular especially during summer when locals leave their vehicles parked and take to their bicycles. Specifically marked U-Bahn coaches allow bicycles on for free between 09h00 and 15h00 from Mondays to Fridays. From 18h30 until midnight the charge is half of a full ticket price and only over weekends during July and August, are bicycles carried for free from 09h00 to midnight. There are plenty of rental stores or check with the Vienna Tourist Board for a list.
Driving a rental vehicle is great for excursions outside the city but not in the city as parking is limited with one-way streets mostly congested. Its best to reserve your hired vehicle in advance but available rentals in the city and at the airport include Avis, Hertz and Budget. Youll need your passport and drivers license thats at least a year old.