How to travel to and from Vienna by train. Information on train stations in Vienna / Wien including Miedling & Westbahnhof and public transport links.
Welcome to the ThereByTrain.com guide to travelling to and from Vienna/Wien by train and using the primary stations in Vienna/Wien.
Why Go To Vienna/Wien?
Wikipedia's guide to Vienna
Changes to trains to/from Vienna/Wien
Vienna/Wien currently has three stations used by long distance trains from/to the city:
- Wien hbf (also know as Wien Hauptbahnhof, or the Hautbahnhof)
- Wien (Meidling)
- Wien (Westbahnhof)
The train services from/to Vienna/Wien are in the midst of a major re-organisation, ultimately virtually ALL long distance day and night trains from/to the city will depart from and arrive at the brand new mega-station, Wien hbf.
But this change won't happen until December 15th 2015.
Until that date only certain long distance trains now depart from/arrive at Wien hbf and many of these trains continue to call at Wien (Meidling) station.
Other long distance trains still depart from/arrive at Wien (Westbahnhof).
Many trains continue to call at more than one of the three major stations in Vienna/Wien.
Knowing which station in Vienna/Wien that you need to head for when catching a train is important because it will take around 30 mins to travel between Wien hbf and Westbahnhof if you discover that you're at the wrong station.
Also the public transport options between the Vienna/Wien city centre and the Wien hbf, Wien (Meidling) and Wien (Westbahnhof) station are different from each other.
When trains call at more than one of these stations, it can be a lot easier to head for one station from the city centre to catch a train, in comparison to another.
Which station in Vienna/Wien will my train depart from?
(valid until Dec 15th 2015)
Hence ThereByTrain's guide to which station in Vienna/Wien that the following train services currently DEPART from:
- ALL Railjet trains to Linz, Salzburg, Bregenz, Munich/Munchen and Zurich = Wien (Westbahnhof)
- IC trains to Linz, Salzburg, Schwarzach St Viet, Bad Gastein and Innsbruck via Zell am Zee = Wien (Westbahnhof)
- Some Railjet trains (trains that depart from Vienna/Wien after 09:00 to Linz, Salzburg and Munich/Munchen) also call at Wien hbf* and Wien (Meidling)
- One of the Railjet trains to Zurich/Bregenz also departs from Wien hbf at 08:45* and from Wien (Meidling) at 09:00
- ALL Railjet and EC trains to Budapest = Wien (Westbahnhof), Wien (Meidling) and Wien hbf**
- ALL Railjet trains to Prague/Praha*** = Wien (Meidling) and Wien hbf
- ALL Railjet trains to Graz, Villach and Klaghenfurt = Wien hbf and Wien (Meidling)
- ALL ICE trains to Linz****, Passau, Nuremberg, Frankfurt Cologne/Koln and Hamburg = Wien hbf and Wien (Meidling)
- The Westbahn trains to Linz and Salzburg = Westbhahnhof
- The EC train to Warsaw/Warszawa, Gdansk and Gydnia = Wien (Westbahnhof), Wien (Meidling) and Wien hbf**
- The EC train to Belgrade/Beograd = Wien (Westbahnhof), Wien (Meidling) and Wien hbf**
- The IC train to Udine and Venice/Venezia = Wien hbf and Wien (Meidling)
- The EC train to Ljubljana = Wien hbf and Wien (Meidling)
- The EC train to Zagreb = Wien hbf and Wien (Meidling)
- The Euronight (EN) train to Bologna and Rome/Roma = Wien hbf and Wien (Meidling)
- The Euronight (EN) train to Venice/Venezia = Wien hbf and Wien (Meidling)
- The Euronight (EN) train to Hamburg = Wien hbf and Wien (Meidling)
- The Euronight (EN) train to Frankurt (Main), Cologne/Koln and Dusseldorf = Wien hbf and Wien (Meidling)
- The Euronight (EN) train to Dresden, Berlin = Wien (Westbahnhof), Wien (Meidling) and Wien hbf**
- The Euronight (EN) train to Warsaw/Warszawa = Wien (Westbahnhof), Wien (Meidling) and Wien hbf**
- The Euronight (EN) train to Bucharest/Bucuresti = Wien (Westbahnhof), Wien (Meidling) and Wien hbf**
- The Euronight (EN) train to Zurich = Wien hbf and Wien (Meidling)
- The Euronight (EN) train to Munich/Munchen = Wien hbf and Wien (Meidling)
*=If you a have a reserved seat on these trains then ThereByTrain's advice is to join these Railjet trains to Salzburg and beyond at Wien (Westbahnhof)
The trains depart from Westbahnhof 42 mins after they depart from Wien hbf, they are scheduled to spend 18 mins waiting in the Westbahnhof station.
So it can save a lot of time on a journey to use the Westbahnhof for these trains
However, if you haven't made a reservation (because you'll be travelling on a rail pass) ThereByTrain's advice is to join these trains at Wien hbf, where you will be much more likely to find any spare seats.
**=Unless your hotel etc happens to be particularly convenient for the Westbahnhof, ThereByTrain's advice is to board these trains at Wien hbf for three reasons:
- Wien hbf is closest to the city centre than the Westbahnhof or Meidling stations, (the Haupbahnhof is three stops from St Stephens Platz on line U1)
- Seats, sleeping cabins etc have to be reserved on these trains, so there's no advantage in boarding these trains at Westbahnhof to increase chances of finding a seat etc
- These trains generally depart from Wien hbf approximately 15 mins after they depart from Wien (Westbahnhof) so the quickest journey from Vienna/Wien by these trains is leaving from Wien hbf.
***= Seats do not have to be reserved on these Railjet trains to Prague/Praha, but they're recommended and at weekends and daily in the summer, these trains are likely to be very busy.
Therefore ThereByTrain's tip is to board these trains at Meilding station if you don't want to make reservations, so that you can take your pick of any free seats that haven't been reserved, before the train(s) arrive at Wien hbf.
****= For the time being travelling between Vienna/Wien and Linz by train is complicated by the fact that the fast Railjet trains to Linz depart from the Westbahnhof, but the ICE trains to Linz are already departing from Wien hbf.
There is little difference in journey times from Vienna/Wien to Linz between the two trains, but the ICE trains do provide the fastest city centre (from St Stephens Platz/Karlsplatz) to city centre journeys because Wien hbf is closer to the city center than Wien Westbahnhof .
ICE trains to Linz currently depart from Wien hbf at 06:44; 08:44, 10:44, 12:44, 14:44, 16:44, and 20:44 and 22:19
Railjet trains to Linz currently depart from Westbahnhof at 06:30; 07:30; 08:30; 09:30; 10:30; 11:30, 12:30; 13:30, 14:30, 15:30; 16:30; 17:30; 18:30; 19:30 and 20:30.~
After 09:00 these Railjet trains also depart from Wien hbf, but they use up 42 mins between departing from Wien hbf and departing from the Westbahnof, so for Wien hbf to Linz journeys the ICE trains are 45 mins faster.
Arriving in Vienna/Wien By train:
Before arriving by train in Vienna/Wien it can be a good idea to work out what your options are for travelling on to your final destination if your train will be calling at multiple city centre stations.
Leaving the train at one station in preference to another can make a big difference to how much simpler and quicker it will be to access your hotel etc (don't assume that leaving the train at Wien hbf will always be the best option).
To help make your decision:
Click HERE for a subway/U-bahn map (the hbf is on line U1, Meidling is on line U6 and the Westbahnhof is on line U3 and line U6)
Click HERE for a tram map (Wien hbf is on lines D the Hauptbahnhof Ost tram stop on Karl Popper Strasse, O and 18, the most useful lines serving the Westbahnhof are lines 5 and 18, while lines 62 and WLB connect Meidling station to the city centre)
Click HERE for a map showing the commuter lines, the S-Bahn within the city centre (what's most relevant is that lines S1, S2, S3 link the Wien hbf (Hauptbahnhof) with Wien Mitte and Pratersten, on the eastern edge of the city centre).
Trains that arrive first Wien hbf, before arriving at Wien (Meidling) and Wien Westbahnof:
Leave the train at Wien hbf, unless:
- your final destination is on U-bahn line U6, as there is an easy connection with line U6 at Meidling station
- you're heading to the Schonbrumn Palace, or other destinations to the west of the city centre on line U4.
Taking line U6 from Meidling and connecting to line U4 at Langenfeldgasse, will be easier than taking line U1 from Wien hbf to Karlsplatz and making the connection to line U4 there.
- you hotel etc is within walking distance of the Westbahnhof
Wien hbf now has it's own station 'Hauptbahnhof' on line U1, though it's a fairly long walk from the platforms the long distance trains arrive at, to the station's U-Bahn entrance. (the walk between the platforms the trains arrive at and the U-Bahn entrance is much shorter at Meidling station).
St Stephens Platz in the heart of the city is only three stops from Wien hbf on line U1, take trains that are heading towards Leopoldau.
It's also a fairly long walk at Wien hbf from the platforms to the Hautphanhof Ost tram stop on tram line D, but this tram does serve the western half of the inner city ring road.
However, if your final destination is around the Opera House, an option with less walking, is to remain on the train until Meidling station and take trams on line WLB or 62 from there to the 'Oper - kartner Ring' tram stop.
(the WLB trams are 5-8 mins faster than those on line 62).
There will be more taxis available at Wien hbf than at Wien Meidling.
Trains that arrive first at Wien (Westbahnhof) before arriving at Wien (Meidling) and Wien hbf:
Leave the train at Westbanhof if:
- you're heading to the city centre area around St Stephen Platz (it's a shorter/easier transfer between the train platforms and the U-Bahn at the Westbahnhof than at Wien hbf).
You can be more than halfway to St Stephens Platz on line U3 before the train you arrived in Vienna/Wien by has reached Wien hbf.
- you're heading to a destination on line U6 that's north of Meidling.
- you're heading to the area around Wien Mitte, line LandstraBe stop on line U3 is very close to Mitte
- your final destination is is on line U1 to the north of St Stephens Platz, making the connection between U-Bahn lines there will be quicker than waiting on the train to join line U1 at Wien hbf.
- you want to take a taxi, there is a taxi rank at Westbanhof and you could be at your final destination before the train has reached Wien hbf.
Leave the train at Meidling if:
- your final destination is around Karlsplatz (ThereByTrain's advice is that taking the WLB* or 62 tram line to Karlsplatz from Meidling is an easier option than remaining on the train to Wien hbf and making the transfer to line U1 there.
Head out of the 'Meidlinger Hstr' exit at Meidling for easy access to the WLB tram line, a much shorter walk than the transfer at Wien hbf).
- you're heading to Rennweg (to connect into a train to the airport), Mitte and Pratersen.
These stations are served by S-Bahn (commuter) trains on lines S1, S2 and S3.
Making the transfer to these S-Bahn lines is much simpler at Meidling in comparison to the transfer to these lines at Wien hbf.
Lines S1, S2 and S3 share a platform at Meidling so take the first train that arrives.
- you're heading to the Museum Quarter or the area around the Opera House, take tram line WLB* or 62
- you're heading to a destination on line U6 to the south of Meidling.
*trams on line WLB will get to the city centre 5-8 mins faster than trams on line 62.
Leave the train at Wien hbf only if your final destination is close to the station, or if you're heading to the airport.
If the time of the new ICE* service to the airport from Wien hbf to the airport is inconvenient then take S-Bahn commuter trains on lines S1, S2 or S3 from Wien hbf to Rennweg and connect there into line S7, (the slower, but cheaper option) or take lines S1, S2 or S3 to Mitte and connect there to the airport express. 'City Cat' train.
* there are now ICE trains every two hours from Linz to Vienna International Airport, if you're heading to the airport from the likes of Salzburg and Innsbruck, connecting at Linz will be easier, than making the transfers across Vienna.
International Trains from/to Vienna/Wien - changes in 2015
There have been some big changes some of the international train services to/from Vienna/Wien. In summary they are:
- EC trains to Prague/Praha have been replaced by Railjet (RJ) trains on a Graz - Praha/Prague route, these trains cross Vienna/Wien and call first at Wien Meidling before departing from Wien hbf.
- These Railjet trains don't operate beyond Prague/Praha so there are no longer any daytime trains between Vienna/Wien and both Dresden and Berlin (by day connections have to be made at Praha (Hlvani) station).
- The only direct trains between Vienna/Wien and Hamburg are now the ICE trains (the train via Kassel is much faster than the train via Cologne/Koln)
- The ICE trains between Vienna/Wien and Germany no longer depart from/arrive at Wien (Westbahnhof) they now use Wien hbf.
- There is now a direct daytime EC train between Vienna/Wien and Belgrade/Beograd
- The daytime EC train to Warsaw/Warzawa has been extended beyond Warsaw to terminate in Gydnia, it also calls at Gdansk.
- The train service between Vienna/Wien and Budapest has been enhanced with the addition of some EC trains to the existing service provided by Railjet trains.
The new services that had been introduced last year including the IC/EC train to Venice/Venezia and the overnight train to Bucharest/Bucuresti have been retained.
As a result there are now more international trains from/to Vienna/Wien that there have been in years.
Vienna/Wien - Bratislava by train
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia is less than 70 kilometers from Vienna/Wien by train so it's an easy day trip between the two cities by train, though fast express trains aren't an option.
However, there are two different routes taken by 2nd class only regional trains between Vienna/Wien and Bratislava.
Option 1 (trains that travel through Marchegg):
- Hourly trains that depart from Wien hbf at 21 mins past every hour between 08:00 and 20:00 and from Wien (Simmering) station at 28 mins past every hour.
- Simmering station is the terminus of subway line U3.
- It's an easier transfer at Simmering station between line U3 and the train to Bratislava in comparison to making the transfer from/to line U1 at Wien hbf. For this reason, if your starting point is in the St Stephens Platz area ThereByTrain recommends taking line U3 to Simmering and transferring there to the Bratislava train.
- The journey time from Wien hbf to Bratislava by these trains is 1hr 6mins
- These trains arrive the main station in Bratislava, Hllvani Stanica, this station is a 15 min walk north of Bratislava's old town but tram line 13 stops in the station forecourt and travels to the edge of the old town,
Option 2 (trains that travel through Kitsee):
- On Mon-Friday trains depart hourly from Wien (Meidling) station at 51 mins past every hour and from Wien hbf at 59 or 00 miins past every hour, but at weekends they only operate at even hours from Meidling and from Wien hbf at 09:00; 11:00; 13:00; 14:59; 16:59. 19:00 and 21:00
- These trains arrive at Petrzalka station in Bratislava and this station is some distance from the old town and the city centre.
- The only feasible option for accessing Bratislava old town from Petrzalka station is to take bus line No.93.
- The journey time from Wien hbf to Bratislava (Petrzalka) is 59mins.
As access to/from Bratislava old town is easier on Option 1, ThereByTrain recommends option 1 if you'll be making a day trip to Bratislava from Vienna/Wien by train.
ALL Train Departure times FROM Vienna
View ALL train departures from Vienna/Wien on the D-Bahn timetable
Enter Wien hbf, Wien Meidling or Wien Westbanhof as the station/stop name and the date and approximate time that you wish to depart train. It will be easier to find the departure times of the long distance express trains here if you un-tick the boxes under 'D' 'NV' and 'S'.
Click here for the ThereByTrain.com guide to using the D-Bahn timetable.
Wien hbf on Google MAPS
Click here to see a MAP of the station showing the access points to public transport and taxis etc.
The new hauptbahnhof station in Vienna/Wien is similar to the new rail hub that opened in Berlin a few years ago.
- It is a new focal point for all train services from/to a capital city (90% of long distance trains from/to Vienna/Wien are already departing from/arriving at the station and from Dec 15th 2015 that will increase to 99%).
- It is some distance from the city centre
- Public transport links to the city centre are a bit awkward.
- It has all the facilities you would expect at a main station including reservation desks, showers etc
- Copious numbers of outlets serving food/drink
- As many shops as mid-sized mall
- It has a wow factor.
The long platforms that the trains arrive at have two main exits located at either end of the platform. Head for the exit marked Sonnwendgasse if you want to take a taxi, the U-Bahn line U1, or trams on lines O and 18.
The Sonwendgasse exit leads to the stations main concourse that also houses the ticket office and the OBB info desk where reservations can be made.
Only head for the exit marked Karl Popper StraBe if you want to head for the centre on tram line D.
The Karl Popper StraBe entrance only has ticket machines.
If you use it, because you have arrived at the station on tram line D, and want to use the OBB info desk to make a reservation, or purchase food/drink etc before boarding your train, then you will have a fairly long walk to access these facilities on the main concourse.
To/from the city centre on subway line U1
Click HERE for a subway/U-Bahn map for Vienna/Wien
As can be seen the Hauptbahnhof has a station on line U1
However, it's a longer than average transfer between the subway and the main station building through an underground passage way, so allow at least 10 mins from stepping off the subway train to being on the platform in the main station, that you'll train will depart from.
It can be a particularly long walk to the U-Bahn if you disembark from a train at the opposite end of the platform, to the exits that lead down to the main concourse from where the subway can be accessed from.
The passage to the subway is at the western edge of the station.
To/from the city centre on tram line D.
Tram line D has been extended to the station and a new stop has been provided named 'Hauptbahnhof Ost'.
It is located by the exits from the station to Karl Popper Strasse/StraBe
This exit is at the opposite end of the platform you will arrive at to the main exit to Sonnwendgasee (the signs leading to the U-Bahn entrance, taxis and tram lines 18 and O (that don't link the station to the city centre).
So double check that you're following the signs to the Karl PopperStaBe (don't follow the crowd, most people will head to the other exit.
Tram D links Wien hbf to the western section of the city's inner ring road including the stops at Oper at Schottentorg and Schwarzenbergplatz.
Making connections to/from S-Bahn trains
The S-Bahn network provides the local/commuter trains in Vienna/Wien and has numerous stations that surround the city centre.
Five S-Bahn lines call at Wien hbf, trains on lines S60 and S80 call at platforms in the main station along side those to which the long distance express trains depart from/arrive at.
However these trains only serve the southern and western suburbs, so don't provide any connections to the city centre.
Lines S1, S2 and S3 all provide a useful link from Wien hbf to the eastern edge of the city centre. They all share a platform so take the first train that arrives to head for:
- Rennweg - (where easy connections are available to line S7 that serves Vienna International Airport/Wien Flughafen)
- Wien Mitte - (connect for the CAT express trains to Vienna International Airport/Wien Flughafen)
However, the 'Hautbahnhof' station that lines S1, S2 and S3 call at is accessed by a fairly long passage way that leads from the main concourse at Wien hbf.
If your you train arrives in Wien (Meidling) before Wien hbf then it's easier to make the transfer to lines S1, S2 and S3 in comparison to making the connection at Wien hbf.
If your train arrives in Westbahnhof before calling at Miedling and Wien hbf and you're heading for the area around Wien Mitte, leave the train at Westbahnhof and connect to U-Bahn line U3 and take the train to LandstraBe station.
Westbahnhof station on Google Maps
The other primary rail station in Vienna is the Westbahnhof and for the time being trains that use Westbahnhof have been largely unaffected by the changes to train services in the city.
Vienna West is a terminal station, so passenger can stay on the one level when changing trains, using the main concourse to transfer between platforms.
Public Transport at Vienna Westbahnhof
Vienna West station is served by:
- U-Bahn line 3 which runs to ‘Stephen Platz’ at the heart of the city, as well as ‘Mitte’ S-Bahn station
- U-bahn line 6 which runs to Philadelphia Brucke’ which is adjacent to ‘Meidling’ station
- There is also a tram terminus immediately outside the station.
City Centre links from Meidling station:
Meidling station is some distance from the city centre.
To reach the city centre from Meidling passengers have three public transport options:
- The U-Bahn (metro) line 6. This line operates across the western edge of the city centre and calls at the ‘Westbahnhof’.
Connections are available at ‘Westbahnhof’ with U-Bahn line 3 which runs to ‘Stephen Platz’ station in the heart of the city.
- Taking the ‘WLB' express train to/from Oper’ station.
Oper station is a 10 min walk from the city centre and the station is also located on the city’s inner ring road, so provides access to numerous tram routes.
- The No.62 tram also runs to the south western corner of the city centre.
Vienna/Wien has a network of commuter trains, the S-Bahn.
Lines S1, S2 and S3 on the S-Bahn all provide a useful link from Wien (Meidling) to the eastern edge of the city centre. They all share a platform so take the first train that arrives to head for:
- Rennweg - (where easy connections are available to line S7 that serves Vienna International Airport/Wien Flughafen)
- Wien Mitte - (connect for the CAT express trains to Vienna International Airport/Wien Flughafen)
Making the transfer to/from lines S1, S2 and S3 is much easier at Meidling station in comparison to making the transfer at Wien hbf.
Train types in brackets
Less Than One Hour:
- St Polten from Westbahnhof (RJ)
- St Polten from Wien hbf and Meidling (ICE)
One – Two Hours:
- Bratislava from Wien hbf by regional train
- Gyor from Wien hbf (RJ)
- Krems an der Donau from Franz-Josef Bahnhof by regional train
- Linz from Westbahnhof (RJ)
- Linz from Wien hbf and Mediling (ICE)
- Melk from Westbahnhof by regional train
- Semmering from Meidling by regional train
Two – Three Hours:
- Attnang-Puchheim from Westbahnhof (IC)
- Brno (Czech Republic) from Wien hbf (RJ)
- Budapest from Wien hbf (RJ)
- Graz from Wien hbf and Meidling (RJ)
- Salzburg from Westbahnhof (RJ)
Three - Four Hours
- Klagenfurt Wien hbf and Meidling (RJ)
- Maribor from Wien hbf and Meidling (EC)
- Regensburg from Wien hbf and Meilding (ICE)
- Bad Gastein from Westbahnhof (IC)
- Innsbruck from Westbahnhof (RJ)
- Jenbach from Westbahnhof (IC)
- Munich from Westbahnhof (RJ)
- Nuremberg from Wien hbf and Meidling (ICE)
- Prague from Meidling and Wien hbf (RJ)
- Villach from Wien hbf and Meidling (RJ)
Vienna International Airport/Flughafen Wien-Schwechat is 21 kilometres from Vienna
Trains From the Airport to Vienna City Centre
Vienna International Airport has a station located between the main terminals and it used by three rail services :
- CAT (City Airport Train) This service operates non-stop between the airport and the city centre station of Wien Mitte in a journey time of 16 minutes.
During the day trains depart from the airport at 05 and 35 min past each hour.
- Line S7 of the Vienna S-Bahn commuter rail network operates from the airport and calls at the city centre stations of Wien Renweg, Wien Mitte and Wien Pratersen.
The journey time to Wien Mitte is 24 minutes and during the day S-Bahn trains depart from the airport at 18 and 48 minutes past each hour.
Easy cross platform connections are possible at Rennweg for trains on lines S1, S2 and S3 that call at Hauptbahnhof (for Wien hbf) and Meidling
- ICE trains every two hours to Wien hbf and Meidling stations.
If you'll be making connections in Vienna/Wein to access other cities by train including Graz, Klagenfurt, Gyor and Breclaw then try to take these trains to Wien hbf.
To access Wien hbf by the CAT or S-Bahn requires a change of train and a fairly long walk between at Wien hbf from the part of the station that the S-Bahn trains arrive to the platforms from where the long distance trains depart.
For this reason, if you're heading to Wien hbf from the airport ThereBYTrain would be prepared to wait up to 45mins for an ICE train to Wien hbf. Any longer then the balance begins to tip in favour of making the connections using the S-Bahn trains.
If your final destination is Wiener Neustadt, Graz, or towards Villach and Klagenfurt, it will be easier to make the transfer from the ICE at Meidling station.
If you're heading to the city centre and have missed a CAT train take the next S-Bahn train, as this will take you to Wien Mitte station quicker than waiting for the next CAT train.
However, the CAT train is more expensive than the S-Bahn and requires a dedicated ticket, so check the details of the next departure before booking a ticket.
If the next departure is an S-bahn train, then purchasing an S-Bahn ticket will save both time and money.
The S-Bahn ticket machines will also sell standard integrated tickets for the Vienna area which provide for onward connections to other S-Bahn trains, trams, buses and the U-Bahn (Vienna’s subway system).
CAT tickets are valid to Wien Mitte station only, where separate tickets will have to be purchased when onward connections are required.
Mitte station is to the east of the city centre, and is linked to Landsterabe station on line U3 which gives a connection to the city centre.
Onward connections to other stations in Vienna/Wien
To/from Wien hbf and Wien (Meidling) stations
The majority of long distance trains to/from Vienna/Wien now call at Wien hbf and this is the station where connections are now possible to/from trains to the likes of Bratislava, Budapest and Breclav and Gyor
However, for the time being the only direct trains between the airport and Wien hbf are the ICE trains (see below) that operate every two hours.
These ICE trains also call at Meidling station, but if you take the ICE trains from the airport then making a connection at Wien hbf makes more sense for multiple reasons.
To access Wien hbf and Meidling when the timing of these ICE trains isn't convenient a change of train is required. (ThereByTrain would be prepared to wait up to 45 mins at Wien Flughafen station to save the hassle)
Either take a line S7 train to Rennweg station and connection there on to a line S1, S2 or S3 train to Wien hbf (this transfer is straightforward and involves crossing the platform to take a train in the opposite direction)
Or take the CAT train to Mitte and connect there to trains on line S1, S2 or S3.
The station at Wien hbf used by lines S1, S2 and S3 is now named by 'Hauptbahnhof' so head for there (you won't find Wien hbf on the S-Bahn signs and maps)
However this 'Hauptbahnhof' station the S-Bahn trains on lines S1, S2 and S3 will arrive at is some distance from the main part of Wien hbf that the long distance trains depart from.
It's a 3-5 min walk through an underground passage way.
In contrast the transfer at Meidling station is shorter and easier.
Therefore if you're taking the S-Bahn (and not the ICE) and heading for the likes of Wiener Neustadt, Graz and towards Villach and Klagenfurt, the balance tips in favour of remaining on the S-Bahn train to Meidling and making the transfer there.
To/from Wien Westbahnhof:
To access the Westbahnhof station from Vienna International Airport take either the CAT or S-bahn trains to Mitte station, at Mitte there's easy access to LandstraBe station to subway line U3.
Trains on line U3 heading towards Ottakring from Mittte call at the Westbahnhof.
Trains towards St Polten, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck depart from the Westbahnhof and certain trains to these destinations now depart from Wien hbf, although it's easier and faster to connect into these trains at Westbahnhof when travelling from the airport.
However, If you will be heading to the likes of St. Polten, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck from Vienna International Airport by train the easiest and fastest connections are by the newly introduced direct ICE trains - see below.
Although these ICE trains only operate every two hours, so if you have to more than hour for one of these trains when at the airport station, it will usually be quicker to head for the Westbahnhof and make connections there.
Though it will save the hassle of two transfers if you wait for the ICE train.
To St. Polten, Linz, Salburg and Innsbruck by train from Vienna International Airport
There are now direct ICE trains from Vienna International Airport/Flughafen Wien to St Polten and Linz.
These ICE trains depart at 06:25; 08:25; 10:25; 12:25; 14:25; 16:25; 20:25; 22:00 (the 18:25 is diverted to terminate at Westbahnhof where good connections are possible to St Polten, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck)
The journey time to St Polten = 48 mins and to Linz = 1hr 49mins.
From all trains, except the 22:00, there are good connections at Linz into trains to Salzburg (the waiting time at Linz will be around 30 mins).
From the 06:25; 08:25; 10:25; 12:25; 14:25 and; 16:25 trains there are 30 min connections at Linz into Railjet trains to Innsbruck.
These ICE trains also continue beyond Linz to destinations in Germany including Wels, Passau and Nuremberg.
Travelling to Vienna International Airport from Vienna city centre.
From Vienna/Wien city centre travellers to the airport have a choice of two train services:
- CAT (City Airport Train) They depart from Wien Mitte station, which is to the east of the city centre, every 30 mins at 08 and 38 minutes past the hour. They travel non-stop to Wien Flughafen station in 16 minutes.
Passengers making flight connections for a number of airlines can use the check-in desks at Wien Mitte station up to 75 mins prior to their flight departure times.
These check-in desks are for the exclusive use for those travelling to the airport on the CAT trains, they can't be used if you want to travel to the airport by S-Bahn trains from Mitte (see below)
Eurail and InterRail passes are not valid on CAT trains.
- S-Bahn (commuter) trains depart from the city centre stations of Wien Pratersen, Wien Mitte and Wien Renweg.
The S-bahn trains operate on line S7 and depart from Wien Mitte at 17 and 47 minutes past each hour during the day.
The 17 minutes past each hour departures have Wolfstahl as their final destination.
The S-Bahn trains have a journey time of 25 minutes.
Line S7 trains share platforms with multiple other departures, so check the destination on the platform indicators and front of the trains prior to boarding.
Arriving by long distance train in Vienna/Wien and connecting into trains to the Airport/Flughafen Wien
Trains to Vienna International Airport/Flughafen Wien from Wien Hbf:
During the day there are ICE trains to Flughafen Wien from Wien hbf that depart every two hours.
The journey time by these ICE trains to Flughafen Wien from Wien hbf = 17 mins
If on arrival at Wien hbf the departure of these ICE trains isn't convenient then there is an alternative means of accessing the airport by train from Wien hbf.
There are S-Bahn (commuter) trains from Wien hbf on lines S1, S2, S3 to Renneweg station, at Rennweg station there is an easy cross platform transfer to S-Bahn trains to Wien Flughafen on line S7
(Some of these S7 line trains have Wolfsthal as a final destination)
The journey time by S-Bahn train from Wien hbf to Flughafen Wien by making the connection at Rennweg = around 35 mins.
However, allow 10 mins for making the transfer from arriving at Wien hbf on a long-distance express train to lines S1, S2, S3 of the S-Bahn.
Platform 2 at Wien hbf, from where the S-Bahn trains on lines S1, S2 and S3 to Rennweg depart from is a 3-5 min wall from the main concourse at Wien hbf, through an underground passage way.
In contrast a shorter, simpler transfer is available at Meidling station (see below)
Trains to Vienna International Airport/Flughafen Wien from Wien (Meidling):
If your train doesn't call at the Westbahnhof, but does call at Wien (Meidling) before it arrives at Wien hbf you should leave the train at Meidling if you're heading to Vienna International Airport/Flughafen Wien by train.
There are S-Bahn (commuter) trains from Meidling on lines S1, S2, S3 to Renneweg station, at Rennweg station there is an easy cross platform transfer to S-Bahn trains to Wien Flughafen on line S7
(Some of these S7 line trains have Wolfsthal as a final destination)
The journey time by S-Bahn train from Meidling to Flughafen Wien by making the connection at Rennweg = around 40 mins.
Similar connections are possible at Wien hbf, but at Wien (Meidling) station the S-Bahn platform(s) used by the trains on line S1, S2 and S3 to Rennwegg are along side the platforms that the long distance trains at so a fairly easy transfer is possible.
In constrast you need to allow 8-10 mins to make the transfer to lines S1, S2 and S3 at Wien hbf as they use separate part of the station to that which the long distance trains arrive at.
There are also ICE trains every two hours from Wien (Meilding) to Flughafen Wien station (the station at the airport).
Good connections are available at Wien (Meidling) into these ICE trains from RJ trains from Graz, but only from those that are terminating in Prague/Praha.
However, from the majority of trains that arrive in Meidling having not called at Wien (Westbahnhof), the optimum connections involve taking the S-Bahn trains to the airport from Meidling.
Trains to Vienna International Airport/Flughafen Wien from Wien (Westbahnof):
If the first (or only) station that your long distance train to Vienna/Wien arrives at is Wien (Westbahnhof) then leave the train at this station if you want to continue your journey to Vienna International Airport/Flughafen Wien by train.
Take a line U3 train on Vienna U-Bahn/subway to Landstrabe station, the train will be heading in the direction of Simmering.
LandstraBe station on line U3 is connected to Wien Mitte station.
From Wien Mitte there is a choice of trains to Flughafen Wien:
- Faster, but more expensive CAT trains, the journey time to the Airport from Mitte by CAT train = 16 mins
- Slower, but cheaper S-Bahn (commuter) trains on line S7, the journey time to the airport from Mitte by S-bahn train = 25 mins
There are check-in desks for several airlines at Mitte station, but you can only make use of them if you travel by the CAT trains.
Trains to Vienna International Airport/Flughafen Wien from Linz and St Polten (and Salzburg/Innsbruck:
If you want to take the train to Vienna International Airport/Flughafen Wien from Linz and St Polten you can now avoid making the connections at Westbahnhof and Mitte stations in the city centre.
There are now direct ICE trains to Flughafen Wien, the station at the airport, from Linz and St Polten. The service is provided by ICE trains as the ICE trains from Germany to Vienna/Wien have been extended from the city centre to also serve the airport.
Additional ICE trains to the airport commence their journeys at Linz.
The journey time to Flughafen Wien from Linz hbf by ICE train = 1hr 54 mins*
The journey time to Flughafen Wien from St Polten by ICE train = 59 mins
* = It takes around 3 hours to reach the airport from Linz by train by taking the fastest trains from Linz hbf to Wien (Westbahnhof) and making connections from there to the airport via U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains.
Trains depart from Linz hbf at 06:02; 09:45; 11:45; 13:45; 15:45; 17:45 and 19:45.
Trains depart from St Polten at 06:57; 10:42; 12:42; 14:42; 16:42 and 20:42.
Railjet trains from Salzburg that depart from Salzburg hbf at 08:08; 10:08; 12:08; 14:08; 16:08 and 18:08 connect into these ICE to Wien Flughafgen trains at Linz hbf.
Railjet trains from Innsbruck that depart from Innsbruck hbf at 06:09; 08:20; 10:22; 12:20; 14:20 and 16:22 connect into these trains at Linz hbf
The connecting time at Linz hbf between the arrival of the Railjet train from Salzburg and Innsbruck hbf and the departure of the ICE to Wien Flughafen is usually 30 mins.