Your vacation in Vienna - useful info & arrival

Useful information for your vacation in Vienna

Arrival by car come to Vienna by car

In most of Vienna's districts you have to pay a parking fee. A detailed overview of all the short term parking zones as well as the parking regulations can be found here: Short-Term parking zones in Vienna

Further information on parking in Vienna is provided on the website of the Vienna Tourist Board.

Car park tickets are available at tobacco shops, filling stations, at ARBÖ and ÖAMTC. There are special tickets for free too, which allow you to park your car for 15 minutes.

... by bus

Another possibility to travel comfortably and reasonably priced to Vienna is by bus. Cheap offers you will find for example at FlixBus.


... by plane come to Vienna by plane

he Vienna International Airport is located a bit outside of Vienna. But due to the very good connections to public transport it only takes you a short time to the city center and your apartment.

Getting to the city center is really easy:

With the City Airport Train (CAT) and the express train line S7 you get directly to the center (station Wien Mitte – connection to many other means of transport)

With the busses of the Vienna Airport Lines you also have a convenient alternative to getting to the center or the main train stations.

If you prefer going directly to your apartment an airport taxi is your choice. Take it either directly at the airport or ask your host if he can recommend you a airport transfer company. The easiest way is to organise the transfer upfront. 

... by train come to Vienna by train

Vienna has several train stations where you might arrive.

The largest and most important train station is the Vienna Main Station (Hauptbahnhof) as international trains arrive here.

Westbahnhof is the main station for Regional Express Trains and the Westbahn.

Another quite busy hub is the Wien Mitte Station. This station is not only arrival point for many trains but also intersection of many means of public transport (trains, subways, trams, busses).

A smaller train station is Vienna-Meidling. Regional as well as long-distance trains stop here and also  good connections to the city center are provided, too. Depending on the location of your apartment it might be easier if you get off here.

No matter at which train station you arrive, you have a very good connection to public transport from everywhere. Do not forget to ask your host about the fastest way to your apartment.

Stay in Vienna & explore the city...

public transport

Vienna has an excellent network of public transport, so you can leave your car and start exploring the city on other ways. Whether you take bus, tram, express train or subway you will reach all points of interest in Vienna within a very short time.

All the information you need about the tickets and the network of public transport in Vienna can be obtained from the Website of the Wiener Linien.

Getting the tickets is really easy. You can buy them at tobacco shops, the vending machines in all underground and express train stations, the ticket offices or even online. Some tickets like the 48h Vienna ticket, the weekly ticket or the Vienna shopping card can be printed comfortably at home Just choose the ticket in the online Shop of the Wiener Linien pay and print it.

by bike

Do you like riding the bike but were not so keen packing your bike into the suitcase? Well why not rent one and explore the city on wheels? Rentals can be found all over Vienna

You will find further information on cycling in Vienna, a route planner and also a special map of Vienna with all the cycling routes at

What can be found all over Vienna are the Citybikes, a public bike rental system that allows you to get a bike whenever you want. Just register (and pay) with your credit card and rent your bike directly from the terminals. The first hour is for free, afterwards it is EUR 1-2 per hour.

Vienna on foot

Exploring Vienna on foot is for sure one of the best possibilities to catch that very special flair of the city. If you like guided city walks you will find plenty of choices on the website of the Vienna Tourist Board .

The individual facets of the city you will get to know with the tours of Discover Vienna, simply your very personal Vienna.

As Vienna is also called the capital of music, there are specially designed walks through the city to get on the tracks of famous composers and musicians like Mozart, Beethoven or Haydn.

Do you know our Blog? Get here many inspirations as well as insiders' tips for your stay in Vienna.

Vienna by night - skyline 

Shopping & Sights

Sightseeing & more

In Vienna, imperial heritage meets a modern, vibrant city. Whether you go on trails of past times, explore the culture and arts scene or discover the nightlife, Vienna has the highlights all ready for you.

We already compiled some of the highlights in the city for you under Highlights of Vienna. The most comprehensive information about Vienna can be found on the website of the Vienna Tourist Board. So get your inspiration for your perfect holiday in Vienna there.

Current events you can find on our event site where you can directly buy tickets online.

Vienna's Giant Ferris Wheel

Shop hours and public holidays

The vast majority of the shops in Vienna are open Mondays to Saturdays. On Sundays shops are closed apart from some exceptions like bakeries, shops on train stations or at the airport.

At official public holidays most of the shops in Vienna are closed too:

  • January, 1st: New Year's Day
  • January 6th: Epiphany
  • May, 1st: National Holiday
  • August, 15th: Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • October, 26th: National Holiday
  • November, 1st: All Saints' Day
  • December, 8th: Immaculate Conception
  • December, 25th: Christmas
  • December, 26th: Christmas (Boxing Day)

Other public holidays are the changing dates of Easter Monday,  Ascension Day, Whit Monday and Corpus Christi.

in case of emergencies...

In case of emergencies ...

Important phone numbers

A few telephone numbers that might be useful:

  • Euro emergency call 112
  • fire department 122
  • police 133
  • ambulance 144
  • ÖAMTC breakdown service 120
  • ARBÖ breakdown service 123
  • emergency doctor 141
  • taxi 40 100

Pharmacies night duty and Sundays

For smaller and larger emergencies it is always good to know which pharmacy in the neighborhood is also open during the night or on weekends.

Overview of the pharmacies

Diplomatic representatives

The contact data of foreign representations in Vienna can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs