Nygfan84 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 172 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7230 times:
I have a predicament I am flying from EWR-DUS-VIE on biz class via Lufthansa my flight gets in at 9 AM. I need to meet my student group at the baggage claim around 6 PM. What should I do? My options include leaving my stuff in a locker at the airport and going into Vienna for the day and coming back. But I dont know how expensive that is or do I just hang out in one of the executive lounges for the day. What would you do? I guess people who've been to VIE or from there would answer this best. Thanks
MrComet From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 502 posts, RR: 8 Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7192 times:
I spend a lot of time at VIE. They've got a good wireless network accessible from most of the airport but not much else relaly to do there. Go to the Air Rest restaurant in Terminal B across from the Duty Free for good view of planes, wireless access and good power plugs in the no smoking area. Their pizza is good, too.
There is a left baggage room when you leave the baggage claim area and exit into the terminal -- down the hall from the McDonalds. There is an extremely convenient train (called CAT?) that will have you in downtown Vienna in about 15 minutes.
Just make sure you check the time of the trains going back. There are some times when there are spread out widely on times.
Vienna airport... lovely for plane spotting. If you can get past passport control then go up to the top floor and sit in the restaurant/cafe/bar where you have a lovely view of aircraft parked at the A and C gates (due to the cresent shaped terminal). Otherwise you can do the same, exactly the same location, a floor below where you have a more limited view of RWY 11/29 than from above. There are also lots and lots of shops in the duty-free area where to be honest, I could spend a whole day (but then again, I love shopping).
If you decide not to stay at the airport, the city is also very beautiful. You can visit the Stephansdom, Schloss Schoenbrunn, Donauturm, the Opera, or simply go for a nice walk in the Kaerntnerstrasse or Mariahilferstrasse which offer various stores and cafes. As somebody has already mentioned, do not miss out on the Wiener Schnitzel and the beautiful ladies
Regarding getting into the city, here are your options:
- CityAirportTrain (direct in 16 mins) = EUR 8,00
- Airport Bus (direct in 20 mins) = EUR 6,00
- Schnellbahn S7 (takes about 35 mins with many stops) = EUR 3,00
Companies represented at the airport include Arac/Europcar, ATL, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National/Alamo, Sixt and Thrifty.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT -Its kinda neat you can buy and print your tickets online. . . and its quite usefull little site . . . http://www.cityairporttrain.at/airportcity/
Rail: The City Airport Train (tel: (0)1 25250; website: www.cityairporttrain.at) runs to the City Air Terminal at Wien Mitte. The S-Bahn (overground train) connects the airport to Wien Mitte and Wien Nord railway stations (journey time: 25 minutes); it provides connections to the Vienna U-Bahn (underground rail) system. Road: Taxi: Taxis to the city leave from outside the Arrivals hall. A chauffeur and limousine service is offered by Radio Car Vienna (tel: (0)1 7007 33340). Bus: Buses go to Wien Mitte, Südbahnhof and Westbahnhof railway stations and to Wien Schwedenplatz and the Vienna International Centre. Coach: Services are available to Bratislava (Slovak Republic) and Budapest (Hungary). An airport transfer service is also available (tel: (0)1 7007 35910).
INFORMATION AND HELP DESKS
Information desks can be found in the Terminal 2 and at the bus station. The airport has a 24-hour telephone information service (tel: (0)1 7007 22233).
VIA has an airprot Tour not sure if it is running but here is a link to that (kinda interesting anyone ever venture this?)
Our experienced team run regular bus tours under the motto "TOUR THE AIRPORT". The tour starts in the public area of the airport (next to the charterbus parking lot) and leads to the non-public area where you will be familiarized with airport supply plants, Cargo Handling Area, Aircraft Maintenance, General Aviation Areas and the Airport Fire Department. Then you can watch on the apron the groundhandling of commercial aircraft from close up. Depending on the air traffic you get to know from short distance the current commercial aircraft from the Canadair up to the jumbo jet from short distance, observe the procedures of approach, taxiing and starts and will learn more on the electronic landing aids as well as on the air-traffic control system. http://english.viennaairport.com/airporttours.html
I am unable to find and Spotting Guides for VIA. . But im sure someone has the insight.
FlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56 Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7060 times:
Quoting Squirrel83 (Reply 6): VIA has an airprot Tour not sure if it is running but here is a link to that (kinda interesting anyone ever venture this?)
Yeah it was cool but not that great. There is not SO much to see as it's not really a major airport like AMS would be. And I am also not sure if they are currently running those tours due to the expansion and construction work at the airport.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4690 posts, RR: 45 Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6936 times:
I would really recommend visiting the city instead of hanging around at the airport. No offense to our Austrian friends , but while Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, the airport is pretty mediocre if you compare it to large hubs like FRA, CDG, LHR etc. You should really sample the atmosphere downtown - even if you just have a few hours, it should be plenty of time to at least experience the sights of the Ersten Bezirk.
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Newkai From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 330 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6861 times:
Last weekend I saw temporary signs for the airport tour, so I do believe it's running during construction. I'm trying to remember where I saw the signs, but I can't remember... I think they were downstairs in that new long tunnel that connects to the parking lots.
I have never taken the tour but have seen the busses drive around, and they were pretty well filled. The AirRest cafe above the departure level has a great view but is a little expensive. It also has wireless internet. I think I payed a small flat fee for it.
I'd definitely take a trip to the city because you have so much time. I'd recommend the S7, CAT, or the Bus to Schwedenplatz.