Flying to Austria
Travelling to Austria by air couldn't be easier. With an average direct flying time of only 2 hours from most major UK gateways to a choice of popular Austrian destinations, flights to Austria are probably the quickest, easiest, and most cost effective travel option.
Austrian Airlines is Austria’s largest carrier and operates a global route network of round 130 destinations. That route network is particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 37 destinations. Thanks to its favourable geographical location at the heart of Europe, the company’s hub at Vienna International Airport is the ideal gateway between East and West. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, Europe’s largest airline group, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines. The flight operations of the Austrian Airlines Group has been bundled at its 100% subsidiary Tyrolean Airways since 1st July, 2012.
You will get pampered before your trip even begins at the Austrian Star Alliance Terminal in Vienna, which offers the height of comfort at over 150,000m².
Austria's Largest Airports
Austria's three major airports in Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck ensure the country is well connected both nationally and internationally.
Schwechat International Airport - Vienna
Thanks to its favourable position right in the centre of Europe, Vienna International is an incredibly busy airport, and incredibly important for a number of European destinations, including the UK. It is also seeing an increased demand for flights to destinations in Asia and the Middle East and has in recent years enjoyed a healthy expansion in the number of low-cost carrier flights it offers.
Kranebitten Airport - Innsbruck
Kranebitten is nestled high in the Austrian stretch of the Alps. It is a busy transport hub, particularly in the winter season when it serves the incredibly popular ski and alpine industry in this area. Flights from here are local, national as well as international.
W. A. Mozart Airport - Salzburg
Austria’s largest regional airport is situated in the heart of the Alps near the city centre of Salzburg. The airport can easily be reached thanks to excellent connections to the public transport system as well as its own motorway exit. It is also the perfect starting point from which travellers can continue their journey to the surrounding summer and winter holiday resorts.
Flying directly into Vienna
Austrian Airlines has been the leading carrier in Austria for over 40 years, setting high safety and service standards right from the start. It just recently refurbished its long haul fleet and boasts completely new seats and entertainment systems in both economy and business class. Austrian Airlines' business class is famous for its excellent cuisine and bar service, offering choice Austrian wines and a Viennese coffee menu.
Within Austria, connections to the regional airports in Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz, Klagenfurt and Linz are available. Flight times from Vienna to the regional airports range from thirty minutes to an hour. Make your reservation here
Flying into Munich and Zurich
If you plan to visit the western regions of Austria, such as Tirol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg, flying into Zurich or Munich are great alternatives. Flights with many gateways from the US are offered by Lufthansa and Swiss. Or take direct train connections from Munich and Zurich to any major city in Austria. www.oebb.at.
Arriving in Vienna
The Vienna International Airport has undergone a major expansion in recent years. To see the new floor plans, and layout of the arrival and departure areas, click here
Getting from the airport to the city center is easy: A cab ride from the taxi station outside of the arrival hall to the city center takes thirty minutes to an hour and costs between 40 and 50 Euros. To save on taxi costs, make an advance reservation with one of these companies. Or take the City Airport Train (CAT), which takes you directly into the city center in 16 minutes.
Before you leave please check the safety regulations effective since November 2006