Cheap Flights to Vienna
Winner of the 2015 Skytrax Award for the Best Airport Staff in Europe, Vienna International Airport (VIE) is one of the main aviation gateways into Austria. It is located approximately 10 miles southeast of the Austrian capital. Flights to Vienna provide the opportunity to explore this historic city on the Danube River with its heritage architecture, museums and a culture that dates back to the first century.
Vienna International Airport
In addition to a central arrivals hall, Vienna International Airport (VIE) has four terminals. Terminal 1, 2 and 3 connect to five concourses as well as the central arrivals hall. They serve major international carriers and a few low-cost airlines. Major air carriers offering flights to Vienna International Airport include Aeroflot, British Airways, KLM and Korean Air. Vienna International Airport is the main hub for Austrian Airlines and the low-cost carrier NIKI. Other low-fare airlines serving the airport include easyJet and Eurowings. Travelers can reach the city from the airport by taking S-Bahn commuter rail, the City Airport Train or a taxi. Cab fare is around $30.
Attractions in Vienna
Many visitors to Vienna choose to stay in the Innere Stadt neighborhood, which features hotels, restaurants, bars and historic sites. You can visit the Hofburg Palace Complex, which was the seat of the Hapsburg dynasty from 1273 until 1918. Featuring more than 2,600 rooms, the palace offers a few dozen that are open to the public. The palace also includes several museums, such as the Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum and the Imperial Silver Collection. The Spanish Riding School, which is home to the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions, is also on the palace grounds.
Also located within the Innere Stadt, the Museum of Fine Arts houses a collection of masterpieces by Brueghel, Raphael and Titian along with Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities. It is one of the most renowned institutions of its kind in the world. Other popular museums include the Natural History Museum; the Music House, which chronicles the rich diverse history of music in Vienna; and the Mozart House, the residence of the famous composer when he lived in Vienna.
Another iconic structure in the city is the 13th-century St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The church's south tower contains Pummerin, a large bell cast from melted Turkish cannons. The North Tower contains an observation deck. The Opera House, built in the mid-19th century, is another symbol of the city.
Hints and Tips for Exploring Vienna
Vienna has mild springs and autumns. Average high temperatures during the summer hover in the mid-70s but can approach the high 90s. The average winter highs are in the low 40s. The city commemorates winter at the Vienna Ice Dream extravaganza in an 8,000-square-meter ice-skating rink. Other seasonal events include a spring marathon, the May Day Party and movies screened at the town hall plaza and the 130-acre Augarten Park. The Music Film Festival celebrates ballet, opera and food. Renowned for its fried veal cutlets and apple strudels, Vienna has a burgeoning fusion cuisine with Indian and Turkish influences. The average price of a dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant in the city is around $35.