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To and through Vienna, quickly and in comfort

No matter whether you travel to Vienna by plane or train, you'll find modern mobility hubs upon arrival in the city. For example, the infrastructure of Vienna-Schwechat airport – about 20 km to the south-east of the city center – has been gradually improved in recent years. Capacity was further increased with the commissioning of Terminal 3 in 2012. Thanks to its location, the home airport of Austrian Airlines plays an important role in international aviation and connects Vienna directly with many European and intercontinental destinations. Vienna can be reached from all European capitals in under three hours by plane. Journeys from the airport to the city center are quick and easy by rapid transit railway, train, bus or taxi.

Hub in the heart of Europe

The city has become even more efficient with the modernization of its most important train stations and the investments made in rail-based transport. Vienna's ultramodern main station was opened in 2014 following a total renovation, and is a modern landmark and international mobility hub in one. It is Vienna's main hub for local and long-distance traffic, and also the largest Nightjet hub within the European Union. ÖBB, Austria's railway company, is further expanding night train connections with its partners. Trains will start running from Vienna to Amsterdam and Brussels in May; in the coming months, there will also be connections to Paris, and a new generation of Nightjets will enter service. All Austrian provincial capitals can also be reached from Vienna Main Station without having to change trains. The station is also perfectly connected to the city's transport network. Arriving in style: Vienna Main Station recently took second place in the ranking of the most passenger-friendly stations in Europe. And Vienna's Westbahnhof – with its eye-catching, heritage-listed, historic station hall – and Wien Mitte station also underwent major modernizations at the beginning of the 2010s. 

Smart through Vienna

Once you've arrived in Vienna, you'll find an excellent transport infrastructure waiting for you. The public network extends to 1,150 kilometers. The urban transport company Wiener Linien carries visitors and residents to their destination reliably and at frequent intervals by subway, tram and bus. Vienna is a city of short distances – from St. Stephen's Cathedral to the recreational paradise of Danube Island is just a quick six-minute ride. The city's three congress centers – the Austria Center Vienna, Messe Wien, and the HOFBURG Vienna – can also be quickly reached by public transport thanks to their good connections. Mobility sharing is also playing an ever greater role: Citybikes, carsharing, e-mopeds, and e-scooters supplement the offer. In any case, the Viennese love their "Öffis" – almost 40% of all journeys are made by public transport (29% by car) – one of the world's highest figures! 

Vienna takes the challenges of the global climate crisis very seriously. An attitude that is also reflected in its transport system. The energy that subway trains and trams generate when braking is fed into the electricity grid. Electric buses operate in some areas – in the city center or through Seestadt Aspern, one of Europe's biggest urban development projects to the north-east of Vienna, where self-driving electric minibuses are being tested. Apart from the ongoing modernization of the subway, tram, and bus fleets, an enormous amount continues to be spent on expanding the network in Vienna. Following the expansion of several lines in recent years, the redesign and extension of line U2 and the reconstruction of the U5 as Vienna's first fully automatic subway by 2028 are the most important mobility projects in the city at the present time.