Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Flying to Austria: Vienna Airport

When we fly to Austria, we often choose to fly to Vienna international Airport. This airport was originally built in 1908, although the facilities have been thoroughly updated since then. With three terminals, the airport is not the biggest in the world, but it does handle a lot of passengers each year.

There are two major airline companies are headquartered in Vienna airport: Niki Air and Austrian Airlines. Austrian Airlines can be broken down into three subsidiaries: its flagship carrier Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air, and Tyrolean Airways. These two major carriers fly to most major European destinations, although some routes are seasonal only. In addition, Austrian Airlines also travels to Washington ,New York, and Toronto. Wherever you are in the world, it is easy to get to Vienna International airport.

There are plenty of places to stay in Vienna once you've landed at the airport. As with many airports, Vienna International Airport has a hotel right next to it. However, if you prefer somewhere quieter that is away from the sound of an airplane engines, there are numerous places to stay within the city itself.

The City Air Train, or CAT as it is more commonly referred to, is one of the best ways to get into Vienna itself. As the train station is just outside the city center, there are many hotels to choose from in that area. These range from luxury hotels to simple family-run pensions. It's we try to stay in the smaller hotels where possible, as we find them to be friendlier and more personal. They are frequently cheaper as well.

Vienna International Airport offers flights to other parts of Austria. Tyrolean Airways, for example, offers some great value flights to Innsbruck and Graz. This makes exploring Austria very easy. You can wander around Vienna for a few days and then hop onto a flight to Innsbruck. If you wanted to, you can travel along the Great Eagle cycling trail back to Vienna. Alternatively, you can fly directly to Innsbruck from your home destination and then fly back from Vienna.

Of course, if you only want to take the one flight, you can always use the excellent rail service to get to virtually anywhere in Europe. We've traveled to Vienna, stayed there for a couple of days, and then traveled to Bratislava and Zagreb. While this may seem a little daunting to those not used to rail networks, it is actually very easy to do. We find it is much more relaxing to catch a train during the day and rest in an Austrian hotel at night – sleeper carriages are not that comfortable!