Car Hire at Vienna Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Vienna is a massive, sprawling city, packed with places to see and things to do. It’s also surrounded by stunning countryside. It’s an area that warrants full exploration, so hire a car at Vienna Airport and make the most out of your trip.
Where to hire a car at Vienna Airport
Nine car rental firms offer car hire at Vienna Airport. They are Avis, Buchbinder, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Megadrive, Sixt and Thrifty. You will find their desks on the ground floor of the P4 car park, which is just a short stroll from the terminal building.
Petrol stations near Vienna Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There’s a BP petrol station on the road leading from the airport. If you’re returning your car with a full tank you might have to circle round before dropping your car off.
Driving around Vienna Airport
When you leave the airport you’ll find yourself on the Ost Autobahn (Eastern Motorway) which connects Vienna to the Hungarian border. It’s quite a fast and busy road, so take some time to familiarise yourself with the controls of your rental car before leaving the airport.
Getting to your destination
Hapsburg history and UNESCO Heritage Sites meet lively nightlife and a fantastic coffee scene in Austria’s capital city. Check out our top ten things to do in Vienna for more inspiration.
It takes just over 20 minutes to drive into downtown Vienna from the airport. Districts one to nine are short stay parking zones where you can only park for a maximum of two hours. You can park for three hours in districts 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17. It costs €1 (about 73p) to park for half an hour. You need to display a scratch card parking ticket: you scratch off the date and time you arrived and place it on your dashboard. They’re available from tobacco shops, petrol stations, cigarette machines, and Wiener Linien ticket machines and offices. Hotels in Vienna can give their guests 15 minute free parking vouchers, perfect if you’re just nipping into a shop. Alternatively you can leave your car at the Park & Ride for the day: this costs €3.40 (about £2.50).
Slovakia’s capital city has a charming old town, excellent modern art museums, and is well within striking distance of some fantastic hiking and biking routes.
If you can’t find flights to Bratislava, you can fly into Vienna instead. It only takes 40 minutes to drive to Bratislava from the airport. The city has ample parking, with a good number of underground and surface car parks. These are inexpensive, ranging from 65c to €2 (about 48p-£1.47) per hour. You can also park on street. The council operates a scratch card system similar to Vienna. You can buy the tickets at newsstands or from the parking wardens (they wear high vis jackets so are easy to recognise). Parking tickets cost 70c (about 51p) each, and cover an hour.
Eisenstadt might be a small town, but it definitely punches above its weight when it comes to history. The ancient buildings include numerous churches and a beautiful palace which plays host to concerts during the summer.
It takes about 45 minutes to drive to Eisenstadt from Vienna International Airport. There are two short-stay parking zones where you can leave your car for a maximum of three hours: once charges 60c (about 44p) per half hour, the other is free. There are five free car parks, and four central car parks which you have to pay to use. The pay car parks charge between €1 and €3 (about 73p-£2.20) per hour.
Prices subject to change