Car Rental at Vienna International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
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Where to rent a car at Vienna International Airport
At least nine car rental companies can be accessed through Vienna International Airport. These car rental companies have desks that are located at the car rental centre of the airport, specifically at level 0 of the multi-storey car park 4 (P4) and can be reached by a short covered underground passage. Car rental companies include Avis, Buchbinder, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Megadrive, Sixt, and Thrifty. Fox Autorent can also be found at the airport; however it only accepts car returns. Fox Autorent is located right next to the multi-storey car park 4. Car rental customers will be able to reserve and rent a car on-site, but it is highly suggested that they reserve cars in advance instead of booking upon arrival. This will ensure that their cars will be delivered on-time, and that special requests will be handled properly. Cars that are for rent may vary depending on the car rental company.
What to expect when renting a car from Vienna International Airport
Vienna International Airport is located in Schwechat, approximately 18 kilometres or 11 miles southeast of the city centre of Vienna in Austria. The airport is situated directly adjacent to motorway A4 that connects to Vienna and Budapest. It is also served by motorway A6, splitting from the A4 in the east, which leads to Bratislava. From the airport, you can also use A2 and S1 to the south, and A1 and S1 to the west. Furthermore, a filling station is also conveniently located on the road leaving Vienna International Airport. It is open 24 hours daily.
Driving around Vienna International Airport
Apart from certain sections of the Schuttelstrabe, drivers would rarely experience traffic in Vienna. Most locals use public transport modes, so the roads are mostly if not always clear. Parking space, on the other hand, can be scarce in Vienna, particularly in the central districts. Parking fees here are also expensive, which makes it ideal to leave your car parked outside of the city centre and just use the subway and trams from there. Parking within districts 1-9, 20, and marked areas is only up to 120, or two hours, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Monday to Friday, and is subject to an hourly fee if you don’t have a resident permit. Commercial car parks can be found in all parts of Vienna, but can be very expensive. Park and Ride facilities at some subway stations outside the city centre are cheaper alternatives. Furthermore, driving on the highways in Austria requires you to have a toll sticker, which can be purchased from gas stations and rest stops. Traffic jams usually occur on the A3 Südosttangente.
Getting to your destination
Known as one of the main landmarks of Vienna, the Stephansdom is a symbol for the Austrian reconstruction after the Second World War. Within it is the Pummerin Bell, which is the biggest and heaviest bell in Austria. Stephandsdom is right at the heart of Vienna, reachable via the A4 and through the Zedlitzgasse.
Beautiful gardens that emit a summery feel and glamorous rooms with impressive history, the Schonbrunn Palace is truly a one of a kind destination to not miss during your trip to Vienna. Check out the Gloriette, the Zoo, the Neptune Fountain, the Mazze, the Desert House, the Palm House, and the Roman Ruins from here. Located along the Linke Wienzelle, travellers may reach Schonbrunn by getting on the A4 and driving towards Wien, and then taking exit at Gurtel/Landstrabe from A23. From there, take B221 and linke Wiezeile/B1 to the palace.
Graben is an exclusive shopping street and pedestrian area with coffee houses in the heart of the inner city. There are a lot of 'noble' stores located in the historical buildings and palaces here; the impressive plague column a real sight. Small alleys also contain shops and food stops that can be checked out. From the A4, follow the Schuttelstrabe/B227 in Wien, and then continue on to B227 to Trattnerhof.