Hiring a Car at Vienna International (VIE)
There is one international airport in Vienna, located 10 miles southeast of the city centre. When you fly into Vienna International you should find it very easy to find a rental vehicle from one of the agencies operating out of the airport (Sixt, Avis and Budget all have branches here). To make the process easier and to avoid queues and waiting time on the day, book your vehicle in advance using the Expedia search tool. From Vienna International, central Vienna is a short 20-minute drive away.
Hiring a Car in Vienna
If you’re not arriving in Vienna by plane, or if you would prefer to pick up a vehicle in the city, there are plenty of hire agencies in the centre. Rental offices are clustered close to major train stations like Wien Hauptbahnhof and Wien Westbahnhof. This makes it very simple to acquire a car if you are arriving in town by rail. Wherever you decide to pick up your rental car, it can be worth getting a vehicle equipped with English-language satellite navigation, particularly if it is your first time in Vienna.
Driving Tips for Vienna
Driving in Vienna is straightforward, but it’s important to note that the inner circle of the city can be trickier to navigate, due to some driving restrictions and the streets being narrow. Parking is also competitive in the centre, so for ease you might want to research some good parking areas and book accommodation that lets you park for free. When you’re not using your car, you can take advantage of the city’s public transport links.
Things to See and Do in Vienna
There’s plenty to keep you busy once you arrive in Vienna. Some firm favourites amongst seasoned travellers include a visit to the opulent 18th-century Schönnbrunn Palace, a tour of St Stephen’s Cathedral, and some time spent enjoying the old-time attractions at Prater, Vienna’s 19th-century amusement park.
To get the best out of your hire vehicle, of course, you’ll want to venture outside the city centre. The 18th-century Habsburg palace complex at Schloss Hof can be reached in under an hour by car. Or, if you’ve had enough of royal buildings, you can head west to the Lainzer Tiergarten wildlife preserve and the Foehrenberge Nature Park.