Arrival in Vienna - When and Where
Exchange students participating in the Intensive German Language Course should arrive in Vienna at least one day before the course starts. See details of German Language Courses.
For all other students, the best time to arrive is a few days before the semester begins (the winter semester starts on October 1, 2020 and the summer semester starts on February 22, 2021).
We very much like to invite you to our Welcome Days for International Students in the week before the semester starts. BEFORE that you should register at the Study services.
Please be aware that you have to register for your courses. To be able to do that you need your BOKU account. This account will only be activated after you have registered in the Study services and after having paid the student union fee with a bank card (Maestro, Visa, Mastercard, … – no cash) there. If you do not have a bank card, please ask your buddy to go to the Study services with you and to use his/her card.
Please try to register for the courses as soon as possible after your arrival – some courses (excursions, seminars, practical courses,..) get booked up very quickly. If you arrive rather late, please write an e-mail to the contact person that is given in the course description in BOKUonline and ask him/her if it is possible to register provisionally.
In any case, you should adjust your arrival time with the office hours of the students’ residence or with the presence of your landlord/landlady. In most cases it is not possible to move in in the evening or during the weekend. So please try to arrive in Vienna during daytime hours on a weekday. However, if it is only possible for you to arrive during the night or at the weekend and if you are not able to move into your room, please try to find a room for the first night at one of the temporary accommodations mentioned above.
As an international student you will have been appointed a buddy, who might, if you wish, be able to pick you up at the airport or the train station. Please contact your buddy in advance to arrange a meeting with them.
Arrival in Vienna - Where?
There are many ways to travel to Vienna. Here you can find a few options when arriving:
Arrival by Plane
When you arrive at the Vienna International Airport (Wien-Schwechat) you will be in the Bundesland (Federal State) of Lower Austria, about 15 kilometres south of Vienna. Further information about the ariport is available online:
There are several possibilities to get to the city
• by bus
• by suburban railway (S-Bahn 7)
• by the City Airport Train (CAT)
• by taxi
Check timetables and fares online:
Regular bus transfers take you from the airport to the city centre (Morzinplatz/Schwedenplatz,
Westbahnhof). The ride takes about 20-45 minutes depending on traffic. You can buy a ticket from the driver (cash).
Suburban Railway (S-Bahn 7)
The S-Bahn stops in Wien Mitte – Landstraße (underground U3, U4, surbuban railways, buses and trams), Praterstern (U1, U2, surbuban railways, buses and trams), Handelskai (U6, S45, surbuban railways and buses) and Florisdorf (U6,
surbuban railways buses and trams). A ride takes 20 – 45 min depending on your destination.
City Airport Train (CAT)
The CAT is the fastest and most expensive public transport connecting the airport to Landstraße – Wien Mitte (U3, U4, surbuban railways buses and trams).
A taxi to the centre is around €27 to €40.
Arrival by Train ...
... at Hauptbahnhof
Many trains from southern and eastern Europe arrive at the new main station (Hauptbahnhof).
The main station is located at the subway station “Südtirolerplatz” (U1). Tram D takes you directly to the centre (Karlsplatz with connections to U1, U2 and U4).
Furthermore, you can take tram O and 18 (to the “Westbahnhof”) or the buses 13A and 69A. There is also a suburban train stop at the “Hauptbahnhof”.
... at Wien Meidling
If you arrive at the train station Wien Meidling you can take the subway U6.
... at Westbahnhof
Many trains from Western or Northern Europe arrive at “Westbahnhof”. From there, you can take the underground U3 (orange) and U6 (brown) as well as trams 5, 6, 9, 18, 52 and 58.
Arrival by Bus
The main bus station for big bus carriers like Eurolines is located in Erdberg where you can get on the underground U3 (orange). Travel in the direction of “Ottakring” to reach the city centre.
Arrival by Car
It is advisable to only use a car in Vienna in the outer districts and for excursions (in the inner districts a “Parkpickerl” or parking permit is required). For the inner districts and inner city we recommend that you use public transport, a
bike, or walk.