Location and travel information
Getting to Vienna
By airVienna International Airport is located in Schwechat, just outside the city border. In the local transport association VOR it is in zone 280, whereas the city center forms the core zone 100. The cheapest connection to the city center is the regular S7 train, which runs every 30 minutes roughly from 5 am to midnight. The price of a single ticket for the two zones is 4 Euros. There are ticket machines near the platform. (It is possible, but may be tricky, to buy a 24-hour ticket or other season ticket for Vienna from the ticket machines in Schwechat. If you do so and you validate it right away, you can save 2 Euros by combining it with a 1-zone ticket just for zone 280. Conversely, if you already have any ticket valid for the core zone 100, then to get to the airport you only need a single ticket for zone 280, which it is possible though tricky to buy from the ticket machines in Vienna.)
The City Airport Train also connects the airport to the city center. It runs on the same tracks as the S7 trains and has the same frequency. The CAT stops in the city center around the same time as the S7, but is 9 minutes faster. As of 2012, the fare is 11 Euros single / 17 Euros return. If you take the CAT, you will need another ticket for the remainder of your journey in Vienna. Normally, it is only worth taking the CAT if you are in a rush to get to the airport or want to make use of the unusual and convenient City Check-In service to dispose of your luggage before spending a few more hours in the city center. This service is available from some, but not all, airlines. See the list for more information.
Though the S7 trains and the CAT share the same tracks, neither accepts the other's tickets and they use different platforms. Signage for the CAT is more obvious, especially at the airport. If you want to take the S7, initially follow the sings to the CAT, but watch out for the stylized white S (three straight strokes) on a blue background.
The bus service Vienna AirportLines is only worth considering if you are staying close to Schwedenplatz/Morzinplatz or must be at the airport in the middle of the night. As of 2012, the fare is 8 Euros single / 11 Euros return.
The taxi fare is about 25–30 Euros and should be negotiated in advance with the driver because the journey crosses the border between the states of Vienna and Lower Austria.
Bratislava Airport (Slovakia) is not far from Vienna and used by some cheap operators. Munich Airport (Germany) and Budapest Airport (Hungary) are also in a somewhat reasonable distance from Vienna. For details see WikiTravel.
Trains to and from Germany, Switzerland, France and the west of Austria terminate at Westbahnhof. Most other international trains stop at Bahnhof Meidling while the new Central Station is under construction.
Most trains are operated by ÖBB. Vienna is connected to several major cities by night trains. If you book early, a place in a sleeper car may be available for under 60 Euros including breakfast. The line between Westbahnhof and Salzburg is operated concurrently by the very competitive WESTbahn, occasionally with absurdly low bargain prices.
If you use an Austrian motorway, you will nead a toll sticker ("Autobahnvignette") for 10 days, 2 months or a calendar year. It is probably not a good idea to rent a car for getting to Vienna. Parking in Vienna is severely restricted. If your hotel does not provide free parking, it is best to leave your car at a metro or S train station far outside the city center and make use of Vienna's excellent and relatively cheap public transport.
Location of the Kurt Gödel Research Center
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The KGRC is located on the top (second) floor of the north wing of the historic Josefinum building in Währingerstraße 25, Vienna. On the map the building is marked by a red pin.
Trams of lines 37–42 run past the KGRC approximately every 3 minutes during core hours. The unidirectional Sensengasse tram stop (blue on the map) is only a few metres from the KGRC. All southbound trams towards Schottentor in the inner city centre stop here. (Schottentor is also a U2 metro stop, marked by a blue train in the south of the map.) Trams in the other direction do not stop at Sensengasse. Get off at the following stop (also blue on the map) and walk back the short distance.
Enter the Josefinum court/garden through the right-hand side gate. Turn right and enter the right-hand side wing, which houses a medical history museum on the first floor. Take the stairs past the museum to the second/top floor. (The KGRC is also accessible via a lift through the Josefinum's central main entrance, but there is a slight chance that you might encounter a locked door at the end of that route.)
Please note that the KGRC is sharing a building with the Medical History department and is at some distance (2 tram stops and a short walk) from Vienna University's main mathematics building. (On the map, the mathematics building is marked by a blue pin at the northern edge, possibly obscured by interface elements.) Since many of our visitors stay at the Hotel Boltzmann, it is also marked on the map.
Public Transport in Vienna
Vienna has outstanding, integrated public transport that offers season tickets for the core zone 100 (Vienna city) at very good prices. Various maps are available here. There is little difference between metro trains and S-Bahn trains other than the names of the lines (starting with U or S, respectively). The metro trains are a bit more likely to go through the city center and run underground. They generally have unusuallyy short distances between stops (roughly 2-3 minutes between stops). Trams are perhaps the most traditional mode of public transport in Vienna. The old type of tram trains that looks as if straight out of a museum is still very common. Trams may be affected by road accidents or traffic jams, but Vienna has a number of unusual measures in place to minimize the resulting disruptions. There are a number of small bus lines in the city centre as well as normal-sized buses everywhere, filling in the gaps in the tram system.
Most visitors will not leave the core zone during their stay, as it includes all of the city itself and even a small part of the surrounding mountains. However, it does not include the airport. (See above for local transport to and from the airport.) As of 2012 the price of a single ticket was 2.00 Euros (2.20 Euros for tickets bought on a tram). For many visitors one of the following offerings will be most convenient:
|24 hour ticket||6.70 Euros||6.70 Euros||48 hour ticket||11.70 Euros||5.85 Euros|
|72 hour ticket||14.50 Euros||4.83 Euros|
|Weekly ticket||15 Euros||2.14 Euros||Valid one week Monday 0:00(?) to Monday 9:00|
|Monthly ticket||45.00 Euros||1.50 Euros||Valid one calendar month, starting on the first|
|8-day Climate Ticket||33.80 Euros||4.23 Euros||8 individual days of validity; usable by more than one person concurrently (by stamping several times on the same day)|
You can buy your tickets at a ticket machine in any metro station or S-Bahn station or from a tobacconist. You cannot buy them at tram stops or bus stops. Only single tickets are available from the small ticket machines inside trams. At the other ticket machines you can generally choose whether you want your ticket pre-validated for immediate use. If you buy an unvalidated ticket, make sure not to forget stamping it before use, as ticket inspections are very frequent and the fine is 100 Euros. At most ticket machines you can select any of the following languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Russian, as well as the national languages of all countries that have a border with Austria.
Standard core zone tickets are not valid to and from the airport or in special services for tourists such as the Vienna Ring Tram. Most normal services stop completely shortly after midnight, at which point they are replaced by a system of night buses. However, on Friday night and Saturday night the metro runs all night. Normal tickets, including season tickets, are valid on the night buses.