✅ Trip Verified
| A great city of Vienna has a great choice of the airports: you can use either Schwechat located near the city limits or Ivanka located 70 km from Vienna, actually in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. Some may think that going abroad to have a flight may be a strange idea. But VIE makes this choice have sense. Widely advertised CAT (City-Airport Train) where travel time is just 15 minutes turns out to be added to 30 minutes of waiting time which makes the total travel time 45 minutes. WiFi in the rail lounge contains no Internet (smart and funny). The price tag is 12 euro one way which seems too much for such a short trip. Also, the train leaves Vienna Mitte station which is somewhat far from Hauptbahnhof. The train is double-decker which seems quite strange: people with bulky luggage have to storm steep stairs up and down because neither upper or lower deck is levelled with station platforms. The airport is under renovation which means going outside to travel from check in desk to the airside lounge. The airport layout is confusing and out of logic, so it is split onto zones with individual security lanes each. Security lanes are not manned fully, so queues are despite not long, are extremely slow. Passport control is before security and fast enough. Duty-free is also before security, so your drinks over 100 ml will be confiscated (smart and funny again). After security, you get to a small compartment where bus gates are located. it has a toilet and a couple of vending machines. Bus boarding is also slow, the car (just one per the whole plane) gets overpacked and then arriving at the plane you stay on the staffed bus for an extra 15 minutes. Food options are limited, boring and overpriced. So if you fly somewhere from Vienna do yourself a favor, go via Bratislava Ivanka. You'll spend 5 Euro on the bus instead of 12 on the train, you'll spend the same time to reach the place. And Ivanka airport facility is simple, nice and easy to use.