A guide to Vienna International Airport (VIE)

If you’re flying to or from Austria, there’s a good chance you’ll pass through Vienna International Airport.

Here's all you need to know about Vienna International Airport. Image credit: NicoElNino/iStock
Here’s all you need to know about Vienna International Airport. Image credit: NicoElNino/iStock

Thanks to airport remodeling and expansion in the early 2000s, Vienna Airport now sees 30 million passengers a year pass through its terminals. Having this handy guide plus an airport map can help you get where you want to go smoothly.

Airlines flying out of Vienna International Airport (VIE)

Vienna Airport has four terminals: Terminals 1, 1A, 2 and 3. Terminal 2 is undergoing refurbishment, so the airlines that would normally be stationed there have been temporarily relocated. Branching off each of the terminals are several concourses, where you’ll find the gates, shops, and restaurants. Use this helpful list to see which terminal you should head to.

Terminal 1

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Aer Lingus
  • Aeroflot
  • Air Algerie
  • Air France
  • Air Malta
  • Air Moldova
  • Air Serbia
  • AirBaltic
  • ASL Airlines France
  • British Airways
  • Condor
  • EasyJet
  • Eurowings
  • Finnair
  • Freebird Airlines
  • Germania
  • Iberia
  • Iraqi Airways
  • Jet2
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Laudamotion
  • Pegasus Airlines
  • People’s
  • Rossiya Russian Airlines
  • S7 Airlines
  • Saudia Airlines
  • Tarom
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Ukraine International Airlines

Terminal 1A

  • Air Cairo
  • Air Europa
  • Belavia
  • Blue Air
  • China Airlines
  • Corendon Airlines
  • Corsair International
  • CSA Czech Airlines
  • Flybe
  • FlyEgypt
  • Flynas
  • Georgian Airways
  • Level
  • Norwegian
  • Onur Air
  • SkyWork Airlines
  • SunExpress
  • SunExpress Deutschland
  • Syrian Air
  • Transavia Airlines
  • Transavia France
  • TUI Airways
  • TUI Fly Germany
  • Ural Airlines
  • UTAir
  • Volotea
  • Vueling
  • Wizz Air

Terminal 3

  • Adria Airways
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air Dolomiti
  • Air India
  • Air Via
  • ANA All Nippon Airways
  • Arkia Israeli Airlines
  • Austrian
  • BH Air
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Bulgaria Air
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EgyptAir
  • El Al
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • Germanwings
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Iran Air
  • Korean Air
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Luxair
  • Montenegro Airlines
  • Nordica
  • Nouvelair Tunisie
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • Thai Airways
  • TunisAir

Airlines without a permanent terminal

  • Air Madagascar
  • Air Mauritius
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Seychelles
  • American Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • LATAM Airlines Brasil
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Olympic Air
  • Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas
  • Qantas
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Stobart Air
  • United Airlines
  • Welcome Air

Airport lounges at Vienna International Airport

Vienna International Airport has six lounges available for passengers. Many are in Terminal 3, while others are spread across the various concourses, most of which branch off from the central area between the terminals.

Some of VIE’s lounges are available only to Schengen passengers, which are passengers flying between EU countries that have no border controls between them. The Schengen countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Non-Schengen lounges are open only to passengers who are bound for non-Schengen airports.

JET Lounge

This Schengen lounge is located right after security near the entrances to Concourses B and C. Passengers with first-class or business-class tickets on a wide variety of airlines, including Star Alliance, oneworld, and SkyTeam airlines, have access to this lounge, as do members of their frequent flyer clubs. In addition, cardholders with American Express Gold and higher cards issued in Austria, Diners Club cards, and various other credit cards can enter the lounge, and passengers flying any class can purchase access as well. Priority Pass, Lounge Key, DragonPass, and some other club members also enjoy access to this lounge.

The JET Lounge features a snack buffet with salads and soups, as well as self-serve beer, wine, and liquor selections. PC workstations are available with free Wi-Fi for those who need to get some work done before their flight, and a shower lets travelers freshen up before flying. Smokers can find a dedicated area to indulge before boarding.

Catch up on some work at an airport lounge. Image credit: jacoblund/iStock
Catch up on some work at an airport lounge. Image credit: jacoblund/iStock

AIR Lounge

Just after passport control in Concourse D is this non-Schengen lounge. The same groups that can access the JET Lounge are also able to visit the AIR lounge, and all passengers with a same-day boarding pass for any flight can purchase access.

The hot and cold buffet at this lounge has a menu that changes daily, featuring primarily central European foods, with self-serve alcoholic drinks. A prayer room is available for Muslim passengers, and a smokers’ booth keeps the air in the rest of the lounge clear. TVs, international newspapers, and free Wi-Fi are also offered.

SKY Lounges

Vienna International Airport is home to two SKY Lounges, both in Terminal 3. One is designed for Schengen passengers, and the other for non-Schengen passengers. The Schengen SKY Lounge is accessible by the same passengers who have complimentary access to the AIR and JET Lounges. As with the AIR and JET lounges, any passenger with a same-day boarding pass may buy access.

Seating in the Schengen lounge is divided into smaller areas with privacy screens, and some reclining chairs with footrests are available as well as a massage chair. Showers are available, as is a smokers’ booth. A separate workspace provides individual desks for business travelers. The hot and cold buffet features soups, salads, sausages, and snacks, and there’s a small self-service bar as well.

The non-Schengen lounge is similar to the Schengen lounge, though it has no windows. It’s open to passengers with the same qualifications needed for the Schengen lounge who are traveling with same-day boarding passes to non-Schengen countries.

Austrian Airlines / Star Alliance Lounges

Austrian Airlines hosts a pair of lounges in Terminal 3, one for Schengen passengers and one for non-Schengen flyers. Each lounge has separate sections for Austrian Airlines’ HON Circle members, for Austrian Airlines Senator Club members and Star Alliance Gold members, and for business-class flyers. A separate business-class lounge is available in Vienna Airport’s Concourse D. In addition, Austrian Airlines passengers of any class with a same-day boarding pass may purchase access to the appropriate lounge on a one-time basis.

In the HON Circle lounges, designed for Austrian Airlines premium members as well as SWISS and Lufthansa first-class passengers, guests have personal assistant service available to meet their needs. Workstations provide a spot to get your work done before you fly, with computers and printers available. A couple of day beds provide a spot to take a nap, and recliners with ottomans enjoy views of the tarmac or the TVs. A self-serve bar features premium liquors, an espresso machine is available, and an exclusive menu is offered. Showers are also available.

The Senator Lounge offers a hot and cold buffet as well as a self-serve bar. While this lounge is relatively small, it does offer a place to sleep if you have a delayed flight. A small workspace with printers is also available.

The business class lounges are open to business-class passengers with same-day boarding passes. Most of the seating here is around tables, giving you a chance to eat comfortably or review some work, and there’s a small workstation area as well. Several shower rooms are available, and a hot and cold buffet is kept well-stocked.

Hotels near Vienna International Airport

Vienna International Airport makes it easy for you to hold meetings with clients and colleagues, thanks to two hotels within the airport itself. The NH Vienna Airport Hotel offers a full business center and meeting rooms of all sizes in its conference center, and the Moxy Hotel also provides flexible meeting space. In addition, the airport itself provides conference rooms in the VIP terminal area.

If you’re looking for a more luxurious place to stay overnight or longer, you can find what you need just up the road from the airport.

HEINHotel Vienna Airport

The HEINHotel offers not only high-end guest rooms but full apartments with separate living rooms and kitchenettes. The hotel’s fitness center features a sauna to help you relax, and a running track along the Danube River invites you to get outside. Breakfast is included with your room, and the hotel bar is ready to tempt you with culinary delights in the evenings.

Relax in a sauna during a long stopover. Image credit: qwerty01/iStock
Relax in a sauna during a long stopover. Image credit: qwerty01/iStock

Shopping at Vienna International Airport

Vienna Airport encourages you to shop by relaxing the normal rules regarding what you bring into the airport and onto your plane. Here, you can buy liquids such as liquor or fragrances outside security and take them through security with no worries as long as they’re in an airport-approved shopping bag. In some cases, you can also carry that shopping bag as an extra carry-on. The airport is also happy to have you do your holiday shopping ahead of time, holding your purchases for you until the next time you pass through Vienna.

You’ll find plenty of luxury shopping opportunities at Vienna International, with most shops awaiting you in the concourses off Terminals 1 and 1A holding the C and D gates, and in the concourses holding F and G gates that branch off Terminal 3, as well as in the Plaza in Terminal 1. At all gates, you’ll find outposts of the Heinemann Duty Free Shops, where you can pick up not only find liquors, electronics, and tobacco, but also fragrances from designer brands including Bvlgari and Giorgio Armani, as well as beauty products from Chanel, La Prairie, Elizabeth Arden, and Lancome.


Pick up your designer favorites at Salvatore Ferragamo or Longchamp. If you can’t decide between your favorite designers, The Fashion Gallery features tantalizing choices from a large range of luxury brands. High-end jewelry awaits you at FreyWille or Swarovski, whether for yourself or as a gift for someone special at home.

C Gates

This concourse isn’t a shopping magnet as some of the others are, but you can still find the basics you need for travel at Manner or Schmitt, Senses of Austria and Trunk. And of course, the Heinemann Duty Free Shop is ready to help you with luxury items.

D Gates

You won’t want to miss more designer boutiques in this concourse, including shops from Versace, Swarovski, and Liska. Fill out your carry-on with travel necessities and reading material from Schmitt and Trunk.

F and G Gates

You’ll find plenty of designer fashion to choose from when you arrive at the F and G gates, including boutiques from Ermenegildo Zegna, Hugo Boss, Longchamp, Dolce and Gabbana, and Michael Kors. Women can head to Wolford for high-end shapewear and swimwear, or stop in at Liska if you’re looking for a fine outfit. Luxury timepieces from designer brands are on display at Watch & Jewelry.

If you need to upgrade your travel electronics before you fly, stop in at one of the two Capi stores in this concourse, or pick up reading material and souvenirs at Convenience Partner or Flavors of Austria.

Restaurants at Vienna International Airport

No matter where you go at VIE, you’ll find a spot to grab a bite before you board your plane. You’re especially in luck if you’re in the mood for fine coffee and some of Vienna’s famous baked goods. Try these favorites, depending on the part of the airport you’re headed for.

Terminals 1 and 1A

  • Aida: Stop in for a drink, whether of the coffee or alcohol variety.
  • Nordsee: If you’ve been craving seafood, this restaurant is ready for you.

Terminal 3

  • Bretzel Meister: If you’re thinking this place is a master of pretzels, you’re right — and you’ll also find other tasty baked goods here as well.

C Gates

  • Café + Co.: Relax with a good cup of coffee and some pre-flight snacks.
  • Daily Roast: More excellent coffee, as you can guess from this café’s name, and you also find vegan and gluten-free choices here, as well as a smoker’s lounge.
  • Do & Co Bar: Have a drink and a snack at this bar that also supplies food to most of the airport’s lounges.

D Gates

  • Johann Strauss: A typically Austrian bistro serving Viennese specialties, with a smoking lounge.
  • Rustichelli Mangione: You’ll appreciate the high-end design of this striking restaurant even as you enjoy its spectacular foccacia-based dishes.

F and G Gates

  • Café Franzl: Sit and enjoy a view of the tarmac as you enjoy the feel of a typical Viennese café, with vegetarian options available as well.
  • Demel: This famous Viennese bakery features all the Austrian classics, including Dobos torte, strudels, cream cakes, and Sächertorte.
  • Henry: Homemade dishes with a global flair, here and at the second Henry by the C Gates.
  • Jamie Oliver’s Bar, Jamie’s Deli, and Jamie’s Italian: Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is making his mark in Vienna with three spots to enjoy his cuisine. Both the deli and the Italian restaurant offer gluten-free and vegetarian options, and you can enjoy a view of the tarmac from Jamie’s Italian.
  • Juice Factory: This juicery has been taking Vienna by storm, and you can enjoy its vegan bursts of healthiness here as well.
  • Trib’s: If you’re looking for a grab-and-go option, this is one of your best.

Vienna International Airport is more than 10 miles outside the city, so you still have a bit of traveling to do once your plane touches down. Book a reliable Blacklane car service to complete the last leg of your journey in comfort and style.