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One of the sweetest (literally) city-break destinations in Europe and just a short hop from Scotland, the Austrian capital of Vienna is the perfect place for a getaway at any time of the year.
There are currently no direct flights to Vienna from Glasgow Airport (GLA), nor can you fly non-stop from nearby Glasgow Prestwick Airport. You can search for indirect flights from Glasgow Airport. On offer with British Airways, KLM and Air France, among others, average flight times are in the region of five hours.
For a cheap and fast option, look at direct flights to Vienna from Edinburgh Airport (EDI) with easyJet, which touch down in an average of two hours and 50 minutes. After all, the airports in Glasgow and Edinburgh are less than an hour apart by road so you will easily make up the driving time while in the air.
The second-busiest airport in Scotland (behind Edinburgh), Glasgow’s international air hub is located just a few miles west of the city centre and close to Paisley, in Renfrewshire. Nearly nine million passengers fly in and out of Glasgow’s two terminals each year.
Getting there is easy, whether you choose to take your own car or use public transport.
If you do opt to drive, be sure to book airport parking in advance of your trip to make significant savings.
Alternatively, arrive by bus (from Glasgow city centre take one of the airport shuttles) or take a train to either Paisley (Gilmour Street) or Glasgow Central and complete your journey by bus or taxi.
The usual array of shops, eateries and bars are available at Glasgow Airport. The UpperDeck Lounge, which is family friendly, provides the backdrop if you plan to jet off in style. There’s a soft play area close to the airside WHSmith for children aged between two and six years.
Indirect flights from Glasgow to Vienna are usually with national carriers, which means take off is likely to be from the main terminal building (T1). Low-cost carriers use T2. It’s worth checking at which terminal you’ll need to check in, though the two are attached so you don’t need to worry about a lengthy transfer if you do turn up at the wrong one.
Take a bus, ride the rails, hop in a cab or book a rental car and you’ll be in Vienna in no time.
Bus transfers from Vienna Airport (VIE) take around 40 minutes; single tickets cost 8 euros. Take the City Airport Train (CAT) and you’ll be in the historic city centre in just 16 minutes; return tickets cost 19 euros. Trains on the S-Bahn are slightly slower (around 25 minutes) but tickets are cheaper at 3.90 euros for a single.
For the door-to-door convenience of a cab, expect to pay around 30 euros.
If you hope to see more than the central areas of Vienna (which is easy to do on foot or via public transport – see our how to get around Vienna page), consider booking great-value car hire and tasting the freedom and fresh air of beautiful Austria.
Sachertorte, apple strudel, hot chocolate, sugar-laced pastries… we told you Vienna was pretty sweet! Tantalise your taste buds and then give your other senses a treat at world-renowned attractions such as the Schonbrunn Palace, the Spanish Riding School, the Vienna Theatre, and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.
Music fills the air at entrancing Christmas markets, while horse-drawn carriages add to the magical appeal of this most enchanting city.
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