ICSOC 2007


Arrival by Plane

Vienna: Vienna's Airport (VIE) is located southeast of the city and is served by all major airlines. On the airport’s web site, you can find flight information, a map of the airport, as well as information about transportation into the city center.

Bratislava (Slovakia): The airport of Bratislava in Slovakia is within 1-2 hours' distance from Vienna, and might thus be an alternative for arrival. Both buses and trains connect Bratislava and Vienna.

Bus connections to Vienna:
  * ÖBB Bus: Bratislava Airport - Vienna Südtiroler Platz
  * Eurolines
  * SkyShuttle can only be booked together with a flight from skyeurope.com
  * Airport Services Slovakia: phone: +43 1 7007 35003, e-mail: office@airportservices-bts.com

Arrival by Train

For train connections to Vienna, consult the timetable of the federal railway company (ÖBB). There are direct services to and from many central European cities.


From Vienna Airport to Conference Location

The Vienna's Airport (VIE) is located approximately 15 km (south)east of Vienna. The simplest, but most expensive, way of getting to the conference hotel is taking a taxi. This will probably cost you around EUR 30 or more.
CAT is a new train service linking the airport to "Wien Mitte", where you can change to U4, continue to “Karlsplatz” to the conference location. The unique feature of this service is that you can check in at "Wien Mitte" for certain flights when departing from Vienna. The cost is EUR 9 for a single trip and EUR 16 for a return trip. Note that tickets for the underground and buses are not included in this fare.
Vienna Airport Lines offers buses to Schwedenplatz (connection to U1 and U4), Westbahnhof (westbound train station, connection to U3), and Südbahnhof (southbound train station). Find here the timetable and more information in German. Ticket is EUR 6 (single) or EUR 11 (return). Underground tickets have to be bought extra. If you end up at Südbahnhof, the easiest connection is going to “Südtirolerplatz” by tram 18 (direction "Burggasse-Stadthalle") and change to U1 (direction “Kagran”) and deboard at “Karlsplatz”) there.
The cheapest way is going by Schnellbahn S7 (train) - it costs EUR 3 one-way (including underground and bus in Vienna). Be sure to buy "2 zones" from the vending machine. If you buy a separate ticket for Vienna, you need only "1 zone" (EUR 1.50). Have a look at the timetable and more information in German.
Some companies, such as C&K offer taxis, limos or shuttles for a flat rate starting from EUR 25.

From Railway Stations to Conference Location

By train, you will arrive either at Westbahnhof (westbound station; coming from Germany and Switzerland, but also trains from Hungary often stop there) or at Südbahnhof (southbound station; coming from Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, also some trains from Hungary).
From Westbahnhof, take the underground U3 to “Stephansplatz” (direction “Simmering”) and then the U1 to “Karlsplatz”. Of course, taxis are also available (probably costs around EUR 10-15).
From Südbahnhof, the best way is taking tram 18 (direction "Burggasse-Stadthalle") to “Südtirlolerplatz” and then change to the U1 to “Karlsplatz” (direction “Kagran”). An alternative would be to walk (some 10 minutes) to U1, take U1 (direction "Kagran") and deboard at “Karlsplatz”. Of course, taxis are available also from Südbahnhof (will cost around EUR 5-10).

Local Transportation within Vienna

Public transport is very efficient and has a searchable timetable (you can search for a connection between stops, addresses, and even landmarks - the latter unfortunately only in German). Be sure to enter "Wien" as Town, "Vienna" will give strange results (see sample search).
The conference venue, the Technical University of Vienna, is served by a bus line 4A, by tram lines J, 62 and 65 and by the underground system U1, U2 and U4 which run clockwise and counterclockwise, respectively, on the same route.
When arriving by the underground system at “Karlsplatz”, take the exit “Resselpark” and cross the park – the University is opposite the exit of the underground system (there are flagpoles in front of the building).
When arriving by the tram lines 62 or 65 at “Resselgasse” walk to “Resselpark”. Karlsplatz 13 is to right hand.
When arriving by the tram line J at “Bösendorfer Strasse” or the bus line 4A at “Karlsplatz” cross the “Lothringerstrasse” and the “Resselpark” - the University is opposite the exit of the underground system (there are flagpoles in front of the building).
Tickets are available from vending machines in underground stations, in the buses and trams. A one-way ticket (from anywhere in Vienna to anywhere else in Vienna on a direct route) is EUR 1.50. Alternatively, there is a 24h ticket for EUR 5.00 and a 72h ticket for EUR 12.00. More information on the VOR and Wiener Linien (see "Tourist Information") webpages.

Railway Network System in Vienna

Last updated: 12 July 2007, Priya Narasimhan