Airfare to Vienna, Austria
The capital of Austria, Vienna is home to more than 2 million people in the metro area. Known for its parks, the city also lays claim to the world’s oldest zoo, established in the late 1700s.Home of the Habsburg court, the city still keeps its imperial charm.
Vienna is known for its musical heritage, most notably the works of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss and the the Vienna Boys’ Choir. It also has a strong ‘cafe culture’ – Vienna claims to be the first to have filtered coffee.
Airfare to Vienna will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible, so as much as possible avoid these dates.
Alternative cities to fly into
It is also possible to fly into nearby Budapest (Hungary); Prague (Czech Republic) or Bratislava (Slovakia). To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on the quick Eurail, a bus or a flight. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worthwhile.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, Frankfurt or another major gateway city. Because there are more flights from intercity Europe routes than U.S. gateway cities, these layovers can take time, but they’ll also save you cash. Flights from Frankfurt and London are 1-2 hours.
Other tips to save money
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Austrian Airlines is the national carrier, based in Vienna. However, the airport is served by more than 30 other airlines, including European low-cost carriers such as Germanwings and Niki, which is also hubbed in Vienna.
The most expensive air tickets to Austria are found during peak holiday travel times, when the country gets a spike in popularity during the Eurail backpacking season. Peak travel periods are May-September, as well as mid-November to early January, so Vienna hotels should be booked in advance.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Bratislava, Prague, Salzburg of Budapest and traveling overland to Vienna via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many departures
- Check out carriers besides Austrian Airlines as they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Vienna, check out BootsnAll’s Vienna Travel Guide.