Holders of an EEA (EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss passport do not require a visa. Nationals from EU-countries as well as Switzerland and Liechtenstein may stay for an unlimited time.
Holders of British Passports (European Union) do not need a visa for Austria. There are no restrictions on the remaining validity of your passport, providing you leave Austria before its expiry date.
You will NOT need a visa to visit Austria for a maximum of 90 days, if all of the following three criteria's apply:
If you do NOT fulfil these three criteria's you HAVE to obtain a visa in order to travel to Austria.
- A family member of an EU/EEA national
- AND if you hold a British "Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National" according to EU Directive 2004/38/EC with a validity of 5 years
- AND if you are travelling together with or to the EU/EEA national.
For more information on Visa requirements and exemptions please follow the link below to the Austrian Foreign Ministry.
You are advised to check with the Austrian embassy in your country for the most updated information.
LETTER OF INVITATION
If you require a Letter of Invitation from EFTTEX to support your visa application you must have registered for EFTTEX 2013. You must also complete a form which EFTTEX will supply you with requesting the following information:
- Your name as it appears in your passport
- Your position
- Your organisation
- Your address to receive the letter
- Email to send Letter of Invitation (PDF)
- Your passport number
Upon receipt of this information, a Letter of Invitation for EFTTEX 2013 will be sent to your email given above. If you need the Letter of Invitation to be faxed to you, please provide a fax number.
Please note all hardcopy requests for the Invitation Letters will be sent by regular post therefore depending on the destination, it can take up to 2 weeks for receipt. If you require the invitation letters to be sent via courier we will be able to arrange this for you however a cost will apply to you.
Please be advised that the Letter of Invitation is to assist you in your visa application to attend EFTTEX 2013, EFTTEX are not responsible for the issuance of a visa. You are advised to submit your visa application to the appropriate authorities as early as possible.
Austrian Travel Information
Population: 1.8 million
Time Zone: GMT+1 (GMT = Greenwich Meridian Time)
Climate: Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria, lies between a transition of humid continental and oceanic climate. Most of Vienna's climate comes from the West and passes through the Vienna Woods, which moderates the climate and brings in fresh air.
Vienna's weather includes a fair balance of rain and sunshine, with June temperatures averaging between 14-23 degrees C.
Country Calling code: +43 1
Currency: Euro (€)
Electricity: The typical mains voltage for households (as well as hotels) in Vienna is 230 volts (alternating current)
Electric Plug Details: European Round two-pin
Few cities in the world glide so effortlessly between the present and the past like Vienna. The cobbled streets of Vienna's Inner Stadt have an Old World romance that is still seen in the people's love for tradition, where people waltz en masse on New Year's Eve.
For the upcoming generation, Vienna offers the modern shopping, dining, and nightlife of any cosmopolitan city-clubs under the brick train track archways, and small cocktail bars with a bohemian influence.
Comprising of 23 districts all surrounding the first district. With an established train, tram, bus and underground service, getting around Vienna is made easy to the most novice of traveller.
Vienna lies at the heart of Europe. Vienna-Schwechat Airport is located outside the city limits and offers ideal connections to the rest of the world. Vienna International Airport is 12 miles from the capital, and super-fast train service connects the airport to the city.
From Vienna-Schwechat Airport to the city centre
Take the City Airport Train CAT to the city centre in 16 minutes. The express train line S7 and airport express buses will take you into the city and to Vienna's main train stations.
Arrival in Vienna by train
In Vienna there are two major train stations. There is the train station west (Westbahnhof) and the train station south (Südbahnhof). From both stations you have access to the underground lines to get to the city centre.
There are very frequent trains for all neighbouring regions and countries. Night trains and quicker Euro-City trains arrive from virtually every city in Central Europe. High-speed ICE, RailJet, and Pendilino trains arrive from places like Munich, Budapest, Zurich, and Prague. There are frequent (at least hourly) regional trains to Czech, Slovak and Hungarian border regions.
Once in the city center of Vienna, getting around is very easy due to the vast public transport system which is efficient and spans across the 23 districts of Vienna.
The best way to get around Vienna is to use the city's public transport network. The approximately 937km route network comprises of 5 underground lines, 28 tram lines and 90 bus routes, to take you comfortably and reliable across Vienna.
The underground trains (U-Bahn) run from about 5.00 am in the morning to about midnight, with underground trains running around the clock on Friday and Saturday and on the eve of public holidays!
Die Wien-Karte (Vienna Card)
Adult Prices on 24th September 2012
The Vienna Card is the beneficial ticket for our visitors. It includes
- 72 hours of free travel on all public transport routes in Vienna
- More than 210 discounts in Vienna's museums, heuriger, cafés etc.
- Price: €19.90
You can buy the Vienna Card at tourist offices, in your hotel, at the advance sale points of the Vienna Lines in the main metro stations and online in advance.
Vienna taxis always should use the taximeter, which starts at €2.50. The kilometre price is €1.20, with slightly higher prices after 11pm. A surcharge of €1 is added for extra baggage.
Vienna International Airport to Central Vienna: is an approx. cost of €40.
Taxis are easy to get hold of in central Vienna, you can find them at one of the city's taxi stands or outside hotels or train stations. Unlike in most other cities however, taxis cannot be flagged down on the streets. When ordering a taxi by phone, a surcharge is added to the fare.
Directions using public transport
Airport → City Centre
Getting to or leaving Vienna International Airport:
Vienna's main international airport is only 15 km (approximately 20 minutes) away from the city centre. From the airport there are several ways to travel to Vienna city centre:
Express Train (CAT):
The new City Airport Train (CAT) links the airport with Wien Mitte station in around 16 minutes (non-stop) and costs €11, or discounted price if purchased online in advance.
Simply follow the green CAT signs in the airport to get to the CAT platform. The CAT station Wien-Mitte is located at the central underground railway junction Landstraße (U3/U4). From here, the Vienna city centre and many hotels can be easily reached on foot.
The Vienna S-Bahn (commuter train) line S7 easily links the airport with the city featuring many stops in different districts. All trains stop at Floridsdorf, Traisengasse, Praterstern, Wien Mitte and Rennweg, with almost all trains stopping at the branch line stations to the airport.
The S-Bahn (urban railway) operates from 05:00-22:40 h, with trains to the city centre leaving every 30 minutes. The journey takes 24 minutes and the fare is 3.60 €, incl. travel on the Vienna route network.
Buses (Vienna Airport Lines):
You can take the frequent bus connection to the city center as well. Take the bus (Vienna Airport Lines) to "Schwedenplatz" (where the underground lines U1 and U4 stop). The Vienna Airport Lines buses leave from the airport (outside the arrivals) and take about 20 minutes to reach the city center. The fare for a single ticket to the city centre is € 7.00
City Centre → Reed Messe Wien
From city centre, there are three ways to reach Reed Messe Wien:
This is the most convenient way to reach the Messe Wien: the U2 underground line in the "Aspernstrasse" direction from the city centre will take you to the station "Messe Prater", located just opposite the entrance of the Congress Center,or continue on the U2 to "Krieau station" situated almost directly across from Congress Center Hall C entrance.
Once you reach the motorways surrounding Vienna, take the "Stadt-Autobahn", the A23 motorway and exit at "Handelskai / Messezentrum". Parking facilities are conveniently located close to the Messe Wien.
From the city centre (State Opera) a taxi can bring you in approximately 15 minutes to the Messe Wien. The cost of the ride would be approximately € 15.00 - €20.00.
For timetables and route maps to plan your journey from Vienna-Schwechat Airport please follow the link below:
The currency in Vienna is the Euro €. If you need to change currency, you are best doing this at a bank. Normally there is a minimum commission charge of €2 to €3.50, so try to exchange your money in large amounts to save on multiple charges.
Banks are usually open from 08:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 15:00 (weekdays) and 08:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 17:30 (Thursday) and are closed during the weekends.
Currency exchange offices can be found at the airport, at the main train station and along the main streets of Vienna.
Foreign exchange booths sometimes charge high fees.
There will be ATMs (Automatic Teller Machine) in the Austria Center Vienna and all over the city of Vienna.
ATM machines are free of charge to use in Vienna for cards with the Maestro sign. Only charges from your bank would then apply.
Please check with your bank for fees whilst using your card abroad.
Food & Drink
Vienna's eateries - ranging from the typical Viennese "Beisl" (tavern) to the luxurious gourmet temple - offer the entire spectrum of regional and international delights to please the palate.
Here are some average prices for everyday consumer products:
Sandwich: around €3 - €5.
Regular coffee: €2.50.
Full meal (starter, main dish, dessert, not including drinks): between €15 and €20 depending on the area.
1 beer 0.3l: €2.70
In many service areas, such as restaurants, taxis, hairdressers, serviced filling stations, etc., a tip is traditionally given. This is normally 5 to 10 %, with the exact amount depending on the level of satisfaction with the service provided.
Emergency telephone numbers
Fire service: 122
Ambulance / rescue: tel. 144
Emergency doctor: tel. 141
European emergency: tel. 112
ViennaMed doctor's hotline for visitors (0-24): tel. +43-1-513 95 95
Evening and weekend dental service (taped service): tel. +43-1-512 20 78
Evening and Sunday drugstores (0-24): tel. 1455
The hotline 0800 633 42 46 offers a free initial consultation for medical problems and helps you find suitable measures to take. German, English, Italian, French.