City Airport Train

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City Airport Train
City Airport Train Logo.svg
CAT in Mannswörth.JPG
Locale Vienna, Austria
Termini Vienna Airport
Wien Mitte
Opened 2002
Owner City Air Terminal Betriebsgesellschaft m.b.H
Line length 19 kilometers (12 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The City Airport Train (CAT) is an airport rail link train that connects Vienna International Airport and Vienna city center (Wien Mitte railway station) in 16 minutes without intermediate stops.

Basic facts[edit]

Interior of the train

The City Air Terminal Betriebsgesellschaft m.b.H., owned 50.1% by Vienna Airport and 49.9% by Austrian Federal Railways, was founded in 2002 to operate the express train service.

Trains run between the airport and Wien Mitte train station daily every half hour from 05:37 am to 23:39 pm. For the approximately 20 kilometer route the CAT requires 16 minutes without intermediate stops. In the fiscal year 2016, 1.5 million passengers were transported, representing an increase of 4%, compared to 2015.[1]

Departure stations[edit]

At the airport as well as at Wien Mitte, the CAT departs from specially designated platforms. In Vienna the departure point, called City Air Terminal, is located on the ground floor of the shopping center Wien Mitte The Mall.


Passengers can check in their baggage at the City Air Terminal at the railway station Wien-Mitte and get their boarding passes. The City Air Terminal offers all the services of an international airport terminal with both manned check-in desks and self-service check-in kiosks. This service is available from 24 hours until 75 minutes before departure. Airlines that offer check in include Austrian, Lufthansa, Aeroflot, Peoples Viennaline and Swiss.

The CAT offers particularly wide aisles, ample luggage space, free Wi-Fi, power outlets and TV screens on the train providing visitors with information about Vienna. A variety of German and English newspapers and magazines are available free of charge on the train and in the stations.

Tickets may already be booked on the Internet at or at the CAT ticket machines at the City Air Terminal at Wien Mitte and the Vienna Airport.

The CAT BONUS CLUB is the customer club of the City Airport Train. Bonus Club members earn Bonus Points that can be redeemed for rewards. Membership is free.


Tickets can be bought at both destinations at the CAT counters and the ticket vending machines, on the train (with additional charges) or online in advance. A combined ticket can be purchased for onward travel in Vienna.

Ticket prices are €12 (single) and €21 (return) - online prices are €11 and €19. Children under the age of 15 travel for free. For comparison: the normal price with a regular ÖBB-train from the airport to Vienna is €4.10.


The ÖBB Railjet trains also run every half hour and are slightly faster as well as cheaper. They run non-stop from Vienna Airport to Vienna's main railway station Wien Hauptbahnhof.


The CAT is powered by zero-emission traction current from 100% renewable energy (92% hydro, 8% wind power).


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