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    Car Hire at Vienna Central Train Station - Gateway to Austria

    Vienna Central Train Station (known locally as Wien Hauptbahnhof) is Austria's largest railway station. Built to replace the former Vienna South and Vienna East terminal stations, this ultra-modern transport hub became fully operational in December 2015, linking major routes from the north, east, south and west of the country. With around 200,000 daily passenger movements, it is also the country's busiest long-distance railway station and offers significantly improved connectivity across the whole of central Europe and beyond.

    Designed as a through station rather than a terminus, Vienna Hauptbahnhof has 16 tracks and 15 platforms, including five roofed platforms and ten platform edges. Spread over a total area covering more than 50 hectares, it is located in the southern part of Sudtirolen Platz and features a 25,000 square-metre diamond-shaped, translucent, glass and steel roof over the platforms, making it one of the most striking and eye-catching buildings in the city centre.

    With its beguiling mix of the old and the new, Vienna is a city that never fails to surprise its many visitors. The popular Museums Quarter is the first port of call for many newcomers, while the large baroque façade of the old Spanish riding stables is another of the city's top tourist sights. Much remains of the 600-year Hapsburg Empire, including the mighty Hofburg, arguably the most lavish imperial palace of them all. And you can't leave Vienna without enjoying the views from the top of St Stephen's Cathedral if you have the strength to mount all 343 of its steps!

    Once all the city sightseeing is done, with a car hire from Vienna Central Train Station you can head straight into the countryside and spend a day discovering Austria’s UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, passing through some of Austria's most famous vineyards en route. Other popular day-trips include the Roman Town of Carnuntum located in the March-Donauland region east of Vienna and the pretty little village of Grinzing just 17 kilometres north-east of the city where many traditional Austrian restaurants (Heurigers) can be found.

    With over 24,000 convenient pick-up locations in more than 180 different destinations, Auto Europe is one of the world's leading car hire companies. Besides Central Station, you can collect your car from a choice of convenient points all over the city, including Vienna Airport located a half-hour's drive south-east of the city. With Auto Europe you can also select from a wide range of vehicle categories, such as small, economical cars ideal for city sightseeing to larger, more stylish vehicles like SUVs and convertibles for an unforgetable road-trip to Salzburg. Feel free to call our rental specialists on +44 123 3225 114 should you need help with your booking and they'll be very happy to find you the best deal.

    For additional peace of mind, check out the ratings and comments posted by some of Auto Europe's previous customers in the city by visting our Vienna car hire reviews page. Please also consult our Austria Driving Guide page for advice on the local age restrictions, driving distances, road rules, motorway tolls, etc.

    Station Information

    A modern, stylish and very practical railway station that's truly in fitting with one of Europe's greatest capital cities, Vienna Central Train Station is exactly the kind of multi-purpose transport hub that Vienna always needed. It is far more than just a train station, it is the main core of a large urban development comprising new housing, offices and dozens of new commercial outlets. Costing over €1 billion, the construction of this ambitious new station complex represents one of the biggest and most successful railway projects in Europe, having been built on prime land between the former south and east stations and Südtiroler Platz. Travellers can now benefit from direct high-speed connections to and from Wien Hauptbahnhof and can change trains quickly and conveniently to destinations all over Austria and beyond. As well as the rapid transit S-Bahn and local train lines, the station is also served by an U-bahn underground line as well as by two bus routes and three tram services.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Vienna Central Train Station

    There's plenty of choice for travellers who choose to rent a car at Vienna Central Train Station and explore the city and its environs on four wheels. The car hire desks of many top rental companies are located on the station premises with pick and drop-of points conveniently situated close by. Please ensure that you have all the necessary documents with you, including your passport, driving licence, credit card and your Auto Europe booking voucher.

    Avis Car Hire at Vienna Central Train Station Avis at Vienna Central Train Station
    Am Hauptbahnhof 1, Level 0
    Vienna, Austria 1100
    +43 1 6005651
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Thu 8am-4pm
    Fri 8am-6pm
    Sat & Sun 8am-3pm
    Europcar Car Hire at Vienna Central Train Station Europcar at Vienna Central Train Station
    Am Hauptbahnhof 1, Eg 154,
    Vienna, Austria 1100
    +43 1 8661614
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8.30am-12 midday (closed Sat & Sun
    Sixt Car Hire at Vienna Central Train Station Sixt at Vienna Central Train Station
    Am Hauptbahnhof 1
    Vienna, Austria 1100
    +43 1 505264004
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-7pm
    Sat & Sun 8am-4pm

    Station facilities

    Vienna Central Train Station has over a hundred shops, cafés, bars, restaurants and fast food outlets; there's also an on-site fresh food market and several bakeries where passengers can stock up on provisions before boarding their train, or relax for a while on arrival. The station has excellent public transport links and over 600 parking spaces underneath the station, which also serve people looking for somewhere to park their car hire at Vienna Central Train Station before visiting some of the city's main tourist attractions. Other passenger amenities include escalators, elevators, train information displays and several modern waiting rooms with comfortable seating, toilets and vending machines. Furthermore, there's free Wi-Fi available in designated areas and a children's play area called Kids Corner where parents can keep their young travelling companions amused. There are lockers available if you need to store your luggage for a while, and if you have a first-class ticket or any sort of sleeping-car ticket, or a first class Interrail or Eurail pass, you can use the first-class lounge for up to 90 minutes before or after your journey.

    How to get to and from Vienna Central station

    Well connected and centrally located, you won't have a problem arriving to pick up your car rental from Vienna Central Train Station. The station provides quick and easy access to both the Vienna S-Bahn and U-Bahn systems, as well several of the main bus routes criss-crossing the city. The station is on line U1 of the Vienna U-bahn network which will take you directly to Stephansplatz in the city centre. Additionally, Tram Line D (Wien Hauptbahnhof's tram stop is called Hauptbahnhof Ost) is a very short walk from the main station entrance and can be accessed from section E of platforms 3 to 12. Central Station's main entrance is located on the northern side of the tracks (it's the nearest one to the city centre), plus there are other entrances/exits situated on the western side of the concourse, with a smaller one on the eastern side.

    Parking tips

    Some of Vienna's districts are entirely short-stay parking zones, most notably districts 1 to 9 and 20 where you will need to purchase a parking ticket from Monday to Friday (except on public holidays) between 9am and 10pm. In districts 12 and 14 to 19, short-stay parking zones apply from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) from 9am to 7pm. Around the Vienna Stadthalle in the 15th district, tickets must be purchased for the short-stay parking zone, which operates from Monday to Friday from 9am to 10pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, a parking ticket is needed between 6pm and 10pm. Theres a good selection of garages open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in some of the most sought-after parts of the inner city, including Freyung, Weihburggasse, Am Morzinplatz (Franz-Josefs-Kai), Rathauspark (Ring/Stadiongasse), Operngarage (Kärntner Strasse 51), Am Hof, Beethovenplatz 3 and Cobdengasse 2. In addition, the many Park & Ride (P&R) facilities located on the outskirts of Vienna enable visitors driving a car hire at Vienna Central Train Station to switch from using their vehicle and start getting around the city by public transport, including Vienna's popular trams, buses and efficient U-Bahn underground system.

    Useful links

    Vienna Central Tourist Info