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    Car Hire at Vienna West Train Station - Discovering the Austrian Capital

    Conveniently situated just to the west of the city centre, Vienna West Train Station is a major transport and commercial hub and one of the busiest railway stations in Austria. Located in the heart of Vienna's upmarket Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus district, right on the inner-city ring-road known as the Gürtel, it is the starting point of the Austrian Western Railway (Westbahn) for trains to key destinations in the west and north-west, including Salzburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Zurich.

    Some 40,000 passengers pass through the station every day, including many foreign tourists who take full advantage of its proximity to many of Vienna's top attractions. Besides being situated approximately halfway between the Hofburg and Schönbrunn palaces, it is directly connected to the city centre by Mariahilfer Strasse, one of Vienna's most popular shopping streets. The station is also served by S-Bahn line S50 and U-Bahn lines U3 and U6, while no less than six tram lines converge on Europaplatz right in front of the station.

    One of the world's most appealing and historic cities, Vienna is a multi-faceted destination with dozens of monuments and first-rate attractions to visit, most notably the Hofburg, arguably the most impressive of all Austria's lavish palaces. Vienna is also famous for its world-renowned opera house and Prater, a 3,200-acre park full of fairground attractions and a host of other leisure activities guaranteed to amuse the kids.

    You have the best of both worlds with a car hire from Vienna West Train Station; the city centre with all its museums, monuments and art galleries is a short drive east and by heading in the other direction you'll find yourself in the heart of the Austrian countryside in just a few minutes. There's lots to see within easy reach of Vienna, such as Graz (Austria's second city), an exhilarating two-hour drive south-west of the capital.

    Auto Europe has been offering the best deals on car hire for almost 70 years, helping travellers find the cheapest rates and widest choice of vehicles in Vienna and other parts of Austria in just a few clicks. We work with the world's most reliable car hire companies, some of which operate close to Vienna West Train Station, including Sixt. If you need help picking the right vehicle or getting the best deal, please call our rental specialists on +441233225114 and they will be very happy to assist you.

    For tips on getting around Vienna and the rest of the country by car, please consult our Austria driving guide for advice on local age restrictions, road rules and other important regulations. Please also visit our Vienna car hire reviews page for an insight into what some of our previous customers thought of their Auto Europe car rental experience in the city.

    Station Information

    Built in a classic style, Vienna West Train Station was originally designed by the architect Moritz Löhr and first opened in 1858. It was made up of four sections and today, with its half-timbered roof construction, enjoys protected-monument status. Its heritage-listed station hall dates from the 1950s and, more recently, an extensive shopping centre with a wide range of brands and dining options further complements the travelling experience for its many daily passengers.

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

    There's plenty of choice for people looking to pick up a car rental at Vienna West Train Station. Some car hire companies such as Sixt operate in or around the station complex in nearby Felberstraße, with pick and drop-of points conveniently situated in an adjacent car park. Make sure you have all the necessary documents with you, including your passport, driving licence, credit card and car hire booking voucher.

    Sixt Car Hire at Vienna West Train Station Sixt at Vienna West Train Station
    Felberstraße 1
    Vienna West, Austria 1150
    +43 1 505264004
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-fri 6am-8pm (sat & Sun 8am-5pm)

    Station facilities

    Vienna West Train Station is a bustling 21st-century transport hub with a range of facilities to match. Covering approximately 17,000 square-metres of retail space, the station's on-site shopping centre features around one hundred units on three levels and the range of options is truly diverse. Additionally, the station's services include baby-changing facilities, massage chairs, a luggage-packing service, lockers, free Wi-fi available in the entire food court and in the waiting area on level E1 (upper floor) and toilets specially adapted for passengers with limited mobility. In 1993, during the course of constructing the U3 subway line, a new steel and glass building was added which accommodates some of the station's restaurants and a café on several levels. Various businesses further cater for the needs of passengers on both levels of the hall, including a supermarket, tobacconists, newsagents, an Internet café, post office, photocopying centre, snack bars, florists and a barber shop. Amongst the shops, some of the most recognisable global brands can be found, namely Calzedonia, Hema, Claire's, Bipa, BioTechUSA, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's, Subway and Starbucks. In addition to the shopping area, the centre includes over 13,000 square-metres of office space and the boutique Hotel Motel One with more than 400 rooms.

    How to get to and from Vienna West Train Station

    There are many ways to reach your destination with a car hire at Vienna West Train Station. The main entrance is on Europaplatz but you can also reach the station via the car park entrance on Felberstraße and from the other side on Mariahilfer Straße, one of Vienna's top shopping districts. Two underground lines serve the station (the U3 and U6) and the stops are linked to the station via an underpass. Metro line U3 is the fastest way to get from Westbahnhof Station to the city centre; for instance, it takes less than 10 minutes to reach most of the city's landmarks like the Imperial Palace Hofburg and St Stephen’s Cathedral. If you have more time on your hands, you can walk down the famous Mariahilfer Straße shopping street which connects Westbahnhof with the Museums Quarter and the Imperial Palace (the walk takes about 30 minutes). In addition to bus routes 1187 and 360, you can take the airport bus from Vienna West Train Station directly to the airport and back. Tram lines 5, 6, 9 and 18 are located directly above the Gürtel ring-road and can be seen from the main entrance. Lines 52 and 60 also stop a few steps further away. You can also catch a taxi from the rank on Europaplatz right in front of the station's main entrance.

    Parking tips

    Most central areas in Vienna operate under the city-wide Kurzparkzonen scheme, which means that short-term street parking is permitted in certain areas where the signs are displayed at the beginning and end of the zone. Kurzparkzone signs indicate the maximum time allowed for parking and the hours of operation, which means that whenever you rent a car at Vienna West Train Station you should have no problem parking it in close proximity to the station compound. In central Vienna, the maximum duration is usually 2 hours running from Monday to Friday (9am-10pm) and Fridays from 9am-12pm. In order to pay for street parking, you can acquire pre-paid parking vouchers from nearby tobacconists/newsagents or from metro station ticket machines. Besides street parking, you can also opt to book a cheap car hire at Vienna West Tran Station and leave it in one of the many car parks located across the city. The car park in Museumplatz between Maria Theresien Platz and the Museumsquartier is particularly convenient, being both fairly central and close to many attractions. The Park & Ride car parks found close to some metro stations are also good alternatives, as they tend to be cheaper than the more centrally located car parks.

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