Austria has come a long way since the von Trapp family. Its tumultuous time as a World War II battle zone is long gone, and when your flight to Austria arrives, you’ll see that a modernized country has emerged. The historic castles and palaces of bygone eras remain, but are usually seen by visitors standing atop snow-capped Alpine mountains. 

Flights to Austria’s majestic cities of Vienna and Salzburg attract millions of travelers a year. Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, lures travelers to its quaint mountainside motif with chocolate bars and liqueurs. In Vienna, visitors waltz through parks and dine on pastries and wine. 

Whether you’re in search of Mozart’s melodies or seeking retreat in small mountainside villages, Austria has enough culture to keep any traveler occupied. Grab your schnitzel or strudel and The Best of Mozart CD, and settle in on your cheap flight to Austria. 

The von Trapp family is long gone, but the sound of music still carries on in Austria. Book a flight to Austria for a wonderful fusion of history, art, and culture.

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Austria climate

Austria has four distinct seasons, averaging 68 F in the summer and 32 F in the winter. Hiking and walking can be enjoyed from April to October, or you can hit the slopes from December to March.

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Best Time to Fly to Austria

Peak season:

Finding an Austria cheap flight may prove to be difficult if you’re planning on traveling over Christmas, Easter, or the summer months, as these are Austria’s most popular travel months. For skiers, the best time to book your flight to Austria would be from December through February. If you’re hoping to head to the hills for some biking and hiking, looking for cheap flights to Austria for a summertime visit is your best bet.

Off season:

With more moderate temperatures easing into or out of the frigid winter cold, the end of fall and the beginning of spring tend to be the least popular times to visit Austria and therefore the best time to find cheap flights to Austria.

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Getting around Austria

The following chart gives approximate journey times from

Vienna

(in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in Austria.

 AirRoadRail
Salzburg0.453.003.18
Innsbruck1.105.005.20
Klagenfurt0.504.004.25
Graz0.402.402.45

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Austria Travel Information

  • Cheap Austria flights should be considered by those interested in exploring Eastern Europe, because Vienna is the ideal starting point for Eastern European travel. Ferries leave daily from Vienna to Bratislava and Budapest in spring and summer, and trains from Salzburg and Vienna leave regularly for Prague and other Eastern European destinations. Bus travel is also widely available and cheaper than train and ferry fares to other Eastern European points, though departure times are more infrequent and trips take much longer.
  • For classical music connoisseurs looking to book cheap flights to Austria, Salzburg is a bit of a hot spot: It’s the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Movie buffs planning on visiting Austria should also check out Salzburg for its role in “The Sound of Music” – Salzburg is where most of the film takes place. To accommodate the droves of tourists who flock to Salzburg for their musical and movie pilgrimages, there are several tours and plenty of information available for those who wish to see Getreidegasse 9, Mozart’s birthplace, or Howenwerfen Castle, the location just south of the city where “Do Re Mi” was filmed. Check out Salzburg hotels for your stay in this musical haven.
  • Vienna, Austria’s capital and cultural center, offers a wealth of museums and ornate performance halls. After you take in a matinee of Swan Lake at the Vienna Opera House or spend the afternoon admiring the masterpieces of Gustav Klimt at the Museum of Applied Arts, be sure to stop for a mélange at a street side café. Vienna’s coffee house tradition is a cultural experience not to be missed, and these cozy, intimate cafes are great places to relax and people watch if you’re still catching up on jetlag from your flight to Austria, or before you had back to your Vienna hotel.
  • As two-time host of the Winter Olympic Games, Innsbruck tends to be the final destination for ski bunnies looking for cheap Austria flights. Its location between mountains makes it an ideal locale for winter sports, but Innsbruck is also home to 18 museums and cultural sights to keep you occupied on and off the slopes. Innsbruck hotels are available near top tourist attractions, or tucked away for remote privacy.

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Austria airports

Vienna (VIE) (Wien-Schwechat) is home to Austria’s busiest and largest airport, which is located 11 miles outside of Vienna.

Innsbruck (INN) (Kranebitten) is 3.5 miles west of the city. Nine different airlines fly into Innsbruck Airport Flughafen, which is just a 15 minute bus ride from Innsbruck’s main station.

Salzburg (SZG) (Maxglan), named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is just under three miles from the city center and a just over a mile away from the Austrian-German border.

Klagenfurt (KLU) (Wörther See) is 2.5 miles from the city. Due to Klagenfurt Airport’s close proximity to the downtown area, the airport is easy accessible via shuttle or city bus from Klagenfurt Central Station.

Linz (LNZ) is 6 miles from the city and is a small, public airport.

Graz (GRZ) is 6 miles from the city. Graz Airport, also known as Thalerhof, is merely steps from the Flughafen Graz-Feldkirchen train station and is just a 12 minute ride from Graz’s main train station on the Spielfeld-Strasse line.

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Passport and Visa Information

You’ll need a valid passport. No visa required as long as your stay is less than three months.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a valid passport. No visa required as long as your stay is less than three months.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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    In-flight reading

    The Habsburg Monarchy 1809-1918: A History of the Austrian Empire and Austria-Hungary

    A. J. P. TaylorExcellent history of the country and its empire by the renowned British historian.

    Beethoven and the Construction of Genius: Musical Politics in Vienna, 1792-1803

    Tia DeNoraBiography of the great composer and an examination of the music in Vienna.

    Schlepping Through the Alps: My Search for Austria's Jewish Past with Its Last Wandering Shepherd

    Sam AppleThis excellently titled book is just as amusing in content as it tells of a New Yorker's travels through the Austrian Alps.

    Klimt

    Catherine Dean Gustav Klimt is one of Austria’s most famous artists: a leading figure in the Vienna Art Nouveau. This book looks at the artist's life and times and examines some of his most important works.

    Setting Free the Bears

    John IrvingIrving’s first novel is about a plot to free all the bears from the Vienna Zoo.