The conference will take place in Vienna, Austria
at the Institute for Advanced Studies
Josefstädter Straße 39
Our venue is wheelchair-accessible; if you have other accessibility requirements, please let us know and we will aim to meet them.
Palais Strozzi is within 10-minute walking distance to the underground lines U6 (Josefstädter Straße station) and U2 (Rathaus station) and 1 minute away from tram line 2 (Lederergasse/Josefstädter Straße station).
You can look up the most convenient route for you at Wiener Linien.
Transport within Vienna
Unless you have money to spare for taxis – or are a fast and hardy walker – you will need to use public transport to get around Vienna. The Vienna public transport authority is called ‘Wiener Linien’ and encompasses underground trains (‘U-Bahn’), overground rail (‘S-Bahn’), trams (‘Straßenbahn’) and buses (‘Bus’) within the limits of the city of Vienna.
You can buy tickets either at ticket machines (available at every underground/S-Bahn station; multiple language options; cash or card payments accepted) or prior to your visit online. The Wiener Linien shop lists the various ticket and pass options. Single trips cost € 2.20; if you stay for the duration of the conference, the most convenient option is a 72-hour pass (€ 16.50), but please consult the above site to find the most suitable option for you.
Watch out: You need to carry a valid ticket on your person at all times when using public transport. You generally validate your ticket by sticking it into the blue or orange boxes at the platform entrances or in buses or trams until you hear a satisfying ‘ping’ noise and receive a timestamp on your ticket.
Watch out: There are no ticket machines at tram or bus stops. If for any reason you need to take a tram or bus and do not have a ticket, you will need to buy it directly on the tram (at coin-operated machines) or the bus (from the driver). Tickets bought in such situations will only be valid for single journeys and will cost € 2.30 instead of 2.20.
Mapping out your journey
You can map out your journey using the journey planner offered by Wiener Linien.
Note: This also works for departures to and from the airport!
Note also: Public transport schedules change quite significantly at night. While Vienna’s underground trains operate on Friday and Saturday night, you will need to get night buses on week days after approximately 0.30 AM.
You can find various maps of the public transport system on the website of Wiener Linien.
Finally, there is an official app for Vienna’s public transport system that’s available for both iPhone and iPad and Android devices. You can also use the mobile web version or the unofficial Windows Phone app.
Are you arriving at Vienna International Airport?
The nearest airport is Vienna International (VIE), which is located outside the city of Vienna. There are several options to reach the city as well as the conference locations.
Note that AT NIGHT, public transport options within Vienna are more limited than during the day. If you arrive during the night, check the journey planner (see above) to make sure you have connections available.
S-Bahn S7 (rail)
This is our recommended option to reach the city of Vienna as it is the cheapest and fairly quick. It is operated by ÖBB (Austrian national rail). At the airport, follow the grey or red railway signs down to the platform.
The ‘S7’ trains (destination ‘Wien Floridsdorf’) will take you directly into the city at departure intervals of 20 to 30 minutes. It will take you around 25 to 30 minutes to get to the city.
Tickets for the S-Bahn can be purchased at machines on/near the platforms (at the airport as well as elsewhere). The machines usually accept cash and cards alike. One-way ticket prices range from EUR 4.10 to EUR 4.70 depending on which destination in Vienna you choose. If you already have a public transport pass for Vienna (bought online or at a ticket machine), choose destination ‘Wien Stadtgrenze’ (Vienna city limits) – this means your S-Bahn ticket will cover the journey from the airport to the city boundary, and your Vienna public transport ticket will cover any journey within Vienna from the city limits inwards.
In case you want to go directly to the conference venue, buy an S-Bahn ticket to ‘Wien Praterstern’ where you can change onto the U2 line (underground, destination ‘Karlsplatz’) and get off at ‘Rathaus’ (City Hall). Exit onto Landesgerichtsstraße. Once above ground, you will see the back of a huge neo-gothic building – that’s City Hall. Keep it on your left. You can now either choose to walk for 10 to 15 minutes, or take the tram for one stop.
If you choose walking, follow Landesgerichtsstraße (keeping City Hall on your left) until you hit Josefstädter Straße on your right. Turn right and follow Josefstädter Straße for approx. 800 metres until you reach Palais Strozzi at number 39.
If you choose the tram, find the stop for tram #2 by walking down Landesgerichtsstraße, again with City Hall on your left. Get onto the tram direction ‘Ottakringer Straße/Erdbrustgasse’ on get off at ‘Lederergasse/Josefstädter Straße’ (the next stop). Palais Strozzi will be about a minute away in the direction of your tram, on your left at Josefstädter Straße 39.
Vienna Airport Lines (coach)
Another easy way to get to the city is by coach. There are two lines that take you to the city center, the 1185 to Morzinplatz/Schwedenplatz and the 1187 to Westbahnhof. Either option should be fine for you. Tickets can be purchased on the coach itself or at ticket machines. A one-way ticket costs EUR 8.00, a return ticket EUR 13.00.
1185: This line runs from 04:50 am to 00:20 am with departures every 30 minutes (night services leave at 01:20 and 02:50 am). You will be in Vienna within 22 minutes. The coach will arrive in Vienna at ‘Morzinplatz/Schwedenplatz’ station. To get to the conference venue, keep the water (Danube canal) on your left and walk straight ahead. Very soon, you will hit Schwedenplatz where you can find the stop for the #2 tram. Take the tram direction ‘Ottakringer Straße/Erdbrustgasse’ until ‘Lederergasse/Josefstädter Straße’. Palais Strozzi will be about a minute away in the direction of your tram, on your left at Josefstädter Straße 39.
1187: This line runs from 05.10 am until 11.10 pm in 30-minute intervals (no night services!). You will reach Westbahnhof within 45 minutes. To get to the conference venue, take the underground train U6 to ‘Josefstädter Straße’ (direction ‘Floridsdorf’). From there, you can either just walk down Josefstädter Straße until you hit Palais Strozzi at number 39 (about 15 to 20 minutes), or take the tram. When you exit the underground, face the direction you came from – Josefstädter Straße will come up to your left.
If you want to take the tram, find the stop for tram #2 (like the underground station, it will be located in the middle of the two bigger roads, in the direction you came from). Get on the tram direction ‘Friedrich-Engels-Platz’ until you reach ‘Lederergasse/Josefstädter Straße’. Turn into the direction you just came from, and Palais Strozzi will be pretty much right there on your left at Josefstädter Straße 39.
As for all journeys within Vienna, you will need public transport (Wiener Linien) tickets for the journey post coach (see ‘Transport within Vienna’ above).
CAT (City Airport Train)
The City Airport Train (CAT) is a faster, but expensive option. Between 6:06 am and 11:36 pm, it departs every 30 minutes and takes 16 minutes to get to the city (‘Wien Mitte’ station). A one-way ticket costs EUR 12.00 (return: EUR 19.00 – purchasing online is slightly cheaper). Tickets can be bought at machines directly at the airport (follow the green/white/black ‘CAT’ signs).
To get to the conference venue from ‘Wien Mitte’, follow the signs for the underground line U3, get on a train direction ‘Ottakring’, and get off at ‘Volkstheater’ station. Follow the signs to the exit ‘Bellariastraße’. Along Bellariastraße, you should see the back of a huge, sprawling building – the Natural History Museum. Keep it on your right and walk down to Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring. You will see a tram stop. Cross Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring to get to the other side and take the #2 tram direction ‘Ottakringer Straße/Erdbrustgasse’. Get off at ‘Lederergasse/Josefstädter Straße’; Palais Strozzi will be about a minute away in the direction of your tram, on your left at Josefstädter Straße 39.
Probably the most expensive way to get from the airport to the city is by taxi. Fares vary depending on company and exact destination, but start at approximately EUR 33.00. Taxis depart in front of the airport.