Budget carrier Jet2.com will operate the Edinburgh-Vienna route from April 2016
April 2016 will see the introduction of the first service between Edinburgh and Vienna, with budget airline Jet2.com announcing the start of a new service with effect from 29th April 2016. Flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays, perfect for a weekend break away or for a longer 4 night holiday. The flight times will be most attractive to those who prefer a leisurely start to their holiday, with the outbound flight time from Edinburgh being set at 1345, arriving Vienna at 1730. The return time from Vienna is a very attractive 1810, arriving back into Edinburgh at 1955.
These new flights will be welcomed by many people living north of the border, as in recent years their main options for reaching the Austrian capital had been to fly from Edinburgh to Bratislava, the Slovakian capital which lies about an hour’s train journey away from Vienna. Alternatively, they would need to travel south to Manchester or to London to find direct flights to Vienna.
Vienna is a popular city all year round. The new flights from Scotland will be on sale until October 2016 so unfortunately won’t help those people looking for a Christmas Market break.
The central area of Vienna is very compact and contains many of the city’s “must see” attractions. These include St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the iconic image of Vienna and a superb example of Gothic architecture. The Hofburg Palace is another sight not to be missed. This palace was at the centre of the Habsburg empire and contains a number of museums including the authentically-furnished Imperial Apartments, the tasteful Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection, a comprehensive collection of Imperial utilitarian objects.
The Hofburg also contains the Spanish Riding School, a very popular destination for many visitors to Vienna. Tickets to see the white Lipizzaner horses perform to Viennese music must be purchased in advance.
For anyone wanting to take a trip outside the city the Vienna Woods, or Wienerwald, is an area of gently rolling hills and forests. One of the most popular places for tourists to visit is the Kahlenberg, a hill which affords superb views over the city of Vienna.