We bought the Vienna card on the internet before we went.
You can order it here:
These are the disounts and benefits:
Or you can buy it from the Info counter in the airport arrivals hall just before customs
and at almost any hotel.
We found it handy, you stamp it once when you arrive at the first U-bahn station / on a tram/bus you come across and it's valid 72 hours (or 24/48 h depending which card you buy) from there.
The little blue machines you stamp it in are at every entrance to public transport, usually at the top of the escalators and inside the trams/buses. Put in the machine in the direction of the arrow on the card, wait for the "ping" noise and you're done.
Vienna public transport is based on a "honour" system, you buy a ticket or you don't but inspectors are about and it's a 60 Euro fine if you are caught.
You don't need to show the card it to anyone unless you get asked to see it by an inspector. We got inspected once, on the tram back from Grinzing. Four people on the tram didn't have tickets and had to get off immediately and got a fine.
We got discounts on the CAT airport train, Freud Museum and the Donauturm tower.
The CAT airport train is a handy and fast way to get into city, it's 7.50 Euros per person with the Vienna Card.
You can buy the tickets from the conductor to get the discount.
I bought the Vienna Card at the train station for 18.50 Euro. It is valid for 72 hrs for all trams, metro, buses and city trains. The card also brings discount from so many shops and museums; we will be given a booklet inform which and where of those giving discounted prices. To go to the airport takes the CAT train, 16 minutes from Wien Mitte/Landstrasse, cost me 9 Euro one way with Vienna Card.
Places to visit? There are so many as also suggested from many homepages here. Addition from me is get to try the sacher torte chocolate cakes from Sacher Hotel in front of the Opera House, and rest yourself a while at the American Bar. Neighbouring place? Salzburg!
Vienna has a great public transportation system. Metro, Trams, and Buses will take you everywhere.
There are several tickets to choose(2009 prices):
-daily card: 5.70euro
-2 days card: 10euro
-3 days card:13.60euro
-1 week card(Wochenkarte):14euro(valid from Monday to Monday 9 am)
-8 days card:28.80euro (very useful if you cant buy the week card because your arrivar is on Tuesday for exable)
-vienna card(Wien Karte):18.50e, valid for 72 hours + some discounts in atractions
The Metro("U Bahn") has 5 Lines: U1(Red) Reumannplatz–Leopoldau U2(Purple) Karlsplatz-Stadion U3(Orange) Ottakring–Simmering
U4(Green) Hütteldorf–Heiligenstadt U6(Brown) Floridsdorf-Siebenhirten
At the bus stops there are timetables for every line passing through, the name of the bus stop(on the top) and the direction of the line. The tickets from the bus driver cost more (2.20euro)
During the night (midnight to 5 in the morning) there’s a good night bus network.
Tram lines are very nice because you can see outside. Especially line1 & line2 that circle the down town area.
This tip is for the transport card only not the one that allows access to museums etc.
Two 72 hour cards cost me just over 27 Euros. As soon as you have made journey number 8 the cards have paid for themselves. Valid on the U Bahn, S Bahn, Trams and Buses you simply cannot afford NOT to have one. I lost count of the number of times I used it.
Easy to buy from the self service machines. They take notes, coins and credit cards and have a number of different languages to help you.
Just a word of caution though if you fail to validate your card once purchased or if you ride the U Bahn with no card or an out of date one then you will be in serious trouble if you are caught.
This card costs €16.90 for 3 days. It gives you unlimited public transportation and discounts in many museums and sites. If you are a student, be aware: the student discount is usually greater than the one you get with this card! Because of this, do the math, and see if it will be worth it before you buy, as its only value will be for the transportation.
I wanted to buy my tickets from a person but none of the subway stations I visited had one, so I bought them with a machine under a sign called "Fahrkarte". This is for those of you who haven't bought tickets with a machine (I haven't until this trip):
(1) Touch the screen
(2) Select your language or a language you understand well
(3) Choose which ticket you want to buy, press twice for 2 tickets (of the same), 3 times for 3 tickets, etc.
(4) Enter the money
(5) Pick up your tickets and change, if applicable.
After you buy the tickets, do NOT forget to validate them. You do NOT wanna get fined for this, considering that the fines are high and the price of the ticket is low.
We found the best way to get around Vienna was by underground train. It is an extensive network and had stations near everything we wanted to see.
We bought 72-hour Vienna Cards at a cost of 18.50 euros each. These gave us unlimited travel on all public transport. You just validate the card in a machine at the station, or on the bus, and you are then entitled to travel for the duration of your card.
The cards are sold with a booklet giving details of attractions, shops, restaurants etc. and in the back are coupons entitling you to discounts for many of them.
If you are planning to use public transportation, vienna card is very convenient. A 72-hr ticket costs 13.5 euro. Vienna card costs 18.5 euro and provides both 72-hr transportation and museum discounts. So if you are thinking of visiting few museums/palaces in vienna & also dependent on public transport this is a recommended buy.
While you are at it, note that there is a "sisi" ticket which is a combined admission ticket for sisi museum and schonbrunn palace. This again saves some money and also lets you skip the long lines. with vienna card, this ticket costs 20euros.
Public transport in Vienna is very good and cheap. The underground is very good to get around the city centre and links with trams and buses make over areas accessible.
A single ride costs: 1.50 euros
24 hour ticket: 5 euros
72 hours: 12 euros
You can get tickets from vending machines in the stations or tabacco shops.
You can also get a Vienna card which offers discounts to most attractions in Vienna and free transport. A 72 hour card costs 18.50 euros and can be brought from the tourist information office. Check out www.wien.info for more info about the discounts.
If you are tourists in Vienna and you plan to visit a lot of museums etc then Vienna Card is useful. Keep in mind that tickets in museum are quite expensive. Vienna Card allows you also to take for free every mean of transport for 3 days and gives also a reduction to CAT (City Airport Train).
However if you don't want the reductions in museums and attractions you could buy a simple transportation card which permits the free entrance to all mean of transport. It's up to you to decide. We bought a Vienna card but I think that it was useful anly for me because I visit a lot of museums and attractions!!!
You can buy Vienna Card from hotels and tourist offices and transportation card from places that sell tickets.
After your arival to Vienna, enquire at the Information desk about Vienna Card. It costs 16,90EUR and it is more than just a transportation ticket. It also provides discounts in many museums, sites, shops and restaurants. It is valid 72 hours from the moment you punch it and you get to use it within this period at all public transportations.
Get a Day Ticket / Vienna Card / Week Ticket and use the public transport system. Its one of the best in the world (and no i am not saying that cause i live here)
There are 5 Subway Lines (Line No. 5 does not exist ... politics) and numerouse Tram and Bus Lines. (Buses have a A after the number so Line No. 48 is a Tram 48A is a bus)
There are are also 4 Tram Lines which use Letters instead of Numbers (D,J,N,O) so dont be confused.
From 00.30 - 5.00 there are night lines which operate on a 30 Minute Shedule and are especially in the outer districts rather scarce. Which means that taking a cab is the faster option. (But also the much more expansive one)
If you have a Day / Week Pass you can also use the Trains of the OBB (but only inside the city limits).
A 24 hour ticket for subway, tram and bus costs only 5 EUR. When you are in Vienna for a few days there are a few cheap ticket options for public transportation. A 72 hour ticket costs only 12 EUR. If you are in Vienna for a whole week there's the even cheaper week pass for 12.50 EUR available. There a vending machines in all subway stations. You can also buy the tickets in tabacco stored called "Trafik".
If you're in Vienna for one or three days get up a Vienna Card (the 24-hour one costs 5 Euros and the 72 hour 12 Euros). They are valid for the time stated form the moment they're punched in a stamping machine when entering the metro or in the bus or tram and are valid for all the public transport.
We purchased the Weekly Season Ticket (Wochenkarte - WNV) for euro 12.50 which covered the metro rail system,underground,City Airport Train, bus and tram. A bargain for a week's travel. The ticket commences 9am Monday and is valid for 7 days.
Other tickets available 24 hr rover ticket Euro 5
72 hr rover ticket Euro 12
8 day strip ticket Euro 24 This ticket can be used for several persons travelling together, just stamp a strip for each person per day