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Vienna has a comprehensive and unified public transport network that is one of the most efficient in Europe, Flat-fare tickets are valid for trains, trams, buses, the underground (U-Bahn) and the S-Bahn regional trains.
Services are frequent, and you will rarely have to wait more than five or 10 minutes.
Public transport kicks off around 5am or 6am. Buses and trams finish between 11pm and midnight, and S-Bahn and U-Bahn services between 12.30am and 1am.
Twenty-one Nightline bus routes crisscross the city from 12.30 am to 5am.
Schwedenplatz, Schottentor, and the Oper are starting points for many services; look for buses and bus stops marked with an "N". All tickets are valid for Nightline services.
Transport maps are posted in all U-Bahn stations and at many bus and tram stops.
Free maps and information pamphlets are available from Wiener Linien, located in 25 U-Bahn stations.
The Karlsplatz, Stephansplatz, and Westbahnhof information offices are open from 6.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Those at Florisdorf, Spittelau, Praterstern, Philadelphiabrücke, Landstrasse, and Volkstheater are closed on weekends.
Buy the tickets at the ticket machines
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.
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How to move around
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.
The Vienna Card
As with most other European cities I visited, Vienna has a transportation card for tourists that allows for unlimited transport with entry discounts to most major attractions. For 16.90 Euro, you can travel for 72 hours on the city's U-Bahn, S-Bahn, bus, tram routes. There are disccounts at museums, theaters, concerts, restaurants and cafes. The card is available from most hotels and hostels, all Tourist Information Offices and standard information offices at Stephansplatz, Karlsplatz, Westbahnhof and Landstrasse.
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.
Vienna Transport - Weekly Season Ticket
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
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Vienna Transport tickets and Vienna card
One way ticket for all kinds of transport costs 2 euros. It's a better option to buy a 5 euro 24h Vienna card for all the transport vehicules or a 72h vienna card for 12 euros.
The Vienna card is valid for trams,busses and subway 24h a day.
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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.
Save yourself some money!
You really can't go wrong purchasing an all day pass for the tram, bus and U-Bahn. If you plan to do any sightseeing, you'll get your money's worth out of the ticket.
You'll find the machines to purchase the tickets around various tram/metro stations. The touch screen will let you pick which language you want. There will be an option for what type of ticket you want. It'll prompt you for payment (credit cards are accepted) and out comes you ticket! There will blue boxes around the stations and on the trams to validate you ticket and you're done!
I find the tram to be a great way to see the city and it's a great if it starts to rain outside.
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Best and Easiest Way too get around
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).
If you are in Vienna for the day it is probably worth your while buying a 24-hour Wien Karte for 5 Euros. This allows you to travel on buses, trams and the U-Bahn. It is far more convenient than buying tickets for each separate journey.
Once you have bought your ticket remember to validate it before commencing your first journey using one of the validating machines located in stations and on buses/trams.
Clean, Safe & Efficient Underground
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.
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- Museum Visits
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.
Vienna Card-to buy or not to buy
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.
Vienna card: convenient and cost-efficient
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.
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