Features of Vienna's urban transport system: metro, buses, and trams. How to get to key objects. How much does it cost and how often does it go.
Wiener Linien operates five metro lines, 29 trams and 127 bus lines, of which 24 are night routes. There is a single system of tickets that can be bought at designated vending machines in the metro, at the box office, or on the official Wiener Linien website, in tobacco shops or directly in the transport.There are inspectors in Viennese public transport that check if you have a ticket. If it turns out that you don't have one, or it wasn't stamped, you will have to pay a fine of EUR 102.40. If you don't have any money or documents with you, you will be held up by the inspectors.
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The territory of Vienna is divided into zones witth WIEN 100 being the city centre. Within one zone, a standard ticket is sufficient, butt if you cross several zones, you will have to buy a separate ticket for each of them.
Any of the aformentioned tickets with the inscription "Bitte entwerten" must be stamped. Otherwise, it is considered invalid.
Validating machines are yellow or blue and are located in the vehicle or on the platform. Before stamping the card, fold it so that the lowest available number is on top.
S-Bahn or Schnellbahn is the intercity and regional rail network that is best chosen for travelling long distances.The ÖBB network currently serves 10 S-Bahn lines passing through Vienna. For a trip to Weinviertel, the wine regions of Baden in the south or to the capital of Slovakia - Bratislava, ÖBB is the best option for public transport. And if you choose the route in the direction of Salzburg, then the Westbahn private railway company may be a cheaper alternative.
The metro is the fastest and the most convenient way to get around the city. It is divided into five lines numbered from U1 to U6. U5 will start operating in 2027. It will become Vienna's first fully automated metro line.
All U-Bahn lines,, except U6 connect any district of Vienna to the centre. During the week, the metro is open from 5am until 12am, and on weekends and holidays it operates around the clock.
IMPORTANT: If you accidentally go in the wrong direction, you can't just switch trains. In Europe, you must pay to change routes, so you have to exit, going past the ticket validation point, and go down again. However, if you have a travel card, then you do not need to stamp anything.
The city's tram network is 225 km long and is the 6th largest in the world. In Vienna, there is a separate type of tram with an ultra-low floor (ULF) for disabled people. According to the schedule, all tram routes run daily, regardless of holidays, from 5am to 1am.In the city centre, many tram lines go underground. They usually have a designated entrance.
Daytime buses are marked "A" or "B" and run from 5am to 12am. Night routes are marked "N" and run from 12.30am to 4am at an interval of 30 minutes.
There is a single billing system for all taxi services. Prices for trips outside the city are agreed with the driver in each individual case.It is best to book a car by phone or at reserved parking lots near train stations and at the airport. Hailing a taxi in Vienna is not common.
Approximate cost of a trip in the center of Vienna:
There are special taxi services where drivers work as guides in the city, as well as taxis designed specifically for women. hearing-impaired and disabled individuals. You can also use the service of a bicycle taxi, called Faxi, a three-wheeled rickshaw. Another unusual way of transportation is a horse-drawn carriage, which is on duty here in every square and at major attractions.
There are a lot of bike paths in Vienna. Therefore, to save money on transport, you can rent a bike. This can be done in one of the 240 round-the-clock automatic bike rental facilities.
First you have to register online at nextbike.net or in the nextbike app. Payment can be made by bank card. The standard rate is EUR 0.60 for every half an hour with a maximum of EUR 4.90 per day. You can buy an annual ticket for EUR 49. It allows you to cycle for free for the first 30 minutes, then at the standard rate of EUR 0.60 per half hour. There are discounts for regular customers.
To rent a car, you must have an international driving license, a bank card, and at least 1 year of driving experience. The minimum age for a driver is 21-23 years old (25 for renting a car in the luxe segment).
Personal insurance is issued and paid on the spot. It is recommended to acquire extended third-party liability insurance and theft insurance in addition to the basic package.
According to official government data, drunk driving is punishable by a fine of EUR 800 to EUR 5,900, depending on the severity of intoxication.
The 15-minute parking is free and the rest of the time is as follows:
Parking tickets are sold at newsstands, public transport offices, in the metro, at select gas stations, and car associations (ARBÖ and ÖAMTC).