Everything you need to know about public transport in Vienna: fares, tickets and passes, travel privileges. Read our article here.
Single fares apply to all forms of public transport in Vienna, including subways, buses, trams and commuter trains. As of April 2023, a standard ticket costs EUR 365 for a year, EUR 51 for a month, EUR 17.10 for a week and EUR 5.80 for a day fare. A one-way trip using public transport costs EUR 2.40, and taxis are priced at EUR 15-20 on average.
You can buy your ticket for public transport in Vienna online or at the following:
NBD! Wiener Linien is the transport operator that supervises the metro, bus and tram services. Its website is wienerlinien.at/web/wl-en/service.
E-tickets can be ordered via:
NBD! The Wiener Linien website has a service at wienerlinien.at/web/wl-en/journey that can be used to plan a trip. All you have to do is enter your address or enter your location and destination on the map. The programme will then offer you route options with information on modes of transport and journey times.
In Vienna you can buy single fares for a one-way trip, monthly or annual passes, student passes and school passes. Privileged fares are available for certain categories of passengers.
In German, this is known as the 1 Fahrt WIEN and in English this refers to a Single trip VIENNA. It costs EUR 2.40. For children between 6-15 years old, military personnel, holders of the "P" Social Pass or Mobilpass a preferential price of EUR 1.20 applies. If you decide to buy a ticket on a tram, the price is EUR 2.60 for a normal tram ticket and EUR 1.40 for a child ticket.
If you have a large dog, you have to buy a separate ticket for EUR 1.20. You don't need a ticket for smaller pets if they are in a closed carrier.
In Vienna, one-day, one-week and one-month passes are available. Unnamed paper passes, which are purchased at a ticket office or vending machine, can be passed on to relatives or friends. Those purchased online, however, cannot be transferred, as they are made out in the name of that particular person.
NBD! The Austrian capital is divided into zones, and any ticket is valid only within that specific zone. To travel in more than one, you need to buy another pass. The main zone in Vienna is the Kernzone Wien and includes all transport routes within the city, including city trains, Badner Bahn trains, buses, trams and the metro. Vienna's core zone does not include buses and city trains from the airport (CAT) or Westbahn trains. The stations covered by the Wiener Linien ticket can be viewed at wienerlinien.at/web/wl-en/tickets/core-zone-of-vienna.
An annual pass costs EUR 365, so it is only EUR 1 per day. This can be bought for EUR 396 in installments that can be paid over several months.
The pass is valid from the first day of each month and you have to present an identity card when showing it. On Saturdays from 12pm, annual pass holders can take 2 children up to 15 years old free of charge. The ticket also allows one large dog to be carried free of charge.
NBD! The annual pass can be cancelled on the first day of each month. You will get a refund for the remaining validity period. There is a processing fee of EUR 22.
Schoolchildren in Vienna can use a Jugendticket (Youth pass) or Top-Jugendticket (Top youth pass).
The youth pass costs EUR 19.60 and is valid for school days from September 1 to September 15 of the following year. It cannot be used at weekends or during school holidays. The ticket is valid for the Verkehrsverbund Ost, which includes Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland. This type of pass can be "upgraded" to the Top youth pass by paying the difference in price. The ticket price is EUR 70. It is valid for the school year from September 1st until September 15th of the following year and can be used around the clock on all days, including holidays, weekends and school holidays.
Students who are less than 26 years old can buy the Semesterkarte (Semester ticket) for EUR 75 online or EUR 78 at the ticket office. This can be used at any time during the five months from September 1st to January 31st and from February 1st to June 30th. During the summer holidays students can purchase a special ticket for EUR 29.50 which is valid for one month between July or August.
Children under 6 years old can ride public transport for free. Seniors aged 65 and over can buy a single ticket or an annual pass at a reduced rate. A single trip ticket costs EUR 1.50 instead of EUR 2.40 and the annual pass costs EUR 235 instead of EUR 365. If you buy the annual pass in installments, it costs EUR 246.
NBD! People with special needs can take guide dogs on public transport free of charge.
According to Numbeo.com, the average cost of a taxi in Vienna, as of April 2023, is EUR 1.61 per km. The price of getting into a taxi is EUR 4-5. In other words, a 10 km trip will cost EUR 15-20 on average.
NBD! In March 2021, the government set a unified system for calculating taxi fares which regulates how prices are formed and their permissible range.
The daytime tariff is valid on working days from 6 am to 11 pm. During this period, you have to pay EUR 3.40 per ride + EUR 0.80 per km. If the distance is more than 5 km, the cost per km is EUR 0.50. The journey time is also included in the cost calculation — EUR 0.50 for every minute.
During the night, Sunday’s and public holiday fares are valid on weekdays between 11 pm and 6 am, and on Sundays and public holidays — all day long. During these periods the taxi fare is increased by 10%.