Getting around Vienna

Public transport via bus, tram and U-Bahn (subway) in Vienna is easy to use, fast and efficient. Just buy a ticket, validate it (more on this later) and away you go! You usually won’t need to show your ticket to anyone, but if you are stopped by an inspector and you are not in possession of a validated ticket, you can expect to pay a fine of €105.

There are no zones in the public transport system; a journey to the next station will cost the same as a trip across the city — so long as you complete the journey within 1.5 hours. To travel back, you need to buy another ticket (even if you can complete your round trip within 1.5 hours). And tickets are valid on buses, trams and the U-Bahn.

You can validate your ticket as you are buying it from a machine (see below) if you plan to travel immediately. Otherwise, validate it later by having the time of the start of your journey stamped onto the ticket using one of the machines in the turnstiles of the U-Bahn stations, or on board the trams and busses.

The closest U-Bahn station to Austria Center Vienna is “Kaisermühlen – Vienna International Center”, where you can travel on the U1 line (the only line from this station) to downtown Vienna in less than 10 minutes. Alight at Stephansplatz/Schwedenplatz to explore old Vienna; Stephansplatz to visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral; or Karlsplatz to head to Sacher Cafe or for some retail therapy.

Step-by-step guide

Step 1.
To get started,  press the button for your preferred language (for instance, “English”).
Step 2.
Choose the kind of ticket you want to buy. Options include single trip tickets, and tickets good for different periods of time.Prices:
Single ticket: €2.40 (€2.60 if bought on the tram)
24 hours*: €8.00
48 hours*: €14.10
72 hours*: €17.10
1 week (valid Monday-Sunday): €17.10
8 day climate pass**: €40.80

* Time period commences when the ticket is validated.
** A strip of 8 single tickets that you do not have to use on consecutive days. Valid from the time the ticket is validated until midnight. To use public transport on another day, validate the next ticket in the strip.

Step 3.
You can buy multiple identical tickets (but make sure you select “Validate later”).
Step 4.
If you want to go on a trip to Lower Austria or Burgenland, you can buy a VOR ticket from U-Bahn stations.