Public transport in Vienna

The public transport system in Vienna is extremely well-established, so you’ll be able to get around no problem at all.

Getting to Vienna from the airport

The airport isn’t too far from the city - only 16km - so travelling there is pretty simple. If you fly into the airport, you can make the trip by train, bus or by car.

By train

There are 3 options. The quickest is to take the Vienna Airport Train, which is an express service with no stops between the airport and Wien Mitte, the transport hub in the centre of Vienna. It runs every thirty minutes between 6am and 11.40pm, and costs €11 for a single or €17 for a return. Unless you’re expecting a rough time of your studies, you’ll probably only need a single.

There are also direct services to Wien Meidling and Floridsdorf, the timetables and information for which can be found on the OBB website.

By bus

The public transport service in Vienna is...extensive, and certainly includes the airport in its vast infrastructure. The Vienna Airport Lines service runs direct to the city centre, and there are numerous connections you make can, all day long. Tickets should be €8 and can be bought from the driver upon boarding the bus.

Getting around Vienna

City bikes

Citybike Vienna is a superb initiative. It’s a public bicycle renting system to help locals make quick trips across the city. There are over 121 stations across Vienna, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to find one near your destination. Whenever it’s not raining, these are a superb alternative to taking the bus or metro, since they keep you in the fresh air and are, in all likelihood, quicker.

You can register to use the bikes online or at a Citybike Terminal using your credit or debit card. There’s an upfront fee on €1 (virtually nothing) and then you’re free to start using the bikes. You get the first hour of every rental for free, and then it’s €1 for the next hour, €2 for the second and €4 per hour thereafter.

However, if you time it right, you can drop your bike back after 55 minutes and choose a new one - unlimited free bike use! And everyone knows that free public transport is the best public transport.

Metro

There are 5 lines for the Viennese subway (or U-Bahn) - U1, U2, U3, U4 and (bizarrely) U6. There are 104 stops along a track measuring 75 km - suffice to say, it can get you where you need to go. There are intelligent electronic displays showing arrival times and delays, keeping you constantly up-to-date on your journey. There are also Vienna metro maps in every station, which you can clearly follow to plan a route.

Buses and trams

Though the most popular transport systems are bike, walking and the U-Bahn, there are also plenty of buses and trams sprawling the city. You can find route maps, Vienna train schedules and everything else you need to know on the Vienna government website.

Tickets

As discussed in our cost of living in Vienna page, there is no shortage of options when it comes to travel tickets. You can buy year-long passes, single tickets and everything in-between. Check out that page for information about long-term passes.

The available ticket types (and there prices) are:

  • Single ticket: € 2.20 (Children € 1.10)

  • 24-hour ticket: € 7.60

  • 48-hour ticket: € 13.30

  • 72-hour ticket: € 16.50

  • Vienna weekly ticket (valid from Monday at 12am to Monday 9.00 am): € 16.20

Of course you can get paper tickets, but a smarter way to purchase is through the Wiener Linien ticket app or mobile ticket shop. If this isn’t for you then you can buy tickets at:

  • Ticket machines and the subway stations (multiple languages)

  • The Vienna Lines online store

  • Most tobacco stores


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