Network of Vienna underground
Tickets for Tourists
All public transport in the area around Vienna has joined the fare union Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR). This means that any ticket bearing the VOR symbol can be used on every means of public transport in the area. You can use the same ticket for a journey that involves trips by bus, tram, metro and/or train, and you can change as often as you have to without having to buy a new ticket.
Tickets are available for various fare zones. If you aren't leaving Vienna, you need not worry about the zones at all, since all of Vienna is just one zone (zone 100). However, whenever you are crossing a zone boundary (zone boundaries are marked with a on the large network map), you have to pay for an additional zone. This may concern tourists in so far as a ride from the airport to the city on the S-Bahn is two zones (see Airport Connections). If you have a valid ticket for zone 100 (e.g. a weekly travel pass or a 24-hour ticket) you only have to pay the extra zones. You never have to pay for more than eight zones, no matter how far you travel.
These tickets are valid on all means of public transport (train, metro, tramway and buses including night buses) in Vienna and the surrounding area with the exception of the City Airport Train and the special airport buses.
Fares quoted below are valid as of July 2010.
Single Trip Ticket
€ 1,80 in the Vienna Transport Authority´s ticket offices, ticket
machines (underground )
€ 2,20 in the means of transportDetails
€ 5,70 in the Vienna Transport Authority´s ticket offices, tabacconists, ticket machinesDetails
€ 13,60 in the Vienna Transport Authority´s ticket offices, tabacconists, ticket machinesDetails
The Vienna card
€ 18,50 in the Vienna Transport Authority´s ticket offices and hotelsDetails
The 8-day Climate Ticket
€ 28,80 in the Vienna Transport Authority´s ticket offices, tabacconists, ticket machinesDetails
How to punch a ticket
Tickets bought in advance must be punched in a blue ticket cancelling machine...Details
free travel for children
Children under age of six travel free on Vienna´s public transport network...Details
Free travel for children
Children up to the age of six travel free of charge on the Vienna public transport network. Children up to the age of 15 travel free on Sundays and public holidays and during the school holidays in Vienna (this includes the week before Easter, July 6th through August 31st, and Dec 23rd through Jan 6th). An ID card may be helpful to prove a child's age.
Yes, it is possible. No, it's not advisable. Plain clothes ticket inspectors patrol the public transport network at all times. If you are caught without a valid ticket, you have to pay a penalty fare of €70 (this includes a free trip to the nearest police station if you are unable to show the ticket inspector a valid passport or official ID). Bear in mind that a monthly travel pass is available for less money.
Where to buy tickets
Tickets can be bought from:
Ticket machines at metro stations. There is at least one at every
entrance to the station. These very sophisticated (and slightly
confusing) machines offer a great variety of tickets, including
travel passes. They accept all coins and €10 notes and give change.
Ticket machines in trams and buses. Avoid these! They offer only single tickets and tickets bought from these machines are more expensive than those bought elsewhere.
WL ticket offices. Look for the sign 'Vorverkauf' ('advance tickets'). They can be found at all major metro stations and some tram stations. They are marked with a K on the city transport map.
Railway stations. In the two main railway stations in Vienna (Südbahnhof and Westbahnhof), you'll only get them from ticket machines and not from any of the counters.
Most tobacconists ('Tabak Trafik'). However, not all of them sell tickets. Those who do usually have a blue sign with the WL logo (see above) at the door.
From the Airport to Vienna City Center
There is no direct metro connection between the city and the airport, but there are still three easy ways to get from the airport to the city by public transport:
Commuter rail line S2|S7 (Laa - Mistelbach - Floridsdorf - Wien Mitte/City - Airport - Wolfsthal) has trains every 30 minutes (60 minutes during the night) from the airport to the city centre (calling at all stations). Travel time is 24 Minutes to the city centre (Wien Mitte). A ticket costs €3.40, and it will get you from the airport to any metro, tram or bus station in Vienna, allowing you to change as often as you have to. If you already have a 24-hour, 72-hour, Vienna Card or any other regular VOR ticket, you only need to buy a €1.70 supplement.
The City Airport Train CAT has trains every 30 minutes from the airport non-stop to the city centre (Wien Mitte). Travel time is 16 Minutes. A ticket costs €9. CAT does not accept or issue regular VOR tickets, so you have to buy an additional ticket to continue your journey on metro, tram or bus once you arrive in Vienna.
Vienna Airport Lines run Buses every 30 minutes from the airport to the city centre (Schwedenplatz) and the main railway stations. Travel time is between 25 (Schwedenplatz) and 40 Minutes (Westbahnhof). A ticket costs €6. VOR tickets are not accepted, so you have to buy an additional ticket for the metro, tram or bus once you arrive in Vienna.
(Travel times and fares on this page are valid as of 1 June 2007. All information is subject to change without notice.)