The U-Bahn, Vienna’s metro system, began construction in 1969, making it one of the most contemporary in Europe. However, prior to its construction, the Viennese used a similar system, the Stadt Bahn or City Railway, dating back to 1898.
Ticket price for Vienna u-Bahn metro ticket starts from € 2.40 (US$ 2.60), Book tickets on official website. Check more information.
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|Vienna City Card 24/48/72 hours||€17 €25 €29|
Single ticket price
- Single ticket: € 2.40 (US$ 2.60)
Tickets must be validated at the U-Bahn station or when you get on the bus or tram.
Vienna travel passes
These travel passes allow unlimited use of the public transport networks for the duration of their validity, activated from the time of first use:
- 24-hour pass: € 8 (US$ 8.70)
- 48-hour pass: € 14.10 (US$ 15.40)
- 72-hour pass: € 17.10 (US$ 18.70)
- Weekly pass: € 17.10 (US$ 18.70) (valid for a specific calendar week from Monday to Sunday – this is not a 7 day ticket).
Other travel cards
The Vienna City Card includes unlimited travel for one adult and one child under 15 years old, plus discounts and benefits at museums, shops, restaurants and other attractions around the city. It is valid for the specified duration from the time it is first used.
- 24 hours: € 17 (US$ 18.60)
- 48 hours: € 25 (US$ 27.30)
- 72 hours: € 29 (US$ 31.60)
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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 if you can. 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.
- 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.
Vienna Metro Lines
Vienna’s U-Bahn is made up of 5 lines; all of the routes go underground, and some of them include overground stretches too.
Line U1 (Red): connects the north and south of Vienna, from Leopoldau station to Reumannplatz. This route has a stop at the cathedral and also goes to the Prater. You can also catch the train to the airport and to nearby cities from the Hauptbahnhopf stop on this line.
Line U2 (Purple): covers the city centre in a semi-circle route that connects the Stadion (stadium) metro stop with Karlsplatz. This line stops at the Prater too, and is also useful for getting to the Museumsquartier, Karlskirche and the Parliament building.
Line U3 (Orange): crosses the city from northwest to southeast, from Ottakring to Simmering, passing through some tourist highlights including Stephansplatz and the Hofburg Palace. You can also catch the train to the airport from the Wien Mitte stop on this line.
Line U4 (Green): connecting Hutteldorf in the west with Heiligendtadt in the north, with an important stop at the Schonbrunn Palace.
Line U5(Brown): goes into the northern and southern outskirts of Vienna.
Timetable and frequency
The Vienna U-Bahn operates daily between 5 am and 12:30 am approximately.
Trains usually depart around every 5 minutes during normal schedules. At busier times, they are more frequent, running every 2 to 4 minutes; while after 8:30 pm they run less frequently, around every 7 to 8 minutes.
Where to buy tickets
You can buy public transport tickets at the offices and machines at the metro and train stations.
Many tobacconists (Tabak Trafik) also sell tickets – look for the blue “WL” logo outside the shops.
Single tickets can also be bought on board trams and buses but they cost more (€ 2.60 (US$ 2.80) instead of € 2.40 (US$ 2.60)).
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