Vienna City Passes

What’s a Vienna City Pass?

Vienna City Passes are sightseeing tickets with which you can visit many attractions free of charge or at least get a discount. In some cases, city passes grant fast track admission to popular attractions, so you don’t have to queue at the box office. Often, bus tours and walking tours are included and with one of the three major Vienna city passes, you can also travel on public transport as often as you like.

However, no two city passes are the same. The included attractions vary a lot, therefore there’s a vast price range. The cheapest Vienna city pass is available from just €17. The most expensive pass costs €169. However, the scope of services is not the only decisive factor for the purchase price of a pass: the period of validity also determines the price. Between one day and 30 days of validity everything is available in Vienna.

All Vienna passes are available on the Internet, often on the official websites of the issuing companies, but sometimes also from renowned ticket agencies. After you have purchased your Vienna city pass, you can either use it on your phone, print it out on paper or pick it up in Vienna with a voucher. This is also different with every city pass.

On this page we compare the three most important Vienna city passes with each other so that you can decide which one suits you best.

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When Is a Vienna City Pass Worthwhile?

  • When You’re in Vienna for the first time

    A city pass is specially suitable for travellers who are in the city for the first time, as each pass includes mainly the most important attractions of Vienna. If you want to visit them, you can save both money and time with a city pass. However, one of the three passes, the Vienna City Card, can also be worthwhile for repeat travellers.

  • When you’d like to do intensive sightseeing

    City passes are especially worthwhile if you want to do as much sightseeing as possible in a few days. Because for a Vienna city pass to be worthwhile, you have to take advantage of many of the offers included. So if you want to explore Vienna intensively, a city pass is the right tool for you. However, there is one pass, the Vienna Flexi Pass, which is also worthwhile if you choose only three to five attractions.

  • When you spend several days in Vienna

    An important limitation is the validity of a city pass. Some passes are only valid for one day, others for several days. Although the longer running city passes are more expensive, the price per day decreases with each additional day. This is why passes with three to six days’ validity are more profitable than passes that are only valid for one or two days.

  • When you’re interested in culture

    The most important sights in Vienna are castles and museums. Most of them are part of the Vienna city passes, which means you can visit many of the top attractions free of charge with just one pass. In some cases you benefit from fast track admission. If you are interested in Viennese culture, some of the city passes may be worthwhile for you.

  • When you like to use Hop-on Hop-off buses

    Tourist buses are a good way to explore a big city. In Vienna there are two companies that operate Hop-on Hop-off buses, which you can get on and off as often as you like. Two out of three city passes include free rides on these buses. With the third pass you can book the ride optionally. If you want to use Hop-on Hop-off buses anyway, it is probably worthwhile to buy a city pass.

  • When you know what you want

    The best way to save money with a Vienna city pass is to know which sights you want to see and compare your wish list with the included attractions of any city pass. If there are many overlaps, you will probably save money with a pass.

  • When you travel unprepared

    On the other hand, some travellers do not know any of Vienna’s attractions. They may be inspired by a city pass, as most of the times, there is a small handbook attached to the pass which provides some information about the sights included. By travelling this way, you won’t necessarily save money with a city pass, but it is still a comfortable way of exploring a place.

All Vienna City Passes at a glance

In the following section we briefly introduce the four most important tourist cards for Vienna.

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