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Austria Travel Tips: Save Money With The Vienna Pass

Sarah J
Updated Oct 25, 2017

Whether you’re trying to visit Vienna for as cheaply as possible or whether you don’t like spending money unnecessarily on your travels, the Vienna Pass is a great way to save money when experiencing the many delights of the Austrian capital city.

As well as helping you to spend less when travelling in Austria, the Vienna Pass will probably also encourage you to visit places that you may not otherwise have considered.

See more for less with the fantastic Vienna Pass!

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How does the Vienna Pass work? (from 70.91 USD)

Source: Vienna Pass

For a one-off reasonable price, you can benefit from free admission to many of Vienna’s top attractions, and more! You can choose between different lengths of pass validity, depending on how long you plan to spend in the city and what attractions you really want to visit whilst there. The Vienna Pass is available for one day, two days, three days, or six days. It must be used on consecutive days. Your time only starts ticking from the first time you use the card, so don’t worry if you decide to delay by a day or two. Try to start using the card early in the morning though to really get the most bang for your buck.

You will be given a small plastic credit-card-sized card to show each time that you want to visit an inclusive attraction or use an inclusive service. A handy guide book tells you what places and services are included, making planning your days really easy.

A one-day Vienna Pass for adults costs 59 EUR (approximately 66.75 USD). The cost for a child is 26.55 EUR (approximately 30 USD). A two-day pass costs 74 EUR (approximately 83.70 USD) for adults and 37 EUR (approximately 41.85 USD) for children. You can find the prices for other validity periods on the Vienna Pass website.

Vienna PASS

Price: from 70.91 USD

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What attractions are included with the Vienna Pass? (from 46.87 USD)

With so many places included, it may be easier to list where isn’t included! You can flash your pass for free admission to more than 60 attractions around the city! Even better, at some places you can also enjoy fast-track entry, meaning that you don’t have to stand around in queues. Not only can you save money, but the Vienna Pass also helps to save time!

One of Vienna’s most iconic landmarks, many visitors want to enjoy the different areas of the attractive St Stephen’s Cathedral. Built in the 14th century, it has held an important place throughout Vienna’s history. Whilst you can step into the main part of the cathedral for free, regardless of whether you have the Vienna Pass or not, explore more of this mighty building as you journey down into the crypt, admire sparkling gems in the treasury, and be transfixed by the awesome city views from the top of the soaring tower.

Are you eager to visit the popular Schonbrunn Palace? One of the city’s most-visited sites, you can enjoy a free audio tour (Grand Tour) of this magnificent imperial palace when you go armed with your Vienna Pass. The Schonbrunn complex has a number of other attractions too, most of which are free with the Vienna Pass. These include Tiergarten Schonbrunn (a lovely zoo), a strudel-making demonstration, the intriguing maze, the Desert House, and the viewing tower at the Gloriette.

Wake up early and head to the Spanish Riding School to watch the graceful and elegant Lipizzan horses doing their morning exercises (10 am), take a ride on the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel at Prater (an amusement park), soak up the views from the top of the Danube Tower, see life-like waxworks at Madame Tussauds, and more!

Vienna Flexi PASS

Price: from 46.87 USD

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What about museums in Vienna?

If you’re looking for a cultural fix, there are many museums around Vienna, lots of which are free to enter with the Vienna Pass.

Admire art from around the world, not to mention the glorious painted ceiling and dome, at the world-famous Kunsthistorisches Museum (history of art museum). Other great places for art-lovers include the Museum of Modern Art, the unusual Hundertwasser Museum, MAK, and the Kunsthalle Wien.

Renowned for its musical scene, who could visit Vienna and not discover more about some of the city’s most famous composers? Visit places where Beethoven used to live, Beethoven Residence Heiligenstadt and Beethoven Pasqualati House, take a peek inside the Johann Strauss Apartment, see the birthplace of the celebrated composer Franz Schubert, and be captivated at the Opera Museum.

If the human mind, and all its intricacies, is more appealing to you, don’t miss the Sigmund Freud Museum. Other great museums that you can enjoy with the Vienna Pass include the Technology Museum, Albertina, and the Globe and Esperanto Museum.

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Is any transportation included? (from 16.71 USD)

You can ride on the city’s hop-on hop-off bus tour for the duration of your Vienna Pass. Plug in the earphones and learn more about the city as you travel through diverse areas and feast your eyes on splendid architecture through the windows. You can also use the tour bus as a means of easily getting between places on your city explorations.

You can opt to add on a travel card to the basic Vienna Pass for an additional fee (details available on the website), which gives you unlimited access to the public transportation system.

Fancy a walking tour? How about a cruise along the Danube Canal? You can enjoy both with your Vienna Pass.

Vienna City Card: Discounts and Public Transport

Price: from 16.71 USD

Includes: Unlimited use of the city’s tram, bus, metro lines, discounts at selected attractions. Upon validation, you’ll be able to use your card for 24, 48 or 72 hours.

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Other perks and benefits of the Vienna Pass

You will be given a discount booklet, filled with lots of tempting coupons, to use during your stay in Vienna. With reduced prices and deals at a number of shops, restaurants, cafes, and attractions that aren’t included in the actual Vienna Pass, you can save even more money on your trip.

The Vienna Pass also includes free admission to several shows, such as the informative and enthralling Time Travel - The Vienna History Show.

You can order your Vienna Pass online, and either arrange to collect it when you arrive in the city or have it posted to your home address. It is also possible to buy the Vienna Pass directly from the office. The Vienna Pass office is located underground by the Opera House, close to possibly the strangest public conveniences you will ever encounter – the Opera Toilets!

Have a ball in Vienna as you save time and money with the excellent Vienna Pass.

This article was originally published on Apr 28, 2016

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