Vienna Travel Guide

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  • Plugs have two or three round prongs
  • Power sockets are type F
  • Standard voltage is 230V & 50 Hz
Driving Rules
  • Drive on the right and pass on the left
  • Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers (front and back)
  • Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited
  • You should always carry a red warning triangle and the fluorescent waistcoats
Speed Limits

Motorway: 130 Km/h (80 mph)
Regional roads: 100 Km/h (60 mph)
National roads: 90 Km/h (55 mph)
Urban areas: 50 Km/h (30 mph)

Opening times

Monday-Saturday (9am – 1pm & 3pm – 7pm)
Monday-Saturday (9am – 11pm)
Post offices
Monday-Friday (8.30am -5pm)
Monday-Friday (8.30am – 7.300pm)
Monday-Friday (8am – 4pm)

Entry requirements
  • Austriais a Schengen area country
  • Passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the planned date of departure from the Schengen area
  • Two pages required for entry stamp
  • Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period
  • You may be asked for proof of sufficient funds and/or a return plane ticket
  • Exchange restrictions on entry or exit set at 10,000 euros or equivalent
Weather Seasons

Spring (April – June)
Good time to visit with mild weather

Summer (June – August)
Warm or even hot occasionally with temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) some days

Autumn (September – November)
Mild weather with an average temperature of 16.0°C (61°F) in September

Average temperatures

Minimum / Maximum (°C|°F)

Dec – Feb (-4°/2° | 25°/36°)
Mar – May (3°/17° | 37°/63°)
Jun – Aug (15°/24° | 59°/75°)
Sep – Nov (4°/17° | 39°/63)

Cost Seasons

High Season
June – August
Christmas, New Year and Easter

Shoulder Season

Low Season
January – May

Airplane Tickets & accommodation
The cheapest months are November and January through March. 

Public Holidays

1 January: New Year’s Day (Neujahr)
6 January: Epiphany (Heilige Drei Könige)
10 April: Easter Monday (Ostermontag) 1
1 May: Labour Day (Tag der Arbeit)
18 May: Ascension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt)
29 May: Whit Monday (Pfingstmontag)
15 June: Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam)
15 August: Assumption (Maria Himmelfahrt)
26 October: Austrian National Day (Nationalfeiertag)
1 November: All Saints’ Day (Allerheiligen)
25 December: Christmas Day (Weihnachten)

By plane:

  • Vienna International Airport (VIE) is the main airport serving Vienna. It is located about 18 kilometers (11 miles) southeast of the city center. There are direct flights to Vienna from many major cities around the world.
  • Once you arrive at the airport, you can take the CAT (City Airport Train) or the S7 (S-Bahn) train to the city center. The CAT is a faster and more expensive option, while the S7 is a slower and cheaper option.

By train:

  • Vienna Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in Vienna. It is located in the heart of the city and is connected to many other cities in Austria and around Europe by train.
  • There are direct trains to Vienna from many major cities in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

By bus:

  • There are several bus companies that offer direct buses to Vienna from many major cities in Europe.
  • The bus is a cheaper option than flying or taking the train, but it is also slower.

By car:

  • Vienna is located in the heart of Central Europe, so it is easy to reach by car from many other countries.
  • The drive from Munich to Vienna takes about 3 hours, the drive from Budapest to Vienna takes about 2 hours, and the drive from Prague to Vienna takes about 2.5 hours.

By boat:

  • There are several boat companies that offer cruises to Vienna from Budapest and Bratislava.
  • The boat is a scenic and relaxing way to travel to Vienna, but it is also the most expensive option.


  • Departures every 30 minutes
  • From 05:37 a.m. to 11:38 p.m. (daily)
  • Single ticket: 12,00 € | return ticket: 21,00 € | children under 15: free
  • Non-stop 16 minutes ride
  • Airport > CAT terminal at Wien Mitte station (10 minutes walk from St. Stephan’s Cathedral)
  • Flight check-in for it’s possible at the CAT terminal
  • Possibility to Check in luggage up to 75 minutes before departure at the CAT Terminal Wien Mitte and continue travel with hand luggage only
  • Lockers available at CAT terminal to be used by CAT customers free of charge

Vienna City card : discount

Express Suburban Train S7

  • Departures every 30 minutes
  • From 04:15 a.m. to 00:18 a.m. (daily)
  • Adult ticket: 4,30 € | Children (6-14) ticket: 2,20 € | children under 6: free
  • Airport > Wien Mitte and Vienna Praterstern stations
  • 25 and 30 minutes ride
  • Vienna City card holders – Adult: €1.90 | € 1.00


Vienna Airport lines

  • Adult ticket: 8.00 € | Children (6-14) ticket: 4.00 € | children under 6: free
  • Tickets can be purchased from the driver (subject to surcharge)
  • Vienna Airport <–> Morzinplatz/Schwedenplatz : 20-22 minutes
  • Vienna Airport <–> Vienna Westbahnhof (Europaplatz): 40 – 45 minutes

Air-Liner (Blaguss)

  • Adult ticket: 8.00 € | Children (6-14) ticket: 4.00 € | children under 6: free
  • Tickets can be purchased from the driver (subject to surcharge)
  • Vienna Airport, bus terminal 3, bus stop 9 <–> Vienna International Busterminal (Erdberg U3 station): 15 minutes

Taxi & similar services

  • Located in front of the arrivals
  • Fixed price of €36 ( maximum of 4 passengers)
  • Specify you want an airport taxi when making a booking



  • The U-Bahn is safe, fast, comfortable, and reliable.
  • Trains run roughly every 5 minutes from 5am to midnight Monday to Thursday and Sunday.
  • Validate your ticket before boarding at one of the blue machines.
  • All stations have elevators and escalators
  • There are five lines: U1, U2, U3, U4, and U6.
  • U4, U2, and U1 converge at Karlsplatz
  • Trains run 24 hours a day on Friday and Saturday.
  • Tickets can be bought at machines or at stations

By Tram

  • Trams run every day from 6am to midnight.
  • There are 29 tram lines in Vienna.
  • Trams are labeled with a number or letter (eg 1, 2, D).
  • Validate your ticket before boarding at one of the blue machines

By Bus

  • Buses operate daily, including at night.
  • You can buy tickets onboard  from the driver or at a Tabakladen.
  • Most bus lines run from 5am to midnight (services may be limited  at weekends)
  • Night buses (marked with na “N”) run every 10 to 30 minutes.
  • Major stops for night buses are Schwedenplatz, Schottentor, and Kärntner Ring.

By Bicycle

  • Vienna has over 250km of bicycle paths
  • There are several rental stores in Vienna (Lime’s e-scooters are also available)
  • Bicycles can be carried on S-Bahn and U-Bahn for free or for half-ticket price during certain periods.
  • Instead of using cars, many Viennese choose bikes during the summer months.

3 Days Itinerary

Greetings and farewells

  • Hallo (hah-loh) – Hello
  • Guten Morgen (goo-ten mor-gen) – Good morning
  • Guten Tag (goo-ten tahk) – Good day
  • Guten Abend (goo-ten ah-bent) – Good evening
  • Auf Wiedersehen (owf vee-der-zayn) – Goodbye
  • Tschüss (tshooes) – Bye

Basic phrases

  • Bitte (bit-teh) – Please
  • Danke (dahn-keh) – Thank you
  • Entschuldigung (en-tshool-digen) – Excuse me
  • Sprechen Sie Englisch? (shpreh-ken zee ing-lish) – Do you speak English?
  • Ich spreche kein Deutsch (ikh shpreh-keh keyn doytsh) – I don’t speak German
  • Wo ist…? (voh ist) – Where is…?
  • Wie komme ich zu…? (vee kom-eh ikh tsoo) – How do I get to…?
  • Ich habe mich verlaufen (ikh hah-be mikh fer-lah-fen) – I’m lost
  • Kann ich helfen? (kahn ikh helfen) – Can I help you?

Restaurant phrases

  • Ich hätte gerne… (ikh heh-te gern-eh) – I would like…
  • Die Speisekarte, bitte (dee shpeis-kahr-teh, bit-teh) – The menu, please
  • Kann ich bestellen? (kahn ikh be-stel-len) – Can I order?
  • Eine Rechnung, bitte (ine rehk-ning, bit-teh) – The bill, please
  • Das war sehr lecker (dahs vah zehr leh-ker) – That was very delicious

Other phrases

  • Ja (yah) – Yes
  • Nein (nine) – No
  • Gerne (gern-eh) – You’re welcome
  • Vielen Dank (feel-en dan-keh) – Thank you very much
  • Auf Wiedersehen! (owf vee-der-zayn) – Goodbye!

Key events: New Year’s Markets, Vienna Ice Dream at Rathausplatz (ice skating rink), New Year’s concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Key events: Carnival, Opera Ball at the Vienna State Opera, Valentine’s Day, International Orchid Show

Key events: Spark Art Fair at the Marx Halle , Photo Wien

Key events: Argus Bike Festival, Vienna Blues Spring (through May), Vienna Marathon

Key events: Vienna Bier Festival, Vienna Blues Spring, Vienna Shorts (short film festival), Vienna Wine Festival

Key events: Vienna Festwochen (music,theatre, performance arts, dance) Vienna Jazz Festival, Danube Canal Festival (music), Fesch’Market (design)

Key events: Film festivals (Frameout Film Festival in MuseumsQuartier, Dotdotdot Film Festival, Town Hall Square Film Festival), Popfest (music), Youth Music Festival for Choirs, Bands and Orchestras

Key events: Seasonal Strandbads, Vienna Classic Days
Enjoy the several seasonal river beaches and pools

Key events: Waves music festival at the cultural center WUK, Wiener Wiesn Fest (similar to the OktoberfeKeyin Munich)

Key events: Vienna Design Week, Long Night of The Museums

Key events: Comic Con, Wien Modern Festival (music)

Key events: Christmas Markets (Christkindlmärkt), Vienna Ice Dream at Rathausplatz (ice skating rink) , New Year Fireworks

See & Do

Belvedere Palace

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Hofburg Palace

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Kunsthistorisches Museum

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St Stephen’s Cathedral

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Schonbrunn Palace

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The best time to visit Vienna is from April to May or September to October when the weather is mild and the crowds are not as intense as in the summer months. However, be prepared for occasional rain and pack warm clothes during the winter months.

Some of the must-see attractions in Vienna include the Hofburg Palace, Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, and the Belvedere Palace.

Vienna has an extensive public transportation system that includes buses, trams, and metro. You can also rent a bike, use a taxi, or walk around the city.

Some of the best places to shop in Vienna include the Kärntner Strasse, Graben, Mariahilfer Strasse, and the Naschmarkt.

The currency used in Vienna is the Euro.

Vienna is famous for its cultural events, including the Vienna Opera Ball, the Vienna Festival, the Vienna Jazz Festival, and the Vienna International Film Festival.

The emergency number in Vienna is 112 for police, fire, and ambulance services.

It is recommended to plan at least three to four days to explore Vienna and see its major attractions, but ideally, five to seven days would allow you to discover into the city’s culture and explore its hidden gems.

The currency used in Vienna is the Euro.

Tipping is expected (around 10% for a good service) in restaurants and bars since service isn’t included in the bill. It is customary to indicate the total amount that is intended to be applied (including the tip) when delivering payment instead of leaving the tip on the table after receiving change

Yes, you have the Vienna Pass (free entry to over 60 attractions, hop-on hop-off bus & cruise)  and the Vienna City Card (free transports and discounts at museums, tours, shops & restaurants).

Tips & Etiquette

General conduct
  • Smoking indoor spaces & transports > Prohibited
  • Dinner Guest > Bring small gift (E.g. wine bottle)
  • Pointing at someone > Impolite
  • Late for a dinner reservation > call ahead
  • Photo ban > Usually signed
  • Churches during ceremonies > Don’t visit. If you do enter, stand in the back by the door and do not take pictures
  • Usualy not automatic or included in the bill
  • Taxi drivers are rarely tipped (you may round to euro)
Some phrases

Hello – Olá / Bom dia
Goodbye – Adeus
Please – Por favor
Thank you – Obrigado
Do you speak English? – Fala inglês?
I don’t understand – Não percebo

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