Find the best hop-on hop-off bus for your sightseeing tour in Vienna. This review with tips and top stops will help you. 3 sections show you the most important differences, the respective pros and cons and the top highlights on the different routes. This makes it easier for you to make your decision between the two providers: Vienna Sightseeing Tours or Big Bus Tours?
1.) The Comparison Table lists in more than 20 positions the similarities and differences with price information about the hop-on hop-off providers in Vienna. So you are able to see at a glance the ticket types, number of bus routes and stops, operating times, interval times, cancellation options ...
2.) In the section Top Hop-off Stations you will be able to learn which of the city highlights are located on the various routes. In addition, you get some tips about short walks on which you can have a close look at the impressive sights of Vienna.
3.) In the Short Description with Review Conclusion you get a brief summary with the most important points to the two providers Big Bus Tours and Vienna Sightseeing Tours. Included are also the advantages and disadvantages of the different city sightseeing tours with several highlighted pluses and minuses.
|Hop-on Hop-off from:||Big Bus Tours
||Vienna Sightseeing Tours
|Tickets for:||1, 2 and 3 days (24hr valid)||24, 48 and 72 hours|
|Number of lines:||3 routes||4 routes|
|Stops:||approx. 22||approx. 40|
|First and last departure red route:||9:30 / 18:00 o'clock ¹||9:20 / 19:00 o'clock ¹|
|Interval times red route:||20 min ¹||15 min ¹|
|The center tour takes (red route):||approx. 105 min||approx. 60 min|
|Link to the route map:||Big Bus Map*||Vienna Sightseeing Map*|
|Free WIFI in the bus:|
|Audio guide with earphones incl.:|
|Number of languages:||13||16|
|Audio guide for children (English & German):|
|Mobile app with routes, maps and info:||Big Bus Tours App*||Vienna Sightseeing App*|
|Open top buses:|
|Guided walking tour (English & German):||incl. with 2 and 3-day ticket|
|Boat ride Donau / Donaukanal:||incl. with 3-day ticket|
|Tram night tour:||incl. with 3-day ticket|
|Included in sightseeing pass:||Vienna City Card||Vienna Pass, Flexi Pass|
|Mobile ticket on smartphone:||²||²|
|Validity of online tickets:||6 months flexible||fixed date|
|Free cancellation option:|
|Approx. prices when ordering online:||days
1: € 27,00
2: € 31,50
3: € 49,40
24: € 26,10
48: € 35,00
72: € 49,00
|Link to provider:||Big Bus Tours*||Vienna Sightseeing Tours*|
¹) Varies depending on the season.
²) Will be exchanged for a paper ticket at the first use.
Prices & info as of May 2019
Big Bus Tickets 20% Off:
Tip for a walk:
From the stop 13 MAK/Wien Mitte you can walk in about 20 minutes through the Stadtpark to the stop 15 Kursalon. The Stadtpark is perfect for a small walk in the green and you should not miss the golden statue of Johann Strauss.
Tip for a walk:
For this short walk you will need to calculate about 30 minutes. On the way you will pass by at some top attractions in Vienna. Walk from the stop 3 Museumsquartier via the Maria Theresien Platz right between the Museum of Natural History and the Art History Museum to the Heldenplatz with the Hofburg. From there, you should go through the well-maintained Volksgarten and pass by the Burgtheater to come to the Rathausplatz, a huge square with the town hall. There you can get back to the hop-on hop-off bus at stop 5.
Tip for the Lunch:
If you have nothing against typically hearty Austrian food, then you should plan to stop at the Prater around lunchtime. There you have the chance to taste the famous Schweinsstelze, which is a knuckle of pork, and drink a delicious Budweiser beer. The well-attended restaurant Schweizerhaus offers these delicacies. Unfortunately it is only open between March 15th to October 31st.
Big Bus Tours offers in Vienna the hop-on hop-off tours on 3 routes with a total of around 22 stops. The buses stop at the main attractions in the city. If you visit Vienna for the first time and schedule 1 to 2 days for a bus tour, then you will definitely have plenty of opportunities to discover the city. As usual, the buses provide free earphones for the audio guide in different languages. This allows you to listen to the recorded audio comments for the different locations on your sightseeing bus route.
The 3 different standard tickets are valid for either 1, 2 or 3 days and are named as Classic, Premium and Deluxe Ticket. In each case the tickets are valid for 24 hours and not only for a calendar day. Therefore you need not to start already in the morning to use the hop-on hop-off bus as long as possible. Starting with the Premium 2-Day Ticket, you may take part in a guided walk free of charge. The walk takes place daily in English and Friday to Sunday from April to December also in German. It takes about 90 minutes and starts usually at the opera. The Deluxe 3-Day Ticket includes additionally a night tour with an old-timer tram. The night tour lasts about 1 hour and is accompanied by English live commentary. The Tickets are not tied to a specific date and can be flexibly used within 6 months from the date of purchase.
A special feature is available with the Big Bus Tours App*. In addition to the information about the sights and the available routes, you have the opportunity to follow the current locations of the buses on a city map in real time. This allows you to shorten your waiting times.
The well-structured hop-on hop-off offer from Big Bus Tours is perfectly suited if you would like to discover the top attractions in Vienna. The 2-day premium ticket offers the possibility to use all 3 bus routes and includes a guided walk at a very reasonable price. The 3-day deluxe ticket includes furthermore a tram night tour and is therefore an interesting package offer. Unfortunately, there are no routes for trips to excursion destinations outside the city. A special service is offered by the smartphone app with the display of the real-time bus locations.
If you order the tickets online, directly from the provider, you usually get a discount of 10%: Big Bus Tours*
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The hop-on hop-off offer from Vienna Sightseeing Tours covers with 4 bus routes not only the most important sights in the city area but also a few excursion destinations close to Vienna. Among these destinations you will find the Kahlenberg, a well-known viewpoint over Vienna which located at the city limit. With the large number of approx. 40 stops there are enough possibilities for a 3-day sightseeing program with the comfortable transport by hop-on hop-off buses. On the bus, you will get some information about the respective attractions via the audio guide. Among the different languages, you will also find a children's channel in English and German in the audio guide. This is a great advantage for families.
The offered 24, 48 and 72-hour tickets are not only valid for the respective calendar day but for the complete time. If for some reason you are not able to start your tour on the first day in the morning, you will not lose this time. You can simply continue to use the bus on the last day until your initial start time.
Each of these tickets includes a guided walking tour in the city center. The city walk lasts for about 1 hour and is offered in English and German. Unfortunately, the guided walk is not offered daily during the low season. The 48hr and 72hr ticket offer the possibility to join a 60 minutes long night bus tour with audio guide. The 72hr ticket also includes a complimentary boat ride. With the 48hr ticket you can use the Vienna Ring Tram* for a tour through Vienna's city center instead of the night bus tour. With the 72hr ticket you have the choice between a boat ride or a Vienna Ring Tram tour.
When ordering tickets online, you need to enter the exact date for your hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Nevertheless, you remain flexible because the tickets can be canceled free of charge up to 24 hours before the given date.
The 4 hop-on hop-off lines from Vienna Sightseeing Tours are not only driving to many sights in the city area, but also to some destinations nearby the city of Vienna. A night bus tour is included from the 48hr ticket onwards and additionally a boat ride in the 72hr ticket. Alternatively, you have the opportunity to choose a Vienna Ring Tram tour instead. This option and the free cancellation possibility offer an advantage in terms of flexibility. Unfortunately, the flexibility is a bit limited by the required date at the time of booking.
The best prices with 10% discount are usually available online, directly from the provider: Vienna Sightseeing Tours*