Tip: The parking garage at the Karlsplatz charges a low daily rate of approx. 12 Euro.
There is a short term parking area with a fee in the whole center of Vienna from Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 22:00 o'clock. The maximum parking time is 2 hours and you have to pay approx. 1,10 Euro for every 30 minutes. The parking tickets, which you need to mark yourself with the arrival time, are available at tobacconists (Trafiken), ticket vending machines in metro stations and at some petrol stations. Alternatively to the paper ticket, you can use your mobile phone. All details for this possibility are available under mobile phone parking.
If you don't want to spend your time on searching for a parking lot you should use one of the parking garages. A good tip is the garage beside the Karlsplatz with the entrance at Mattiellistraße 2 to 4. Here you pay approx. 2,50 Euro for every hour and maximally around 12 Euro for the whole day. The Karlsplatz is located in the city center approx. 500m away from the Vienna State Opera. From there you can reach many attractions with just a short walk.
With this special parking card you have the possibility to use the parking garage at the Karlsplatz for only approx. 6,50 Euro per day. This requires a certain amount of effort, but it pays off quickly if you want to park a few days nearby the city center. The operator of this garage offers the P Card Shopping. With this card you get discounts at some parking garages in Vienna. To get the card you have to register online and pay 5 Euro in advance as a credit on your account. More information is available at: www.contipark.at
If you plan to stay for a longer time, then a cheap parking tip for tourists is the P+R garage in Erdberg, directly at the highway exit St. Marx (see directions Vienna center). Here you don't get only a good parking possibility, but you avoid also the traffic jam at the drive to the center. Directly beside the P+R Erdberg garage, you can find the U3 metro station Erdberg. With the U3 you can reach the Stephansplatz (CD3) in the city center within 7 minutes. The fee in the P+R garage is only approx. 3,60 Euro per day. With that low rate you can save a lot of money compared to the cheapest daily rates of approx. 20 Euro per day which you pay for parking in Vienna center garages.