Vienna Pass or Vienna Card?

Which is the best type for your needs? This review compares the city cards for Vienna at a glance and you can see immediately, which card is the perfect choice for your exploration of the attractions.

City Cards Review Vienna Pass
City Card
Free entry to attractions
Free use of public transport in core zone ¹
Free use of Hop-on Hop-off buses ² ³
Discounts at attractions, restaurants ...
Free airport transfer ³
Price for 1 day € 79,00 € 17,00⁴
Price for 2 days € 99,00 € 25,00⁴
Price for 3 days € 129,00 € 29,00⁴
Price for 6 days € 159,00

Prices as of March 2020

Brief Description

With the Vienna Pass you get free entry to more then 60 top attractions. You can use the hop-on hop-off busses free of charge during the whole time of validity. This also includes trips around the city. Among the included attractions, you will find the most popular tourist destinations like: Schönbrunn Palace & Zoo, Lipizzaner Horses at morning exercise, Giant Ferris Wheel, Madame Tussauds and the Hofburg with the exhibition rooms of the Imperial Apartments.

The Vienna City Card Wiener Linien is the official sightseeing card for tourists and essentially a short term ticket for the public transportation in the whole city area with numerous discounts for selected attractions, shops, restaurants, cafes, concerts and other things. The extra charge compared to a standard short term ticket is around 11 Euro for the 2 and 3 day version. But you can save this surcharge already if you visit Schönbrunn Palace (Classic Pass), the Zoo, the Lipizzaner Horses at morning exercise and the Madame Tussauds wax museum by using the Vienna Card at the ticket purchase and pay approx. 15 Euro less.

Providers in comparison:

¹) The Travel Card Option is available at an extra charge. With it, you may use all public transport in the whole city area (core zone) free of charge.
²) The pass offers free use of the Hop-on Hop-off Bus* for the entire time. So depending on the variant up to 6 days.
³) The hop-on hop-off bus (Big Bus) and the airport transfer are add-ons to the City Card. The 24 hour bus tour costs approx. 26,00 €, the airport transfer approx. 17,00 €.
⁴) The mentioned days (1, 2 or 3) apply to the use of public transportation. The discounts for sightseeing, attractions and the other benefits are valid for 7 days.

Review Conclusion

The Vienna Pass is the cheapest solution if you want to visit many attractions in the city. Already a intensive 2 day program pays off to invest into the Vienna Pass. If you plan to choose the 3 or 6 day version it pays itself even if you do not complete a very dense sightseeing program. If you are not located nearby a hop-on hop-off bus station you should perhaps consider to order the optionally Travelcard. It is valid for unlimited public transportation throughout the whole city area.

The Vienna City Card is recommendable if you often use the public transport network and just want to visit selected Highlights in the city. With this Vienna card it is not only possible to get reduced prices at several attractions, but you have the chance to save one or another Euro at other activities like for example at shopping or at a restaurant visit. If you need the chargeable add-ons 24h hop-on hop-off bus tour or airport transfer you can save a bit more money compared to the local price.

Info about Ordering

Both versions can be ordered online at some travel agencies as well as directly from the providers. Even if the prices are in the most cases equal there are sometimes differences in the terms, such as the cancellation policy.

If you order the Vienna Pass directly at the provider you will have the advantage of a money back guarantee. That means, you may reclaim the purchasing price for unactivated passes within a certain time period. Furthermore, you will often have the opportunity to receive an additional discount on standard price at the provider website. Click at the following link and learn how to use promo codes and online sales offers to receive up to 10% discount. Order directly at:   Vienna Pass*

Unfortunately, the Vienna City Card is only offered by the provider without a cancellation possibility. However, you can buy and collect it directly from the tourist info at the Vienna Airport, the main station or in the city center. You may save up to 10% if you order the card online before picking it up. Just use a discount code from when you order a voucher online. The following web page shows the latest discount codes and some buying info. If you also want to save some time and avoid the pickup, simply choose the -Print at Home- or the -Mobile App- option when you place your order at:    Vienna City Card*  

Info about Airport Transfer

The City Card offers some discounts on various transport options to the airport. For an extra charge you can buy the airport transfer add-on. With this upgrade you may use the comfortable City Airport Train or one of the Vienna Airport Lines buses within 7 days of card activation.

But with the Vienna Pass it gets really cheap. It includes a free transfer with the Air-Liner bus. Details can be found at the end of the guidebook, in a section, where some promotions are listed (PDF page 161). You can download the guidebook* here for free.

2 Day Sightseeing Suggestion

Standard Program

Day 1:

Day 2:

Vienna Pass
City Card
On-Site Price
approx. € 108,60 approx. € 110,90 approx. € 112,90

Intensive Program

Day 1 additionally:

  • Hofburg with Silberkammer, Sisi museum and Imperial Apartments

Day 2 additionally:

Vienna Pass
City Card
On-Site Price
approx. € 108,60 approx. € 142,90 approx. € 151,90

6 single trip tickets are also considered in the calculation. Due to the free use of the hop-on hop-off buses, only 4 single trip tickets were considered with the Vienna Pass.

Alternative Possibilities

The Flexi Pass is an interesting alternative. This is something like a upgradeable and flexible combination ticket. The offered variants do not differ in the period of validity, but in the number of attractions which may be visited. For more information have a look at following review & price comparison.

2 Day Sightseeing Low Budget Suggestion

If you decide not to buy a city card for your stay, the following program suggestion would be a cheap alternative.

Day 1:

Day 2:

A combination ticket for Madame Tussauds and the Giant Ferris Wheel is online available at: Madame Tussauds*

The total expenses together with 6 single trip tickets would be in this case: approx. € 43,20


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