Transportation in Vienna consists of a multilayered system which is operated by different companies. The backbone of the public transportation network are the S-Bahn (commuter rail) and the U-Bahn (subway), but buses and trams are of huge importance, too. Not to forget about taxis which are pretty expensive, but very safe and convenient.
As most large German and Austrian cities, Vienna has a complex transportation system. The commuter rail system is arranged by different types of trains.
There are regional trains operated by different train companies, but also S-Bahn trains which have stops inside Vienna and in the suburbs of the city. As there are several different train stations in Vienna, you may also check where your train departs or arrives.
The Vienna S-Bahn consists of nine different lines which operate with different frequencies depending on the time of the day. The lines S1, S2, S3 and S7 operate on the same route in the city center, covering a large portion of the train routes in the city center.
Outside the city center, all lines got different directions. Line S7 is of special importance for travelers as it connects several stops in Vienna with the airport. The lines S40, S45, S50, S60 and S80 operate on completely different tracks and are mainly commuter trains with only a few stops in the city center.
S-Bahn lines in Vienna:
If there is not S-Bahn operating on the route you wish to travel in the city center of Vienna, you most likely board a U-Bahn train. These are comparable to subway systems in other cities. Especially away from the city center, only few stops of the U-Bahn are actually underground.
Most are located over ground. The network consists of five lines in total which all operate very frequently. While services terminate around 1 am on weekdays, the subway is operating 24 hours a day on weekends. There are several exchange stations throughout the city with Karlsplatz being the most important one.
U-Bahn lines in Vienna:
Transportation in Vienna was once mainly organized by trams. This long tradition of tram services is still visible today as there are 29 lines still operating. The numbering, however, is quite strange as the lines got numbers from 1 to 71 with several missing in between.
There are also two special lines with letters. Most tram lines are operating in the city center and offer better connections from one touristic sight to another than the Vienna S-Bahn and U-Bahn do. There are also dozens of exchange stations between different tram lines, the tram and the subway and the tram and buses.
In addition to the above, buses play an important role for transportation in Vienna. There are dozens of different lines which operate frequently at daytime. There are also several different night lines operating on the same or different lines than the daytime buses.
At nighttime, buses also subsidize tram and subway lines which are only operating till midnight or 1 am. Buses in Vienna are generally easy to use. Tickets for public transportation may be purchased online, at machines, in some tobacco shops, at ticket offices and in buses and trams also by the driver (for an extra charge).
Transportation in Vienna wouldn’t be the same without taxis. There are several different taxis you’ll instantly recognize when entering the city. Many different companies are operating taxis in the city, but all work with a taximeter and the same price table.
Taking a taxi in Vienna is very safe and convenient, but prices match the high costs of living in Vienna. The base fare for taxis is 3.80 Euro (~ 4.25 US-Dollar) from 6 am to 11 pm and 4.30 Euro (~ 4.80 US-Dollar) from 11 pm to 6 am. This fare is including the first 860 meters. Afterwards every kilometer is charged between 1.08 Euro (~ 1.20 US-Dollar) and 1.62 Euro (~ 1.80 US-Dollar) depending on the distance of your ride and the daytime.
As one of the most modern and convenient metropolises, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the city of Vienna offers something special in terms of transportation.
The pleasant location on the Danube allows several companies to offer cruises along the river. At the same time, you may also get active by yourself using city bikes. Last but not least, there are horse carriages which come with a hefty charge, available in the city center and near touristic sights.