Hello there, hope everyone had a great weekend. I have been doing some brainstorming for my next blogs and also started to collaborate with my boyfriend. He is an artist and has so kindly take time out of his busy scheduale to draw me an illustration for this post, and hopefully giving me some more illustrations in the future.

So as the title implies, I wanted to give out some information about Transportation in Vienna. Mostly on Public Transport. To me this is the best way to get around Vienna, and also to see Vienna. If you are living here it is also the most inexpensive way to get around. There are many different types of public transport and many different types of tickets to fit at best for your needs. There are StrassenBahns (Street cars/trams), Metros/Underground (U-Bahn), Buses, and SchnellBahns (fast trains). I don't want to even get into the long list of different types of tickets there are, but I will list the more useful tickets.

Tickets and Prices:
One Ride - €1,80
24 Hours - €5,70
48 Hours - €10,00
72 Hours - €13,60
1  Week  - €14,00
8  Days   - €28,80
1  Month - €49,90
1  Year   - €449,00
Semester ticket (Students ONLY) - €50,50 to €128,50

The students ticket for a semester price depends on your ''status'' If you are a resident of Vienna then you will get your ticket for €50,50 if you are not a resident of Vienna but are getting government help then the ticket costs €100,00 but if you are not from the EU and not getting the money the Government gives families for their children then you will have to pay €128,50.

I would reccomend the 8 Day ticket to anybody planning on staying in Vienna over a week, or if you are just staying the week then the week ticket. If you are planning either a longer stay and come to Vienna at the begining of the month, the month ticket is certainly worth all the money for people who ride the metros alot, or to tourists. An 8 day ticket costs €28,80 so the month ticket certainly saves you a bit if you are like me and use the public transport system more than enough.

All tickets are good for all public transport! (Except any sightseeing type tram. I.E. Vienna Ring Tram)

As a tourist you try to keep close to a metro station or some form of transport. Trams and Buses can be overwhelming for anybody if you are not used to their routes. Your public transport map will be of only the Underground and not of all the trams and buses. If you need a metro map at a few stations where they have a physical ticket desk you can also snatch a metro plan. (Praterstern is one of those places)

Underground lines that is very good for tourists are the U1, U2, and U4. With the U4 you can go to Schönnbrun, with U1 you can go to St. Stephan's Cathedral, and the Prater park. U2 will take you to the Prater park, Rathaus (Town Hall), The Opera House, Museums Quartier, Maria Hilfe Straße, and Karlzplatz (Close to Karlz Kirche, and Naschmarket)

Tram lines that are useful, 1, 0, and the two 2s. At each tram stop they will show you in what direction the trams are going and what stops. You can always hop on any Tram or bus and look at their plan wither at the stop outside, or inside the bus and normally you will always find that they will sooner or later get you to a metro station.

The public transport system here in Vienna at first is a bit overwhelming and can become confusing, but you will never to get truely lost. There will always be a way to get back where you started or you will find a metro station that you then you can connect to another line and get to where you wanted to. Vienna has a fantastic Transport system and it is pretty straight foward. When in true doubt you can always look at your map and see if you can walk. There are also Taxis.

Vienna is tourist friendly and you can ask pretty much everybody on the street where you can find the closest metro station or ask how to get somewhere. People here are friendly and will help you if you ask them for it.

There are many other ways to sight see around Vienna and other ways to get around, but for now, that is all I can really say about the Public Transport that Vienna offers. If you have ever been to New York, London, or Paris and survived their metros, you will find Vienna's system a cakewalk.

For further information check out Wiener Linien's website.

Also for people with any handicaps, don't let the fear of wheelchair accesability, being deaf, or blind stop you from traveling to Vienna.

One more point before I go. I have not seen one metro station without an elevator, and there are also special trams for people with wheelchairs, almost every second tram is accesable for people who can not climb the steps. For the blind, there are grooves in the floors of the underground to help guide you, and for the deaf there are signs at each metro station telling you at which one you are at, so don't let any of your disabilities make you stop from traveling.

If you are traveling with your furry friend, make sure they are muzzeled and yes they can enjoy Vienna with you as well. Vienna is very dog friendly but for the people with fears of dogs, most Viennesse dogs are well behaved and half the time you won't even realize that there is a dog. If you have a dog that is known to not deal with the stress of many people around I would reccomend to keep your dog at home.

Happy Travels!


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