Which tickets are available, how can I use them and where/how can I buy them?
The following is a compact overview of everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the various tickets available for travel on the Wiener Linien network.
You can purchase an annual pass (Jahreskarte) in one of our ticket offices or in our online ticket shop. The Wiener Linien annual pass is valid for exactly 365 days starting on the first day of the next full calendar month and can be used for travel on all public transport lines within Vienna’s Zone 100. A reduced-fare annual pass is available for seniors.
A direct debit authorization (SEPA direct debit) placed with your bank lets you conveniently pay for your annual pass in advance, either monthly or annually. Alternatively, a one-time payment in full can be made in any Wiener Linien ticket office or in our online ticket shop. Online banking and credit card are acceptable forms of payment in the online shop.
Annual passes are non-transferable.
Example: An annual pass purchased or renewed on November 1, 2015, is valid for unlimited travel by tram, bus, underground and suburban rail (S-Bahn) inside Vienna’s Zone 100 until and including October 31, 2016.
Youth and Semester Passes
Youth and semester passes are valid for an entire school year or semester. To be eligible for a semester pass, higher education students must show a valid student identification card (ID) or authorization card issued by the Wiener Linien. A student or apprentice ID (Lehrlingsausweis) is required to purchase a youth pass.
Youth and semester passes are sold in all Wiener Linien ticket offices or can be conveniently purchased online. If lost, a ticket purchased in the online shop can be replaced by simply printing it out again.
Youth and semester passes are only valid for travel on the Wiener Linien transport network if the holder is also in possession of the required ID or authorization card.
Youth and semester passes are non-transferable.
Example: The semester pass for the 2014 summer semester is valid for travel between February 1 and June 30, but only in combination with an approved student ID.
Weekly and Monthly Passes
Weekly and monthly passes are valid for one calendar week or one calendar month, respectively. A weekly pass can be used for unlimited travel on Vienna’s public transport network during the selected week, from 12:00 am Monday until 9:00 am the following Monday. A monthly pass is valid from the first day of the chosen calendar month until the second day of the following month.
Weekly and monthly passes can be purchased in one of our ticket offices or online. If lost, a ticket purchased in the online shop can be replaced by simply printing it out again.
Weekly and monthly passes that are not "personalized" (issued to a specific person) are transferable. However, a personalized ticket bought in the online shop or stored on your mobile phone may not be transferred to another person.
Example: A monthly pass for May 2014 is valid for travel from May 1, 2014, until and including June 2, 2014.
A short-term pass is good for unlimited travel by tram, bus and rail inside Vienna’s Zone 100 for as long as the ticket is valid. Prior to use, you must validate your pass by punching it in a ticket validating machine (conveniently located in underground stations and on buses and trams).
A short-term pass is transferable but may only be used by one passenger at a time.
Example: If you validate a 48-hour pass at 8:00 AM on August 2nd, the pass is good for unlimited travel on the Wiener Linien network until 8:00 AM on August 4th.
Single tickets (Einzelfahrscheine) can be used to travel once in one direction and are valid from the time they are punched in a validating machine. You may change between tram, bus and underground as often as you like, but without interrupting travel.
Reduced-fare single tickets, including those in the form of strip tickets, are available for certain passenger categories.
Example: When traveling from Karlsplatz to Erdberg with a single ticket, you may use the public transport mode and lines of your choice.
Buying Tickets On Your Mobile Phone
Your mobile phone is a convenient way to purchase a ticket when you are on the go. You can buy tickets via the Wiener Linien ticket app or from our mobile ticket shop.
Using the Wiener Linien ticket app you may select from among the following options:
- Single ticket
- Day ticket
- 24/48/72-hour pass
- Weekly pass
- Monthly pass
- Jugend or Top-Jugend youth pass
- Semester or holiday monthly pass (for higher education students)
After making a purchase, you can access your ticket at any time in the ticket app.
Tickets for using Vienna’s public transport system can be conveniently purchased around the clock. The following is a brief overview of the different ticket types and how and where to buy them.
Online Ticket Shop / Ticket App
Whether you are at home or on the go, the Wiener Linien online ticket shop and mobile ticket app offer a quick and easy means of buying tickets. You can print out the ticket yourself, have it sent to you by mail (postage costs extra) or display it on your mobile phone.
The following types of tickets can be purchased via our online shop or mobile app:
- Short-term passes
- The Top-Jugendticket (a youth pass)
- Tickets for higher education students
- The Vienna Card
- Annual passes
Ticket Vending Machines, Tabaktrafik Shops
Even without the Internet, a Wiener Linien ticket can be purchased just about anywhere. All underground stations have ticket vending machines and one of Vienna’s 850 Tabaktrafik (tobacconist) shops is usually just around the corner.
All of the following can be purchased at a ticket vending machine or Tabaktrafik:
- Single and 2-trip tickets, regular or reduced fare
- Strip tickets (Streifenkarten) for four single trips, regular or reduced fare: at Tabaktrafik shops only
- The Vienna Card (Wien Karte)
- 24, 48 and 72-hour Vienna passes
- 8-day tickets
- Weekly and monthly passes
- Youth passes (Jugend and Top-Jugend ticket)
In addition to selling all types of tickets, from single tickets through to the annual pass, Wiener Linien ticket offices provide the necessary order forms for the annual and semester pass, and for all Wiener Linien authorization cards. You can also download the form you need here, then print it out, fill it in and bring it along to a conveniently located office when you purchase your ticket.
In addition to short-term, weekly and monthly passes, our ticket offices offer the following:
- Annual Pass: Photo identification (ID) and a passport photo are required for purchase.
- Semester Pass: In addition to a valid student ID, students must show their registration of residence (Meldezettel) at the time of purchase. The pass is only available to students under the age of 26 who are attending a higher education institution.
- Holiday Monthly Passes: Holiday monthly passes are available to higher education students during July and August. A current student ID or authorization card from the Wiener Linien is required for purchase.