Vienna City Card vs. Vienna Pass – which one to choose? The Vienna Cards Explained!

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You’re planning a trip to Vienna and you’re wondering what pass would be most suitable for you and your stay? You want to make the most of your holiday and do it the most cost-effective way possible?
Look no further!

This is your full and most detailed guide on the topic, and you won’t find anything more detailed or helpful on the internet.

Wanna know why?

Well.. not to brag, but I recently started working at the Tourist Information Office in Vienna, where I got trained everything I need to know about the city, so that I am able to be as helpful as possible for tourists like you. I also have daily access to all sorts of leaflets and every bit of information about Vienna. And I’ve went through them all in order to put this guide together.

Do you trust me now? Okay, great! Let’s dive into it then 🙂

The Vienna Cards Explained! Which one to choose – Vienna City Card or Vienna Pass?

I’d like to start things off by saying that Vienna is a big city, and it offers quite a few services. In this blogpost I will cover all the current possible ‘cards’ and ‘passes’ that are being offered, and I will explain the benefits that come with each of them.

The main card on the market is the:


What’s included? 

→ Free use of public transport within Vienna
→ 210 different discounts for museums, attractions, coffee houses etc (valid for 1 week)
→ One child per card (up to 15 years old) is included and travels for free
→ Guidebook and App to plan your stay

Examples of discounts you get with Vienna City Card

→ Schönbrunn Palace – €4/ -15%
→ Giant ferris wheel – €1/ -8%
→ Zoo – €3/ -15%
→ Albertina – €2/ -13%
→ U4 Discotheque (Club) – 50%
→ Therme Wien – 5/10%

And over 200 more…

Pricing for the Vienna City Card:

24 hours: €17

48 hours: €25

72 hours: €29

*valid from moment of activation

Optional add-ons:

→ Airport Transfer with City Check-in (unlimited travel to and from the airport by any sort of public transport)
→ 24h Hop-On Hop-Off Bus (Big Bus Vienna)

Who is the Vienna City Card suitable for? 

  • Families with children between the ages 6 – 15 

If you’re a family, or even one parent with one child, and you’re staying between 1 and 3 days, the Vienna City Card might be the best option for you.
Unless your child is below 6, you would have to pay for public transport for it as well. By buying the city card you already have one child covered as well, so this usually turns out to be the most inexpensive way. On top of that, you get discounts in museums and attractions, which makes things even cheaper in the long run.

  • People who want to visit more than 3 attractions 

If you’re planning to spend some time in Vienna exploring more than 3 or 4 museums and attractions, then the Vienna City Card is the perfect solution. You will end up saving money through the discounts, and public transport will be covered anyways.

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The second possible pass to consider is the:


Vienna Pass

What’s included?

→ Free entrance to over 60 museums and attractions in Vienna
→ Hop-On Hop-Off bus on 6 routes – unlimited rides, taking you directly to the main attractions
→ Fast track entry at many attractions
→ Guidebook and App to plan your stay

What’s NOT included?

→ Public transport ticket

Examples of attractions included in the Vienna Pass:

→ Schönbrunn Palace – Grand Tour regular price: €20
→ Zoo regular price: €20
→ Albertina regular price: €17,90
→ Belvedere Palace regular price: €22
→ Donauturm regular price: €14.50
→ Natural History Museum + Museum of Art History regular price: €12 each

Pricing for the Vienna Pass:

1 day Adults: €79
1 day Junior: €39.50

2 days Adults: €99
2 days Junior: €49.50

3 days Adults: €129
3 days Junior: €64.50

6 days Adults: €159
6 days Junior: €79.50

*valid for full calendar days

Who is the Vienna Pass suitable for? 

People who want to make the most of their stay and visit as many attractions as possible. 

As you’ve noticed, entry fees for museums and attractions in Vienna aren’t cheap, and they usually vary between 15 and 20 euros.

In my opinion, if you’re staying for at least 2-3 days and want to visit a few of the pricier attractions, and also want to travel around town with the big sightseeing bus, then the Vienna Pass is the right option for you. Getting to skip the lines is also another great advantage and time saver.

Bear in mind that the public transport is not included. You can either move around with the Big Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, or get yourself an additional public transport ticket (I am talking about it in more detail at the end of the blogpost).

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What’s included:

→ Free entry to 3, 4 or 5 sights/ activities
→ Skip-the-line entry to selected attractions
→ Guidebook with information on all offers included

What’s NOT included:

→ Public transport

Possible attractions to choose from:

→ Hop-on Hop-off Ticket for 24-hours and all lines
→ Schönbrunn Zoo
→ Ferris wheel
→ Museum of Natural History
→ Imperial Treasury
→ Spanish Riding School
→ Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK)
→ Upper Belvedere
→ Vienna ring tram
→ Albertina
→ DDSG City Cruise
→ Kunsthistorisches Museum
→ Madame Tussauds
→ And over 30 other sights

Pricing for the Flexi Pass: 

3 attractions: €45

4 attractions: €55

5 attractions: €65

Who is the Vienna FlexiPass suitable for?

People who want to visit only a set amount of chosen attractions.
Make sure you calculate the total amount of the admission fees before purchasing to make sure you get your money’s worth. If you choose 3 attractions, costing €20 each, then it is worth it to purchase the FlexiPass for 3 attractions and pay €45 instead.

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What’s included in the Easy City Pass?

→ Free use of public transport within Vienna
→ One child per card (up to 15 years old) is included and travels for free
→ Some discounts for museums and attractions

Examples of discounts included in the Easy City Pass:

→ MAK Museum – €3
→ Mozarthaus Vienna – €2
→ Jewish Museum Vienna – €10
→ Haus der Musik – €4

Pricing for the Easy City Pass:

24 hours: €14,90
48 hours: €19,90
72 hours: €24,90
1 week: €29,90

Who is the Easy City Pass most suitable for? 

Parents with children below the age of 15. If you’re travelling with a child, you might want to consider this pass, since you won’t have to pay additionally for public transport for the kid.

What’s the difference between the Vienna City Card and the Easy City Pass?

You may be thinking: both passes include public transportation and some discounts for museums, so which one should I choose?

Well, let me try to explain.

The Vienna City Card has much more and much better discounts, covering all major attractions in the city, while the deals with the Easy City Pass aren’t that great.

However, the Easy City Pass offers a weekly option, while the Vienna City Card doesn’t.

But there is another option which should also be considered, or maybe even combined with one of the other passes:

#5 Simple Public Transport Tickets

One of the most popular choices are also the normal public transport cards. Bear in mind, these cards do not give you any benefits, discounts or whatsoever. They are purely just public transport cards.

So if you’re thinking of visiting some of the main attractions (which you definitely should), then I’d recommend opting for one of the upper options.

Pricing for public transport tickets:

24 hours: €8
48 hours: €14.10
72 hours: €17.10
1 week (from Monday till Monday 9am!): €17.10

Where to purchase?:

At every metro station or at the Tourist Info/ Wiener Linien office.


Case 1: You’re staying for 4 days and you want to see as much as possible.

You could buy the Vienna City Card for 24 hours and a simple public transport ticket for 72 hours. This way the discounts will be valid for your whole stay (because they are valid for a whole week).

Case 2: You’re staying for a whole week and want to see as much as possible.

Then just purchase the Vienna Pass and a simple public transport weekly ticket. This way you will have absolutely everything covered – free entries, unlimited rides with the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, and unlimited use of public transport.

Case 3: You’re staying for a few days and you have decided you for sure want to visit 3 or 4 attractions, whose fees vary between 15 and 20 euros. Then you can get yourself the FlexiPass for the set amount of attractions and buy additional simple public transport ticket. But be careful, depending on the museums, the Vienna City Card might be more worth it.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to what you want to visit, how long you’re staying and who you’re travelling with.

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