Vienna Pass Review 2020 (Is It Worth It)

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Is Vienna Pass worth it – a detailed review about how to save €90 using the pass and from where to buy it (to get a free cancellation).

is vienna pass worth it

Book your City Pass with Tiqets. In this way, you can cancel for free up to 24 hours before the activity (which is not possible if you book with the official website).

Vienna (Wien) is a truly gorgeous city. Unfortunately, it’s pretty expensive, too. The entrance fees are costly and you’ll end up throwing a small fortune only to see the most popular attractions.

That’s exactly what happened to me during my first visit to Wien. I paid about €150 for sightseeing for 3 days. It was more expensive than Paris or Rome! 

At that time only the Vienna City Card was available. It offers unlimited access to public transportation plus over 210 discounts at attractions and shops. It’s a great deal if you plan to use public transport a lot. However, it wasn’t useful to me, as I stayed right in the city centre.

If you’re visiting Vienna for sightseeing stay at Austria Trend Hotel Astoria (my favourite place to stay). It’s the perfect base to explore the city (in the historic centre, near the cathedral and the metro).

Luckily for my next trip, the Vienna Pass was already available. Although I didn’t use the hop-on hop-off buses, I saved about €90 only from entrance fees. It’s a really great deal especially if this is your first time in the city.

How to save €90 with Vienna Pass

Is Vienna Pass worth it?

Vienna Pass is totally worth the cost. The pass includes free admission to all the popular attractions, a boat cruise, a hop-on-hop-off bus tour and a walking tour. You can save up to €90 for 3 days using the pass. Vienna Pass is the best way to explore the city and save a lot of money.

In this Vienna Pass review, I do the math to show you how much you can save by using it.

How much you can save with the 2-day pass

Although 2 days is a short time to see Vienna, you can tour the most popular attractions. Keep in mind that you need to plan your time ahead and start your day early. Also using the hop-on hop-off tour, included in the card, will save you a lot of time. 

By using the 2-day pass you can save up to €91.

Here is an example of a 2-day itinerary, that covers the must-see sites (all included in the card). You’ll be short on time, so skip the treasury and the tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral (plus they are not covered by the pass). The cathedral itself is free to visit.

Also, visit Schönbrunn Palace early in the morning, because even with the pass you’ll need to get a timed entry ticket first. Skip the gardens and visit only the palace (you’ll need hours to explore the gardens).

Day 1

  • Spanish Riding School Morning Exercise – €13
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral – free to visit
  • Imperial Palace – €15
  • Imperial Treasury – €12
  • Rathaus – free
  • Boat cruise along the Danube Canal – €24
  • Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel – €12
  • Guided walking tour (optional) – €15

Day 2

  • Schönbrunn Palace – €26
  • Imperial Carriage Museum – €9.50
  • Apple Strudel Show – €6
  • St. Charles’s Church – see it from the outside
  • Belvedere Palace – €22
  • HOP ON HOP OFF Bus Tour (optional) – €36

Attractions included in the card – €115.5
Walking tour, boat cruise and hop-on hop-off buses – €75
Total without the card – €190.5
If you use the card – €99
Total savings – €91.5


How much you can save with the 3-day pass

3 days is the perfect amount of time to explore Vienna. Here is a brief example of a 3-day itinerary. As you can see even if you use the pass only for its primary feature, the free entrances, you’ll save money.

By using the 3-day pass you can save up to €96.

You can always switch any of the sites below with another attraction that interests you more. For example, the Imperial Burial Vault and Mozarthaus are also covered by the pass.

Find more details and suggestions in my itinerary for 3 perfect days in Vienna (the guide also includes a map and the best day trips you can take).

Day 1

  • Spanish Riding School Morning Exercise – €13
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral – free to visit
  • Imperial Palace – €15
  • Imperial Treasury – €12
  • Rathaus – free
  • Boat cruise along the Danube Canal – €24
  • Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel – €12
  • Guided walking tour (optional) – €15

Day 2

  • Natural History Museum or Kunsthistorisches Museum (€10 or €15)
  • Burggarten and Mozart Statue – free
  • St. Charles’s Church – €8 (not included in the card)
  • Schwarzenbergplatz and Soviet War Memorial
  • Belvedere Palace – €22
  • Boat cruise along the Danube Canal – €24

Day 3

  • Schönbrunn Palace – €26
  • Imperial Carriage Museum – €9.50
  • Apple Strudel Show – €6
  • Wien Zoo or Danube Tower (€20 or €14.50)
  • HOP ON HOP OFF Bus Tour (optional) – €36

Attractions included in the card – €150.5
Walking tour, boat cruise and hop-on hop-off buses – €75
Total without the card – €225.5
If you use the card – €129
Total savings – €96.5


St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Vienna Pass price 2020

The card is available for 1, 2, 3 and 6 days.

  • 1-Day card – €79
  • 2-Day card – €99
  • 3-Day card – €129
  • 6-Day card – €159

Where to buy Vienna Pass

It’s easiest to buy the pass online (and this is what I did – I bought it online from Tiqets). Then you just have to collect it from the service office near the Opera State House. 

The best part if you book with Tiqets is that you can cancel and get a full refund up to 24 hours before the activity starts. This is not possible if you book with the official website.

The pass will be activated at its first use at an attraction. This counts as the first day. Thus to make the most of it, activate it in the morning.

Imperial Palace

Vienna Pass benefits

What’s included in Vienna Pass

  • free admission to over 60 attractions
  • fast-track entry at many sites
  • unlimited rides on the hop-on-hop-off buses
  • boat cruise along the Danube Canal
  • guided walking tour
  • guidebook

Free admission to over 60 attractions

This is the primary benefit. You get a free entrance not only to the most popular attractions but also to numerous museums. Plus, you’ll save time skipping a lot of the queues with the fast track entry. All you need to do is to show the card at the entrance. And using an all-in-one ticket makes everything so easy!

 

Unlimited rides on the hop-on-hop-off buses

Wien has a compact city centre, that you can tour by foot. However, few of the must-see attractions are located far away and you need to use public transport. The included bus tour has 5 different routes and takes you in no time to Schönbrunn Palace, Danube Tower, the Prater and many other popular attractions.

Boat cruise and guided walking tour

The included boat cruise and walking tour are nice bonuses. The 1h walking tour shows you the most famous attractions in the city centre. And the boat cruise along the Danube canal is a great way to see this beautiful city from another angle. If you have to pay additionally for these tours, it’ll cost you €39.

Guidebook

The 100+ page digital guidebook is packed with useful information about the city and its top attractions. It’s an easy way to learn something more about this imperial city and its history.

Belvedere Palace

Is Vienna Pass worth it after all

Yes, it’s totally worth it, no matter how many days you are in the city. The pass covers everything that most of the visitors are interested in. If you plan to see a lot and want to get most of the city, this is the way to do it.

Even if this is not your first time in Vienna, the pass can save a lot of money if you plan ahead your time.


Must buy tickets in advance

If you decide not to use Vienna Pass, I strongly recommend booking tickets in advance for the following sites and events.

Schönbrunn Palace – it’s one of the most popular attractions with long queues. You can buy tickets in advance from the official website.

Giant Ferris Wheelbook your ticket ahead to avoid waiting in line.

Mozart Concert at the Golden Hall – the tickets sell out fast, so book as early as you can. You can book your ticket to the Mozart Concert here.


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2 Replies to “Vienna Pass Review 2020 (Is It Worth It)”

  1. Got the 3-day pass and saved so much! I highly recommend it to anyone who intend to visit Vienna.

    1. Totally agree with you, Edwin!

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