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Vienna card

We will be in Vienna for 4 days. Is the Vienna card a good purchase or should we just book sightseeing trips.

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We didn't buy the Vienna card when we were there for 5 days. The card gives you discounts vs. free admission after buying the card. For us, the payback wasn't close to cover the cost of the card. We didn't book sightseeing trips; we just went through the museums that interested us, did the RS walking route, went to the Opera to see a ballet, walked all over the Inner Circle and saw the main sights.

My favorite was seeing the ballet - wonderful experience! Outdoors, we really enjoyed the architecture, parks & atmosphere.

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5697 posts

However, we DO buy the weekly transit pass which seems to break even at about 4 days of use. Multiple rides around the ring. Zip across town for schnitzel.

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169 posts

They have a variety of passes and I think they are a great idea (use any combination of underground, trams, and buses in the inner zone). Note that the weekly pass starts on a Monday.

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5697 posts

As the TripAdvisor article notes, there are senior discounts for many museums which are better than Vienna Cards discounts -- sadly, on our last trip to Germany and Austria we didn't even have to show ID many times, our faces were enough proof of age. ;-(

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2342 posts

We purchased the Vienna PASS as opposed to the Vienna Card and for us it was a good value for money. The Vienna Pass gives you free admission to most of the museums and palaces (not the Belvedere) and use of a Hop On Hop Off bus for the number of days your pass is in effect. It was a good buy for us because we are art and history buffs and used it extensively.

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IIRC it is 65 - experienced that in the museums. Assume it would be the same for all venues.

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3188 posts

A nice TI office agent advised us that transport passes and the senior discounts were more cost effective than getting Vienna cards. There are walking tours available through the TI office, We're planning to do one on this visit, but I don't know the price. Check their website for the offerings. Vienna is pretty easy to negotiate on your own, however. Lots of sights are walking distance from each other, and public transport is super.

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9861 posts

When I inquired about the Vienna Card at the TI two days ago, they said senior discounts start at 61. Worked for us! We have made good use of a 72 hour transit pass, though.