How are the hop on hop off buses in Vienna? Is it worth the money or should we just expend shoe leather?
A HOHO was included with the Vienna Pass when we were there in 2015. We used it to get to Schonbrunn, the Military History Museum, and the Belvedere. In hindsight, it would have been worth the money if we had bought it separately.
The Vienna Pass itself is a great deal, IMHO.
I’ll echo that I thought the Vienna Pass was a good deal. The HOHO comes with it and so lumped in with all the rest of the benefits, it made it worthwhile. We used it towards the end of a day twice as a way to relax and see the city.
We used the HOHO to get to places like Prater, Tower with the revolving restaurant, and Schonbrunn. I think that the u-bahn would have been quicker to get to the Prater, and definitely quicker to get to the Palace.
Personally, I would say not. Most of the centre of Vienna inside the Ring is pedestrianised and sightseeing buses are not allowed in. For sights further out like Schoenbrunn, the normal bus/tram/tube network is much cheaper and there's not much to see along the way that requires a commentary.
The Rick Steves guide books give a great description of using the public transit trams to sightsee around the center. His Ringstrasse (public transit) Tram Tour is also available on the Audio Guide Europe.
We did the HOHO buses this past summer as part of the Vienna Pass. We actually took all three routes to get a good perspective of the city. That being said, we were staying on a major thoroughfare and there were HOHO stops very nearby. I found the Vienna Pass to be an excellent value..it even allowed us to get a discounted taxi fare from the airport to our hotel. The ride to Schonbrunn on the HOHO was a bit long and somewhat crowded, but the buses seemed to run frequently . Overall, I think as part of the Vienna Pass the HOHO buses served us well. Because it was our first time in Vienna and we didn't speak the language, they provided us with direct transportation to many of the sights as opposed to taking the trams and being unsure of what the directions/stops were.
Agree with CWSocial about the Vienna transit pass -- after going around the Ring a few times we take a tram to the end of the line just to see what's there.
The HOHO takes you to secondary sights that the brochures make you think are primary sights. Plus most of the major sights are located in areas of the first district where the buses cannot go.
Do yourself a favor and just buy a transportation pass. It is very easy to use public transportation in Vienna, it is cheap and it gets you where you want to go. No need to walk, except in the city center.
Get the Vienna metro pass. The HOHO seems nice but it is not all that. And the tubes and the trams in Vienna are outstanding.