I am looking for feedback on the WienMobile App for transportation. Have you had good luck with it? How do you validate your ticket. I will be on a Rick Steves tour. Any recommendation on tickets for Vienna visitors section of the app?
How long are you in Vienna?
I would suggest a 24, 48 or 72 hour ticket or a 7 day ticket, not one of those visitor ones.
The app is helpful for storing your ticket. I use Google maps for directions on public transportation.
I’m sure the app asks you for the validity date for the pass and the ticket you buy will clearly show the start and end date.
Does that help?
I have used the app a couple of times over the last few years. It's pretty intuitive to use. As I recall, you can enter the date/time you want the ticket to be active. I agree with Emily -- don't go for the tourist tickets -- just buy a regular ticket for the duration of time you will be in Vienna.
Hi. just used the app for the first time, for 6 days in Vienna. Had no problems with it. love it. easy to use, and can save the passes/tickets to your phone's wallet (i have an iphone). we never had to validate it once actually and took trams daily, as well as subways, from the airport, and also to schonnbrunn. very easy to use. if you don't validate and someone comes and checks, i'm sure they will be understanding, as a visitor/first time user. we only used digital tickets and did not use paper ones.
We were just in Vienna last week and used the weinMobile app. To clarify, when you buy a ticket, like a 3 day pass on the app, you specify a starting date and time, which essentially validates your ticket for that specific time frame. If there is a check by an agent during that time frame, all is well as long as you can display the ticket on your phone. If you can't display it, or you are outside of that window, I suspect no mercy will be shown and fines will ensue...
I took a screenshot of my ticket to have on my phone just in case the app decided not to work.
Which tour are you on? I did the Berlin, Prague & Vienna tour in June. Our guide gave us 7-day passes because they were almost the same price as 3-day.
I needed one more day for my extended Vienna stay so used the app to buy a ticket to go to the train station. Very easy app to use.
You do not validate a ticket bought through the app. Just be able to show it if you are asked.
Enjoy your trip!
@horsewoofie I will be on the same tour. In your post you said your guide gave you passes. Was this for just for Vienna or was Prague and Berlin passes given as well? I thought I would have to buy transportation for all the places we are visiting.
LF, Our guide gave the group passes for Berlin. I had already bought a week pass on the BVG app since I was in Berlin pre-tour and didn't know we were getting passes as part of the tour. In Prague we didn't have passes, but the guide gave us two one-way tickets, used one to go up to the Castle with the group. I walked down so didn't use the other ticket. As mentioned, she gave the group a week pass for Vienna. Transportation in Berlin and Vienna is excellent and easy to maneuver through.
When are going on your tour? Do you know who your guide will be? Jana Hronkova is excellent. She grew up in Prague and still lives there so she brings lots of knowledge of everyday life.
If you are going to Munich pre- or post-tour, I bought day passes using the MVV app. Some days I didn't need the tram, others were multi-zone. Mignon who posts on the forum was kind enough to help me figure out the best pass per day. I flew in to Munich and 25 days later flew out of Munich.
If you are looking for free time sights in Berlin, I recommend the Reichstag but tickets are limited. Although they are free, you have to apply (as soon as your day opens up) and wait for approval. My trip report may give you free time ideas: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/give-me-time-to-post-multi-segment-report
I was going to get the Berlin Welcome card but if the tour guide is going give us transpiration card maybe I should look into Berlin Transportation app. And get just transpiration on the extra day?
I doubt if the Berlin Card will be cost effective, city cards often aren't. Download the BVG app and buy tickets/pass for only what you need. Set up your account before you leave home, it's easier than trying to do it when you're on the go. But don't buy your pass until you need it. Very easy user friendly app.