BACKPACKER INDEX: US$81.17
Vienna hotel prices
Hotels in Vienna stay fairly crowded all year long, except for mid January through March, when some pretty good deals are available. Generally the high season for Vienna hotels lasts from April through October, but also includes all major holiday periods. Hostels typically don’t vary their rates much at all through the year.
A case could be made that Vienna is one of Europe’s great cities, but unfortunately it’s also one of the more expensive cities on the continent. The cultural and historical opportunities here are rivaled by few others, and things are quite tidy and organized too, so be prepared to spend some money to really enjoy it all.
Most of the most famous attractions in the city are cheaper than they are in, say, Paris or Rome, but those who want to hit all the main highlights will still find it fairly expensive. Fortunately the public transportation is efficient and reasonably priced, and there are plenty of interesting things to see and do that don’t cost anything.
Hotels in Vienna are rather expensive at the mid and upper ranges of things, but some bargains do exist in the lower reaches. You’re likely to be staying outside of the main ring road area, so you’ll sacrifice some time going back and forth, though it does keep your budget more intact. Vienna hostels can be good bargains, however, as can private rooms at those hostels.
For food and drink this is a typically expensive European capital, with sit-down meals costing quite a bit, and cheaper offerings often being hard to find. The exception is the sausage stands, where a filling meal can be fast and fairly cheap.
Vienna attraction prices
|Schloss Schönbrunn||Vienna's most famous attraction is this castle on the edge of the city. Price includes audio guide. The Grand Tour costs a bit more.||adults||13.64|
|Hofburg Palace||This huge and ornate palace is another must-see Vienna sight. Price includes audio guide.||adults||13.64|
|Museum of Fine Arts||This enormous museum is Austria's answer to the Louvre. Price includes audio guide.||adults||15.58|
|Giant Ferris wheel in Prater Park||Another of Vienna's most popular attractions.||adults||11.69|
Vienna Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||32.47 - 45.45|
|Commuter train from airport to city center||5.19|
|Express train from airport to city center||15.58|
|3km taxi ride in Vienna||9.09 - 12.99|
|Public transport ride in Vienna||2.60 - 2.86|
|All-day public transport card||7.01 - 8.70|
Vienna food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Many hotels will include breakfast. If not, sandwiches and sausages are good budget options.||5.19 - 9.09|
|Budget lunch||There's a wide variety of casual and fast-food places to choose from, usually serving local specialties.||7.79 - 12.99|
|Budget dinner||Dining at proper restaurants in Vienna is rarely cheap, but portions are usually large and filling, at least.||10.39 - 19.48|
|Beer (.5l glass)||Very good local lager is served most places.||3.90 - 4.55|
|Table wine (bottle)||Decent quality table wine can be affordable in many restaurants, and even cheaper in markets.||5.19 - 11.69|
|McDonald's Big Mac||Vienna is actually one of the cheaper McDonald's cities in Europe.||3.83|
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|Airports||Vienna International Airport (VIE)|
Avg temps & precip
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Vienna has a pleasant climate through most of the year, and summer is definitely the busiest season. Days are warm and humid, but rarely so hot that it becomes problematic. Spring and fall are usually quite mild, with low rainfall in general. Winters can get cold, but accumulations of snow are rare so as long as you are dressed properly you should be fine.
Sunrise and sunset