Vienna is one of Europe’s great cities and definitely the grandest city in the German-speaking world, but all of that gorgeous architecture and culture doesn’t come cheap. 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. If you want to see all of the city’s top sights in 2 or 3 days, see our Vienna Pass review as it might be your best bet.

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 and noodle stands, which are all over town, where a filling meal can be fast and fairly cheap.

Vienna prices


1 EUR = 1.16 USD

Vienna facts

Population 1,600,000
Metro area 2,300,000
Time zone UTC+1
Currency Euro
Airports Vienna International Airport (VIE)

Vienna hotel prices

Rating Price (USD)
29.07 - 60.47
37.21 - 67.44
46.51 - 75.58
79.07 - 177.91
251.16 - 343.02

Recommended hotels


Pension Liechtenstein

Doubles from €70/night

Our pick: The best cheap and central 3-star hotel in Vienna

Hotel seasons


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.

Vienna hostel prices

Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
14.24 - 32.56

Recommended hostels


Wombats City Hostel - at The Naschmarkt

Beds from €18/night

Our pick: The best cheap and central hostel in Vienna

Vienna attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
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 18.60
ages 6-18 13.37
Hofburg Palace This huge and ornate palace is another must-see Vienna sight. Price includes audio guide. adults 17.44
ages 6-18 10.47
Museum of Fine Arts This enormous museum is Austria's answer to the Louvre. Price includes audio guide. adults 17.44
under 19 0.00
Giant Ferris wheel in Prater Park Another of Vienna's most popular attractions. adults 13.95
child 5.81

Vienna transportation prices USD

Taxi from airport to city center 29.07 - 34.88
Commuter train from airport to city center 4.88
Express train from airport to city center 12.79
3km taxi ride in Vienna 9.30 - 13.95
Public transport ride in Vienna 3.02
All-day public transport card 9.30

Vienna food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast Many hotels will include breakfast. If not, sandwiches and sausages are good budget options. 4.65 - 8.14
Budget lunch There's a wide variety of casual and fast-food places to choose from, usually serving local specialties. 5.81 - 10.47
Budget dinner Dining at proper restaurants in Vienna is rarely cheap, but portions are usually large and filling, at least. 9.30 - 17.44
Beer (.5l glass) Very good local lager is served most places. 3.49 - 5.81
Table wine (bottle) Decent quality table wine can be affordable in many restaurants, and even cheaper in markets. 4.65 - 10.47
Bratwurst There are little sausage kiosks all over town, with relatively cheap beer as well. 3.49 - 4.65

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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.

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