Vienna Public Transport
Vienna has a well-developed public transport network. Buses, trains, trams and underground lines will take you almost anywhere in the city in no time at all.
Vienna public transport Wiener Linien operates five underground lines, 30 tram and 83 bus lines, of which 23 are night lines. Night lines only operate between 0.30 am and 5 am. The Wiener Linien vehicle fleet currently consists of over 500 tramcars and almost 500 buses.
Vienna features an impressive public transport system. the subway, trams and buses assure reliable and clean transportation. The underground/subway system is particularly easy to navigate. At night, there exists a network of night buses, a cheaper alternative to taking a taxi. All of these transport options are available at very reasonable prices ranging from Euro 1.80 for a single Journey, Euro 14.00 for a weekly card and Euro 49.50 for a monthly ticket.
Vienna public transport is part of the Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region VOR (transport association for Austria's eastern regions). Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region is split into eight zones and includes parts of Lower Austria, the Burgenland and all of Vienna. The city of Vienna accounts for one full zone or core zone (Kernzone or "Zone 100"). A single ticket is valid for travelling one way in one zone. You may change to different lines in the course, but you may not interrupt your journey. Single tickets can be purchased at a price of EUR 1.80.
Vienna Central Station
Construction works to replace the old Südbahnhof with a new Central Railway Station and to build a new residential area will last until 2015. The works will affect parts of the 3rd, 4th and 10th district located between Wiedner Gürtel, Arsenalstraße, Gudrunstraße and Sonnwendgase.
Bahnhof Wien Meidling
Throughout the construction works of the Central Station, Bahnhof Wien Meidling partly replaces Südbahnhof: long distance trains covering the Southern route which so far have left from and arrived at Wien Südbahnhof, depart from and arrive at Wien Meidling. The majority of the Southern route’s local trains continue to be part of the regular S-Bahn rail services. Optimum continuation from Bahnhof Wien Meidling is guaranteed by the numerous S-Bahn lines, Underground line U6 (station Philadelphiabrücke), trams and buses and the Wiener Lokalbahn (Vienna Local Rail).
Fares and Tickets
All public transport in the area around Vienna has joined the fare union Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR). This means that any ticket bearing the VOR symbol can be used on every means of public transport in the area. You can use the same ticket for a journey that involves trips by bus, tram, metro and/or train, and you can change as often as you have to without having to buy a new ticket.
Tickets are available for various fare zones. If you aren't leaving Vienna, you need not worry about the zones at all, since all of Vienna is just one zone (zone 100). However, whenever you are crossing a zone boundary (zone boundaries are marked with a Z on the large network map), you have to pay for an additional zone. This may concern tourists in so far as a ride from the airport to the city on the S-Bahn is two zones (see Airport Connections). If you have a valid ticket for zone 100 (e.g. a weekly travel pass or a 24-hour ticket) you only have to pay the extra zones. You never have to pay for more than eight zones, no matter how far you travel.
Free travel for children
Children up to the age of six travel free of charge on the Vienna public transport network. Children up to the age of 15 travel free on Sundays and public holidays and during the school holidays in Vienna (this includes the week before Easter, July 6th through August 31st, and Dec 23rd through Jan 6th). An ID card may be helpful to prove a child's age.
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