Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?

Yes. Public transportation in Vienna is a dream. - Feb 2019


Vienna has one of the best public transportation systems I've ever seen. Super safe and efficient. If you live in Vienna, you can get a year pass (maybe 350 Euro?) that covers nearly all public transportation options - if you are with the Tri-Missions community, you get this at a heavily discounted price (I think it was only 100 Euro). - Jul 2018


Absolutely, within the bounds of common sense. And cost-effective, as well. A regular annual pass amounts to €1 per day; student passes for the school year are €40 or €65, depending on the student age. The system is easy to understand; and the ticket machines offer information in multiple languages. Traveling on public transport is on the honor system, though, and if caught without a valid ticket the fine is quite high. - Nov 2017


Taxis are expensive. You'll easily pay 15-20 Euros within minutes. Buses, trams, and the subway are good and on time. Plus they often have an electronic sign which is fairly accurate as to arrivals. Just know that sometimes you'll have to sit next to smokers who have the smell on their clothes. It is confusing on where to purchase and where to stamp your fare cards. But you have to do it because they often have a wall of enforcers blocking major exits and examining each person's ticket. You will get fined hugely. No excuses. - Jun 2016


You can get a pass that covers all public transport in the Vienna city limits for 365 euros/year - it's a fabulous deal. Trains are definitely safe and reliable. Prices can add up quickly for whole families however, though kids though age 6 are free. Taxis are abundant and I don't feel the prices are outrageous. - Mar 2015


Yes and yes! - Jul 2014


Yes, yes, yes -- and yes! Public transportation here is fantastic. - Mar 2014


The Wiener Oeffis (Vienna public transit) offers the best system in the world! A yearly pass costs 365 Euros and a long wait for a bus, tram, or subway would be 8 minutes ... Taxis are available as well and not too terribly expensive. - Aug 2013


Absolutely. You can buy an annual pass that allows you to hop on and off wherever you like. it's pretty wonderful. - May 2013


They are not only safe and affordable, they are way more practical than trying to drive here most of the time. Most of the people I know take public transportation rather than try to get their car out of a garage or try to find parking. Most of the districts in the city have 2-hour restricted street parking, and you have to either use pre-paid parking vouchers on your windshield (no street machines here) or pay for it on your cell phone. - Jan 2013


The subway/bus/street car system is extremely comprehensive and relatively cheap. I never drove in the city - my son and I went all over the city on public transportation. It's clean, safe, and trains/buses/street cars come every few minutes. I loved public transportation! I didn't take taxis - too expensive (similar to US prices). - Aug 2011


Absolutely! Both safe and affordable. Best I've ever seen. - Aug 2011


Public transport is safe and affordable. Many diplomats living downtown do not own a car. - Aug 2009


Yes, yes, and yes. - Aug 2009


Get a multi-trip ticket and ride any of the 3 modes to your heart's content. Also, rent or buy a bicycle. I didnt have a bike, and the ones they have all over town for "automatic" rental didnt turn me on (solid plastic tires). But getting around town on a bike is fun and not hard. I also rollerbladed pretty much all over the place. Some parts of town are kinda "hilly" for skates, but if you are just in the center of town, rollerblades can do OK. Be aware of places that are cobblestoned! - Jul 2009


Great public transport that is safe and clean. - May 2008


Very safe and pretty affordable. - Apr 2008


Public transportation in Vienna is wonderful. Buses, trams, and subways are all syncronized and punctual. Trains are good too. You don't really need to own a vehicle in Vienna unless you plan on traveling around the country/Europe a lot. Prices are affordable, epecially if you get a monthly/annual ticket for public transportation in the city. Low-cost airlines are available, too. - Jan 2008


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