Seeing Vienna with a pass.

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At the Spanish Riding School© Rene van Bakel

At the Spanish Riding School© Rene van Bakel

In mid-January the Vienna Pass was launched with prices starting at €69. Is it good value for the city-break visitor?

Available at, the Pass gives visitors entry to more than 60 sites in a city which welcomes more than 12 million tourists each year. Priced from €69 for the two day pass and half that for a child from 6-19, the Pass also offers visitors unlimited journeys on the city’s convenient hop-on, hop-off sightseeing buses, fast track entry at key attractions, a free guidebook with insider tips, a smartphone app and attractive discounts at selected retail and dining outlets. It is available in two-, three- and six-day formats. In addition, the Pass can be ordered with a travelcard for Vienna’s public transport network. Children below the age of six gain free admission to all attractions if accompanied by an adult with a Pass.

Some of the attractions which are included in the scheme are the Schönbrunn Palace which was the former summer residence of the Austrian Imperial family, the Schönbrunn Zoo – the oldest in the world and Vienna’s equivalent of the London Eye, the Riesenrad.

Over 60 attractions are included which is many more than any one person would probably manage to see on one visit including two more famous stops that visitors to Vienna must see, the Spanish Riding School and the imperial apartments of the Hofburg Palace but is the price of the card good value?

Depending on which tour you take, the Schönbrunn Palace costs between €11.50 and €14.50 for an adult and the zoo, €15.50. The Hofburg Palace is also €11.50 and the Spanish Riding School guide costs €16. Do the maths and you need to visit between five and six places during the time of the two day pass to break even. How many of us would visit over six? If you do, then the pass is for you. If you use the hop-on/hop-off sightseeing bus as you mode of transport in the city rather than the add-on travelcard then the value of the Pass becomes more attractive but it still seems pricey even if it does get you to the front of the queue. Before buying – and you can get it online – plan carefully what you want to visit otherwise buying each attraction ticket separately could be better value.

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