Tips for Saving Money in Pricey Vienna, Austria

Vienna is a gorgeous city, with horse-drawn carriages clattering down cobblestone streets alongside ornate architecture and beautifully manicured public gardens. Its home to world-class opera, excellent museums, top notch restaurants, a vibrant café culture and plenty of culture and history.

Vienna Travel Tips: Natural History Museum, Maria-Theresien Platz
Natural History Museum, Maria-Theresien Platz

Vienna Travel Tips: How to save money

However, Vienna isn’t known for being one of the most budget-friendly travel destinations in Europe. Prices in the city are most expensive than many other European destinations and after spending a few days here you might get the cold sweats from watching your travel savings dwindle quite quickly.

There are a few ways you can cut the costs of your travels in Vienna while still enjoying the city. Here are some helpful tips you can keep in mind:

Free Walking Tours

Take free walking tours to learn about the history of the city. There are a few different free tours offered around the city, which make for an affordable way to spend an afternoon. (Make sure you bring a bit of cash so that you can leave a small tip for the guide.)

Vienna Travel Tips: Horse Drawn Carriage Ride in Vienna
Horse Drawn Carriage Ride in Vienna

Public Transit

Use the public transit. The public transport system of Vienna is affordable and consists of commuter rail, trams and buses. Most of the time you can get across the city for only a couple of Euros. If you will be there for a week it might even be more economical to pick up a week pass.

Food Markets

Find cheap food at the markets. Vienna has 26 different open air markets where you can find delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries, cheese, meats and much more. Gathering together a picnic from one of the markets is a much cheaper option than eating in a Vienna restaurant.

Another great value place to eat is at one of the Viennese biergartens where you will be able to find heaping platters of sauerkraut and Viennese sausages.

Vienna Travel Tips: Outside the Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna
Outside the Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

Accommodation Options

Avoid staying in a hotel in the Ringstrasse, since it will be the most expensive. If you expand your search to the Inner and Outer Suburbs you will find plenty of more affordable options.

Tours and Activities

Probably one of the best Vienna travel tips I can give you is to take advantage free or cheap tours activities so you can still enjoy the city’s culture.

  • One Sunday mornings at 9am you will be able to hear the Vienna Boys Choir at the Hofburg Chapel Foyer for free.
  • On the first Sunday of the month admission will be free to all of the metropolitan museums in the city, so plan your visit to take advantage of the culture for less.
  • Plan to do as much walking as possible to get around the city, it won’t cost you a thing and it’s a great way to see the beautiful architecture. Check out the Hofburg in the 1st district – home of the Habsburg dynasty for 700 years.
  • There are free guided tours of the Rathus, the beautiful neo-Gothic city hall of Vienna, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm.
Vienna Travel Tips: View of Volksgarten in Central Vienna
View of Volksgarten in Central Vienna

These are just a few of the ways that you can enjoy the beautiful city of Vienna even if you are on a tight travel budget. Have fun and happy travels!

About Kelly Dunning


A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. She and her English boyfriend Lee run, packed full with travel guides, stories and inspiration for those who dream of travel. They have been location independent and travelling the world digital-nomad style for the last three years, with no address, no car and no fixed schedule.

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