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Vienna Metro Map and Metro System Info: Travel And Sightseeing Tips

Certainly, the Vienna metro is the quickest and most popular means of public transport. On this page, get to know the Vienna metro system and access a Vienna metro map. Learn more about fares, tickets, city cards and timetables, and find free travel tips for using the metro when sightseeing.

Vienna Metro System

In total Vienna runs five metro lines, the U1, U2, U3, U4, and U6, with more than 100 stations. There is no U5 line, by the way: The construction of U5 had been planned decades ago but was always postponed due to funding problems. During the day, the intervals of all lines are around five minutes, in the evenings seven to eight minutes.

Vienna Metro Map

 

Vienna metro m ap 2017

map: Wiener Linien

Access and download the full Metro map 2017 (including city Airport Train and inner city railways) as a pdf.

Fares And Tickets

Vienna metro: Vienna CardThe Vienna metro forms part of the Vienna Transport Authority Wiener Linien. The authority issues all tickets and travel passes. Use of the metro throughout the whole network will therefore be included in all travel passes. Single tickets bought are also valid for all means of public transport by the Vienna Transport Authority.

The best option for travellers is to use the Vienna Card (see photo). It includes metro and other public transport and offers discounts on key sites and attractions. If you want a city card that includes fares for most attractions, consider getting the VIENNA PASS.

Vienna Sightseeing By Metro

There are excellent landmarks and must dos along all metro lines. Besides, some of the Art Nouveau stations themselves, designed by Art Nouveau architect Otto Wagner, are worth visiting.

Here is a selection of the best sites and stations along each line.

Along the U1

Vienna metro: Belvedere PalaceThe U1 cuts through Vienna from the South to the North. It crosses below the Danube Canal, while crossing the Danube itself over ground.

Oberlaa: the terminal in the South of Vienna is only a stone’s throw from popular thermal spa and wellness centre Therme Wien
Südtiroler Platz: Belvedere Vienna
Karlsplatz: Church St. Charles Borromeo, Musikverein, Vienna opera house, Wien Museum, Kunsthalle Café, Café Museum;
Stephansplatz: Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), Mozart house, Kaerntnerstrasse, Graben, Café Diglas;
Schwedenplatz: docking for mini Danube cruise to Bratislava, Vienna’s best ice-cream parlour Eis Am Schwedenplatz;
Praterstern: Vienna Prater;
Donauinsel: Danube Island (see also my Vienna Danube guide);
Kaisermuehlen V.I.C.: United Nations Headquarters;

Along the U2

Vienna metro: MuseumsquartierThe U2 tours half of Ringstrasse before venturing out to the former Jewish district and the Prater.
Karlsplatz: Church St. Charles Borromeo, Musikverein, Vienna opera house, Wien Museum, Kunsthalle Café, Café Museum;
Museumsquartier: theMuseumsquartier, take the other exit to access the city centre via the Imperial Palace’s Heldentor, Burggarten with Palmenhaus orangery and café/restaurant;
Volkstheater: Volkstheater, Das Möbel Café, Spittelberg (check my Art Walk), Volksgarten with Volksgarten Pavilion café/restaurant;
Rathaus: Vienna City Hall, Burgtheater;
Schottentor: University of Vienna, seasonal markets on Freyung square;
Taborstrasse: Augarten, Augarten Palace and porcelain museum; former Jewish district Leopoldstadt
Praterstern: Vienna Prater;

Along the U3

Vienna metro: Cafe CentralThe U3 connects Vienna western and eastern parts.
Ottakring: up and coming area in terms of culture and food, good for a stroll through multicultural Vienna; Vienna’s oldest wine tavern, theZehner Marie is located there;
Zieglergasse: Imperial Furniture Collection (aka Hapsburgs Museum of Furniture), high street shopping Mariahilfer Strasse;
Volkstheater: Volkstheater, Das Möbel Café, Spittelberg (part of my Art Walk), Volksgarten with Volksgarten Pavilion café/restaurant;
Herrengasse: Café Central, seasonal markets on Freyung, Spanish Riding School;
Stephansplatz: Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), Mozart house, Kaerntnerstrasse, Graben, Cafe Diglas;
Stubentor: Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art; Café Prueckel; Stadtpark; Otto Wagner Museum at Austrian Postal Savings Bank;
Landstrasse: catch CAT train to Vienna International Airport
Gasometer: Gasometer City

Along the U4

vienna_metro_16The U4 traces a ‘V’ from Vienna’s West to the North by reaching out to the east of the city centre before going upwards. Parts of it are overground and go back to the old Viennese metropolitain line (Stadtbahn). The station buildings and green patinated banisters had been designed by Art Nouveau genius Otto Wagner. The best examples can be found at Schönbrunn, Kettenbrückengasse, and Karlsplatz stations.
Hietzing-Zoo: Schönbrunn zoo; Art Nouveau gem Kaiserpavillon (former private waiting room for Emperor Francis Joseph) designed by Otto Wagner
Schönbrunn: Schönbrunn Palace
Kettenbrückengasse: Naschmarkt
Karlsplatz: Otto Wagner designed Art Nouveau pavilion; Church St. Charles Borromeo, Musikverein, Vienna opera house, Wien Museum, Kunsthallé Cafe, Café Museum;
Stadtpark: one of the most beautiful Otto Wagner designed stations; Stadtpark, Konzerthaus
Landstrasse: catch CAT train to Vienna International Airport
Schwedenplatz: docking for mini Danube cruise to Bratislava, Vienna’s best ice-cream parlour Eis Am Schwedenplatz;
Heiligenstadt: take local buses to visit Vienna wineries;

Along the U6

Vienna metro: Volksoper WienOut of all metro lines, the U6 is the longest, cutting through from the South West to the North East of Vienna. Like the U4, many of the U6 stations are overground and were built in Art Nouveau style by Otto Wagner. Many of its stations (from Margaretengürtel to Nussdorfer Strasse) lead along Vienna’s outer ring road, the Gürtel.
Josefstädter Strasse: Theater in der Josefstadt, Café Hummel;
Währinger Strasse/Volksoper: attend Vienna’s popular opera house Volksoper (photo) for ballets, operettas (find out more in Vienna opera house)
Nussdorfer Strasse: take tramway 38 towards Grinzing for Vienna wineries;

Vienna Metro Timetables: Overview

During the week, the metro lines run until around midnight to half past midnight, and 24 hours on week ends and before public holidays, in 15 minute intervals.

U1

First train / Last train
from Oberlaa: 4.57am, 0:12am
from Leopoldau 4:59am, 0:06am

U2

First train / Last train
from Karlsplatz 5.24am, 0:30am
from Stadion 5.01am, 0.11am

U3

First train/ Last train
from Simmering 4.50am, 0.23am
from Ottakring 4.54am, 0.22am

U4

First train/ Last train
from Hütteldorf 5.02am, 0.10am
from Heiligenstadt 4.45am, 0.15am

U6

First train/ Last train:
from Siebenhirten 5.11am, 0.01am
from Floridsdorf 4.42am, 0.04am

Vienna’s metro has a reputation of being safe by day and night, and there is extra security staff in the stations at night.

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