All Vienna’s trams are decked out in red and white – the city’s colours. Well, almost all.
A lone protest vote against the uniformity of colour is a bright yellow tram circling the Ring boulevard. This is the municipal transport authority’s “sightseeing tram” – the Vienna Ring Tram.
- Short tram tour past many city sights
- Good if you’re short of time, otherwise walk the route
- Adult ticket* is €12 (or one free journey with the Vienna Pass)
- See also: Sightseeing buses
The Ring Tram tour
On board, you enjoy a roughly 25 minute guided tour around the Ring, courtesy of headphones in your choice of various languages (including English). This is not a hop-on, hop-off opportunity: it starts and ends at Platform C at the Schwedenplatz station (see map below), with two starts an hour from 10am to 5.30pm.
You can buy tickets on board, at station ticket offices or at online providers*. At the time of writing, a ticket cost €12 for adults and €6 for under 15s, with under 3s going free if they sit on a lap. The tram is also included in the Vienna Pass (review), which gets you one free journey.
So is it worth it?
If you have the time and energy, you’re better off seeing the Ring on foot for a true appreciation of the majesty of Habsburg Vienna. You also travel part way around the Ring on normal trams, so can use these with standard tickets and get on and off as you desire. And the hop on, hop off sightseeing buses offer more comprehensive tours.
If you’re pressed for time (or out of energy), then this is an easy way to get a swift look at many of the things you’re supposed to have seen in Vienna, with a brief guide so you know what you’re looking at.
You also get to go on a yellow tram (yay!) and the conductor was very friendly and accommodating when we did our trip.
Quick travel tips
- The tram travels the Ring on the right, so the right side of the tram as you face forward has less chance of having a view blocked by an inconvenient bus. But note that the top sights are on both sides of the Ring, so picking your side isn’t critical.
- Switch the language to the German channel on your headphones, then again to the local Vienna dialect for an interesting insight into the linguistic differences.
- In the winter months and nearer Christmas, take the latest tram you can and enjoy the lights – some of the hotels along the Ring put up delightful displays and you’ll pass the Rathausplatz in all its seasonal splendour.
How to get to the Ring tram
Schwedenplatz is a short walk from the very centre of Vienna and itself a transport hub served by…
Subway: U1 and U4 lines
Tram/bus: the 1 and 2 tram or the 2A bus
Address: Schwedenplatz, 1010 Vienna | Website