As the capital city of one of the world’s richest nations, you might expect Vienna to be expensive. But it’s not bad compared to the likes of London and usually slots into the EU at just above average, price-wise.
For guidance, here are some rough prices as of late June, 2021. Of course, the Euro goes up and down, so check your current exchange rates.
Food & drink
Warning: these are “normal” Viennese prices – expect to pay more in tourist or city centre areas. In the very central traditional coffee houses, for example, a cappuccino can easily exceed your average yearly mortgage repayment (nah, but €5+ is not unusual).
- A single espresso (German: kleiner Schwarzer): €2.70
- A cappuccino: €3.90 (though a 2021 De Longhi report puts the average at around €3.40)
Tip: breakfast deals in many coffee houses include a hot beverage and work out really quite cheap compared to buying everything separately.
- Beer and wine:
- A beer (half litre) in a bar: €4.20
- A 500ml tin of Austrian beer in a supermarket: €0.49 to €1.29 (for “normal” beers)
- You can get perfectly drinkable wine in a supermarket for under €3 a bottle and very decent wine for around €5
- Other drinks:
- 1.5 ltr bottle of standard mineral water in a supermarket: €0.27 to €1.55
- Can of coke in a supermarket: €0.85
Note that the tap water is rather good in Vienna.
- 100g bar of Milka chocolate in a supermarket: €1.19
- Typical main course of fried cutlet of pork (i.e. Schnitzel) with potato salad: starts at around €8 rising to around €15+ at the more expensive places
A couple of tips:
- Food and drink is quite inexpensive in supermarkets, especially the discounters like Hofer (the Austrian version of Aldi)
- Many tourist places sell marzipan balls (Mozartkugeln) and Mozart-themed marzipan chocolate as souvenirs. You can get more or less the exact same thing much (much) cheaper in the conventional supermarkets
- Schnitzel is a useful menu item for comparing prices between restaurants, since nearly every place offers them. Just be sure you’re comparing like with like, since veal schnitzel (the original) costs significantly more than pork schnitzel or turkey schnitzel (the more common dishes)
- Taxi transfer from airport to city: around €35-40
- Petrol/gasoline: at the time of writing, petrol prices at the cheaper locations are around €1.15/ltr for Super 95 (standard lead-free), but expect fluctuations (obviously)
- Public transport:
- 24-hour travel card for Vienna: €8
- Weekly travel pass for Vienna: €17.10
- Return ticket to/from the airport on the dedicated non-stop train: €19.00 (online price)
- Return trip to/from the airport on the standard S-Bahn train: €8.40
- Sightseeing bus:
- Basic 24-hour ticket: €29
The city transport system is fantastic, by the way: fast, frequent, and inexpensive…especially if you get one of the network passes.
- Movie theater tickets at an English-language cinema: €10 (with surcharges for 3D etc.)
- Theater/opera tickets: Prices begin as low as €3-€4 if you’ll stand, even in the most prestigious locations like the State Opera House. The best seats can cost anything from €50 to €200+.
- Adult entrance ticket to the…
- Zoo: €22
- Kunsthistorisches Museum: €16
- Albertina art museum and staterooms: €16.90
- Grand tour of Schönbrunn Palace: €22
- Ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel: €12
If you visit a lot of tourist attractions, then consider a sightseeing pass.