Prices in Vienna
Austria has one of the strongest economies in the EU and Vienna is Austria’s financial
centre. Citizens enjoy good welfare services and health care, and a benign pensions and
Vienna earns its cash through precision
engineering, metal products and the manufacture of electrical and electronic goods.
Banking and insurance also chip in their fair share, as does the service industry. The port
of Vienna is the largest facility for container translocating in inland Europe, and has increased
in importance with the opening of the Main canal connecting the Rhine and
the Danube (Donau). Tourism isn’t high on the list of money earners, although, like the arts industry, it’s on the increase.
By European standards, Vienna isn’t a particularly expensive city. It’s cheaper
than Paris, London or Rome, and more expensive than Prague or Budapest. Shopping
aside, accommodation will be the most expensive item on your budget. Food isn’t
that pricey, and if you take advantage of Mittagsmenü (set-menu lunch) you’ll save and still
eat exceptionally well. Museum entry fees range from €1 to €10. Many theatres and classical
music halls sell tickets at discounted prices a few hours before performances, and have
a standing-room-only section where tickets go for a song. These options help to stretch
your euro that little bit further; see also the boxed text It’s Free ( p54 ) for ideas. Note that
children pay lower prices and students and senior citizens often receive discounts. Public
transport is an absolute bargain in Vienna.
On average, staying at a 2- to 4-star hotel (double room), eating out twice a day, taking
in a show and a couple of museums and downing a few cups of coffee will set you back
around €170 to €250 per day.
Box of Mozart Kügeln (marzipan chocolates) – €7.30
One litre of unleaded petrol – hovering over €1
A Frankfurter at a Würstelstand – €3
A Krügerl (half-litre of beer) at a Beisl – Just over €3
An Achterl (small glass of wine) at a Heuriger – €1
Copy of Vienna’s city newspaper Falter – €2.40
Ticket to the Opernball – €215
20-minute Fiaker (horse and carriage) ride – €40
72-hour transport ticket – €12
Vienna sport facilities