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Public transportation

Students under the age of 26 who are enrolled at CEU PU in Vienna (BA, MA and PhD) and have residency in Vienna are eligible to purchase a semester pass for 75 euros per semester. You will need an Austrian Student ID (Matrikelnummer) and a proof of address registration document (Meldezettel).

  • Winter semester from 1 September to 31 Januar
  • Summer semester from 1 February to 30 June

At the moment the semester pass is available in the Wiener Linien customer service center (Erdbergstraße 202, 1030 Vienna)  but will be available online later.

Opening times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8am - 3pm
  • Thursday 8am - 5:30pm 

Ticket guide and prices

  • Single ride: 2.40 EUR
  • 2-ride ticket: 4.80 EUR
  • 24h ticket: 8.00 EUR (online and in person)
  • Day pass: 5.80 EUR (online only)
  • 48h-ticket: 14.10 EUR
  • Weekly pass: 17.10 EUR
  • Monthly pass: 51 EUR

Annual Passes

You can purchase an annual pass (Jahreskarte) in one of the ticket offices or in our online ticket shop.

The Wiener Linien annual pass is valid for exactly 365 days starting on the first day of the next full calendar month and can be used for travel on all public transport lines within Vienna's Zone 100.

A reduced-fare annual pass is available for seniors. A direct debit authorization (SEPA direct debit) placed with your bank lets you conveniently pay for your annual pass in advance, either monthly or annually. Alternatively, a one-time payment in full can be made in any Wiener Linien ticket office or in our online ticket shop. Online banking and credit card are acceptable forms of payment in the online shop. Annual passes are not transferable.

Weekly and Monthly Passes

Weekly and monthly passes are valid for one calendar week or one calendar month, respectively. A weekly pass can be used for unlimited travel on Vienna's public transport network during the selected week, from 12:00 am (midnight) Monday until 9:00 am the following Monday. A monthly pass is valid from the first day of the chosen calendar month until the second day of the following month.

Weekly and monthly passes can be purchased in one of our ticket offices or online. If lost, a ticket purchased in the online shop can be replaced by simply printing it out again. Weekly and monthly passes that are not "personalized" (issued to a specific person) are transferable. However, a personalized ticket bought in the online shop or stored on your mobile phone may not be transferred to another person.

Short-Term Passes

A short-term pass is good for unlimited travel by tram, bus and rail inside Vienna's core zone for as long as the ticket is valid. Prior to use, you must validate your pass by punching it in a ticket validating machine (conveniently located in underground stations and on buses and trams).

Available options: 24, 48, and 72 Hour Pass; 8-Day Ticket; Vienna Card.

A short-term pass is transferable but may only be used by one passenger at a time.

Single Tickets

Single tickets (Einzelfahrscheine) can be used to travel once in one direction and are valid from the time they are punched in a validating machine. You may change between tram, bus and underground as often as you like, but without interrupting travel.

Reduced-fare single tickets, including those in the form of strip tickets, are available for certain passenger categories.

Purchasing a ticket

Online Ticket Shop / Ticket App

Whether you are at home or on the go, the Wiener Linien online ticket shop and mobile ticket app offer a quick and easy means of buying tickets. You can print out the ticket yourself, have it sent to you by mail (postage costs extra) or display it on your mobile phone. You can download the ticket apps to your smartphone and find more information on mobile tickets.

Buy tickets with your smartphone: You can buy Wiener Linien tickets easily and conveniently when you are out and about. All you need is a smartphone and the WienMobil app or the Wiener Linien ticket app. Mobile tickets are not transferable. Tickets that are bought on a smartphone are displayed on the mobile phone and cannot be printed out. They are customized for the person buying them or for a companion, and are therefore not transferable.

Buy for other people: If you buy a ticket for another person via the Wiener Linien ticket app or in the online ticket shop, please note that this person must be in possession of the mobile phone of the person who bought the ticket in case of a ticket inspection. It is not possible to pass on tickets bought by text message or email to family members or other individuals. The online ticket shop can be accessed at this site. You can also use the mobile page here.

Ticket Vending Machines, Tabaktrafik Shops

Wiener Linien tickets can be purchased just about anywhere. All underground stations have ticket vending machines and one of Vienna's 850 Tabaktrafik (tobacconist) shops is usually just around the corner.

All of the following can be purchased at a ticket vending machine or Tabaktrafik:

  • Single and 2-trip tickets, regular or reduced fare
  • Strip tickets (Streifenkarten) for four single trips, regular or reduced fare: at Tabaktrafik shops only
  • The Vienna Card (Wien Karte)
  • 24, 48 and 72-hour Vienna passes
  • 8-day tickets
  • Weekly and monthly passes
  • Youth passes (Jugend and Top-Jugend ticket)

Ticket Offices

In addition to selling all types of tickets, Wiener Linien ticket offices provide the necessary order forms for the annual and semester pass, and for all Wiener Linien authorization cards.

In addition to short-term, weekly and monthly passes, our ticket offices offer the following:

Annual Pass: Photo identification (ID) and a passport photo are required for purchase.

Website (in English and German)
Customer service: +43 (0)1 7909 100
Tickets: through this link
Single ride: 2.40 EUR
Day pass: 5.80 EUR
Monthly pass: 51 EUR
Semester ticket: The ticket for all students under the age of 26. Travel throughout Vienna for five months. 75 EUR (Terms and conditiions apply!)


What documents do I need to carry around in Hungary?

Hungary joined the Schengen Area in late 2007, and consequently the country has tightened its border controls. Foreigners in Hungary are by law required to carry a proper identity document at all times, and show it to the local authorities upon request.

Please make sure to carry your passport at all times. Police authorities can fine anyone up to 150.000 HUF for failing to show a valid passport (or in case of EEA citizens a national ID card).

How do I travel the simplest and cheapest way in Budapest?

While using the Hungarian public transport system you can opt for the following:

  • a single ticket: 350,- HUF
  • a Budapest 24-hour travel card (1.650,-HUF)
  • a 7-day travel card (4.950,- HUF)
  • a 14-day pass (6.300,- HUF),
  • a monthly Budapest pass (9.500,- HUF). The monthly pass allows you to travel day and night on any vehicles run by the Budapest Transport Center (BKK).

If you regularly travel by public transport, the best arrangement for you is to buy a monthly Budapest travel pass - for which a personal photo ID card is required.

One single ticket is valid for one uninterrupted journey of up to 60 minutes, whereas a pass is good for unlimited travel in Budapest. It is cheaper to buy a 10-piece discount coupon booklet ("gyűjtőjegy": 3.000,- HUF), rather than buying single tickets separately.


Tickets and passes can be purchased at metro stations or from any ticket vending machines around the city. Tickets must be validated by ticket punchers on buses, trams and trolleys or before entering any metro stations. The validated tickets must be kept until the end of the trip and handed over to a controller upon request. Unlike single tickets, travel passes do not need to be validated for each trip: these are valid for the indicated period on the pass. Transport officials are authorized to check the validity of your ticket or pass any time during and after your trip. Passengers without valid ticket or pass are to pay a heavy fine - 8.000,- HUF (approx. 30 euros) on the spot.

For more detailed information, please visit:

M3 Metro line closure 2019-2020

During the reconstruction of the southern section of metro M3, metro trains will be operating between Újpest-központ and Nagyvárad tér stations, while on Saturdays and Sundays only between Újpest-központ and Lehel tér, and metro replacement buses will be in operation between Lehel tér and Kőbánya-Kispest stations.

The route of bus 200E is extended to Nagyvárad tér to preserve the direct access to the metro network from Liszt Ferenc International Airport and the vicinity of Gyömrői út.

For further information, please consult the updated map of metrolines, the list of alternative public transport options and BKK's dedicated website:

Hungarian Student Cards

In 2012 the Hungarian Education Ministry introduced a new law related to Hungarian Student Cards ("Magyar diákigazolvány"). According to these regulations only students in CEU programs accredited both in the USA and in Hungary, are eligible to opt for a Hungarian Student Card, entitling the holder to a significant discount on public transportation. The application process is administered by the Student Center (Dean of Students Office). Students enrolled in these programs are entitled to apply for a Hungarian Student Card.

Additionally, students in programs accredited only in the USA (but not in Hungary) – and who are citizens of the European Economic Area (including Switzerland) – also have the possibility to apply for a Hungarian Student Card. In these cases the application process is not done at CEU, but at the Customer Service of the Education Authority. Details on this procedure are available here. The application forms are available at the Student Center.

Students not eligible for a Hungarian Student Card are advised to buy regular tickets or full-price passes (9.500 Ft) for traveling in Budapest. Please note that neither a CEU ID Card, nor an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) entitles the holder to use the discounted monthly Budapest pass for students for traveling.

Holders of a Hungarian Student Card are entitled to buy the monthly Budapest student travel pass at a reduced rate (3.450 Ft). Other discounts in selected shops in Hungary and abroad are available on and

Safety in Budapest

Public safety is fairly good in Budapest. But just like in any other popular destination, there are some common tourist traps you should know about, and take some precautions to ensure your safety in Budapest. If you are prepared for them, chances are that you will fully enjoy your stay without any unpleasant events or bad experiences.

Pickpockets, scam merchants

Pickpockets are most active on public transport vehicles, on escalators leading down and coming up from the metro, in crowded shops and popular touristy places.

  • Carry only as much cash as you need for the day, and try not to keep money, cards and other valuables in one place.
  • Keep your money, documents, mobile phone safe and secure; in a belt bag at the front of your body or in an inside pocket. Keep your camera in a bag with a strap wearing it across your shoulder.
  • Always pay attention, look out for possible pickpockets. If they see you're on the alert they will likely not choose you as their next victim.
  • Pickpockets and scam merchants usually work together to distract people's attentions. If you are approached by a group of dubious people attempting to gain your attention, just turn your back and walk away.
  • Be aware of people around you when using cash machines; it is not usual for others to stand too close.

Exchanging Money

Do not change money in the streets! It is not only against the law, but you can be easily cheated or end up with counterfeit money. You are advised to convert your currency at any legal exchange office or bank.

Areas to avoid at night in Budapest

Downtown Budapest (Castle District, districts V., VI., part of district VII. along Grand Boulevard) is fairly safe at night.

As a general rule of thumb, avoid poorly lit streets and underpasses. Avoid walking on your own, you are much safer with friends.


Last update: July 2, 2019