Subway, buses and streetcars in Vienna
In Vienna, public transport is operated by Wiener Linien. There are subways, streetcars, buses and night buses.
The subway has five lines: U1, U2, U3, U4 and U6; the numbers of bus lines are usually followed by an 'A'. The direction of the bus is indicated by the name of the final stop posted on the bus.
Subways, streetcars and buses start circulating at about 5.00 am and stop running between midnight and 1.00 am (a 24-hour subway service has been introduced on weekends). After the subway stops circulating, night buses start operating throughout the city at 30-minute intervals (night buses have an 'N' before their number). Moreover subway service is available during the nights from Friday to Saturdays, Saturday to Sunday and nights before public holidays. The interval is 15 minutes.
Up to the semester during which students turn 26 years of age, tickets are available at reduced prices for one semester and also during vacations. For more information on ticket fares, please go to the website of Wiener Linien.
To buy a reduced student ticket, bring your student ID card and the application form, which is available at ticket sales offices and which you can fill out there. Tickets can also be bought online at: http://shop.wienerlinien.at (you need to have an online banking account or a credit card to use this service).
Traveling by train
If you want to travel through Austria, traveling by train is an excellent option. ÖBB, the Austrian railway company, offers a VORTEILScard, which entitles you to price reductions of up to 50 % per trip. With this card you will also get a price reduction when taking the Vienna Airport Lines from or to the airport. For more information about the costs and on how to order your VORTEILScard, please go to the following web page: ÖBB-Website.
You may also want to rent a bike to get around the city. The bikes can be rented at one of approx. 120 bike stations that can be found across Vienna. You can return your bike at any station, no matter where you started your trip. In order to use the service, you need to register once, which you can do at every station or via the internet. To register, you need to have a MAESTRO debit card, a VISA card or a MasterCard; you can rent one bike per card. For more information, please go to the following web page: Citybike Wien