The second and most important feature is the procedure for paying for travel. Attention! Entering the subway, you must have a "marked" ticket with you. That is, you should not just buy a ticket, but also mark it with a special validator. Ticketing machines and their "validation" are located near the entrance to each station.
If you do not buy a ticket or mark it, you are considered a free rider. For many it sounds wildly, but a stowaway in Austria is considered a criminal offense, equivalent to theft.
Of course, you will not be imprisoned, but you will have to pay a fine. At the time of writing this article, it is 103 euros per person. Of course, the prices in Austria are high , but even for the Austrians - this is a serious amount. That is, if you get together, you have to pay 206 euros. The rates for fines are growing every year.
On the trains go controllers, which because of the uniforms are called "black cap." Tourists will also have to walk with them to the nearest police station, as they can not write out a fine to you and they do not have to take cash outside the law department either.
In order not to get into this unpleasant situation and not spoil your holiday, remember two things. First, you need to buy a ticket, and secondly, you need to "flush it" in a special machine. All this is at the entrance to each station. There are no turnstiles, no control at the entrance, the metro is allowed freely.
The journey to the Vienna subway costs 2.1 euros or less, everything depends on the ticket that you buy. Children under 6 years old can travel free of charge, for children older than you need to buy a special "half-price ticket for children and dogs," the name caused us a lot of laughter. This ticket costs 1.1 euros. We did not understand that it was funnier, the fact that children were equated to dogs, or that 2.1 divided by two equals 1.05, not 1.1.
Better to buy a ticket for 2 trips, it costs already 2.6 euro or a special ticket "Vienna Shopping Ticket", which allows you to travel without restrictions from 8 am to 8 pm. By the way, unlimited tickets also need to "celebrate" . It is worth the "Vienna Shopping Ticket" 5.7 euro.
Another interesting solution is "The Vienna Card". Its price is 19.9 euros, but you get unlimited trips for 72 hours and discounts on visiting museums and exhibitions.
All the prices we quoted at the time of writing this article and at the time of your visit to Austria they can grow.
In total there are 5 branches in the Vienna metro, they are designated as U1, U2, U3, U4 and U6. And here there is no typo, since the U5 line does not exist. It was planned to be built as a separate branch, but eventually it became part of the U2 line. Two new lines are planned for construction by 2020, they will be called U5 and U7.