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As with many other big cities in Europe, you may fear that visiting Vienna will put some serious pressure on your finances. This does not have to be the case, however, as there are plenty of attractions to be found even by those looking to spend as little as possible. Before we look into the best activities to do on a budget, we will look into a common question that we see from those planning their trip.

Once I arrive at the airport, what is the best way of reaching my accommodation place?

While the public transportation in Vienna is excellent, we would advise against using it for your trip from the airport due to several reasons. First of all, you will probably be exhausted and carrying your personal belongings on top of that. What you will need in that situation is to reach your place of accommodation as fast and comfortably as possible, in order to store your luggage and relax as soon as possible.

What you should use are Vienna airport transfer services. You will have someone take care of the route and safely store your belongings, allowing you to relax even before reaching your hotel. Talking with the cab drivers is also an excellent opportunity of getting information from those who know the city very well and have experience in guiding tourists. With that being said, here is what you can do once you are settled.

Cheap activities in Vienna


One of the most simple, yet rewarding, activities that you can do while travelling. Simply walking and enjoying the beautiful architecture of Vienna will cost you nothing, while providing you with great sights. There are numerous attractions worth seeing. The Hofburg palace in the 1st district, an imposing building offering a sight that will remain in your memory, is worth seeing even if it’s just from the outside. With ticket prices starting at only €12.90, it does not take much to experience the beautiful imperial apartments of the past and a fascinating museum.

Freihausviertel, a beautiful area full of shops, galleries, cafes and a lively atmosphere, is an excellent area for walks. Kalke Village and Hundertwasserhaus also provide excellent opportunities for you to experience the beauty of the city, with many more experiences than we can cover here being available.

Places with free attendance

Michaelerkirche (St. Michael’s Church) is one of the few remaining examples of Romanesque architecture in Vienna – a place with a rich history and beautiful design that costs nothing to experience.

The Wien Museum displays various works of baroque art for free on the first Sunday of any month, while the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAK) will host art exhibitions from 6 pm to 10 pm each Tuesday.

To relax in nature, you can go to Donauinsel, a beautiful island with plenty of bars, restaurants and opportunities for sports such as cycling, swimming and rollerblading. Whether you engage in any of those or simply walk and enjoy the views, a good time does not have to cost you much.


Vienna has excellent and affordable street food, with its high-quality pastries being quite famous. Sausage stands and coffee stands (offering meals as well) can be found everywhere, both of these being significantly more affordable than your average restaurant.

Vienna is ultimately full of many other bargains that may not  be clear from the first sight, making it suitable for various kinds of budgets.