Travelling on a Budget!

Vienna is a wonderful city filled with so much history and beautiful architecture. It is one of Europe’s most visited city and it is easy to see why.

However, for many travellers, Vienna can be expensive and this can make it hard for you to stick to your travel budget.


That is why we have created this guide, to show you how to backpack in Vienna on a Budget.


We’ll be discussing a range of things you can do to cut costs. From cheap places to eat and things to do to tips on where you can save some cash!


Ready? Let’s go!

Just before we start!


If you plan to visit Vienna’s historic attraction, then we highly recommend investing in a Vienna Card here online (CLICK). This will allow you unlimited public transport, and even a special discount to 210 museums, shops, restaurants, and sights.

There are 3 different cards you can get:

  • For €17.00 you get a 24 hour Vienna Card.
  • For €25.00 you get a 48 hour Vienna Card.
  • For €29.00 you get a 72 hour Vienna Card.


Right, let’s start!


What to eat?

1. Street Food

As you wander down the streets of Vienna you’ll come across a few stalls selling a variety of cheap and delicious food!

Keep an eye out for classic dishes such as Doner Kebabs and Sausages. These taste amazing and are relatively cheap. Doner Kebabs can cost between €2.50-€3.00 in non-tourist areas and around €4.00 in tourist areas.

So be sure to head to the cheaper areas then when you work your way into the main bit, you’ll have more money for other things other than food!

Photo by: @francescoacquafredda


2. Supermarkets

Supermarkets in Vienna have sections that sell different cuts of meat. You can get some great sandwiches from here for around €1.50 – €2.50


3. Restaurants

Our best advice when backpacking in Vienna on a budget is to not go to a restaurant for dinner. Rather go during lunch time as that is when you can get a variety of set menus and deals for cheap! For example, a lot of places offer 2-3 course meals for lunch for under €100.


Things to do

1. Visit the Karlskirche

Location: Kreuzherrengasse 1, 1040 Wien, Austria

Karlskirche is a gorgeous baroque-era church that dates back to the 16th century and one of the best things to do in Vienna on a budget! Locals gather to spend their summer evenings basking in the building’s glow, drinking and socialising.

The area is full of incredible restaurants and bars too, as it perfectly blends together inspiring local history and modern comforts. Our resident office Austrian Viktoria swears by Karlskirche. Can’t go wrong with local recommendations! They also have a variety of church concerts on a regular basis.

Photo by: @alexx_vienna

2.Wander around the Naschmarkt

Location: 1060 Vienna, Austria

Naschmarkt is Vienna’s biggest market for food and more! It’s filled full of delicious food and handcrafted gifts that you can buy as a souvenir for your friends and family at home! There are a variety of cheap restaurants in the area which will give you an insight into the local cuisine.


3.Attend an opera at State Opera (Stadtoper)

Now we know what you’re thinking, ‘aren’t operas expensive!’ Well yes, yes they are but State Opera want everyone to experience an opera performance. You can get tickets for as low as €3! This will give you entrance to the opera in the standing area.

But that’s no issue, you would still get to see an amazing performance in the heart of State Opera. For more information on this check out this blog on how to see an opera in Vienna for €3.


4. Take part in a FREE walking tour.

You can learn and explore Vienna for free! Now if that’s not great we don’t know what is. Tours usually start at 10 am or 2 pm and you’ll get to visit many great places such as Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter and many more.

There are two companies that offer free walking tours in Vienna. These are Good Tours and PrimeTours.


5. The Danube Island

Although built to protect the city from flooding it is now a very popular spot for many locals and tourists to visit. Everyone usually gathers to play sports, chill out on the beach or attend festivals. There is a lot going on there and one thing is for sure – you won’t have the break the bank to visit!

For more ideas on what to do be sure to check out our other blog on the  6 best things to do in Vienna.


When to head out to Vienna?

You want to make sure you head out to Vienna at the right time! Usually, the right time when there is an event as they are packed full of entertainment and most of them are either free to attend or only involve a small fee.


1. Vienna Film Festival

Location: In front of the city hall

Date: 24 Oct – 6 Nove

Austria’s most important international film event, as well as one of the oldest and best-known festivals. It is one of the largest, attracting over 75,000 people. The great thing is that it is completely free to go and will keep you entertained for your time there.


2. Christmas Markets

Date: mid-November until Christmas Eve

Vienna goes all out for Christmas and there’s no the reason why 2019 Christmas markets won’t be any different. It is free to attend the markets and if you wanted to buy things from the stalls they aren’t expensive. That is why it has made our list of how to backpack in Vienna on a Budget.



Location: city centre Pride Village, City Hall Square, Vienna, Austria
Dates: 1 – 16th March 2019


Vienna has been selected to host the EuroPride 2019. 1 million people are expected to attend the festival which is held in the city centre of City Hall Square.

There will be many events during the 16-day festival:

EUROPRIDE VILLAGE will be held right at the city hall of Vienna where On the Pride Stage, local and international acts will perform magnificent shows for you!

And you can’t forget the magnificent Rainbow parade will be held on the 15th of June 2019! It will pass through the Wiener Ringstrasse. The parade will start at 12 AM in front of Rathausplatz.

Both of these events are completely free!

If you’re looking for more Pride festivals check out our blog on the 15 gay pride festivals you have


4.) New Year’s Concert

Normally, for New Year’s, you would expect to pay a substantial amount if you wanted to celebrate it anywhere. Well, in Vienna you can attend a New Year’s Concert, with the Philharmonic Orchestra. It is one of Vienna most prestigious events and starts from €35.00! That is really cheap for a New Year’s party.


There you have it, our guide on how to backpack in Vienna on a Budget! If you think we’ve missed any let us know.

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