11 Scenic Tram Rides to Take Around Vienna

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Although there are plenty of guided bus tours you can take around the city, often the best and cheapest way to see the sights is by hopping on and off Vienna’s public transport system. The city’s tram network has existed since the 1800s and is one of the most popular forms of transport for tourists and locals alike, with around 30 different lines in operation. Here are 11 tram (known locally as also Straßenbahn) rides that you should try.

Hietzing to Mariahilf

The number 60 tram takes you from the district of Hietzing (home to the famous Schonbrunn Palace, with its glorious and sprawling gardens), past the Technology Museum and up to the less scenic area of Westbahnhof, where you can wander along the shopping street of Mariahilferstrasse and then venture into one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods, the happening Mariahilf.

Red roofs in Graz, Mariahilfer church and Kunsthaus


The 46 line begins at the heart of the city and ends at Ottakring, the multicultural 16th district, a heavily populated residential area with a distinctly local vibe. Although not particularly scenic, it is an interesting ride if you want to become acquainted with a lesser-known part of the city.


From this tram you can see a great deal of the Austrian capital, including prominent landmarks and Viennese suburbia. Starting from outside the city’s Technology University at Karlsplatz, travel all the way up to Hietzing, from where you can then head to the Lainzer Tiergarten, a section of the ‘green lung’ that is the Vienna Woods.

Rolling hills


Leafy and suburban Döbling is one of the most wealthy areas of Vienna: a neat cluster of beautiful, winding old streets and views to the vineyards. This tram takes you from the heart of the city (from Schottentor) up to the hills, where you can go for a wander among the wooded areas or sample some Viennese wine from a Heuriger.


Explore the hip part of town by heading out on the 49, which leaves from the heart of town. Neubau is akin to some of the more vibrant neighborhoods you might find around London’s southeast or in Berlin, with throngs of independent shops, galleries and cafés frequented by fashionably attired youths.

St Ulrich Church building at Neustiftgasse in Neubau, Vienna

Tram 2

This tram will take you from the Prater to the city centre, passing many notable sights along the way. It also takes you around Schwedenplatz, close to the canal promenades of the River Danube, where many people hang out in the hot summer months.

View of the Danube


This is another journey that will take you through a few of the lesser-known neighbourhoods of the city, starting at Baumgarten – the 14th district of Penzing – and ending up at the less than picturesque Westbahnhof, a busy shopping area that has some hidden gems in the backstreets leading off Mariahilferstrasse.

Main building of Vienna West station (Wien Westbahnhof), Austria

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