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Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel – tickets, prices, discounts, what to expect

The renowned Giant Ferris Wheel is an iconic sight in Vienna that serves as the Wurstelprater’s emblem. 

Every year, thousands of visitors gather here to see its distant silhouette.

The Giant Ferris Wheel was built in 1896 by Englishmen Basset and Hitchins to celebrate the 50th jubilee of Emperor Franz Joseph.

The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel is a must-see for all visitors to the Danube capital.

This article provides everything you should know before booking Giant Ferris Wheel tickets. 

What to expect at Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel

The Wiener Riesenrad is a great place to go out and have fun! 

You can see the Pannonian Basin, the Danube, the Marchfeld, and the Vienna Woods’ hills from your special vantage point.

The Giant Ferris Wheel is ideal for any celebration, whether it be brunch, lunch, a birthday or children’s party, a marriage proposal, or a bachelor party.

Where to buy Giant Ferris Wheel tickets

You can buy your tickets to the Giant Ferris Wheel either at the cash desk or in advance online. 

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

Because Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out.

So booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointment.

Where to buy Giant Ferris Wheel tickets
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How do online tickets work

Go to the Giant Ferris Wheel ticket booking page.

Select a preferred date and number of tickets, and purchase the tickets.

Tickets get delivered to your email address after the purchase.

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket.

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone at the entrance of the attraction.

Giant Ferris Wheel Ticket prices

Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel tickets cost €13 for visitors above 15 years.

Children between three and 14 years get a massive discount of €7 and pay only €6 for their entry.

Kids up to two years can get in for free.

Giant Ferris Wheel Tickets

Most visitors to Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel opt for this entry ticket because it allows them to skip the line entry, which helps avoid long queues at the entrance.

With this ticket, visitors can only take one ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel.

Those with Vienna Pass can get a free ride on the Ferris Wheel.

Adult Ticket (15+ years): €13
Child Ticket (3 to 14 years): €6  
Infant ticket (up to 2 years): Free

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Ticket Combos

Combo tickets are the best way to explore Vienna as they let you discover two attractions located closer to each other on the same day.

You can buy Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel tickets in combination with Belvedere Palace and Tiergarten Schonbrunn.

On these tickets you get up to a 5% discount.

Belvedere Palace + Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel

Short over time? But want to explore Vienna city to the fullest?

Then, purchase a combo ticket to Belvedere Palace and Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel, where you can immerse yourself in the world of Baroque beauty. 

This combo ticket can help you get admission to the Upper Belvedere, which houses an amazing collection of Gustav Klimt paintings.

Ticket Cost: €29

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Tiergarten Schönbrunn + Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel

Tiergarten Schönbrunn + Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel
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Wiener Riesenrad and Tiergarten Schonbrunn are only 30 minutes away by car, so why not go to both on the same day?

Visit the Giant Ferris Wheel and the oldest zoo in Vienna, together and enjoy to the fullest.

Ticket Cost: €39

How to reach Giant Ferris Wheel

Giant Ferris Wheel of Vienna is located at the entrance of the Prater amusement park in Leopoldstadt.

Address: Gaudeegasse 1, 1020 Wien, Austria. Get Directions

You can go to Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel via public transit or personal vehicle.

By Subway

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You can take the U1 or U2 line to Praterstern subway station, which is at a distance of 750 meters from the Giant Ferris Wheel. 

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By Train

If you are looking for a train, you can also board it from Praterstern train station. 

If you miss any metro, you can easily take the train from this station which is just 1 minute walk from the subway station. 

By Tram

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The best way to get to the Giant Ferris Wheel is via tram because Vienna has one of the largest tram networks in the world.

So you can take tram line 5 to Wien Praterstern tram stop, a 7-minutes walk from the attraction. 

By Bus

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Buses can be a great alternative to reach the Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna if you are not near the subway, train station, or tram stop. 

You can take a bus from Venediger Au, just 160 meters from the attraction. 

You can board buses 80A and 5B from Praterstern S+U, a 7-minutes walk from Giant Ferris Wheel. 

If you are near Wien Praterstern Bf (Ostseite), you can easily take bus 175, which will take only 10 minutes to reach Wiener Riesenrad. 

From the Praterstern bus stop, you can board buses N25 and N81. 

By Car

If you want to reach the Giant Ferris Wheel by car, you must switch on your Google Maps.

Car Parking

There are several parking lots close to Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel.

These are readily available throughout the day, and the hourly fees are fair.

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Giant Ferris Wheel timings

The Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna opens daily at 10 am.

Closing times vary depending on the crowd at the attraction. 

On some days, the closing time is 9.45 pm or 10.15 pm.

But most days, the timings are from 10 am to 7.45 pm.

To know more about the opening hours, check the official website

How long does Giant Ferris Wheel take

The Ferris Wheel trip lasts 10 to 15 minutes.

With this ticket, you get to ride only once.

However, if you are planning to have a romantic date or candlelight dinner in a wagon, then it will take more time. 

Best time to visit Giant Ferris Wheel

The best time to visit Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel is either early morning or evening when the sun makes Vienna shine.

It is also recommended to visit the Giant Ferris Wheel on the weekdays to avoid crowds.

Due to the wonderful weather and moderate crowds, September and October are the ideal months to visit.

Food and drinks at Giant Ferris Wheel 

Gourmet Wagons

If you plan any special events, you can reserve your seat at Gourmet Wagons (a culinary tour in your private wagon).

The café-restaurant offers traditional cuisine and specialties from Vienna in a modern atmosphere. You can stay in the festive turmoil of the Prater while peering through the window at the Ferris wheel in the attractive Schanigarten.


If you are scared of heights but still want to enjoy your food, then Salettl is the ideal place. 

The old Prater trees that surround the pavilion at the base of the Wiener Riesenrad provide a beautiful setting for wonderful celebrations.

The Salettl is great for standing receptions, intimate evenings with a seated meal, and private or professional festivities.

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