2.7 percent of the checked Wiener Linien passengers traveled without a valid ticket in 2021 – a proportion “at a very low level”, as Wiener Linien announced. Around three million passengers were checked. In comparison: three percent of passengers in Berlin are caught without a ticket, in Hamburg and Frankfurt it is around five, in Paris around ten percent. In Vienna, however, the value rose; In 2020, only two percent did not have a ticket.
Up to 100 inspectors are on the move every day in the Wiener Linien network. Anyone caught by them without a ticket pays 105 euros, if you don’t pay directly, this turns into 115 euros. “With our daily checks on the net, we ensure that the public transport system remains fair,” said Wiener Linien managing director Alexandra Reinagl. The responsible city councilor Peter Hanke (SPÖ) speaks of “one of the world’s best public transport networks and at a very affordable price”.
With the corona virus, you also had to come to terms with public transport. During the controls, according to Wiener Linien, it was ensured that sufficient distance was always maintained and a focus was placed on individual ticket controls in the vehicle.