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Public Transportation in Vienna: Borderline Organized Crime

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Honestly, after my experiences here, I recommend that you just skip Vienna altogether because there are so many better places to see, but if you do bother with it, BEWARE of their metro system. They have an oh-so-clever little system that purposely makes the validation process of their metro system confusing to tourists so that they can charge them huge fines for not validating correctly, EVEN IF YOU PURCHASE A TICKET.

When my husband and I explained that we could not find the place to validate our 48 hour passes that we had just purchased, the people at the metro screamed at us like we were criminals, told us we were stupid for not figuring it out and that it was our responsibility, and then threatened to take us to the police if we did not fork over the cash immediately (we're talking 200 Euro). I saw several other tourists in the same situation around us. We spoke with the police and they are in on the scam as well.

I was so disgusted and appalled by this treatment and could not believe it even happened that I started to look around the internet, and sure enough, this is not a new thing. I even read that these ticket patrol officers often laugh and take pride at making tourists cry and enjoy counting how much money they get in fines each day. It is a disgusting, disgusting system and I think more people need to know about it. Basically, Vienna is trying to make tourists pay for their public transport by creating ridiculous fines and rules that are targeted at punishing and intimidating them.

I found Vienna to be very xenophobic in an off-putting way, but if you do decide to go, you have been warned.

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