Things you should know before you immigrate to Vienna

Moving to Vienna Things you should know before you immigrate to Vienna

For centuries Vienna has been a popular destination for expats and immigrants, who came here for work, study, or just to enjoy the beautiful scenery that can be found anywhere in this historical city. This caused the city to grow to become the 7th most populated city, within the borders of the European Union. Year on year rankings in the top three of most livable cities in the world, Vienna has made quite a name for itself when it comes to planning and is home to many conferences regarding this topic. So, when you want to live in a big metropolis with the highest quality of life while being located in the heart of the EU, why not go for Vienna? It offers everything you need in life and more. Join us when we explore the capital of Austria and give you all the info you need to relocate to Austria.

International Removals to Vienna with Eurosender

When you are thinking of moving to Vienna from the USA, or from any other country in the world, it might seem that there is an overload of things you have to consider. Perhaps you have already found a job, but what about finding a place to live? What about driving a car or sending your kids to school? Questions regarding visas, commuting, culture and cuisine, all these things are important when you are making the decision to relocate to another city. With Vienna offering top-notch quality for every aspect of life, you will be glad to see that we have created the ultimate relocation guide to Vienna for you.

Before you start your new life in one of the most prosperous countries in the world, you should know all the basic facts about Vienna just as the locals do.

TimezoneUTC +1
CurrencyEuro (EUR) (€)
PopulationVienna has a population of approximately 1.8 million inhabitants.
How do you call someone from Vienna?Viennese (Wiener)
Official languageAustrian German, which is a variation of Standard German
International dialing code+43 (country code Austria) 1 (area code Vienna)
Emergency number112 (for emergency) 122 (fire) 133 (police)
DrivingOn the right side
TippingTipping is not obligatory as wages are included in the bill. However, the payment is often rounded-up for good service.
Unusual factVienna is also sometimes dubbed “the City of Dreams” as Sigmund Freud spent most of his life working and studying here.

When you are relocating from the USA to Vienna you want to be sure that you have everything arranged as good as possible, so that you can start your new life with a clean sheet. When you arrange your international removals to Vienna with Eurosender, we help you with the following things.

  • Packing: The quality of your packing makes all the difference, so be sure to check out our detailed packing instructions.
  • Insurance: When you are making such a big step as relocating to another country, you want to make sure that your items have the right insurance.
  • Shipping guides: With many different items in your inventory you want to be sure that everything gets the right treatment. We have a dedicated shipping guide for almost any item you can imagine.

Living in Vienna

When you get the keys of your new digs in Vienna, things are just getting started. Living and working in Vienna might be a little different from your home country. So, that is why we have listed several things that both expats and locals pointed out to us.

  • Vienna is divided in neighbourhoods (called “Bezirke”) which are numbered and named. The district you choose determines your daily commute, entertainment facilities on walking distance and proximity to the shops. So, take these things into consideration when choosing your accommodation.
  • As Vienna is a popular expat destination, there are numerous expat organisations to help you settle and build up a local social life.
  • Even though most Viennese speak a foreign language and you may only hang out with fellow expats, learning German will definitely improve the quality of your stay in Vienna.
  • Most shops are closed on Sundays so plan your shopping beforehand.
  • The “Meldezettel” is your proof of residence in Vienna and you need it for everything from getting a library card to obtaining a public transport pass. Without exaggeration, this is the first and foremost priority you should have when arriving in Vienna with other intentions than being a tourist.

Visa Regulations for Vienna

For EU citizens a visa is not needed, but there are some other things should you keep in mind.

  • Citizens from EU/EEA countries don’t need visas or work permits. However, they do need to apply for permanent residence within 4 months after arriving in the country.
  • Citizens from non-EU/EEA countries need a visa to enter, a work permit and a residence permit. Contact your local embassy for the documents and requirements for the country that you hail from.
  • The “Red-White-Red” card is an option for highly skilled workers who found employment in Austria. This document will allow you to stay up to 1 year.
  • With a “Jobseeker” visa you can stay up to 6 months looking for a job. This doesn’t allow you to work in Austria and is only available for highly skilled workers from non-EU countries.

Healthcare in Vienna

With healthcare in Vienna, you can be sure that you have access to some of the finest medical facilities in the world. Here are a few things that caught our eye:

  • Everyone who is employed by an Austrian company has Austrian healthcare insurance.
  • Private healthcare insurance is merely used to get better quality while staying in a hospital (for example a private room) or for treatment which is not covered by standard insurance.
  • Most doctors, nurses and other medical employees, speak at least one foreign language most of the time. So, in most cases there is no need for an interpreter.
  • Every district in Vienna has at least one pharmacy that works around the clock.

School and education

The school system, compulsory until the age of 15, looks like the table below.

Primary school6-9
Lower Secondary school10-13
Upper Secondary school14-18

Public schools are free for everyone living in Vienna and private schools are not that common, as the quality of public schools is outstanding.

Higher education in Vienna is of extremely high quality and many students from all around the world come to attend the finest universities of Austria and gather knowledge which they then, later on, can apply in their home countries.

The job market in Vienna

Vienna is a popular expat destination and there are many good reasons for that. Work in Vienna is respected, well-paid and offers you the opportunity to live and work in one of the world’s richest cities. There are job opportunities in almost any sphere but keep in mind that the competition is also stiff, as you are not the only one who wants to enjoy the perks of living and working in the capital of Austria. Some of the most prospective areas for newcomers are the service industry, agriculture and tourism.

Property information

A good place to look for accommodation is in the local newspapers which have special sections with real estate listings. Just as popular are online listings where you can also find a huge range of accommodation on offer.

Some things to keep in mind when you are looking for living space in Vienna:

  • For short- and middle-term rent (from 1-12 months) most apartments come completely furnished. For long-term rent, the opposite goes.
  • Try to rent direct from owners to cut out the real-estate middle man.
  • Unlike in other countries, tenants have many rights in Vienna. When you have problems with your accommodation and your landlord is not responsive, go to one of the many organizations that provide tenants with legal advice.
  • Buying real estate for foreigners is not that easy and only possible when you are a long-time resident. However, as the prices of Viennese apartments go up and are expected to do so in the future, this is a solid investment.

Cost of moving to Vienna

Thinking about relocating to Vienna and wondering: How much is shipping from the USA to Vienna, or What is the cheapest way to move furniture to Vienna? Then let us show you the different kinds of services you can use in order to get the lowest cost of moving house to Vienna.

  • Standard delivery: Whether you want to ship just some luggage or your laptop, when it’s within the dimensions below, it qualifies for standard shipment.
    • Maximum weight of 40kg (30kg in some cases).
    • A maximum length of 175 cm.
    • Length (in cm) + 2x width (in cm) + 2x height (in cm) < 300 cm.
  • Freight Service: Are your items too big or too bulky for standard delivery? Then choose our freight service and ship your items on pallets and keep your average moving costs Vienna as low as possible.
  • Dedicated Van Delivery: One Van, one pick-up place and one destination combined with speedy delivery, that is what this service about. Want to know more? Contact us at for a free enquiry
  • Individual offer: When your items don’t match the descriptions of the above-mentioned services, feel free to reach out to our experienced logistics experts, to make you an individual offer, catered to your individual needs. And you will enjoy the lowest cost of moving house to Vienna.

Cost of living in Vienna

Ranking at number 24 on the list of most expensive cities, Vienna is known for its high prices, especially when you come from one the neighbouring countries with a relatively low price level, such as Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Also, when you are a student, your budget might not be so big. So, here are some tips to easily save some money while living in Vienna.

  • The Vienna pass gives you access to all the main attractions in Vienna. It will help you save big time when you are visiting multiple museums, galleries etc.
  • Lunches are much cheaper than dinners, so you can easily save money when you make lunch the main meal of the day.
  • Public transport has many different options to save money, including discount cards, weekend passes and much more.

Driving in Vienna

With the documents below you can drive your own or a rented car in Austria. Keep in mind that carrying these documents is mandatory and failure to do so can lead to fines.

  • Driving License (Citizens from Non-EU countries also need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be allowed to drive in Austria.
  • Passport
  • Insurance documents
  • V5C certificate (proof of ownership)

On top of that, you should always have the following items in your car :

  • Reflective jackets,
  • Warning triangle,
  • First-aid kit
  • Headlamp beam deflectors
  • A “Vignette” is mandatory to enter Austrian motorways, all of which are tollways. They come in the form of a digital pass or a sticker on your windscreen. They are available at gas stations near motorways and are sold for periods of 10 days, 2 months or 1 year.
  • After buying a “Vignette” you might still have to pay additional toll fees for several tunnels and the famous “Brennerpas”.
  • From 1 November to 15 April it is obligatory to have winter tires on your vehicle. Not complying means risking a fine.

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