This summer, there are perfumed carriages in Vienna’s subway

Using Vienna’s transport system is easy, with short interchanges, minimal distances between stations, and trains or buses that arrive at regular intervals.

The network is a mix of old and new, and ancient infrastructure forms part of a very modern system. New stations and routes are still being added. Almost everyone in Vienna lives within a five-minute walk of a public transport stop or station, and a bus or train will be along within three to five minutes. Vienna’s system is widely regarded as one of the best in the world. Residents have to pay just a euro a day for those who buy the €365 (£328) annual pass. For comparison, a similar pass is €761 in Berlin, or £2,020 for London zones 1-4.


But the latest surprise for people using public transportation in Vienna’s subway are the perfumed carriages. That means when they enter the crowded carriage, they are met not with a musty mix of human odours, but with the subtle aroma of citrus fruit. In fact, Vienna’s biggest public transport debate this summer is over perfumed carriages, with a large public feedback.