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Money and costs

Currency
Euro (€)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated January 30, 2015 13:11
Budget up to
€80
  • Dorm beds or cheap doubles: about €25 per person
  • Self-catering or lunch specials: €6–12
  • Cheap museums: €4
Midrange
€80–160
  • Hotel singles: €60–90 per person
  • Two-course meal with glass of wine: €30
  • High-profile museums: €12
Top end over
€160
  • Luxury suites and doubles in large cities: from €200
  • Pampering at wellness facilities: €40–100
  • Superb meals with fine wine: €70

Like other members of the European Monetary Union (EMU), Austria’s currency is the euro, which is divided into 100 cents. There are coins for one, two, five, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and for €1 and €2. Notes come in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.

Tipping

  • Hotels One or two euros per bag for bellboys is sufficient. The same in top flight hotels for valet parking. Leaving loose change behind for cleaners is not expected but appreciated.

  • Restaurants Tip unless the service is abominable. About 10% is common, done by rounding up the bill (eg by saying zwanzig euro, bitte) or, if the bill comes in a leather folder, either by stating the amount as you hand it over or leaving the tip in the folder when you leave.

  • Bars About 5% at the bar and 10% at a table.

  • Taxis About 10%.