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How to Get Vienna Opera Standing Room Tickets

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The Vienna State Opera is one of the world’s greatest opera houses, and tickets can cost hundreds of euros.  But, you can get cheap tickets to see a performance at the Wiener Staatsoper. Here’s how to get Vienna Opera Standing Room tickets for 3 to 4 euros.

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How to Get Vienna Opera Standing Room Tickets

Holding to the belief that everyone should have equal access to the opera, the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) offers 600 standing room tickets for every performance.  The opera season runs from September to June and is closed the months of July and August. And you can buy these opera tickets for 3 to 4 euros.

But as with any good deal, there are a few hoops you have to jump through for these cheap tickets.  Thankfully, there aren’t too many. So even if you’re not nimble like Jack, you can score a great “seat” to a show.

Standing room tickets are sold 80 to 90 minutes before each performance. Most operas start at 7:30 p.m. so standing room tickets go on sale about 6 p.m. But some people will start lining up around 5 p.m.

Standing room tickets have their own box office on the Operngasse side of the building. Look for the “Stehplatz-Kasse | Standing Area” sign.

tephplatz Kasse Standing Area, Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna Opera House

The line for standing toom tickets for the Vienna Opera House begins at the door marked Stephplatz-Kasse StandingArea

What to Bring

Whether you get there at 5 or 6 p.m. it’s a long wait. So bring a book (or tablet) and fully charged smartphone along with plenty to talk about because you’ll need to kill time in line.

1.  Comfortable Shoes

Ditch the heels.  Wear flats or comfortable shoes with a lot of padding. You’ll be standing for a long time before and during the opera.

Pro-tip:

2.  Euros

Standing room tickets cost 3 or 4 euros per ticket depending on the level you chose. You’ll pay 3 euros for Balcony (balcon) and Gallery (galerie) tickets and 4 euros for Orchestra (parterre) tickets.

Pro-tip: Cash only. No credit cards accepted.

3. Each person in your party

You can only buy 1 ticket per person.  Each person has to be present to buy a ticket.  So save your drinking until after you have your Standing Room ticket. Because if you take off for a bathroom break and the line moves fast, your buddies can’t buy you a ticket.

4. Scarf

After you’ve bought your ticket, get to the main entrance and find an usher for directions to your section.  Depending on how early you bought tickets, you may have to wait in another line.

People will be moving fast, like “get out of my way, I want a good seat” fast. But in a civilized way. Instead of running up the steps or running through the opera house (which is a huge no-no), you’ll see people taking longer strides and almost skipping to get the best spots.

Choose a spot that offers the best view of the stage without any obstructions.

Wrap your scarf (sweater, shirt, necktie, etc.) around the railing to mark your spot.  Your spot is secure and no one will take or move your scarf.

Now you can go the bathroom, grab a drink, get some dinner, check your coats (required, but free), or tour the opera house.

5. Opera glasses or binoculars

Bring opera glasses or binoculars if you want an eagle eye view of the state. You can also rent binoculars for 2 euros.

The Best Standing Room Seats

You’ll pay 4 euros for Parterre which offers a floor level view of the front of the stage behind the orchestra seats.  Parterre is the closest to the stage but gets crowded. And there aren’t as many railings for you to lean against. So not the best choice for long performances.

For 3 euros you can choose from Balcon or Galerie.  Balcon is on the second level on the sides of the stage. Many of the standing room ticket areas have a partially obstructed view.

The best seats are in the Galerie.  You’re at the top level, have a full view of the stage (if you get a center spot), can sit on the step behind you, and get an individual monitor to read what’s being sung. Think of the display screen as your own personal closed captioning.  You can choose what language you want to read.

Vienna Opera, display monitor

Follow along with a personal display monitor

How to Avoid Waiting in Line

You can skip the line when you buy a Standing Room Season Pass or a booklet of Standing Room Vouchers.

1.  Standing Room Season Pass

On June 1, the Vienna State Opera introduced the “Standing Room Season Pass.” Standing Room Season Pass holders can buy a standing room ticket during advance ticket sales and up until noon of the day of performance.   A Standing Room Season pass costs 70 euros and can be bought at the box office.

The Standing Room Season pass can not be used for closed performances.

2.  Standing Room Vouchers for Balcony and Gallery

You can also buy a booklet of 50 vouchers redeemable for balcony and gallery standing room tickets on the day of performance. A booklet costs 80 euros.

3.  Watch on TV

Vienna Opera House, standing room tickets

Sit and watch an opera in the Vienna Opera House for 3 euros

You can watch the performances on flat screen TVs in the Vienna Opera House (next to Coat check) or in the cafe.  There are no monitors but there are chairs. And if you’re in the cafe you can enjoy a drink and relax while taking in a world-class opera.

If You Can’t Get Standing Room Tickets to the Vienna Opera

If you’re only in Vienna for a short time and can’t see a performance, don’t want to stand in line for tickets, or the opera is sold out, there are other options.

1.  Tour

You can take a tour of the Vienna Opera house.  Adults pay 7.50 euros, seniors are 6 euros, and children and students (up to age 27) pay 3.50 euros.

2.  Live Streaming

Opera performances can also be watched via live streaming on your computer.

Avoid the Wait

Don’t have the patience or inclination to stand in line and then have to stand to watch an opera? You can watch a Mozart concert where the singers are dressed in costume.

Or book a gourmet dinner and concert at the Vienna Opera House.

Conclusion

You can buy cheap tickets to the Vienna State Opera by getting standing room tickets for 3 to 4 euros per person.

Standing room tickets go on sale 80 to 90 minutes before the opera so expect to arrive about 6 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m performance.  However, some people start lining up 2 1/2 hours in advance.

The line will form by the “Stehplatz-Kasse | Standing Area” sign.

Wear comfortable shoes (standing is hard on your feet) and bring a scarf, opera glasses (or binoculars), and cash. It’s a cash-only operation so have your euros handy.

And most importantly, make sure that everyone in your party is in line before you reach the ticket window.  You can buy 1 ticket per person.

Have you bought standing room tickets to the Vienna Opera House? Or another opera house?

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Tamara

Monday 28th of November 2016

Great tips! This is definitely something I'd like to do when we go next year.

Stacey Valle

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

These are great tips! It is great to know that there are still a chance to be able to see the shows frugally although it can be quite a wait. It would be worth it though. I still can't believe its 3-4 euros! Great deal. I will definitely keep this in mind if I ever find my way to Vienna.

Debra Schroeder

Thursday 8th of October 2015

Hi Stacey Valle,

So happy to hear that you appreciated the tips.

3 to 4 euros, crazy cheap. Hope you'll get to enjoy a Vienna opera sometime.

Trisha Velarmino

Sunday 27th of September 2015

Easy and really really cheap! I thought this would cost a fortune!

Debra Schroeder

Sunday 27th of September 2015

Hi Trisha,

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Hope you get to see a Vienna Opera some day.

Nikoleta Míchalová

Sunday 27th of September 2015

haha yeah the opera in Vienna is pretty great. I know what I am talking about - I live there for several years now ;)

Debra Schroeder

Sunday 27th of September 2015

Hi Nikoleta,

We loved Vienna, such a great city. We definitely plan on going back.

Elizabeth

Sunday 27th of September 2015

What a great idea! Can you buy the book of vouchers ahead of time? You could sell them to people in the line :)

Debra Schroeder

Sunday 27th of September 2015

Hi Elizabeth,

You can buy the booklet on the day of and could sell them to people in line. A booklet of 50 costs 80 euros so each ticket would cost you 1.6 euros.

So you'd have to sell 27 tickets to make your money back.

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