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Water, waste collection, parking: How Vienna will get more expensive in 2023

With the turn of the year, new fees come into force in Vienna. Here's what's becoming more expensive and by how much.

Water, waste collection, parking: How Vienna will get more expensive in 2023
Vienna's city centre (Photo by Manel & Sean on Unsplash)

Parking in Vienna is not an easy feat. The city has (almost) no free parking, and motorists must fill out and pay for a parking permit whenever they leave their cars on public streets in the Austrian capital. These permits are now more expensive, according to the City of Vienna.

The administration is raising parking fees by 12.2 percent in 2023. A half-hour ticket for Vienna’s short-term parking zones – which, with a few exceptions, cover the entire city – now costs €1.25 instead of the previous €1.10. For one hour, drivers now have to pay €2.50 instead of € 2.20.

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This is the first price increase since 2020.

For those who use the official Handyparken app and have credit already bought, the hourly credit will be worth less, and the application has already alerted users. However, people who use the paper forms can still use the “old” cheaper ones until June 30th.

Water and waste will also become more expensive

From January 1st 2023, the current fee increase means a monthly adjustment of approximately €2.90 for an average multi-person household for water supply, wastewater and waste disposal. 

For an average single household, the monthly fee adjustment is approximately € 1.30. 

Calculated over the year, this results in an additional burden of approximately €35 or €15.60 – per household and year.

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When it announced the price increases, the City of Vienna said fees had to go up as inflation increased in Austria. The administration justified the prices by explaining that the Austrian capital has an extensive infrastructure and demands maintenance and expansion works constantly. 

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Inflation in Austria eases as energy prices fall

Austria's inflation is finally down from the double-digits, getting to 9.1 percent in March 2023, according to official data. Which prices are dropping?

Inflation in Austria eases as energy prices fall

The inflation rate for March 2023 is expected to be 9.1 percent, according to calculations by Statistik Austria as part of a flash estimate. 

“In March 2023, inflation fell well below the 10 percent mark again: After 10.9% in February, inflation in March fell to 9.1% according to a first estimate – and thus to the lowest value since June 2022”, said Statistics Austria Director General Tobias Thomas. 

According to him, the main contributors were fuel and heating oil – both energy commodities with prices that rose massively at the beginning of the Ukraine war. However, they have since dropped in price again and are now having a dampening effect on inflation year-on-year.

“The upward trend in food prices is also weakening”, Thomas said.

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However, people in Austria are still seeing high household prices, as reported, due to companies passing on higher contractual prices from the height of the crisis. In the next few months, though, gas and electricity costs are also expected to drop, according to a prediction by Austrian regulator E-Control.

Eurozone inflation is still high

As inflation across the eurozone continues to exceed the European Central Bank’s (ECB) two-percent target, the bank is projected to continue raising interest rates. 

However, recent turbulence in the banking industry has emphasised the negative impact of increased borrowing expenses on the economy, and it is unclear how much the ECB will raise rates in the future.

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After the most recent rate increase of half a percentage point, some experts anticipate that the ECB will opt for a smaller increase at the next meeting in May.