When we arrived in Vienna last summer and learned about having to place “Parkscheine” on the windshield to pay for parking, I thought to myself “there has to be a better way.”
Well, it turns out – there is!
Handy Parken is an Android/iPhone/Blackberry/Windowsphone application available for free from your phone’s app store. To register for the free service, go to Handy Parken using Google Chrome to ensure that some of the important info is translated into (broken) English. Make sure you have your license plate number handy and your mobile phone number.
Scroll down to “Jetzt Registrieren.” Enter your mobile number, license plate number and preferred city. Select whether or not you want the option to use the service in other Austrian cities (there is a limited group of cities). Then, complete the registration information below.
When you click enter, it will ask you to review your information and select the standard charging time. Select whatever number of hours suits your parking needs. Check the boxes below and enter the code that was sent to your mobile phone via SMS. That completes the registration.
Now go to your account and select how you would like to fund your account. You have three options:
1) Pay by phone will link your account to your mobile provider (i.e T-mobile) and the parking fee will be deducted by the provider. You pay for it in your monthly bill.
2) Bank Transfer – follow prompts
3) Credit Card – follow prompts.
This completes the computer registration portion.
To install the Handy Parken app on your phone (only in German!):
Go to your app store and download “Handy Parken.” Once downloaded, press the button that says “Kennzeichen” and enter your license plate number. If you ever change plate numbers, you can update that information here as well, but don’t forget to do the same on the website. You are now ready to use the app.
√ To review, since the app is entirely in German:
- The “Parken” button allows you to select the Stadt/City you wish to park in. Your default should be set to Wien.
- Under Startzeit (Start time), you can leave it at “jetzt” (now) if you are starting now or you can choose the start time by scrolling through the setting. You then select the time increments from 10 -120 minutes.
- Press “Parkschein bestellen” (order parking voucher). An SMS box will pop up on your phone containing the amount of time you purchased, the city and your license. It looks like this:
30 Wien#(license number here)
- Click “send.”
- You will then receive a text message indicating that you purchased a given amount of time for parking, the date and start time, the cost for that time increment and how much you have left in your account. If at any time you run out of funds, an SMS will ask you if you want to replenish and if so text back “ja”. Ten minutes before your parking is set to expire, you will receive an SMS telling you that you have 10 minutes left.
- The “Guthaben” (remaining credit) button is another way to replenish your account. Just select how many hours you want and press the “Guthaben aufladen” (add more credit) button.
- The “Historie” (history) button gives you a history of every Parkschein you have ever used via Handy Parken.
So simple but how do the police know not to give you a parking ticket?
Well, for the cities that use Handy Parken (including Vienna), the police check against a computer to see if the vehicle in question has purchased a Parkschein.
That’s all there is to it. No more purchasing paper Parkscheine! Happy parking!
Handy Parken (and this post) was researched, tested, and loved by Milena!