With Amazon WorkSpaces, you pay only for what you use. You are charged based on the bundle type and the number of Amazon WorkSpaces you launch. There is no up-front commitment, and you can remove WorkSpaces at any time.

Monthly and Hourly Billing Options

Amazon WorkSpaces provides the flexibility to pay monthly or hourly. The charges for the Service apply on a monthly basis. With monthly billing, you pay a fixed monthly fee for unlimited usage during the month, which is best for workers who use their Amazon WorkSpace full-time or as their primary desktop. If a WorkSpace is launched after the first of a month, then the monthly price for that WorkSpace will be adjusted on a pro rata basis from the first day it was active to the end of that month. If a WorkSpace is terminated before the end of a month, then the monthly charge will still apply.

With hourly billing you pay a small fixed monthly fee per WorkSpace to cover infrastructure costs and storage, and a low hourly rate for each hour the WorkSpace is used during the month. Hourly billing works best when Amazon WorkSpaces are used, on average, for less than a full working day or for just a few days a month, making it ideal for part-time workers, job sharing, road warriors, short-term projects, corporate training, and education.

You can mix monthly and hourly billing within your AWS account, and you can also switch between billing options at any time during a billing period. Please visit the Amazon WorkSpaces FAQ for more information

WorkSpaces Cost Optimizer

To help customers with unpredictable WorkSpace usage patterns monitor their Amazon WorkSpaces usage and optimize costs, AWS offers the Amazon WorkSpaces Cost Optimizer, a solution that analyzes all of your WorkSpace usage data and automatically converts the WorkSpace to the most cost-effective billing option (hourly or monthly) depending on the user's individual usage. This solution is easy to deploy and uses AWS CloudFormation to automatically provision and configure the necessary AWS services.

Application Options

Amazon WorkSpaces come with a default set of applications at no additional cost. You can choose to add Plus application bundles, which include Microsoft Office Professional Plus and Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security, to your Amazon WorkSpaces for an additional monthly fee.

Amazon WorkDocs

Amazon WorkSpaces users also receive access to Amazon WorkDocs with 50 GB of storage for no additional charge. This can be upgraded to 1 TB of storage per WorkSpaces user for a discounted price. For more information, see Amazon WorkDocs Pricing.

Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager (WAM)

You can use Amazon WAM to deploy and manage applications for Amazon WorkSpaces. Amazon WAM is priced on a monthly per user basis, and includes a free and a paid tier. For more information, see the Amazon WAM pricing table.

Free Tier

The Amazon WorkSpaces Free Tier provides two Standard bundle WorkSpaces with 80 GB Root and 50 GB User volumes, running in AutoStop mode, for up to 40 hours of combined use per month, for two calendar months, from the time you create your first WorkSpace. Usage time accrues while you’re actively using your WorkSpace as well as the time it takes to stop after a specified period of inactivity, which by default is set to one hour. If you exceed the Free Tier limits, you will be charged the standard Amazon WorkSpaces hourly rate for the additional resources you use. At the end of two calendar months, the WorkSpaces you launched in the Free Tier will automatically be billed at the applicable hourly rate.

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Education Pricing

Education pricing is available for Amazon WorkSpaces for Qualified Educational Users of Microsoft Windows. With this offering, education organizations save $3.52 per user per month or $0.03 per user per hour by leveraging licensing discounts from Microsoft. You can take advantage of this discount if you qualify, based on Microsoft Licensing Terms and Documentation. If you think you may qualify, please complete a case here. Select Regarding: Account and Billing Support, Service: Billing, Category: Qualify as Educational institution, and enter the required info. We will review your information and work with you to reduce your fees and costs.

Amazon WorkSpaces Pricing

  • Linux Bundle Options
  • Windows Bundle Options
  • Windows Bundle Options - Bring Your Own License (BYOL) *
  • Linux Bundle Options
  • Windows Bundle Options
  • Windows Bundle Options - Bring Your Own License (BYOL) *

* Must be eligible for License Portability. For more information about BYOL, visit this page.


  • Monthly fees are prorated for first month only; in subsequent months, monthly fees are incurred for the full month.
  • Hourly billing consists of an hourly rate charged while your Amazon WorkSpaces are running, and a monthly fee for fixed infrastructure costs. With hourly billing, Amazon WorkSpaces that are not being used automatically stop after a specified period of inactivity, and hourly charges are suspended.
  • Amazon WorkSpaces pricing includes the use of AWS Directory Services for Simple AD and AD Connector (where available). The use of AWS Directory Services for Microsoft AD is not included. Details about AWS Directory Services pricing can be found here.

For more information, please see the Amazon WorkSpaces FAQs.

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