How Pricing Works

Monthly and Hourly Billing Options

Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop virtualization service that enables you to securely access data and applications from any supported device. Amazon WorkSpaces provides the flexibility to pay for monthly or hourly usage, billed monthly. 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. 

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.

Amazon WorkSpaces Cost Optimizer

Monitor your Amazon WorkSpaces usage and optimize costs to help with unpredictable WorkSpace usage patterns with 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).

Application Bundling Options

Amazon WorkSpaces come with a default set of applications at no additional cost. For an additional monthly fee, you can choose to have 32-bit Office 2016 Professional Plus and Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security installed by default on your WorkSpaces powered by Windows Server 2016. Or install 64-bit Office 2019 Professional Plus by default on your WorkSpaces powered by Windows Server 2019.

Amazon WorkDocs

Amazon WorkSpaces users also receive access to Amazon WorkDocs with 50GB of storage for no additional charge. You can upgrade to 1TB 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 paid tier. For more information, see the Amazon WAM pricing table.


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 using 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.

Free Tier

As part of the AWS Free Tier, Amazon WorkSpaces offers 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 the first three billing cycles.

Amazon WorkSpaces Pricing Example

Using the US West (Oregon) Region, you launch WorkSpaces for two sets of users. The first group of 100 users require AlwaysOn access (monthly fixed rate) because they will use WorkSpaces as their full-time desktop for general productivity and web-browsing while the second group of 10 users is best suited for hourly billing (AutoStop) due to their requirement of occasional access to higher performance machines.

For the first group of 100 users you select the Windows Value Bundle with 1vCPU, 2GB Memory, 80GB Root Volume and 10GB User Volume, running on the Microsoft operating system with a fixed price of $25/machine/month.  With fixed monthly pricing, users have unlimited access to their machines.  Monthly spend for this group of users is simply 100 users x $25/machine for a total of $2,500/month.

For the second group of 10 part-time users you will select a higher performing Linux machine with hourly billing to optimize costs.  You select a Linux Power Bundle with 4 vCPU, 16GB Memory, 80 GB Root Volume and 10 GB User Volume.  With the hourly billing option, this machine has a fixed price of $7.25/month + $.64/hour. Let’s assume each of the 10 users spends 5 hours a week on their machine (20 hours/month). Monthly spend for this group of users will be 10 users x $7.25 + (200 total hours x $.64) = $72.50 + $128 for a total of $200.50.  Note, this Linux machine has an AlwaysOn (fixed monthly) rate of $66. By leveraging hourly billing (AutoStop) you were able to save  $459.50/month when compared to the $660 it would cost to leave these machines in AlwaysOn mode.

For more pricing/billing details on Amazon WorkSpaces, please access the pricing section of our FAQ.

Amazon WorkSpaces Pricing

  • Linux Bundle Options
  • Windows Bundle Options
  • Windows Bundle Options - Bring Your Own License (BYOL) *
  • Linux Bundle Options
  • Windows Bundle Options
  • Each Windows Bundle Option includes a Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Subscriber Access License (SAL) per WorkSpace

  • 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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