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Driving tips - Austria


Driving in Austria should be a lovely experience but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make yourself aware of the rules pertaining to the Austrian roads. There are many things you had better read before driving there. Have a look at these top important tips for driving in Austria:

Documentation

It’s hugely important to carry certain documents in your vehicle. If you don’t then you could face a fine and get your licence taken off you. Be warned. The papers you should remember to bring and keep on your person when driving are:

  • A valid driver’s licence or IDP
  • Photographic ID
  • Vehicle insurance, especially if renting a car
  • A motorway sticker for expressway or highway travel (purchased at the border or most gas stations)
  • Ownership documents or expression of permission

Age Restrictions

  • The legal age for driving in Austria is eighteen (18).
  • Children under twelve (12) who are shorter than 1.5 metres (150cm) must sit in the back seat with the seatbelt securely fastened.

Driving Rules, Laws and Regulations

  • You must drive on the right in Austria. You will usually find road signs on the right side either next to or above the road. Warning and signs of prohibition consist of a white background bordered by red lines
  • At a roundabout you must give way to vehicles on your left who are already on it, unless otherwise stated by signs
  • Dipped headlights must be used at all times when visibility is poor
  • Using horns is prohibited in Vienna and near hospitals
  • When approaching a level crossing that bears a white sign with a train engine, vehicles must stop and wait for an audible warning
  • Another important point to note when driving in Austria is that if the lights of a school bus are flashing yellow, you must not overtake it
  • Always carry license while driving

Speed Limits and Fines

You must adhere to the following speed limits, unless otherwise stated, when driving in Austria:

  • 130km/h (80mph) on expressways
  • 100km/h (62mph) on open roads/areas outside of built-up areas
  • 50km/h (31mph) in built-up areas

Be aware that radar traps, areas of the road that are used by police to detect speed limits, are ubiquitous in Austria, and on-the-spot fines can be imposed, which you will have no choice but to pay.

There will also be on-the-spot fines for failure to wear a seatbelt securely.

Drunk Driving

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.05g/100ml is the legal limit in Austria, and 0.05mg for people who have held a licence for less than two (2) years. If you are found with these levels of alcohol in your blood, or more, you will be subjected to fines and a possible licence suspension.

Parking

To park legally in Austria, you will normally have to purchase a parking voucher, which can be bought in most places. The price of parking in Vienna is higher than the rest of the country.

Paid parking usually applies between the hours of 09:00 — 18:00/22:00 on weekdays and free on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking durations are often restricted.

You must only park on the right side of the street. Parking is not permitted in front of red or yellow lines, within three (3) metres of a fire hydrant nor on white lines or at bus stops.

Parking restrictions in Austria are very strict and well-enforced therefore you must adhere to all of them at all times.

A final parking point to consider is that if you are travelling in or through Vienna, parking is severely limited to a maximum stay of three (3) hours in blue zones, which are indicated by a blue circle with a red border and a red diagonal line.

Vienna Driving Guide


Vienna has been the home to some pretty impressive residents, including Mozart, Freud, Schubert, Strauss and Beethoven. But Vienna continues to impress with its imperial grandeur, in the form of opulent palaces and grand statues, as well as the sounds of the renowned Vienna Boys Choir. Coffee houses that resemble someone’s home, Beisln (local bistro clubs) and world class museums.

The public transport system is excellent in Vienna, but if you feel like a day trip around the area, you’ll need a reliable rental car. We’ll help you out with that, but in the meantime, what are the best day trips around Vienna?

Vienna to Grinzing:

43 min to Grinzing (27.9 km)

Grinzing is a quaint little village northeast of Vienna, winding streets will lead you to picturesque cottages with well cared for gardens, surrounded by trees. Much of the architecture dates back to the 19th century, as the original structures were destroyed a number of times due to war. It is a typical Austrian village complete with Heuriger, traditional restaurants who indicate whether they’re open by the spruce branches placed over their entrances.

If you enjoy hiking, bring your hiking boots as there are some lovely trails that lead to the hills of Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg.

Vienna to Laa an der Thaya:

1 hour 2 min Laa an der Thaya (68.9 km)

For a very different experience of another Viennese town, head north for an hour to reach Laa an der Thaya. While there, the remains of the town’s medieval walls are quite popular, as is the Laa Castle, an immense 13th century structure that is surrounded by a massive moat. The 13th century Gothic church of St. Vitus is well worth a visit, with it’s High Alter that dates as far back as 1740 and its Plague and Trinity columns that date back to 1680.

Vienna to Carnuntum:

42 min to Carnuntum (52.1 km)

The Roman Town of Carnuntum can be found a short drive from Vienna in the March-Donauland region east of the city. Many well documented battles were fought at Carnuntum, including battles against the Romans, Hungarians, Turks and the French (under Napoleon). The ruins at Carnuntum evidence the fortified town, originally home to 50,000, built during the rule of the Roman Empire.

The Archaeological Park Carnuntum houses a reconstruction of the main buildings that were active in the 1st century. One ticket costs the equivalent of four cappuccinos for adults.

If you feel that you would like to include a night or two at a surrounding town during your stay in Vienna, then pop on over to our website to browse through our selection of reasonably priced accommodation that won’t break the bank. As travelers ourselves, we believe in spending less on accommodation that you won’t spend much time in anyway and rather use the extra cash in more productive ways, such as heading over to nearby towns. We extend this ethos to you by offering a range of inexpensive accommodation.

The rental cars we supply that allow you these inexpensive day trips are just as affordable as our accommodation. We have a number of collection points in and around Vienna in order to make the entire process of renting a car as simple and convenient as possible.

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