Driving in Austria is uncomplicated and offers the greatest flexibility and freedom: you explore at your own pace. Roads are well maintained, whether you select a superhighway or a meandering byway. However there are a few rules you need to be aware of...
An international drivers license is required
and can easily be obtained from your local auto club. The major U.S. rental companies are represented in Austria as are a range of European firms. Many credit cards offer free supplemental rental car insurance, which might let you save on optional car insurance. Check with your credit card company. Mandatory Winter Equipment
In winter conditions the use of four winter tires or snow chains on at least two tires is now mandatory in Austria between 1 November and 15 April.Reflective Safety Vest
Drivers are required to carry a Reflective Safety Vest in their car at all times. This new regulation is required by law and is subject to heavy fines. Please check with your car rental company before entering Austria to ensure a Reflective Safety Vest is located in the car.Toll stickers are required
on all vehicles on Austria's motorways and highways!
Stickers can be obtained from the Austrian Automobile Clubs as well as post offices, sundries and gasoline stations. Please note that stickers are also available in Austria's neighboring countries at gasoline stations, at borders as well as Automobile clubs.
The following fees apply:
- A twelve-months sticker for private cars amd motorhomes weighing up to 3.5 tons is EURO 80.60 and for motorcycles EURO 32.10
- A two-months sticker for travel to and through Austria is EURO 24.20 for private cars and motorhomes up to 3.5 t
- A 10-day sticker for cars and vehicles up to and incl. 3.5t is EURO 8.30
These stickers must be afixed on the upper middle or left side of the windshield. Motorists who do not purchase the appropriate sticker will be fined EURO 300 (up to EURO 3,000). Cars rented in neighboring countries may or may not be equipped with the sticker. Please ask your car rental agency.
Driving through Austria with a vehicle exeeding 3,5 t?
The toll tariff system based on emission categories will concern all motor vehicles with a maximum permissible gross weight exceeding 3.5t and will apply on all Austrian motorways and expressways.
What to do in case of congestions during an emergency?
Since January 1, 2012 the "Rettungsgasse' is obligatory on any two or multi-lane road in Austria. On two lane roads drive as far right as possible when in the right lane and as far left as possible when in the left lane to ensure emergency vehicles can pass easily. On roads with more then two lanes all vehicles in the far left lane should drive as far left as possible; all other lanes have to drive as far right as possible. in emergencies on highways driver are required to also use the shoulder.