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Driving in Austria

Driving in Austria is uncomplicated and offers the greatest flexibility and freedom: you explore at your own pace. However there are a few rules you need to be aware of when driving on Austrian roads.
St. Anton am Arlberg in the summer © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Christoph Schöch St. Anton am Arlberg in the summer © TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Christoph Schöch

Important information for your Road trip in Austria!

Arlberg Tunnel Closure

Please note:

The "Albergtunnel" will be closed from April 24 - October 2, 2017, because of extensive refurbishment measures and the installation of additional evacuation routes for more safety.

Please use B179 as an alternative route or take trains of the Austrian Railways OEBB. Find out more about train travel in Austria here.

Further information on the Arlberg Tunnel Closure:
An international drivers license is required and can easily be obtained from your local automobile club.
Australians require an international driving licence together with their Australian licence.

Quick facts:
- Minimum driving age is 18
- Right-hand side traffic
- Seatbelts mandatory
- Third-party insurance compulsory
- No children under 12 in front seats
- Drink-driving limit: 0.05 per cent
- Speed limits (unless posted otherwise): 50 km/h in towns, 100 km/h on the open road, 130 km/h on motorways

Toll stickers are required on all vehicles on Austria's motorways and highways!
Stickers (called 'Vignette') can be obtained from the Austrian Automobile Clubs as well as post offices, petrol stations and at most border entry points.
The sticker must be stuck on the upper middle or left side of the windshield.

When travelling to Austria from another coutnry you need to purchase the VIgnette BEFORE crossing the border to Austria on the highway. Heavy fines apply if you use the highways anytime without having a valide toll sticker attached to your car's windshield.

Cars hired in Austria will come with a vignette supplied. Cars rented in neighboring countries may or may not be equipped with the sticker. Please check with your rental agency.

The following fees apply for 2016:

  • Annual sticker: for private cars amd motorhomes up to 3.5 tons € 85.70; for motorcycles € 34.10
  • 2-month sticker: for private cars amd motorhomes up to 3.5 tons € 25.70; for motorcycles € 12.90
  • 10-day sticker: for private cars amd motorhomes up to 3.5 tons € 8.80; for motorcycles € 5.10

If you would like to find out more about the toll stickers, please visit

Driving through Austria with a vehicle exeeding 3.5 tons?
If you are driving through Austria with a vehicle that has a maximum permissible gross weight of over 3.5t , you need to obtain a Go Box to use the highways.This toll tariff system is based on emission categories and will apply on all Austrian motorways and expressways.

Find more information about the Go Box on

Driving in Winter
Between 1 November and 15 April of the following year drivers of private cars and goods vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight must be suitably equipped for winter conditions. That means that drivers using the roads in wintry conditions (snow, slush, ice or frost) during this period must have winter tyres fitted.

Please remember that as the temperature falls, a road surface that is simply wet can turn into black ice, in which case the winter tyres requirement applies.

Private cars and goods vehicles up to a maximum gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tonnes may use snow chains instead of winter tyres, if the road is continually covered with snow or ice. Chains must be fitted to at least two drive wheels.

However, we strongly recommend the use of winter tyres throughout the above-mentioned period for your personal safety and to avoid fines in case of an accident. Find further information here.

Driving with your lights on is optional during daylight hours and compulsory at night. You will be stopped by the police and possibly fined if you do not comply with this.

Speed limits
Maximum speed limits (if not otherwise indicated on road signs):

Automobiles and Motorcycles:
• in town: between the local road signs: 50 km/h
• on country roads: 100 km/h.
• on highways: 130 km/h.

Mobiles up to 3.500 kg:
• in town: 50 km/h
• on country roads: 100 km/h
• on highways: 130 km/h

Passenger cars with light trailers (up to 750 kg); towing vehicles of a maximum total weight of up to 3.5 tons:
• in town: 50 km/h
• on country roads and highways: 100 km/h

Passenger cars with trailers of over 750 kg (towing vehicles and trailers together up to a maximum total weight of 3.5 tons):
• in town: 50 km/h
• on country roads: 80 km/h
• on highways: 100 km/h

• in town: 50 km/h
• on country roads: 80 km/h
• on highways: 100 km/h (however between 22:00 pm and 5:00 am only 90 km/h).

Children on board
Children under the age of 12, who are below a height of 150 cm, must be seated in appropriate child-safety seats. In passenger cars and station wagons (also in so-called "mini-vans") only one child per seat is permitted, who must be secured according to age and height.

Drinking and Driving
Permissable alcohol limit 0.5 promille! Exceeding this limit is punishable with a fine of € 218,02 to € 3.633,34 or even with the confiscation of the driving license.

Using your phone while driving
While driving one may now only telephone using the hands-free speaking system. The hands-free system must be mounted in such a way that all elements can be operated with one hand and the driver is not affected in any way. Disregarding this law is punishable with a fine of € 21,80 to € 726,73.

In Austria, unleaded regular-grade 91 octane petrol as well as Euro-Super (unleaded 95-octane) petrol are available at all gas stations.
The sale of leaded petrol is forbidden in Austria; for cars without a catalytic converter an additive is available at gas stations.

Reflective Safety Vest
All motorists must carry reflective vests with them when travelling within Austria, and must wear the vest in the case of a vehicle break down, when stopping in the middle of country lanes, whenever a warning triangle is used and in case of poor visibility. On motorways and dual carriageways it must be worn whenever leaving the car, however not when stopping on allocated parking places.

It is essential that it is a reflective, fluorescent colour (yellow, orange or red) in conjunction with white reflective stripes. Logos and any writing should not dominate. The vests must comply with the European standard EN471, visible on a sewn-in label.

This rule was implemented with security in mind and benefits everyone on the road, who is unfortunate enough to experience a car breakdown. The vests can be obtained at most petrol stations, OEAMTC and ARBOE Service stations in Austria for as little as € 3. A small price to pay for added security and visibility in case of a breakdown. The fee for not having one is € 14 and for not wearing it in case of a car break down, is an additional € 14.

Traffic Accident, Breakdown
Traffic accidents involving injury to persons must immediately be reported to the police; accidents involving material damage must only be reported when mutual identity has not been established. The ÖAMTC and ARBÖ automobile clubs operate a 24-hour emergency breakdown service, which may be utilized by anyone (non-members must pay a fee).

Emergency numbers (without area code)
Euro-emergency number 112
Fire brigade: 122
Police: 133
Ambulance: 144
Doctor-on-call 141
Mountain rescue 140
ÖAMTC emergency breakdown service: 120
ARBÖ emergency breakdown service: 123

Traffic News
Traffic news on all of Austria as well as the main connecting roads to neighbouring states are broadcast every half hour on the radio station Ö3. For reports on precarious situations, e.g. ghost drivers - the radio program is interrupted and a through-connection is made to all Austrian radio broadcasters. Traffic news may be reported round the clock at the telephone number 0800 600 601 (free of charge for all Austria).

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.

Regulations for Motorcyclists
When driving two-wheeled vehicles the wearing of helmets is compulsory in Austria. While driving, the dimmed headlight must be turned on even during the day. Toll stickers are compulsory to use the highways.

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