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Driving Tips in Austria

Austrian Tourist Board

Driving in Austria

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Driving Distances in Austria

Licence Requirements

A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International Drivers Licence is required for Australian drivers licence holders.

Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

Rules and Regulations

General driving rules and regulations in Austria:


The following equipment are required to be kept in your vehicle and to be used at appropriate times.

Child Safety Seats

Children up to the age of 12 (or 1.5m tall) must be seated in a suitable restraint system.

Speed Limits

Austrian laws are quite strict on speeding motorists, if caught you may end up receiving a fine and possible imprisonment. Speed camera's and mobile police radars are used to catch motorists speeding. It is recommended that you follow the guide below, as you may notice many of the Austrian Drivers will drive at very high speeds. Many of these drivers are well experienced and very skilled at high speed driving.

Drink Driving

The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in Austria is 0.05 g/100ml. Fines apply and a driving ban may be imposed.

Toll Stickers (Vignette)

Motorists driving on Austria's motorway (Autobahn) are required to purchase a Vignette sticker. Stickers must be purchased before crossing the border and can be done so at fuel stations, post offices, Austrian Automobile Clubs or at most border crossings. If you are collecting your car within Austria your vehicle will be equipped with the correct vignette. Vehicles which are not fitted with a sticker face heavy fines.

Road Signs

Road Signs in Austria are very similar to other European countries but with slight variance.


There are plenty of parking spaces available in Austria, whether it be street or secured. During weekdays parking is generally at a charge and timed, but the costs are inexpensive. Look for parking lots around the city for extended parking over 2-3 hours, during weekdays. Weekends are usually free. Make sure that you observe the street signs and road markings around you when parking as city parking is quite strict.

Visa Information

Visa, Passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting Austria:

Winter Driving

All vehicles driving in winter are required to be fitted with winter tyres. This includes snow or ice covered roads. The legislation is mandated from 1 November through to 15 April the following year. Fines apply if caught without winter tyres. Snow chains are not required but are to be carried in certain areas and are recommended if you are visiting the alps. Please contact us for more information.

More Information

For more information on driving in Austria, the Austrian tourist board is your one stop shop for planning your Austrian drive.

All information provided is to be used as a guide only. Distances and time may very according to the route taken. The information shown on this page may have changed since the date of publication. Please refer to the countries local tourist office for up-to-date advice. Last updated: November 2016.