Austria Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Austria
Roads are good and driving standards are high. The most stressful element of driving abroad in Austria is likely to be having to pay tolls on many motorways. During the winter,roads in alpine areas may become dangerous due to snowfall, ice, or avalanches. Some mountain roads may be closed for extended periods and tire chains are often required. You should check whether you’ll need special equipment with the rental company.

Many travellers drive in or through Austria as part of a bigger driving trip through Europe. Some driving times and distances within Austria and to neighbouring countries are as follows-

Vienna- Salzburg– 301 km, estimated travel time, 3 hours

Vienna- Prague– 295 km, estimated travel time, 3.5 hours

Vienna- Budapest– 243 km, estimated travel time, 2.5 hours

Vienna- Bratislava– 79 km, estimated travel time, 50 mins

Vienna-Ljubljana– 382 km, estimated travel time, 4 Hours

Salzburg–Munich 145 km, estimated travel time, 1.5 Hours

Vienna–Innsbruck 479 km, estimated travel time, 4.5 Hours

Innsbruck- Zurich 278 km, estimated travel time, 3.25 Hours

Austria Car Rental –
Sixt ,Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Avis, Budget, Dollar,Thrifty, have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as or Expedia

This is an Austrian company –

This is a well established company who operate in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Austria Self Driving Rules–
Cross Border Rentals are generally allowed within Europe but there may be restrictions on taking the vehicle into certain Eastern European countries, especially with high spec vehicles. Some companies will allow one way rental to neighbouring countries upon request at the time of booking but will charge for this.

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