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Austria is a beautiful country with superb Alpine scenery and splendid cities full of rich architecture and grand palaces. Driving in Austria can a pleasure, although in the major cities the visitor may prefer to park up and use the excellent public transport facilities that are without exception clean and pleasant.

Driving on the right hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the left hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.

The availability of rental cars is very good throughout Austria and there is usually no problem in arranging for a hire car to be left at a different location from where it was originally rented.

The speed limits in Austria are:

On Motorways or the limit is 130 kilometres per hour. This equates to about 80 miles per hour. On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 100 kilometres per hour or 62 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour.

Drivers face severe penalties if found driving with more than 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This is lower than the limit in Britain which is 80mg per 100ml.

Persons under the age of 18 years are not allowed to drive in Austria even though they may hold a driving licence issued in another country.

The wearing of seat belts is compulsory and children must be 12 years old or over to occupy a front passenger seat without a special child restraint.

Before you drive away check that your hire car has a first aid kit, a warning triangle and a reflectorised waistcoat, as these are all compulsory in Austria. The reflectorised waistcoat must be used in the case of a breakdown or accident outside built-up areas, on expressways and on motorways and even when setting up a warning triangle.

There is a special tax for every vehicle using Austrian motorways. A windscreen sticker (Vignette) can be purchased at the border. The sticker entitles the driver to a discount against the charge for some privately operated road tunnels.


These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Austria. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves

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