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Getting around in Austria

Whether you go with your own car, rent a car, or go by plane, here you will find all practical information about transport in Austria.

Car hire

Rental locations

Cars can be rented anywhere, including at airports and stations and in cities.

Rental car booking

The rates can vary greatly per season and per provider. Booking in advance can be cheaper at carhirecompany.com

Requirements

  • The driver must often be at least 19 years old. Sometimes it is also possible to rent a car at the age of 18.
  • Sometimes the age limit is higher depending on the rental company and type of car.
  • Drivers under the age of 25 often have to pay a young driver fee.
    Insurance is often more expensive for young drivers.

Guarantee

  • A car can only be rented with a credit card (with pin code) in the name of the main driver. Cash is rarely accepted as a deposit.
  • Debit cards (debit cards, debit cards), prepaid cards, rechargeable or virtual credit cards or other payment cards without the numbers and letters stamped (tactile embossing) are usually not accepted.

Particularities

In winter, check that the rental car has the correct winter equipment. Winter tires are mandatory from November 1 to April 15 in winter conditions and snow chains can be made mandatory with a sign.

 

Toll sticker

A toll sticker is required on all Austrian motorways for motor vehicles with a permissible maximum mass of up to 3500 kg. Cars rented in Austria usually have a toll sticker, but rental cars registered in another country are usually not.

Major airports

 

National airline

Austrian Airlines: austrian.com

Particularities

In case of cancellation, overbooking, delay or luggage problems, you can rely on European Regulation 261/2004.

Car trains

From Germany

There is a motorail service from Hamburg to Innsbruck and Vienna and from Düsseldorf to Vienna and Innsbruck.

Within Austria

  • In the Alps, important road connections are missing in some regions or pass roads are closed for much of the year. In addition, shuttle trains run right through the high mountains for the transport of cars. The car trains consist of flat wagons that usually have a steel cover with the profile of the tunnel in question. In this way, all available space can be used and there is room on the train for all common passenger cars, minibuses and caravans. Special wagons are often available for the transport of very high or wide vehicles.
  • The Tauernbahn is a train tunnel (Autoschleuse) between Böckstein and Mallnitz that is 12 km long. It is a good alternative to the Tauern Autobahn, where there is a high risk of traffic jams.
    Note: there are safety requirements. For example, cars with an LPG tank are not allowed into the tunnel.