Driving in Austria is uncomplicated and offers the greatest flexibility and freedom: you explore at your own pace. Roads are well maintained, whether you select a motorway or a side road. However there are a few rules you need to be aware of…
|Speed Limits||Motorway||Open Road||Town||Alcohol mg/ml|
|Austria||130 km/h||100 km/h||50 km/h||0.5|
An international drivers license is required
Children in cars: child under 12 and 1.5 metres in height cannot travel as front or rear passenger unless they use a suitable restraint system.
Documentation: always carry your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5), and certificate of motor insurance. If your licence does not incorporate a photograph ensure you carry your passport to validate the licence. If the vehicle is not registered in your name, carry a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to drive.
Drinking and driving: Don’t do it. You will be fined if the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is between 0.05 per cent and 0.08 per cent. Over this level and you will incur a fine and/or suspension of driving licence.
Fines: On the spot fines are issued. Ensure an official receipt is issued by the officer collecting the fine.First-aid kit must be carried.
These stickers must be applied on the upper middle or left side of the windshield. Motorists who do not possess the appropriate sticker will have to pay a fine of EURO 300 (up to EURO 3,000). Cars rented in neighboring countries may or may not be equipped with the sticker. Please obtain one from your car rental agency.
NEW: KorridorVignette for the A14 Rheintal/Walgau Motorway in Vorarlberg
In order to relieve congestion around the city of Bregenz on the banks of Lake Constance the ‘KorridorVignette’ will be introduced and will apply to the 23-km long corridor (“Korridor”) on the A14 Rheintal/Walgau motorway in the federal state of Vorarlberg between the German border and Hohenems (Exit 23, near the Swiss border crossing). The ‘KorridorVignette’ will only be available for a limited period of time, namely until the opening of the second tube of the Pfänder Tunnel, which is due to be completed in 2013.
The KorridorVignette will apply to all single- and twin-track vehicles (passenger cars, motorhomes and motorcycles) with a maximum gross vehicle weight of up to (and including) 3.5 t and will cost EUR 2.00 (incl. VAT) for one direction.
Please note: Drivers who are in possession of a valid annual, 2-month or 10-day toll sticker do not require an additional KorridorVignette!
The KorridorVignette may be purchased at the beginning and the end of the corridor at vending machines which can be operated directly from the vehicle. It will also be available for purchase at a number of authorised agents on roads leading to the corridor (primarily at petrol stations and service areas).
Driving through Austria with a vehicle exeeding 3,5 t?
Starting with January 1, 2010 new rules and regulations apply.
The toll tariff system based on emission categories will concern all motor vehicles with a maximum permissible gross weight exceeding 3.5t and will apply on all Austrian motorways and expressways.
All vehicles above 3.5 tonnes maximum permitted laden weight and using the Austrian network of motorways and expressways are required to attach a small device – called the ‘GO-Box‘ – to their windscreen. Note that this includes larger private vehicles such as motor caravans that are above the weight limit. If your vehicle is close to the weight limit you are advised to carry documentation confirming the maximum permitted laden weight. If your registration documents do not clearly state this, you will need to produce alternative certification e.g. from a weighbridge.
The GO-Box uses the high frequency range to communicate with the around 400 fixed-installation toll points covering the whole of Austria, making it possible to effect an automatic toll deduction without slowing down or stopping the flow of traffic. The on-board devices can be obtained for a one-off handling fee of Euro 5.00 at approximately 220 sales centres in Austria and in neighbouring countries, or via the Internet. The minimum amount of charge you can put on the box is 100 euros. When the money is running out, it will beep to let you know. When you leave Austria you can hand the box back and they will refund any amount left on the box, or you can save it until your next trip.
Gasoline – benzin
Diesel – diesel /gasöl
Motor oil – motoröl
Gas station – tankstelle
Toll – maut
Toll road –gebührenpflichtige Straße/Mautstrasse
Parking – parkplatz
Motorway – Autobahn
Exit – ausfahrt(road)/ausgang(building)
Entrance – einfahrt(road)/Eingang(building)
Detour – umleitung
Hospital – Spital
Police – polizie
Police station –Polizeistation
Embassy – Botschaft
Please – Bitte
Thank you – Danke
Help! – Hilfe!
Please help me – bitte helfen Sie mir
There has been an accident – es gab einen Unfall
Call an ambulance – rufen Sie einen Krankenwagen!
My car’s been broken into – mein Auto wurde aufgebrochen
I’ve locked myself out of my car! – ich habe mich aus meinem auto ausgesperrt
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|Travel Date: June 10, 2015 Traveled with: Families with Infants||Best for: Families with Young Kids Operator: Other|