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    Auto Europe is an international car rental broker with nearly 60 years of experience providing vehicles in destinations all around the world. With over 20,000 convenient pick-up locations, hiring a car on your next trip has never been easier! We take pride in our superior customer service, as well as our ability to offer the guaranteed lowest prices in the industry. Thanks to our trusted local and international suppliers, Auto Europe is able to provide a large selection of cars to choose from, to ensure that you receive the vehicle that will best suit your travel needs. You can pick up your vehicle at the Vienna International Airport, Vienna Main Station, or at any of our downtown locations. We offer you both quality and flexibility, simply contact us at 0800 358 1229 to arrange your car hire in Austria today!

    Make the most of your car rental

    Start your adventure in Vienna and visit one of the world´s most romantic cities. Drive around this beautiful city to admire the graceful Art Nouveau buildings, including the grand Belvedere Palace. The palace is home to a fantastic museum with immaculate gardens and sweeping views over the entire city. Or, perhaps you would like to take your car hire to Salzburg and experience the birthplace of Mozart, and drive through its unique surrounding countryside. In order to make your trip to Austria as hassle-free as possible, we have put together some helpful information.

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    Driving in Austria is uncomplicated and offers the greatest flexibility and freedom to explore the country at your own pace. Roads are well maintained, however there are a few rules you should be aware of.

    • In winter conditions the use of four winter tyres, or snow chains on at least two tyres, is required by law between 1 November and 15 April, and subject to heavy fines if the rule is broken.
    • Check with your car rental company before leaving the rental counter to ensure that a reflective safety vest is located in the car.
    • Driving in Austria is done on the right-hand side of the road.
    • Overtaking is done on the left-hand side of the road.
    • Seatbelts are mandatory.
    • Drivers must carry a valid UK driver´s licence, registration documents, and insurance documents at all times.
    • Petrol stations in Austria are open from 8am to 8pm, with some stations in major cities being open 24 hours.


    Toll stickers are required on all vehicles on Austria´s motorways. Stickers can be obtained from the Austrian Automobile Clubs as well as post offices and petrol stations. More information on specific routes and associated toll costs can be found by visiting Austria´s driving regulations page.

    Age Requirements

    In order to be eligible to rent a car in Austria, you must be at least 19 years old (age may vary by car category), and have held your licence for at least one year. Drivers under the age of 25 may also incur a young driver surcharge. For more information about driving a car hire in Austria, take a look at our driving information page.


    Austria is a member of the European Union, as well as a member of the Economic and Monetary Union, which introduced the EURO as the common currency throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 8am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5.30pm on Thursday. ATMs are widely used in Austria and are called "Bankomats". Credit cards, although accepted at hotels, major restaurants and shops, are less used for purchases in small shops, cafes, or supermarkets. It is advised that you notify your card provider before leaving for your trip.

    Time difference

    Austria is one hour ahead of the United Kingdom, so if it is 2pm in London, it is 3pm in Vienna. Daylight savings time in Austria typically begins during the last week of March and ends during the last week of October.


    German is the national official language and is used in the media, in schools, and for formal announcements. Austrian German is partially influenced by Austro-Bavarian and uses many "Germanized" words and expressions deriving from it.

    Good morning - Guten Morgen
    Goodbye - Auf Wiedersehen
    Excuse me - Entschuldigung
    Do you speak English? - Sprechen Sie Englisch?
    Thank you - Danke
    Please - Bitte (also said when handing over an item, such as a payment)
    Don´t mention it (response to thanks) - Bitte
    Rental car - ein Mietwagen
    The police - die Polizei


    Electrical sockets in Austria are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: Type F, German style Schuko, and the Type C Europlug. Almost all sockets are Schuko, and while the Europlug socket may be found, it is rare. If your appliance´s plug does not fit these standards, you will need an electrical adaptor.

    Visa & Embassy Information

    Holders of a British passport do not require a visa. Should you require assistance from the consulate during your travels, please reference the below location of the British Embassy in Vienna.

    British Embassy Vienna
    Jauresgasse 12
    1030 Vienna, Austria
    Telephone: (+43)(1)71613 2900

    Useful links

    Infographic Luxury on the Motorway

    Infographic Winter Tyres Regulation

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