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    Driving Information Austria

    Driving Licence Requirements

    In order to drive a vehicle in Austria, you must be at least 18 years old and have a full driving licence valid in your country of residence, as well as an International Driver's Licence. If you do not have your photo licence, only the paper licence, then you must carry your passport when driving in Austria.

    Age Requirements

    To hire a car in Austria, you must be at least 19 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for one year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge.

    Driving Distances

    • Graz to Vienna - 199kms (2hours)

    • Innsbruck to Salzburg - 187kms (1hour/45mins)

    • Klagenfurt - Villach - 38kms (25mins)

    • Wels to Linz - 38kms (30mins)

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    General Austrian driving information, laws, rules and regulations:

    • Driving in Austria is done on the right-hand side of the road.

    • Overtaking is on the left-hand side of the road.

    • Seat belts when driving a car in Austria are mandatory.

    • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of hands-free systems.

    • Drivers are to carry a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents at all times while driving.

    • Petrol stations in Austria are open from 8am to 8pm, with some stations in major cities being open 24 hours.


    In Austria, all vehicles using the autobahn have to display a highway toll sticker. Austria Toll stickers are available at the border when entering from another country or at petrol stations.

    Parking Information

    Certain areas marked by blue lines on the road are designated as "Blue-Zone" parking, many cities have them such as Vienna. When parking your car in these zones, drivers must display a parking disc with the time printed on it, as there is a three-hour parking limit. Parking discs can be obtained in banks, shops, or from automated disc machines in the parking area.

    One-Way Car Hire

    Domestic one-way car hire is unrestricted and free of charge. There are fees for international one-way rentals, and not all vehicles are permitted. If you plan to drive with an Austria car hire, you can pick it up in one location and return it to another location, however there are some restrictions that you need to check with your car hire supplier. If you wish to collect your vehickle in Salzburg and return to Graz, no extra charge is required for this!

    When visiting Austria, be sure to read through some of these rules and regulations about driving a car to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

    Useful Links

    Austria Airport Information

    Austria Travel Information

    Austria on Wikipedia

    Google Maps Austria