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Driving in Austria

Home to Mozart and Hundertwasser architecture, Austria is a country rich in history and beautiful countryside.

Austria landscape

Austria is frequently overlooked in favour of neighbouring Germany, Hungary, and Italy. But to avoid Austria is to miss out on some gloriously picturesque hidden gems.

Hit the roads

Austrian roads are some of the best in Europe, with most of the expressways having two rather than three lanes, and they are generally very well maintained. 

However, you’ll need a motorway pass, called a vignette, to travel on motorways or expressways.

These can be bought from petrol stations, post offices and usually on border crossings.

It’s also worth noting that parts of the A9, A10 and A13 motorways use video tolling, which require different tickets.

Star drive

A road trip to Austria wouldn’t be complete without a view of the Alps. 

You can head south towards Innsbruck and pick up the 188, which takes you on a spectacular route through the heart of the mountains. You’ll come out 50 miles later near Brunnenfeld.

Best of the rest

Austria landscape

The Arlberg Pass is a historical route between Vorarlberg and Tyrol.

A tunnel was built on it in the 1970s to to reduce traffic, freeing up the old route for the adventurous to enjoy amazing views on one of the world’s best driving roads.

A great next stop is the capital city of Vienna. As a World Heritage Site with stunning architecture and rich cultural heritage, Vienna is a place to savour fine art and music.

Driving laws in Austria

  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • Motorcycles are required to use dipped lights at all times.
  • All occupants must wear seatbelts if fitted.
  • All cars must carry a first-aid kit, warning triangle and EN471 reflective jacket or vest.
  • Cars and bikes with a top speed of less than 60km/h are not allowed on Austrian motorways.
  • All cars must have winter tyres, or carry snow chains, between 1 November and 15 April.

Austrian speed limits

Road type

Speed limit

Residential areas

50 km/h

Built-up areas

50 km/h

Outside built-up areas

100 km/h

Dual carriageways

100 km/h

Motorways

Up to 130 km/h


Planning on driving to another country? Take a look at our section on driving in Europe.

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