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Austria Driving Rules and Tips


Driving in Austria should be a lovely experience but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make yourself aware of the rules pertaining to the Austrian roads. There are many things you had better read before driving there. Have a look at these top important tips for driving in Austria:

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

50 kph  | 31.1 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

100 kph  | 62.1 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

130 kph  | 80.8 mph
Fuel Price

THE FUEL PRICE IS

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Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

EUR
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Right
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

18 years of age
21 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

112
Documentation requirements

DOCUMENT

License
IDP
Passport
Insurance
Registration

Documentation

It’s hugely important to carry certain documents in your vehicle. If you don’t then you could face a fine and get your licence taken off you. Be warned. The papers you should remember to bring and keep on your person when driving are:

  • A valid driver’s licence or IDP
  • Photographic ID
  • Vehicle insurance, especially if renting a car
  • A motorway sticker for expressway or highway travel (purchased at the border or most gas stations)
  • Ownership documents or expression of permission

Age Restrictions

  • The legal age for driving in Austria is eighteen (18).
  • Children under twelve (12) who are shorter than 1.5 metres (150cm) must sit in the back seat with the seatbelt securely fastened.

Driving Rules, Laws and Regulations

  • You must drive on the right in Austria. You will usually find road signs on the right side either next to or above the road. Warning and signs of prohibition consist of a white background bordered by red lines
  • At a roundabout you must give way to vehicles on your left who are already on it, unless otherwise stated by signs
  • Dipped headlights must be used at all times when visibility is poor
  • Using horns is prohibited in Vienna and near hospitals
  • When approaching a level crossing that bears a white sign with a train engine, vehicles must stop and wait for an audible warning
  • Another important point to note when driving in Austria is that if the lights of a school bus are flashing yellow, you must not overtake it
  • Always carry license while driving

Speed Limits and Fines

You must adhere to the following speed limits, unless otherwise stated, when driving in Austria:

  • 130km/h (80mph) on expressways
  • 100km/h (62mph) on open roads/areas outside of built-up areas
  • 50km/h (31mph) in built-up areas

Be aware that radar traps, areas of the road that are used by police to detect speed limits, are ubiquitous in Austria, and on-the-spot fines can be imposed, which you will have no choice but to pay.

There will also be on-the-spot fines for failure to wear a seatbelt securely.

Drunk Driving

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.05g/100ml is the legal limit in Austria, and 0.05mg for people who have held a licence for less than two (2) years. If you are found with these levels of alcohol in your blood, or more, you will be subjected to fines and a possible licence suspension.

Parking

To park legally in Austria, you will normally have to purchase a parking voucher, which can be bought in most places. The price of parking in Vienna is higher than the rest of the country.

Paid parking usually applies between the hours of 09:00 — 18:00/22:00 on weekdays and free on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking durations are often restricted.

You must only park on the right side of the street. Parking is not permitted in front of red or yellow lines, within three (3) metres of a fire hydrant nor on white lines or at bus stops.

Parking restrictions in Austria are very strict and well-enforced therefore you must adhere to all of them at all times.

A final parking point to consider is that if you are travelling in or through Vienna, parking is severely limited to a maximum stay of three (3) hours in blue zones, which are indicated by a blue circle with a red border and a red diagonal line.

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