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    Austria Driving Information

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    Driving Overview

    Austria Driving InformationBreathtaking vistas are common as you travel the highways of Austria. You can drive in the Alps, cruise along the Danube, or rent a car in Vienna and visit ancient castles in this centrally located country. Rent a van in any major city to enjoy Austria with extra legroom and storage space.

    Driving Age Requirements

    To rent a car, you must be at least 18 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. An International Drivers License is required for car rentals in Austria. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Seatbelts are mandatory and children up to age 12 are required to use an appropriate restraint.

    Rules of the Road

    Traffic travels on the right and a car will indicate its desire to pass by flashing it's headlights. Streetcars passing on the left have the right of way.

    Speed Limits




    Speed Limits in Austria Gas Availability in Austria Toll Highways in Austria Poland Parking Laws & Regulations
    • City 31mph/50kph
    • Open Roads62mph/100kph
    • Highways81mph/130kph

    Gas stations are generally open 8am to 8pm with some stations in major cities open 24 hours.

    Austria requires all vehicles using the autobahn to display a highway toll sticker. Rental companies in Austria charge approx US$0.65 per day for a toll sticker. Stickers are available at the border or gas stations when entering from another country.

    “Blaue-Zone” parking areas noted by blue lines on the road. The zones require a time imprinted parking disc, as there is a 3 hour parking limit. Parking discs can be obtained in banks, nearby shops, or from automated disc machines in the parking area.

    Insurance Information

    Car rental insurance varies widely, so please review the information below prior to making your reservation. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

    All our car rental rates include fire and third party liability insurance. Our inclusive rates also provide collision and/or theft coverage at an advance purchase discount. You may elect to decline collision and theft coverage. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

    The following guidelines apply to rentals commencing in Austria.

    Austria Driving InformationRequired Coverage

    Fire and third party liability insurance is mandatory and is included in all rentals. Third party liability insurance covers from US$1,800,000 - US$6,600,000 in case of damage or injury to people or property outside of the rental car.

    Optional Coverage

    Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and/or theft protection are included in our inclusive rates at a discount. The CDW and theft coverage will carry deductibles of US$650 to US$1600, depending on vehicle type. If CDW is purchased at the rental counter, the cost is approximately US$30 to US$50 per day, depending on car class. If theft protection is purchased at the rental counter, the cost is approximately US$10 to US$15 per day depending on car class. Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) is available at the rental counter for approximately US$15 per day. Super CDW may be offered locally to reduce the collision deductible to as low as zero. Optional insurance coverage is available with select suppliers only, rates subject to change without notice.

    Rental Restrictions

    Most car categories can be driven anywhere in Western Europe without restriction. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury rental car categories and on travel in certain countries. Auto Europe has special rental programs for driving into Eastern Europe. An additional surcharge may apply. Please take a minute to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent.

    Restricted Countries:

    Cars rented in Austria are not allowed into the following countries:

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    Car Rental Bulgaria Bulgaria Car Rental Lithuania Lithuania Car Rental Russia Russia Car Rental Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
    Car Rental Croatia Croatia

    *Luxury Cars are not allowed into Italy.

    Austria Driving InformationNOTE: For an additional fee, travel into most or all of these countries can be arranged for specific car categories with advance notice.

    One-Way Rentals

    Domestic one-way car rentals in Europe are available between select locations in Austria, additional fees may apply. There are fees for international one-way rentals, and not all vehicles are permitted.

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