Austria by Car

Some of the basic information to have a pleasant journey to Austria by car.

Besides having common identity documents (driving license, vehicle registration certificate, car insurance documents etc.) you should also, in case the vehicle is borrowed, have the document confirming lending the vehicle. For easier communication, the document should be in German or in English.

Rules on driving and road signs are in Austria more or less the same as in other European countries. Almost all mountain roads have safe roadsides. If you drive on mountain roads with steep incline, shift down the gear. If two cars occur on a narrow road, the car, that it is easier for, backs.
 

Compulsory Winter Car Requirements

From November 1st to April 15th, the drivers of vehicles weighing maximum 3 500 kg cannot use the vehicles in the winter unless having compulsory winter car equipment i.e. winter tires or snow chains. Snow chains can be used only if there is just a little bit of snow or ice and in case they don’t damage the roads.

The minimal tire tread depth of summer tires is 1.6 mm.

In case of car damage or accident the drivers are obliged to wear a safety vest. There should be at least one safety vest in every car. This is not required for passengers, moped or bicycle drivers, however, it is recommended to wear one as well. If the driver doesn’t have a safety vest they can receive a fine twice – for not having a vest in the vehicle and for not using it. For further information go to www.arboe.at or www.oeamtc.at
 

Highway Tolls (Vignettes)

In order to drive on Austrian highways you have to pay a tuition by purchasing a vignette. It should be displayed on the internal side of the car's windscreen.

After its expiration date the vignette must be taken off.

Annual fee
Motorcycles: € 32,10
Cars (maximum 3,5 t) € 80,60
Two-month fee
Motorcycles: € 12,10
Cars: € 24,20
10-day fee
Motorcycles: 4,80
Cars: € 8,30

The highway tolls can be purchased at gas stations near the borders or at automobile clubs ÖAMTC and ARBÖ or at newsagents or here www.asfinag.at

Not having the highway toll is means breaking the law and a 120€ fee can be given.

The vehicles over 3,5 t undergo different rules for more information www.go-maut.at or www.asfinag.at.

 

Speed Limits

The restrictions for cars and motorcycle (unless otherwise indicated by road signs):
Maximum road speed: 100 km/h
Maximum highway speed: 130 km/h
Maximum municipality speed: 50 km/h
In Graz 30 km/h, main roads 50 km/h. The vehicles with trailers that are heavier than 750 Kg can go maximum 80 km/h outside of municipalities and 100 km/h on highways.

 
Alcohol Restrictions

Permissible limit of alcohol in the blood is 0.5 parts per thousand!

Violation of this limit is punishable by paying a fee and suspension of driving license. 

Children younger than 14 years and smaller than 150 cm must use child car seat that is suitable for them and their weight. Using seatbelts is obligatory in Austria.
 

Parking

Parking in short term zones („blue zones“) ranges from 30 min to 3 h. Allowed time must be indicated at the beginning of every zone. Parking indicators are for free at newsagents and they need to be placed on a visible spot behind the windscreen. In some cities, parking in blue zones is not for free. Parking tickets can be purchased at banks, gas stations or newsagents. Some cities such as Bludenz, Feldkirch, Dornbirn, Eisenstadt, Bregenz use ticket machines. Parking for less than 10 min is for free, however, a car needs to be indicated by a special parking ticket.

For more information: www.parken.at
For more information about parking in Vienna: www.parkeninwien.at

 

Car Accidents and Damages

Police need to be called when passengers have been hurt or in case identities of both drivers are not known. Automobile clubs ÖAMTC and ARBÖ offer a breakdown service, drivers who are not members can also use their services but they will be paid.

 
Important Phone Numbers

EU emergency number: 112
Fire brigade: 122
Police: 133
Ambulance: 144
Mountain Rescue Service: 140
Breakdown Services OAMTC: 120
Breakdown Services ARBO: 123

 

Gas

Unleaded gas Normal (91 octanes)
EUROUPER unleaded gas (95 octanes)
Super Plus (98 octanes)
Diesel
Liquid gas

Drivers of older cars, that don’t have a catalyst, can purchase additive substances at gas stations that needs to be add to the unleaded gas.

Cars must let the ambulance vehicle pass.