Car Rental to Give You Freedom and Flexibility
Explore Salzburg and it's Spectacular Surroundings
Doing the car rental option for your trip to Austria means that you can go where you want, when you want, without the constraints of timetables. You gain the freedom and flexibility of seeing the beauty of the Salzkammergut region at your leisure.
With its gorgeous lakes, vast mountain peaks, beautiful towns and villages, fascinating ice caves and salt mines, it proves an exciting adventure just waiting for you to discover, and what better way to discover it than to hire a car…..
There are generally three categories available when hiring a car.
Car rental at Salzburg Airport includes companies such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Blue Box, Megadrive, Sunny Cars and Sixt. They can be found on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park.
Booking in advance would secure the car of your choice.
Checking online is the way to find a good deal using a website such as
Car and Driver
This is the most relaxing option …… to hire a car with someone else doing the driving. How often have you missed that amazing sight because your eyes are fixed on the road ahead? Again there are car rental companies offering this service, The Shuttle at Salzburg Airport being one of them.
Fly and Drive Package
An ideal way of having your flight and car rental booked altogether. Savings can be made by booking a package rather than the two separately. Fly drive holiday packages often give you a set itinerary with pre-booked accommodation as well, or they can offer more flexibility depending on your needs.
Driving in Austria
It's worth outlining the main laws of the road when taking the Austria car rental choice. Driving is always different when in a foreign country. For a start you might not be used to driving on the right as they do in Austria! Here is some useful information for you to read if you plan to drive during your trip to Austria. Knowing a few rules of the road beforehand will lead you to have a more relaxing and enjoyable holiday….
If you are looking at car rental, you must be at least 18 years old (age may vary depending which type of vehicle you hire) and have held your license for 1 year.
An International Drivers License is necessary for renting a vehicle in Austria.
Drivers under the age of 25 may have to pay a young driver surcharge.
Driving along the motorways (autobahns) in Austria requires the purchase of a motorway tax sticker called a vignette. This benefits the tourist who may be visiting Austria for only a few days, a week or a month. The sticker can be purchased at the border, at gas stations in Austria, as well as small tobacco shops (Tabak) located in Austrian towns. The sticker then needs to be displayed on the inside of the windscreen. Failure to do so could result in a rather nasty Police fine, or even having the car impounded! Remember - do not argue with police. Be polite, be patient!
You’re okay if you stay off the autobahn, but that’s not easy to do, and anyway, it's great to sometimes hop on and off the autobahn. If you’re lucky, your rental car may already have a vignette bought by the previous hirers. This needs checking before you set off on your journey.
The stickers come in varying colors for different years, making it easier for the police to spot an invalid (Autobahn) pickerl, Austrian slang for “autobahn sticker.” To prevent misuse, the stickers are also designed to tear apart if removed from the window glass - so don't try to take it with you!
With motorcycles, the sticker has to be attached to a clearly visible part of the bike that is difficult to be removed. (Helmets are also compulsory for motorcyclists and their passengers).
Vignettes vary in price, depending on whether you buy a ten day, two month, or one year pass. Motorbike stickers are about half the price of a vignette for a car.
For further inquiries on the vignette contact 0043 1 955 12 66.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
123 for roadside help and information
120 for vehicle assistance and towing services (Austrian automobile clubs),
122 for the fire department,
133 for police
144 for ambulance.
112 for the European emergency line
In the case of a breakdown it is obligatory to wear a fluorescent jacket if you are on the roadway.
Speed Limits for Austria
130km/h on motorways
100km/h on A roads
50km/h in cities and townships
100km/h on dual carriageway
Exceptions are shown on the relevant street signs in Austria
Quick facts for driving in Austria
The use of hand-held cell phones while driving is prohibited.
Turning right on red is prohibited throughout Austria.
Trams coming from your left have priority.
The legal limit for blood alcohol content in Austria is .05%
Drinking and driving incurs heavy fines or prison sentences in Austria.
Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat occupants, if fitted.
No children under 12 in front seats.
First-aid kit and a warning triangle must be carried.
Drivers must carry their license at all times, and it is recommended that you also carry your passport with you as proof of identification.
Third-party insurance is compulsory.
Parking can be difficult and expensive in Salzburg, but a good option is to look for park-and-ride locations at certain regional bus stops. Reduce your stress levels,leave your car in one of these car parks just outside the city gates and get the bus into the city centre. It's convenient and reasonably priced too.
Always park on the right, your car must not face the traffic.
Do not park in front of yellow or red road lines or within 10 feet/3 metres of a fire hydrant, or you risk a fine.
Do not park on a white line at a bus stop.
“Blau -Zone” parking areas are identified by blue lines on the road. If you decide to park within this area then you need a parking disc, as the maximum stay is 3 hours. Parking discs can be purchased from banks, shops, or from disc machines that are found in the parking area.
Motor Oil -Motor oel
Car Rental Agency-Autovermietung
No Parking-Parken verboten
Four lane highway-Landstrasse
Road closed-Strasse Gesperrt
It is important to obtain travel and medical insurance before traveling to Austria. This will give you peace of mind and will allow you to relax and enjoy your trip at your leisure.
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