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Austria car hire tips

  • Where to pick up your car

    There are over 20 car hire locations in Austria, and the most popular city is Vienna.

  • Top car rental brands

    The most popular car rental brands in Austria are Megadrive, Europcar, Budget, Buchbinder and Enterprise.

  • Best time to hire a car

    The cheapest months to pick up your car hire in Austria are November and June.

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    Euro (EUR)

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Hire a car in Austria

Austria is a country rooted in imperial elegance and natural riches.

Formerly one of Europe's greatest empires, Austria’s Baroque masterpieces – both musical and architectural – are rivalled by its equally admirable contemporary culture. Contrary to its visual opulence, the country’s relaxed friendliness encourages an atmosphere where you can slow down and relish the scenery.

This landlocked country is littered with tourist jewels and scenic drives, so no matter which direction you head, your Austrian road trip will be a glorious success.

Car hire information in Austria

Driving tips

A sign with a single arrow on it which reads einbahn, indicates a one-way street. Avoid getting this mixed up with street name signs, which are usually posted on the sides of buildings.

If you’re driving in Vienna, you’ll find yourself sharing major roads with the city’s trams. Make sure you are never blocking a tram and if you are approaching a tram stop, you must stop your vehicle and allow pedestrians to leave and board the tram.

Traffic Lights
Prepare to stop if you come across a flashing green light, which means the green light is coming to an end. If you reach an amber light combined with a red light, this indicates the lights will soon turn green.

A vignette (toll sticker) is required to drive on all motorways in Austria. You can buy a vignette at petrol stations and rest stops.

Austria car hire stats

Frequently asked question Answer
Most popular place to hire a car in Austria 1. Vienna
2. Salzburg
3. Innsbruck
Most popular rental length Seven days
Most popular month to rent a car December, where a hire car costs on average £32.70 per day

Type of car Average cost per day Minimum cost per day
Mini £22.60 £1.70
Economy £23.20 £1.90
Compact £31.10 £2.20

Austrian cities

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The ultimate Austria road trip

  • Vienna Airport VIE

    Vienna Airport is the country’s busiest airport.

  • Car hire pick up point

    Car hire desks are located on the ground floor of the P4 car park, a quick walk from the terminal.

  • Linz

    A city of contrasts, Linz houses an ultramodern electronic arts venue as well as landmark Baroque cathedrals.

  • Hallstatt

    Resembling a charming storybook land, it’s no wonder that Austria’s oldest village is also its most photographed.

  • Golling

    Hike out to the Gollinger Wasserfalle and breathe in the fresh alpine air.

  • Bad Gastein

    A spa and ski resort town tucked in the mountains, this is an outdoor paradise surrounded by epic scenery.

The Austrian capital


The largest city in Austria and home to Vienna International Airport (VIE), Vienna is full of car hire options. Make sure you get the best price by checking out our top tips:

Car hire pick up point Prices from… Average price
Vienna Airport £11.60 per day £33.70 per day
Vienna Downtown £16.20 per day £33.30 per day

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Vienna
March £27.00
July £41.30
(*based on a 7+day rental)

What to eat: Try a slice of apfelstrudel, Austria’s most famous dessert. Sweet apples and crispy pastry, what’s not to like?

What to drink: Experiencing an afternoon at one of Vienna’s old cafes is a must. Traditional coffee houses are ingrained into the city’s culture and a Wiener Melange is the best hot cup of coffee to sip on.

What to listen to: The city has a legendary musical heritage, which has marked it as one of the world’s finest performance centres. Enjoy a ballet, opera or orchestra concert at the Vienna State Opera for a full city experience.