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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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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
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.
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
|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|
Innsbruck is an alpine valley town and Austria’s number one winter sports destination.
When to go: During the winter months for some prime skiing.
Top attraction: Ride the Nordkette Cable Car from Innsbruck up to the top of Nordkette – a mountain range within the Karwendel Nature Park. No matter the time of year, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful 360 degree views.
Austria’s second largest city, Graz is a mix of youthful energy and ancient architecture.
When to go: Summer sees a lot of rain, so head out in the spring for pleasant temperatures.
Top attraction: The Schlossberg, also known as Castle Mountain, offers views of the city’s medieval Old Town. It’s a great place to watch the sunset over the rooftops.
Mozart’s birthplace, Salzburg is an enchanting city, alive with The Sound of Music and other great artistic masterpieces.
When to go: Visit in September or October to enjoy the landscape’s changing colours.
Top attraction: Hohensalzburg Castle, built in 1077, looms over the city. One of the largest fully preserved fortresses in central Europe, the castle complex provides a glimpse into the Salzburg’s past.
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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.
A city of contrasts, Linz houses an ultramodern electronic arts venue as well as landmark Baroque cathedrals.
Resembling a charming storybook land, it’s no wonder that Austria’s oldest village is also its most photographed.
Hike out to the Gollinger Wasserfalle and breathe in the fresh alpine air.
A spa and ski resort town tucked in the mountains, this is an outdoor paradise surrounded by epic scenery.