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Car Hire Guide: Austria

Nestled in the heart of Europe, Austria is renowned for its majestic Alps, rich history, and classical music heritage. Renting a car in this beautiful nation offers an unparalleled opportunity to traverse its scenic landscapes, from bustling Vienna to the serene Salzkammergut lake region.

1. Driving Regulations:

  • Driving Side: Austria drives on the right side of the road.
  • License Requirements: An International Driving Permit (IDP) is recommended alongside your national driver's license.
  • Age Restrictions: Generally, the minimum age to rent a car is 25, but many rental agencies may have a  surcharge for younger drivers.
  • Seatbelts: Mandatory for all passengers. Children under 14 must have appropriate child seats.

2. Road Conditions:

  • Austria boasts an excellent network of roads and highways. Autobahns (motorways) are of high quality but can be crowded, especially during holiday seasons.
  • Mountain roads can be challenging, especially in winter. Snow chains are often required.

3. Traffic and Navigation:

  • Austria enforces strict speed limits: 50 km/h in cities, 100 km/h on open roads, and 130 km/h on autobahns.
  • A vignette toll sticker is mandatory for driving on Austrian motorways and expressways. Ensure your rental car comes with one or purchase it at gas stations or border crossings.
  • Use GPS for navigation but keep a road map as a backup.

4. Parking:

  • In cities like Vienna or Salzburg, parking can be limited. Look for “Park & Ride” areas on the outskirts and use public transport to get to the city center.
  • Blue zones indicate paid parking, usually with parking meters.

5. Fuel:

  • Petrol stations ("Tankstelle") are abundant, but note that some might close early in rural areas.
  • Self-service is common, but there are attendants at larger stations.

6. Car Hire Types and Climate Considerations:

  • Compact cars are suitable for cities.
  • If planning to drive through alpine regions or in winter, consider a vehicle with good ground clearance and winter tires.
  • Remember, winter tires are mandatory in Austria from the beginning of November to mid-April - don't worry our rental cars are fully equipped to the regulations.

7. Safety and Emergency:

  • Emergency Number: 112.
  • Austria has strict drink-driving laws; the legal limit is 0.05 grams/liter.

8. Local Customs and Tips:

  • Austrians are generally disciplined drivers. Always adhere to road signs and regulations.
  • In roundabouts, vehicles already in the circle have the right of way.
  • Check out Austrian Road Signs here!

Must-Visit Driving Routes:

  • Grossglockner High Alpine Road: Traverse the highest mountain in Austria and enjoy panoramic views.
  • The Romantic Road: A picturesque route passing through historic towns, castles, and serene landscapes.

Our best prices sell out quickly and car rental in Austria is often thought to be expensive, book with Rhinocarhire  to see that we break the mould and offer the best price on all car hire in Austria.


Cheapest car hire in Austria

Fiat Panda

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.88 EUR/day
Fiat Panda

7 Days rental at 223.16 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 39.21 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 274.48 EUR from 21/07/2024

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 39.46 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 276.22 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.63 EUR/day
Citroen C4

7 Days rental at 298.42 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.94 EUR/day
Opel Astra Estate

7 Days rental at 300.58 EUR from 21/07/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Vitara

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.85 EUR/day
Suzuki Vitara

7 Days rental at 327.98 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 32.00 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 224.05 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 32.00 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 224.05 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.28 EUR/day
Citroen C3

7 Days rental at 232.97 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 88.53 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 619.71 EUR from 21/07/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 95.94 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series Estate

7 Days rental at 671.62 EUR from 21/07/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 96.09 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 672.64 EUR from 21/07/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Opel Crossland X

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.06 EUR/day
Opel Crossland X

7 Days rental at 259.48 EUR from 21/07/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Crossland X

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 40.94 EUR/day
Opel Crossland X

7 Days rental at 286.64 EUR from 21/07/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Opel Astra Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 44.86 EUR/day
Opel Astra Estate

7 Days rental at 314.03 EUR from 21/07/2024

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Skoda Enyaq iV

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 130.59 EUR/day
Skoda Enyaq iV

7 Days rental at 914.15 EUR from 21/07/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Skoda Enyaq iV

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 121.07 EUR/day
Skoda Enyaq iV

7 Days rental at 847.49 EUR from 21/07/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Skoda Enyaq iV

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 130.59 EUR/day
Skoda Enyaq iV

7 Days rental at 914.15 EUR from 21/07/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Austria

  • Understand Driving Regulations: Familiarize yourself with Austria's traffic laws, including speed limits, road signs, and parking regulations, to ensure a safe and compliant driving experience.
  • Select Appropriate Vehicle: Choose a rental car suited to your needs and preferences, considering factors such as group size, luggage capacity, and any special features required for driving in mountainous terrain or adverse weather conditions.
  • Book in Advance: Secure your rental car early to guarantee availability and potentially benefit from discounts or special offers, especially during peak travel seasons or popular events.
  • Review Insurance Coverage: Evaluate insurance options offered by rental companies, ensuring adequate coverage for liability, collision damage, theft, and roadside assistance to mitigate any unexpected expenses or hassles during your trip.
  • Check for Additional Fees: Be aware of any additional fees or charges, such as airport surcharges, fuel surcharges, or toll road fees, and factor them into your budget when comparing rental options.
 

Popular car hire destinations in Austria

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Austria

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    130kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    EUR  1.67/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    EUR €

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Austria

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Enterprise
4
9.1/10
32
€ 68.49
€ 78.76
€ 141.11
 Hertz
14
8.9/10
223
€ 47.14
€ 54.28
€ 62.43
€ 94.34
 Thrifty
9
8.7/10
80
€ 43.84
€ 50.48
€ 99.71
€ 87.73
 Megadrive
5
8.6/10
71
€ 57.10
€ 65.90
€ 74.16
€ 107.18
 Alamo
3
8.5/10
64
€ 61.41
€ 70.62
 Europcar
11
8.5/10
343
€ 45.65
€ 56.15
€ 83.22
€ 96.75
 Buchbinder
5
8.4/10
58
€ 62.54
€ 72.21
€ 81.31
€ 99.45
 Sixt
17
8.4/10
856
€ 52.60
€ 66.43
€ 73.85
 Dryyve
2
8.1/10
162
€ 31.88
€ 42.94
€ 37.06
€ 37.06
 Sicily by car
1
8.0/10
6
€ 40.69
€ 42.63
€ 47.85
€ 47.85
 Surprice
1
7.8/10
8
€ 118.56
 Wheego
2
7.7/10
8
€ 52.58
€ 62.64
€ 76.87
 Green motion
1
7.4/10
31
€ 40.74
€ 50.00
€ 58.34
€ 67.61
 U-save
2
7.0/10
72
€ 39.21
€ 56.40
€ 44.93

Car rental agent statistics in Austria

  • Highest Rated Agent Icon
    9.5/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ENTERPRISE
  • Lowest Rated Agent Icon
    6.8/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    U-SAVE
  • Total Number of Reviews Icon
    2,014
    Total number of reviews in
    Austria
  • Most Locations Icon
    13
    Most Locations in Austria:
    SIXT
  • Average Wait Time Icon
    17
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • Total Rental Companies Icon
    21
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Austria

ItemPercent
January€ 69
February€ 70
March€ 65
April€ 60
May€ 71
June€ 79
July€ 83
August€ 77
September€ 67
October€ 63
November€ 62
December€ 73
ItemPercent
January€ 60
February€ 63
March€ 52
April€ 54
May€ 58
June€ 66
July€ 71
August€ 67
September€ 57
October€ 51
November€ 50
December€ 72
ItemPercent
January€ 128
February€ 133
March€ 118
April€ 107
May€ 133
June€ 143
July€ 162
August€ 145
September€ 138
October€ 129
November€ 134
December€ 142
ItemPercent
January€ 98
February€ 102
March€ 95
April€ 85
May€ 95
June€ 103
July€ 107
August€ 101
September€ 94
October€ 90
November€ 91
December€ 110
ItemPercent
January€ 135
February€ 179
March€ 168
April€ 150
May€ 164
June€ 150
July€ 150
August€ 144
September€ 171
October€ 162
November€ 231
December€ 178
ItemPercent
January€ 51
February€ 51
March€ 46
April€ 46
May€ 51
June€ 61
July€ 63
August€ 57
September€ 48
October€ 45
November€ 43
December€ 51
ItemPercent
January€ 101
February€ 113
March€ 101
April€ 90
May€ 96
June€ 101
July€ 113
August€ 104
September€ 100
October€ 99
November€ 106
December€ 121
ItemPercent
January€ 81
February€ 85
March€ 65
April€ 69
May€ 63
June€ 72
July€ 87
August€ 86
September€ 74
October€ 85
November€ 61
December€ 76

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Fuel prices in Austria

DieselUnleaded
Jun , 2023

€ 1.49

€ 1.57

Jul , 2023

€ 1.53

€ 1.56

Aug , 2023

€ 1.66

€ 1.65

Sep , 2023

€ 1.80

€ 1.72

Oct , 2023

€ 1.79

€ 1.69

Nov , 2023

€ 1.66

€ 1.54

Dec , 2023

€ 1.65

€ 1.54

Jan , 2024

€ 1.64

€ 1.53

Feb , 2024

€ 1.69

€ 1.57

Mar , 2024

€ 1.68

€ 1.60

Apr , 2024

€ 1.70

€ 1.67

May , 2024

€ 1.84

€ 1.66

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
May , 2024 1.84 1.66
Apr , 2024 1.70 1.67
Mar , 2024 1.68 1.60
Feb , 2024 1.69 1.57
Jan , 2024 1.64 1.53
Dec , 2023 1.65 1.54
Nov , 2023 1.66 1.54
Oct , 2023 1.79 1.69
Sep , 2023 1.80 1.72
Aug , 2023 1.66 1.65
Jul , 2023 1.53 1.56
Jun , 2023 1.49 1.57

Car rental price statistics in Austria

  • Average Price Icon
    € 223.16
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 530.88
    Highest daily price:
    Volkswagen MultiVan
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    762
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    44
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Polo
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    221
    Location with most cars:
    Vienna - Airport
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 31.9 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    DRYYVE - Vienna - Airport
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Most popular locations to collect car hire in Austria:

Car hire is available from 39 pickup locations in Austria:

  • Vienna: 14 suppliers (10 pickup locations)
  • Innsbruck: 12 suppliers (2 pick locations)
  • Salzburg: 10 suppliers (4 pickup locations)
  • Klagenfurt: 9 suppliers (3 pickup locations)
  • Graz: 8 suppliers (2 pickup locations)
  • Linz: 5 suppliers (2 pickup locations)

Car hire is available from 39 pickup locations in Austria

 

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Graz
€24.1
 
 
Mini 3 4 2 from €24.1 /day
Compact 3 5 3 from €30.0 /day
Economy 3 5 2 from €27.0/day
Innsbruck
€24.1
 
 
Mini 3 4 2 from €24.1 /day
Compact 3 5 3 from €30.0 /day
Economy 3 5 2 from €27.0/day
Salzburg
€26.4
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €26.4 /day
Compact 5 5 3 from €33.7 /day
Economy 3 5 2 from €29.0/day
Vienna
€22.9
 
 
Mini 3 4 2 from €22.9 /day
Compact 3 5 3 from €26.3 /day
Economy 3 5 2 from €23.6/day