All pickup and drop off locations for car hire in Graz:
- Graz Airport: Graz-feldkirchen, 8073
- Graz City: C/o Porsche Graz, Graz, 8020
Graz Mini Guide
Graz is a place with an interesting history and a present day allure which led to it being named the European capital of culture in 2003. Just under 300,000 people live in Graz which is the second biggest city in Austria. The town is lively thanks to the presence of many universities and students while the history of Graz dates back to Roman times.
Graz has been in the wars over the years having been repeatedly attacked by the Turkish
during the 16th century and the Ottoman Empire, though they never managed to take the city. When in Graz give yourself plenty of time to walk around the historic old town as this has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Glockenspiel clock tower is particularly charming and also especially entertaining for children.
You can get to Graz from most major European cities. It is possible to fly from destinations in Germany
and the UK
into Graz International Airport. Look out for flights via Interfly, Lufthansa and Ryanair. There are also a number of domestic routes from cities such as Vienna
On arrival you will see the Rhino car rental offices as we deal with a number of major world wide companies such as Avis and Hertz and representatives can show you to your vehicle. The roads are of excellent standard in Austria while the speed limits are generous and the scenery is beautiful, so it is a good place to drive a rental car.
To get to Austria’s capital city of Vienna you drive eastwards along the A2 road and this will take about an hour and a half if the going is good. You can also drive there along the S9 which is more aesthetically pleasing route. The A9 is the other main road which runs through Graz. Parking in Graz is not too expensive; though look for green zones which cost a bit less than the blue zones. Blue zones cost about 1.20 Euros for every hour. If you are staying for a long time the underground car parks work out cheaper, but they are expensive in the short term.
One of Graz’s most famous sons is the actor and body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger and a sports arena was named after him, but when the now governor of California
, Schwarzenegger showed his support for the death penalty the name was hastily changed. This is an example of Graz’s liberal ideology.
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Graz is a great city to explore on foot or in a car. You can collect car hire in Graz from the city or from the airport and by pre-booking you can get the best deals on car hire. Apart from the amazing range of architecture to feast your eyes on, Graz has a darker history with the link to the Nazis leading up to World War II.
At night, drive into Graz city centre, this time for a feast for your ears with live jazz played at a number of locations, often accompanying a great dining experience.