Road Signs In Austria - What do Road Signs in Austria Mean?

If you’re driving in Austria for the first time, you should learn the road signs before hitting the road…

Much like most of mainland Europe, driving in Austria needn’t be anything to worry about, however it still pays to know the road signs in Austria before you take to the roads. Whilst for the most part, you’ll struggle to distinguish between road signs in Austria from any of its neighbouring European countries, if you’re heading out of the city and into the mountains, we highly recommend understanding some of more specific mountain driving and in particular winter driving road signs in Austria. You’ll find road signs advising of steep gradients and sharp bends on mountain passes. Whilst road signs in Austria share EU standards, if you’re renting a car in Austria and heading for a ski resort, you may come across some signs unfamiliar and our guide to road signs in Austria is a definitive guide to what they all mean from warning signs to regulatory and prohibition signs.

Austria Road Signs


Warning Road Signs in Austria

Warning signs in Austria are often red or yellow to advise of potential danger. You should take note of any warning signs in Austria as they are designed to alert you of possible dangers ahead.



Information Road Signs in Austria

Information signs in Austria are the most frequently used road signs in Austria and are generally used on any type of road to provide road users with general information about the road they are using and the road ahead.



Mandatory Road Signs in Austria

Mandatory road signs in Austria are used where you are required to carry out a specific task, they are not suggestions, information or advisory signs, they must be adhered to and as such are arguably the most important roads signs in Austria that you need to know.



Priority Road Signs in Austria

Priority road signs in Austria are designed to clarify who has priority at the junction / road ahead. If driving in a country where you drive on the other side to the road, priorities are likely to the opposite of what you are familiar with, roundabouts being a notable difference.



Prohibitory Road Signs in Austria

Prohibitory road signs in Austria are used on all road types in Austria, often to restrict certain types of vehicles and certain manoeuvres such as prohibiting u-turns or setting maximum speeds.



Visitor Comments

  • 18/10/2020

    Martin Gruber

    All villages, hamlets are speed restricted to 50 kph unless otherwise stated. Limit is valid from villages place name sign to sign indicating that you’ve left the village: either village name with red diagonal Line or Ortsende followed by collage name. A 50 kph sign is not always used in the country. The 70 kph derestriction sign simply indicates a change to the nominal applicable speed limit, up or down! Simple really. More difficult farther east where often the limit is dependent on the distance of housing from the road, or at least, it used to be so.
  • 14/04/2020

    Joe Quigley

    Hi, Last year I was driving through Austria, twice I was driving along country roads with a 100kmh limit, as I approaced hamlets or a dozen or so houses there were signs showing 70 about 1/2 km before I entered the hamlet, upon entering the hamlet or sometimes halfway through there were signs showig 70 with a line drawn through it. I was unsure what the speed limit therefor was so I slowed down as I was still in a (slighly) built up area. When I arrived home I received two sppeding tickets that I can only assume came from these areas, when I asked to see the signs saying what the speed limits were I was told that it was up to me to know the limits, not for the Austrians to show them. So how am I supposed to know the limits if the signss are misleading? This cost me over 120 euros plus about another £20 for bank transfers. Furthermore, do I have to notify my insurance company of these penalties? Regards, Joe Quigley
  • 25/06/2019

    Cindy Cunningham

    What does "Treppelweg" mean?
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