Before you brave the roads of Vienna, it’s worth mentioning that the public transport system here is cheap, fast, efficient, reliable, and regular. Once you’re in the city, it often makes sense to switch to trams, buses, and subways.
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Tips for drivers
As a driver in a strange and foreign location, you’ll obviously want to familiarise yourself with local safety regulations, driving rules etc..
The Austrian government provides a lot of information in English, and below are selected tips – with explanatory photos – from an experienced local driver.
And, in case you’re wondering, people drive on the right in Austria.
Driving is one thing, parking quite another. You’re competing with locals who show no mercy and who’ve trained all their lives to sniff out spaces.
Learn about local speed limits (which aren’t always displayed on signs).
In doing so, see how people coming from German autobahns are helping finance the Austrian budget. Our schools and hospitals thank them for their generosity.
The motorway toll
Discover how the motorway toll system works.
Most city roads are free to use, naturally, but there’s a motorway/freeway toll in Austria. Vienna is a big city approaching 2 million inhabitants, so has freeways within the city limits.
A little extra driving advice
You need to understand the Rettungsgasse, in particular, if driving on Austria’s dual carriageways or motorways.
Finally, get ten bonus tips to help make driving around Vienna a little pleasanter (and safer for everyone).