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.
- See also: Car hire search and comparison*
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.
(From March 2022, almost all the city will be covered by a single street parking zone.)
Learn about local speed limits (which aren’t always displayed on signs). Most roads within Vienna have 30kmh or 50kmh limits.
Motorways always have speed limits. This fact may surprise people coming over the border from German autobahns, though the traffic police are no doubt more than happy to explain the restrictions. Our schools and hospitals thank those drivers for their contributions to the Austrian budget.
The motorway toll
Discover how the motorway toll system works.
Most city roads are free to use, naturally, but Austria has a nationwide motorway/freeway toll system requiring a pre-paid toll sticker.
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. It concerns the formation of a corridor between lanes for emergency vehicles if traffic is at (or coming to) a standstill.
Finally, get ten bonus tips to help make driving around Vienna a little pleasanter (and safer for everyone).