Driving to Austria is popular. This is how it works to drive a car in Austria.


Curvy roads are very common in Austria.

Tool roads in Austria

All motorways in Austria are subject to charges. To drive on them, you need a vignette, a mark to fasten in the middle, at the top of the front window. It is available at all gas stations. If you forget this it may result in high fines if you get stuck. Likewise, if the vignette is not correctly placed.

If you stay away from the highways, there are some tunnels and a few country roads that have fees. The ticket is bought when you enter the road or the tunnel. Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are charged with mileage charges.

Speed limits in Austriadriving-in-austria-3

It is always 50km / h in the urban areas unless otherwise stated. The motorway usually applies 130 km / h but there are exceptions; With stubbed tires, the maximum speed is 100km / h, and at night time reduced speed (110km / h) on the A10, A12, and A14.

The minimum speed of the highway is 60 km / h.

On country roads, normally 100 km / h.

BAC limit in Austria

Relatively liberal legislation and ordinary private drivers can inflate up to 0.5 per mille. For drivers or persons who had a driving license for less than two years, the limit is 0.1 per mille. Promille limits in other European countries, you can read more about here.

Parking rules

Park your car at a feeling-safe place at night. Parking areas near highways have a higher risk for burglaries.


Examples of parking ban weekdays at 6 am to 8 pm.

Stop ban applies 5 m before pedestrian crossing. Parking ban applies 10 m before pedestrian crossing. Where parking is prohibited, quick stops of up to 10 minutes are allowed.

On streets with yellow side borders, there is a total ban to stop.

German words in traffic and parking contexts

Kunzparkzone: Time-limited parking. Usually, there is an additional sign with more information.

Parkdauer: Specified by a number indicating how many hours parking is allowed.

Gebührenpflichtig: Paid Parking

Parkschein: Parking Ticket

Parkscheibe: P-disc

Verkehr: Traffic

Schwerverkehr: Heavy traffic

Staugefahr: Traffic congestion

Bei Nasse: On wet road

PKW: Car

LKW: Truck

Bitte freihalten: Leave free lane (for rescue vehicles)

Panne: Engine breakdown

Unfall: Accident

Reifen: Tires

Abblendlicht: Dimmers

Werktag: Working days (Mon-Fri)

If you are stopped by the police

Fines for traffic offenses are generally more expensive in Austria than in Germany. The police have the right to collect the fine on site in the case of sums up to 90 euros. The police can also request a security in place for the full amount to be paid later.


Road in urban area.

Other traffic rules worth knowing

  • As in most other EU countries, there is a ban on mobile phone usage in traffic. Handsfree calls are allowed.
  • If you stay on the road, you should be using a reflective vest, no matter the time of day.
  • Turn on warning lights if you approach a traffic congestion (stau).
  • In crossings without signs, the car from the right should drive first.

Finally a tip: City names that are accompanied by a black dot means a direction towards the center.

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