Getting around Austria

Travelling around Austria
Updated 2020-01-09 06:08

Austria has a number of modern airports that serve international and domestic flights. The largest airports, most likely to be used by expatriates, can be found in Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. These airports offer proximity to the city centre and access to airports by public transportation.

Airlines in Austria

The country's national carrier is Austrian Airlines, which codeshare with a wide range of international partners.

Trains in Austria

The Austrian train network is operated by OBB-Austrian Railways. The network also connects in with the European Interrail network, offering convenience for those travelling throughout Europe. The OBB network operates nationally, with most towns and cities having a railway stop. Train travel is a scenic way to see the country, and OBB offers very competitive fares for advance bookings. They also offer discounted multi-trip passes. Rail travel from Vienna to Salzburg takes under 2.5 hours.

Buses in Austria

Bus travel in Austria is less common than train travel but is a great option to reach smaller towns that do not have railway stations, or for those on a tight budget. However, bus travel is usually slower, as buses can make frequent stops. Buses can be used for inter-city or local travel.

Intercity buses are very modern, offering wifi, video, and power outlets. As with trains, the best fares can be found by booking well in advance. Bus stations are usually located next to train stations, helpful if you are travelling by both rail and bus.

Buses can also be used to reach international destinations, including GermanyFrance, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland.

Renting a car in Austria

Renting a car in Austria can be done easily over the phone or online before you arrive. Drivers must be at least 18 years old to rent a car, and drivers under the age of 25 may have to pay an additional surcharge. To rent a car, you can use your local driving license, as long as you have been in the EU, or will be, for less than six months. If you will be in the EU for a longer time, or if your license has non-Latin characters, then you should obtain an international driving license before you arrive. This can be done easily in your home country. If you wish to rent a car in one location and return it elsewhere, there may be an additional fee to cover the relocation.

Traffic regulations in Austria

The roads in Austria are usually modern and very well-maintained, making it easy for drivers. Many highways, or autobahns, are toll roads. Therefore, you will need a toll pass, called a vignette so that you can pay the tolls. Rental cars will include this pass, but if you have your own vehicle, they can be purchased in local shops and petrol stations.


It is important to wear a seatbelt at all times. The speed limits are generally 50 km/h on urban roads, and 130 km/h on a motorway unless signed otherwise.

 Useful links:

Austrian Airlines
Vienna Airport
OBB-Austrian Railways
Europcar Austria

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