Driving in Austria

Excellent motorways and federal highways connect Austria with all neighboring countries. All important border control points (both on motorways and federal highways) are open around the clock.

The length of the road network in Austria is 200,000 km, of which 2,233 km are paid for.

Toll roads

The use of motorways and special road sections in Austria is only permitted after the toll has been paid. All vehicles with a maximum permissible weight of up to 3.5 tons – cars, motorcycles and mobile homes – must have a  vignette  .

No additional vignette is required for trailers, mobile homes, and strollers for motorcycles   .

Depending on the type of vignette, drivers can use a toll road network for a certain period of time.

When crossing the border, signs are installed informing the driver of the need to buy a vignette. In the interior of the country there are signs when approaching toll roads.

Map of the toll roads in Austria

On motorways and expressways marked orange on the map, all vehicles with a maximum permissible weight of up to 3.5 tonnes require a vignette.

Vignette costs

Vignette price (EUR) for various vehicle categories around 2021:

Vignette price in Austria around 2021
 VEHICLE10 DAYS2 MONTHS1 YEAR
 Motorcycles (А)€ 5.40€ 13.70€ 36.20
 Cars up to 3.5 tons (В)€ 9.50€ 27.80€ 92.50

Cars with a permissible mass of more than 3.5 tons pay for the toll roads electronically.

Vignette can be bought at some petrol stations near the border, both in Austria itself and in neighboring countries.

If you get caught on Austrian motorways without a vignette, the fine is € 120 if you pay on the spot (€ 65 for motorbikes). If the vignette is tampered with (damage to the vignette, traces of the vignette, etc.), the fine is € 240 (€ 130 for motorcycles). If you refuse to pay on site, the fine in legal proceedings can range from € 300 to € 3,000.

Validity of the vignette

Electronic vignette introduced in Austria!

An alternative to the traditional vignette has been available since 2018. An electronic vignette is tied to a license plate. If you want, you can still use the traditional vignette that is attached to the windshield.

10-day vignette –  entitles vehicles to use Austrian toll roads for ten consecutive calendar days from the date specified by the buyer.

Example:
Flag date: January 10th. Accordingly, the vignette is valid from January 10 at 00:00 a.m. to January 19 at 24:00

2-month vignette –  entitles vehicles to use Austrian toll roads for 2 months. The vignette expires two months later at the end of the day from the date specified by the buyer.

Example:
Flag date: January 10th. Accordingly, the vignette is valid from January 10, 00:00 a.m. to March 10, 12:00 a.m.

1-year vignette –  entitles vehicles to use Austrian toll roads for 1 calendar year. The vignette starts on December 1st of last year and ends on January 31st of the following year.

Example:
Vignette for 2021. Accordingly, the vignette is valid from December 1, 2020 to January 31, 2022.

A valid vignette must be correctly attached to the vehicle before toll roads are used. Driving on toll roads without a valid vignette is  prohibited  .

Special fee

In Austria there are road sections with special payments (tunnels). Tariffs around 2021.

Autobahn A9 Pyhrn Tunnel:

Toll for the Pyhrn tunnel (A9 motorway) in Austria
 GLEINALM TUNNELBOSRUCK TUNNELBOTH TUNNELS
One-way trip€ 9.50€ 6.00 
annual pass  € 109.50

Motorway A10 Tauern Tunnel:

Toll for the Tauern Tunnel (A10 motorway) in Austria
 TAUERN TUNNELKATSCHBERG TUNNELBOTH TUNNELS
One-way trip€ 6.50€ 6.50€ 12.50
annual pass  115.00 €

Autobahn A11 Karawanken Tunnel:

Toll for the Karawanken Tunnel (Autobahn No. 11) in Austria
 CARAVAN TUNNEL
One-way trip€ 7.60

Motorway A13 Brennertunnel:

Toll for the Brenner tunnel (Autobahn No. 13) in Austria
 PART 1SECTION 2SECTION 3TOTAL DISTANCE
One-way trip€ 2.50€ 3.50€ 5.00€ 10.00
annual pass   € 109.50
Monthly pass   € 43.50

Section 1: Innsbruck – Patsch / Europabrücke – Nösslach
Section 2: Innsbruck – Stubaital
Section 3: Matrei – Brenner Pass

Expressway S16 Arlberg Tunnel:

Toll for the Arlberg tunnel (expressway S16) in Austria
 ARLBERG TUNNEL
One-way trip€ 10.50
annual pass€ 109.50

Road 108 Felbertauern tunnel:

Toll for the Felbertauern tunnel (road 108) in Austria
 VEHICLEEASY DRIVEBONUS CARD   [  1  ]ANNUAL PASS
 Motorcycles with or without a sidecar€ 11.00€ 16.50€ 105.00
 Cars up to 9 places, including RVs€ 11.00€ 16.50€ 105.00
 Trucks up to 3.5 tons€ 11.00 € 800.00

[1] With a bonus card, you can use the Felbertauernstrasse without restrictions on the day of the exhibition and take advantage of special conditions for visiting the Hohe Tauern National Park. A ticket is available 24 hours a day at the ticket office in the south of the Felbertauern.

Tunnel location:  Google Maps

High alpine roads in Austria

These are alpine roads in Austria. Drive through picturesque locations. Often they are a serpentine with many curves and a beautiful view of the surroundings.



Tolls for cars and motorcycles until 2020 for a single journey:

Tolls on Alpine roads in Austria
ROAD  A NOTICE
Grossglockner High Alpine Road€ 27.00€ 37.00The road is open during the day from May to October (depending on weather conditions).
Timmelsjoch high alpine road15.00 €€ 17.00The road is open during the day from June to October (depending on weather conditions).
Villach Alpine Road€ 12.00€ 18.50The street is open all year round. Motorbikes are not permitted between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Gerlos Alpine Road€ 7.00€ 10.00The street is open all year round.
Nockalm Road€ 13.00€ 19.50The road is open to driving from May to October. Motorcycles are not permitted between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
Silvretta High Alpine Road€ 13.50€ 16.50The road is passable from June to October.
High alpine panoramic road from Malta€ 11.50€ 20.00The road is passable from June to October.
Schlegeis High Alpine Road€ 10.00€ 14.00The road is passable from June to October.

Parking in Austria

If you stop or park a car in a paid short-term parking zone, you must pay a parking fee.

One way of paying this parking fee is to fill out a prepaid parking ticket when you park your vehicle in the parking zone.

If you only park your car for up to 15 minutes, you don’t have to pay a parking fee, but you have to fill out a free parking ticket (15-minute parking ticket).

Prices for parking in Vienna

Prices for parking in Vienna
Color of the parking ticketParking timePrice (euro)
purple15 minutesfor free
Red30 minutes€ 1.10
blue1 hour€ 2.20
green1.5 hours€ 3.30
yellow2 hours€ 4.40

If you want to leave the car parked longer, it is better to use underground garages (on average € 25 per day) or P + R parking spaces (€ 3.60 per day).

The penalty for parking in the wrong place or exceeding the parking time for short-term parking with costs is € 36.

Road map in Austria

Road traffic regulations in Austria

Speed ​​limits

Standard speed limits in Austria (unless otherwise stated on the signs).

Cars (up to 3.5 tons) and motorcycles:

  • built-up areas – 50 km / h
  • outside the built-up areas – 100 km / h
  • Motorway – 130 km / h

Cars (up to 3.5 tons) with trailers (up to 750 kg):

  • built-up areas – 50 km / h
  • outside the built-up areas – 100 km / h
  • Motorway – 100 km / h

Cars (up to 3.5 tons) with trailers (from 750 kg to 3.5 tons):

  • built-up areas – 50 km / h
  • outside the built-up areas – 80 km / h
  • Motorway – 100 km / h

It is forbidden to drive vehicles on motorways whose speed in technical specifications does not exceed 60 km / h.

For cars with studded tires, the maximum permissible speed on the motorway is no more than 100 km / h and on other roads 80 km / h.

The current speed limits for cars on the roads of European countries.

alcohol

The maximum permissible alcohol content in the bloodstream is  0.49 ‰  .

If the alcohol content in the bloodstream exceeds the permissible level, a fine will be imposed:

  • from 0.5 ‰ to 0.79 ‰ – from 300 € to 3,700
  • from 0.8 ‰ to 1.19 ‰ – from 800 € to 3,700 € and suspend driving license for 1 month
  • from 1.2 ‰ to 1.59 ‰ – from € 1,200 to 4,400 and suspend driving license for 4 months
  • over 1.6 ‰ – from 1,600 € to 5,900 € and suspend driving license for 6 months

The permissible blood alcohol level for novice drivers (driving experience less than 2 years) is  0.1 ‰  .

The maximum alcohol limit for drivers in European countries.

Dimmed headlights

The dipped headlights are not required during the day and required at night. In addition, the dipped headlights must be switched on when visibility is poor due to bad weather.

Fine – 30 €.

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Children in cars

Children under 14 years and under 1.50 m should only be transported in special chairs. Children under the age of 14 and over five feet should use adult seat belts.

Fine for violating the rules for transporting children – € 35.

Seat belts

Seat belts are mandatory for both front and rear passengers   .

Good for unfastened straps – € 35.

The fine for traveling without a helmet on a motorcycle – 35 €.

Cellphone

Telephoning while driving is only possible if the car is equipped with a hands-free system. The system must be controlled with one hand.

Fine – 50 €.

Penalties for using mobile phones while driving in European countries.

Fines

In Austria there is no general catalog of fines for traffic violations. Different fines can be imposed for the same violation in different federal states.

Police officers in Austria have the right to impose fines on site. The fine officer must issue an official receipt. In the event of a large fine, the driver will be asked to leave a deposit and will have to pay the remainder of the fine within two weeks.

Parked vehicles that hinder traffic can be towed to the parking lot.

Traffic fines in Austria (EUR):

Traffic fines in Austria
VIOLATIONFEIN (on site)
Fine (in court)
Do not stop in front of the stop line30 €30 – 60 €
Do not signal before moving, changing lanes, turning, or stopping35 €36 – 42 €
Obstacle to overtaking another car40 €36 – 80 €
Violation of the rules of passage through the level crossing60 €50 – 70 €
Overtaking the vehicle was prohibited by traffic signs50 €€ 58-100
Do not give space to any vehicle that enjoys a driving advantage30 €€ 70
Drive at the yellow traffic light30 €36 – 42 €
Drive at the red light€ 7058 – 70 €
Use of rear fog lights despite good visibility30 €36 – 60 €
Tailgating50€ 36 – € 2,180

The size of the speeding fine depends on how the violation was registered – by a police officer (on site) or an automatic device (radar).

Speeding fines in built-up areas (EUR):

Fines for speeding violations in built-up areas in Austria
VIOLATIONPOLICERADAR
up to 20 km / h30 €29 – 60 €
21 – 30 km / h50 €56 – 72 €
31 – 40 km / h€ 7070 – 160 €
40 km / h and more– –€ 150 – 2.180
suspend your driver’s license for 6 weeks

Fines for speeding outside of residential areas (EUR):

Fines for speeding outside of residential areas in Austria
VIOLATIONPOLICERADAR
up to 20 km / h30 €29 – 50 €
21 – 30 km / h50 €56 – 90 €
31 – 40 km / h€ 70€ 140-160 €
41 – 50 km / h– –150-300 €
over 50 km / h– –€ 150 – 2.180
suspend your driver’s license for 6 weeks

Fines for exceeding the speed limit on the motorway (EUR):

Fines for speeding violations on the autobahn in Austria
VIOLATIONPOLICERADAR
up to 20 km / h30 €45 €
21 – 30 km / h50 €60 €
31 – 40 km / h€ 7070 – 160 €
40 – 60 km / h– –€ 150 – 2.180
suspend your driver’s license for 6 weeks

When measuring the speed, the measuring error of the device, the device type and the speed at which it is measured are taken into account (subtracted from the measured value):

  • up to 100 km / h:
    • 3 km / h – static laser radar
    • 5 km / h – static radio location radar
    • 7 km / h – mobile radar
  • over 100 km / h  :
    • 3% – static laser radar
    • 5% – static radioactive radar
    • 7% – Radar mobile

This means that in a section with a permissible speed of 50 km / h,   a penalty can theoretically take place at a measured speed of 54 km / h.

In practice, the level of punishment is at the discretion of the police patrol and the particular circumstances of the traffic situation. For example, in the zone of validity of the “school” sign, the punishment follows even if the speed limit is exceeded.

useful information

Fuel prices

Unleaded petrol (92, 95 and 98) and diesel fuel are available in Austria. The sale of leaded gasoline is prohibited.

Petrol-92 (normal) and propane-butane (Autogaz) can be found at a limited number of petrol stations.

Changes compared to the previous period are displayed. Update every two weeks.

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112
  • Fire – 122
  • Police – 133
  • Ambulance – 144
  • Ambulance Service – 140
  • ÖAMTC breakdown assistance – 120
  • ARBÖ emergency service – 123

Mandatory to take with you in the car

  • Warning triangle
  • First aid kit
  • Reflective jacket  – must comply with European standards EN471. This rule does not apply to mopeds / motorcycles. Fine of 14 to 36 € on site.
  • Winter Equipment  – All drivers are legally required to prepare the vehicle for winter weather conditions.

Winter equipment

Winter tires

Between November 1st and April 15th, vehicles weighing up to 3.5 tons should be fitted with winter tires under suitable weather conditions (snow, ice on the road).

For vehicles with a total mass of over 3.5 tons, winter tires are always mandatory during this period, regardless of snow or ice on the roads.

If the vehicle is not equipped with winter tires during this time, the perpetrator will be fined € 60. If other road users are exposed to danger, the fine can increase to € 5,000.

Studded tires

Studded tires may only be used for vehicles whose weight does not exceed 3.5 tons from October 1st to May 31st. The local authorities can extend this period.

Studded tires must be fitted on all wheels. The speed of vehicles with studded tires should not exceed 100 km / h on motorways and 80 km / h on other roads.

Snow chains

Snow chains can be used in conjunction with summer tires. They must be installed on at least 2 drive wheels. Snow chains are only allowed if the road is completely covered with snow or ice.

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.

Optional equipment and other rules

If the school bus stops to allow children to get on or off while it is flashing with a blinker, cars traveling in the same direction are not allowed to overtake it.

The use of navigation software that indicates the location of fixed-speed cameras is permitted.

The use of radar detectors is prohibited. Confiscated by the police if discovered. Fine of up to € 4,000.