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Austria - Road Rules

Austria's motorway network is fast and efficient and links the country effectively.  This is funded by a motorway pass - there are also separate tolls for some mountain passes and tunnels.  Back roads are very scenic but can be challenging driving with many hairpin bends and many mountain passes can be closed until May or June.

Speed Limits

  • Built up areas - 50 km/h
  • Normal roads - 100 km/h
  • Motorways - 130 km/h

When towing, speed limits on normal roads and motorways are reduced to 80 and 100 (over 750kg) or 60 and 70 (over 3500kg) respectively.

Essential Equipment


  • First Aid Kit
  • Warning Triangle
  • Reflective Jacket


Notes: Winter tyres recommended and snow chains may be compulsory in some areas.

Emergency Numbers


Driving Licence Requirements

Min age 18, licence must be accompanied by photographic ID.

Insurance Requirements

Third party compulsory

Drink Driving Rules

If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is between 0.05 per cent and 0.08 per cent a fine will be imposed. More than 0.08 per cent a fine and / or driving ban for Austria is imposed.


For traffic infringements, on the spot fines of up to 36 Euros can be issued (official receipt should be given). For larger fines a deposit is required and the balance paid within 2 weeks.

Seat Belts

Seat belts are compulsory if fitted.
Children under 12 and under 1.5m high must not travel without suitable restraint system.

Other Rules

Austria's toll motorway network requires that a vignette pass be displayed. These are available at petrol stations and border crossings. Vehicles over 3.5T must be fitted with an electronic box for automatic toll calculation. For more information on pricing and availability visit www.vignette.at

Dipped lights are required at all times, and driving on sidelights only is prohibited.
Parking lights are required in areas without street lamps.
Always give way to Bundesbuses and uphill traffic on mountain roads.

Road Conditions and Other Drivers

Austria's roads are generally in very good condition and are well signed. They are also not crowded except in the cities.
There are many alpine roads where care is needed, especially in the winter when many become impassable.
There are tolls for some mountain roads and tunnels in addition to the vignette for motorways.

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