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What do I need to drive in Austria?

Compulsory items include:

Recommended items:

What documents do you need to carry?

  • A full UK driving licence (you will need both the photo and paper counterpart. If you don’t have a photo license you should carry your passport or we recommend an International Driving Permit)
  • Evidence of motor insurance – third party cover is compulsory. Green Card recommended.
  • The vehicle’s registration document or a Vehicle on Hire Certificate – originals not photocopies
  • A vignette (motorway tax disc) for motorway driving (available from petrol stations, post offices and at the border. A 120 euro fine is applied if you fail to display this

Useful driving information

  • You must be 18 or over to drive in Austria
  • Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory, the same as the UK (35 euro fine)
  • Motorways use toll charges
  • You can’t use radar detection devices for speed cameras.
  • Children under 14 can’t travel in the front seat
  • Children under 14 and 1.5m height must be seated in a suitable seat and restraint for their age and build.
  • It is compulsory to form an emergency corridor on motorways and dual carriageways where traffic congestion has built up. This allows emergency vehicles to pass.
  • You cannot sound your horn in Vienna or near hospitals unless there is an emergency.
  • Dipped headlights must be used in poor weather conditions.
  • Motorcyclists must wear crash helmets and used dipped headlights even during the day.

Austrian road and motorway speed limits

  • Towns: 50 km/h (20-30 km/h in certain areas)
  • Secondary rural roads: 100 km/h on most roads
  • Motorways: 130 km/h

Local speed variations apply so please be aware of road signs and restrictions.

Drink-drive alcohol limits

  • Normal drivers: 0.5 g/l
  • Professional Drivers: 0.1 g/l

Penalty points are issued if you exceed 0.5 and your license will be withdrawn if you exceed 0.8

Emergency numbers

If you need to contact the emergency services you’ll need to dial 112. Police treat speeding very seriously, we advise all drivers to know the speed limits for roads while driving in Austria.


Whilst we endeavour to keep this information updated, the rules and regulations related to driving in Europe may change without notice and this information may contain technical inaccuracies. We cannot be held responsible for information which may become out of date or liability for incorrect information.

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