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Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions in Austria are generally excellent. During the winter, roads in alpine areas may become dangerous due to snowfall, ice, or avalanches. Some mountain roads may be closed for extended periods, and tire chains are often required.

Be alert when you drive through autobahn construction zones, particularly on the A-1 East/West Autobahn. Reduced lanes and two-way traffic in these zones have resulted in several deadly accidents in recent years. Traffic information and road conditions are broadcast on the English-language channel located between 91-105 FM depending on the locale. Emergency roadside help and information may be reached by dialing 123 or 120 for vehicle assistance and towing services (Austrian automobile clubs), 122 for the fire department, 133 for police, and 144 for ambulance. The European emergency line is 112.

Traffic Laws: Please see Austria?s travel webpage for detailed information related to driving. Below are key laws to consider:

  • Penalties for driving under the influence tend to be stricter than in many U.S. states.
  • Display an ?autobahn vignette? highway-tax sticker on the inside of the vehicle?s windshield. The fine for failing to display a valid sticker is EUR 120 ($150 USD), paid in cash ?on the spot.?
  • The maximum speed limit is 130 km/hr (81mph) on the Austrian autobahns.
  • It is prohibited to use a hand-held cell phone while driving.
  • It is prohibited to turn right on red.
  • It is mandatory for cars on Austrian motorways to leave an emergency corridor, even when no emergency vehicle is approaching. When traffic stops, create an emergency corridor in between the far-left lane and all others to the right.
  • You will be substantially fined for failure to use winter tires on your vehicle between November 1 and April 15. Your car insurance is void if you are in an accident and you do not have winter tires.
  • You must equip your rental car with the proper tires and pay close attention to the provisions of the rental contract. You will be arrested, fined, and/or charged with attempted auto theft if you attempt to enter countries listed as ?prohibited? on the car rental contract.
  • A U.S. driver's license alone is not sufficient to drive in Austria. A U.S. driver's license must be accompanied by an international driving permit or by an official translation of the U.S. driver's license, which can be obtained at one of the Austrian automobile clubs (?AMTC or ARB?). This arrangement is only acceptable for the first six months of driving in Austria, after which all drivers must obtain an Austrian license.

Public Transportation: Austrian Federal Railways (?sterreichische Bundesbahnen) offer excellent railroad service to all major towns and all major cities in Europe. There is also an extensive network of ?sterreichische Post bus lines. All major cities offer excellent public transportation services. Click here for Vienna?s public transportation website.

See our road safety page for more information. Visit the website of Austria?s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Austria?s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Austria?s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA?s safety assessment page.

Graz, Austria
Graz, Austria
Graz, Austria
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