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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Vienna Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 4x
  • x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Surprice
$25.09 / per day
Vienna Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Surprice
$25.38 / per day
Vienna, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
FOX AUTORENT
$25.70 / per day
Vienna Airport Car Rental
Mini
Smart for 2 or similar
Smart for 2
  • 2x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • No
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$28.15 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Vienna Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$28.15 / per day
Vienna Airport Car Rental
Compact
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
FOX AUTORENT
$29.37 / per day
Vienna Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$29.37 / per day
Vienna, Downtown Car Rental
Intermediate
Opel Mokka or similar
Opel Mokka
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
FOX AUTORENT
$36.72 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel information

Language
German,
Slovene,
Croatian
Currency
EUR
Country code
+43
Average car rental length
3 days
Economy car rental price
$67.24 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
100 km/h
62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Austria?

Austria is a great country to explore by car. With your own ride you’ll have the freedom to travel to its various regions, see historical cities and villages, visit nature areas and winter sports centers, and drive some of the highest and most scenic alpine roads in Europe.

Austria Car Rental

Top ways to enter Austria

  • Vienna Airport: Austria’s largest international airport and one of the 25 busiest airports in Europe, it hosts flights to and from four continents.
  • Salzburg Airport: Located in the west of the country, Salzburg Airport is the main entry point to the Austrian Alps.
  • Graz Airport: This international airport, located in Graz, capital of the Styria region, is the primary airport in southeast Austria.
  • By land: If your rental car provider permits it, it’s possible to rent a car in a neighboring country and then drive to Austria. Some large international airports near Austria are Zurich Airport in Switzerland, Budapest Airport in Hungary, and Munich Airport in Germany.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Vienna: Former home to the Habsburg dynasty, Vienna has retained all its glory—you’ll find countless cultural, architectural, and historical landmarks here.
  • Salzburg: Many consider Salzburg to rival Vienna in terms of beauty. It has baroque fortresses, many museums, and breathtaking views of the Alps.
  • Vorarlberg: The westernmost and smallest of the Austrian states, Vorarlberg is located entirely in the Alps and is the best place to appreciate the dramatic beauty of the mountains and to do winter sports. You’ll also find Lake Constance here.
  • Linz: Capital of the Upper Austria region, Linz is home to many palaces and the impressive Danube Valley.
  • Carinthia: Older than Austria itself and culturally similar to neighboring Slovenia, this province features countless lakes and ski resorts.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Austria is the Skoda Fabia, closely followed by the Opel Astra and the Dacia Sandero.

Driver licence requirements

  • Austria accepts all driver licenses issued in the European Union (EU).
  • If your driver license is issued by a non-EU country, for it to be considered valid you’ll need an Austrian visa. Another requirement is to have been in the EU for no more than six months at the time of the rental. If you’ve been in the EU longer, you’ll need a driver license issued by an EU country.
  • If your driver license is printed in a non-Latin alphabet (Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) or an official translation of your license into English or German.
  • You must carry your driver license, not its copy, with you at all times. You need to have had your driver license for at least one or two years, depending on the car provider’s requirements.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car provider and car category, so make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking.

Crossing the border

Austria is bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. Austria is a member of the European Union (EU). It’s also a member of the Schengen Area, as are all the neighboring countries. If you’re not an EU citizen, you’ll need a Schengen visa to visit Austria. With a Schengen visa you can also cross the border to any of Austria’s neighbors. Some car rental providers allow you to cross national borders and even drop off your car in a different country, while others don’t. If you’d like to cross a national border during your rental period, make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking a car. Learn more about cross-border rentals in our FAQ section.

Most popular types of rental car

The type of car rented most often in Austria is an economy, but intermediate and mini are also very popular.

Top driving routes

Vienna–Budapest (243 km / 151 mi) You can travel from Vienna to Budapest, Hungary’s beautiful capital, in less than three hours, but you might want to stop along the way at Lake Neusiedl or in the cozy Hungarian city of Győr. Note that you’ll have to cross a national border, so check with your car rental provider first to make sure they allow it.

Salzburg–Munich (145 km / 90 mi) Traveling between these two cities in the Alps, there are countless opportunities for scenic detours, especially around the southern coast of Lake Chiemsee. But if you decide to drive straight through, the trip takes less than two hours. Note that Munich is in Germany and you’ll have to cross a national border, so first check with your rental car provider to find out if they allow it.

Vienna–Innsbruck (517 km / 321 mi) This is a comparatively long journey—it’ll take around six hours, but you’ll see nearly all of Austria as you cross the country from west to east (or vice versa).

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Austria:

  • Compare rates
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Austria?

The cost of renting a car in Austria depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Austria
$80.57
January
$92.23
February
$67.78
March
$65.61
April
$91.38
May
$66.93
June
$56.19
July
$58.64
August
$35.58
September
$27.87
October
$52.16
November
$56.62
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Austria is October — prices start from $27.87 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 56% cheaper than the year’s average and 70% cheaper than renting a car in the month of February (when prices start at $92.23 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Austria?

Average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in November — an average of 11 days. The shortest are in September — an average of 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Austria
5
January
6
February
5
March
5
April
7
May
6
June
6
July
5
August
4
September
5
October
11
November
6
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Austria?

Discover Car Hire users search a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Austria. The most popular month is August, while the least popular is March.
Austria Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
130%
January
112%
February
70%
March
75%
April
84%
May
91%
June
110%
July
130%
August
84%
September
98%
October
103%
November
114%
December

Top 7 Most Popular Cities in Austria

Car Rental in Vienna from $25.70 per day
Car Rental in Salzburg from $45.47 per day
Car Rental in Innsbruck from $48.45 per day
Car Rental in Graz from $44.48 per day
Car Rental in Linz from $44.48 per day
Car Rental in Klagenfurt from $44.48 per day
Car Rental in St. Pölten from $59.56 per day

Top 8 Best Austria Suppliers in 2019

Hertz
Hertz
Exceptional 9.8
SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.4
Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9.2
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Excellent 8.9
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9
Megadrive
Megadrive
Excellent 8.9
Buchbinder
Buchbinder
Excellent 8.7
FOX AUTORENT
FOX AUTORENT
Excellent 8.3

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