Driving in Austria


We have put together some information that you might find useful while driving in Austria.

Car safety equipment

  • First aid kit
  • Warning triangle
  • Reflective vest
  • Headlamp Beam Deflectors
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Spare Bulbs
  • GB Stickers
  • Torch

Click HERE for some useful Amazon links for all the above items.


For short-term parking (Kurzparkzone) you must buy a ticket from a local shop and fill in your time of arrival.  At night you must leave your sidelights on unless street lighting is provided.

Winter Equipment

Winter tyres – MANDATORY*

*Note: Between 1 November and 15 April and at times outside these dates when there is snow, slush or ice on the roads. Minimum tread depth is 4mm.

Snow chains – REQUIRED (should be carried and used as dictated by local signs or road conditions. Reduced speed limits may apply).

Mobile Phones

It is illegal to drive whilst using a hand-held mobile phone.

Speed Camera Detectors

It is illegal to use monitoring devices for safety (speed) cameras in Austria.


To use Austria’s motorways you must purchase a tax sticker (vignette) and display it on the windscreen.  Vignettes are available from service stations and at border crossings and are valid for 10 days, 2 months or a year.

Speed Limits

Click HERE to check on the speed limits for this country.

Emergency Services Number

Emergency Services Number in Germany is 112.

Local Numbers:
Fire – 122
Police – 133
Ambulance – 144
Mountain Rescue – 140
Doctor (out of hours) – 141

Breakdown Services:
ÖAMTC – 120
ARBÖ – 123

Caravan Gossip has made every effort to ensure that the information contained on this page is accurate and up-to-date.  In most instances the information has been collated from either an official document from the country concerned or from two or more reliable sources.  Caravan Gossip cannot be held responsible for any actions resulting from the adherence to or ignoring the information contained on this page.