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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Graz Airport Car Rental
Mini
Skoda Citigo or similar
Skoda Citigo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$22.49 / per day
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Graz Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$22.94 / per day
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Graz Airport Car Rental
Compact
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$26.57 / per day
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Graz Airport Car Rental
Compact
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$27.90 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Klagenfurt Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$27.99 / per day
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Graz Airport Car Rental
Compact
Opel Combo or similar
Opel Combo
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Megadrive
$28.24 / per day
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Graz Airport Car Rental
Compact
Opel Combo or similar
Opel Combo
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Global Rent a Car
$28.44 / per day
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Klagenfurt Airport Car Rental
Mini
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • Man.
Megadrive
$29.78 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 15:43 on 2020-02-23. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
German
Currency
EUR
Country code
43
Average car rental length
4 days
Economy car rental price
$65.37 / 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%
Rating
9.5

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 license 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 Borders

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).

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $61 per day
  • Station wagons - from $95 per day
  • Large cars - from $96 per day
  • Medium cars - from $74 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $140 per day
  • Premium cars - from $175 per day
  • Small cars - from $47 per day
  • SUVs - from $149 per day

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

Top 7 Most Popular Cities in Austria

  1. Car Rental in Vienna from $31.74 per day
  2. Car Rental in Salzburg from $52.39 per day
  3. Car Rental in Innsbruck from $76.44 per day
  4. Car Rental in Graz from $22.49 per day
  5. Car Rental in Linz from $32.62 per day
  6. Car Rental in Klagenfurt from $27.99 per day
  7. Car Rental in Bregenz from $43.65 per day

Top 11 Most Popular Locations in Austria

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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
$77.75
January
$86.70
February
$61.43
March
$67.81
April
$64.89
May
$65.25
June
$61.20
July
$56.17
August
$54.53
September
$65.42
October
$60.94
November
$108.03
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Austria is September — prices start from $54.53 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 21% cheaper than the yearly average and 50% cheaper than renting a car in the month of December (when prices start at $108.03 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?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in February — an average of 8 days. The shortest are in January — an average of 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Austria
5
January
8
February
5
March
5
April
5
May
7
June
6
July
5
August
8
September
8
October
5
November
6
December

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

Discover Cars 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 February, while the least popular is September.
Austria Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
141%
January
421%
February
42%
March
41%
April
50%
May
35%
June
43%
July
45%
August
26%
September
48%
October
30%
November
278%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Global Rent a Car Renault Clio 4 1 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Ford Focus 5d 5 2 Medium cars
Surprice VW Polo 4 1 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Fiat 500 4 1 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Opel Crossland X 4 2 Large cars
GreenMotion Opel Corsa 4 1 Small cars
Alamo VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Alamo Peugeot 3008 4 4 Large cars
Surprice Hyundai i10 5 Small cars
GreenMotion Chevrolet Spark 5 2 Small cars

FAQ

Should I rent a car in Austria?
A majority of the ratings and reviews left by Discover Cars’ customers recommend renting a car (9.5 from 4 reviews).
What do you need to rent a car in Austria?
In most cases, you need a driver’s license, passport or ID card, and a credit card (in the name of the main driver), and the booking voucher to rent a car. Some companies may have additional requirements (be sure to check the rental conditions).
On what side of the road do they drive in Austria?
Drivers must drive on the right side of the road.
Can I rent a car at 18 in Austria?
Yes, you can rent a car at the age of 18.
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Austria?
You must be between 18 and 99 years old.
Can you rent automatic cars in Austria?
Yes, automatic cars are available from Global Rent a Car, SIXT, Budget, Buchbinder, Megadrive, Europcar, Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz, Galaxy Asia Car, Keddy and Thrifty in Austria.
Can I rent a car with a debit card?
Though most companies require a credit card to leave a deposit, some accept debit cards. Check the rental conditions for more information.
Can I rent a car without a credit card?
Most companies require a credit card to pick up the car. Some may accept debit cards or cash. Check the rental conditions for more information.
What car classes can I rent?
Small cars, Medium cars, Station wagons, Large cars, SUVs, People Carriers/Vans, Premium cars and Convertibles vehicle types are available in Austria.
Can I rent a car in Austria with my home country’s driver's license (for example, U.S., U.K., or Australia)?
In most cases, a driver’s license from your home country is acceptable if it uses the Latin alphabet. In some cases, you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP). Check the rental conditions for more information. If your driver’s license does not use the Latin alphabet, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in Austria.
Do I need an International Driving Permit in Austria?
In most cases, if your driver’s license uses the Latin alphabet, you can rent a car in in Austria without an International Driving Permit (IDP). In some cases, you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP). Check the rental conditions for more information. If your driver’s license does not use the Latin alphabet, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in Austria.
How much does an additional driver cost? Is there an option for a free additional driver?
No rental company in Austria offers a free additional driver.
How much does it cost to rent a car in Austria?
A rental car costs $91 per day, on average. The lowest daily price found in the past 48 hours was $22 at Budget, Global Rent a Car, Megadrive, Europcar, Alamo, SIXT, Hertz, Galaxy Asia Car and Thrifty.
How much is car rental for a week?
The average price for a weekly rental in Austria is $638. In the past 48 hours, the lowest price for a weekly rental in Austria was $157.
What car rental companies are located in Austria?
Global Rent a Car, SIXT, Budget, Buchbinder, Megadrive, Europcar, Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz, Galaxy Asia Car, Keddy and Thrifty can be found in Austria.
What is the best car rental company in Austria?
Ratings and reviews left by our users indicate that the best providers are SIXT (9.2, 40 reviews), Alamo (8.9, 22 reviews) and Megadrive (8.8, 11 reviews).

Our Customers Reviews

Russian Federation
Ford Mondeo
January 23, 2020
good car, quick service, ability to travel internationally
South Africa
Ford Focus 5d
June 8, 2019
Make sure the GPS is at the correct language for your self.
United Kingdom
Skoda Fabia
April 2, 2019
Used for ski holiday, did not travel into Salzburg, but great for getting to/from the ski areas and around Austria

Top 4 Suppliers for Austria in 2020

Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9
+431700733432
Flughafen Wien, 1300 Schwechat, Austria
FOX AUTORENT
FOX AUTORENT
Excellent 8.3
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8
Megadrive
Megadrive
Very good 7.8
+431700733316 / +4350701045000
134 Parkhaus 4, EG, 1300 Wien-Schwechat

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