Car Rental in Vienna
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Where to rent a car in Vienna
Most of the car rental companies are settled within the central grid of Vienna, within the areas of Wieden, Hirschstetten, and Lower Austria. Some can be found in the airport, while still others can be found along the major roads on both sides of the Danube river as well as the Central Railway Station and the West Train Station. Most of the car rental companies, especially the local ones, offer competitive prices that can be haggled on, while the bigger rental companies rely on their service and their vast range of car offerings, pre-installed GPS systems, unlimited mileage benefits, and other features.
Some of the companies located in central Vienna include Enterprise, Sunnycars, National, Thrifty, Alamo, AutoEurope, Budget, NU Car, Dollar, Ofran, Hertz, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Auto-Mobil24, Lucky Car Rental, Cash4car, Dr. Hartl, Charter Line, and many others. There are car rental agencies that specifically offer classic cars, while others offer the top of the line ones, even trucks and limousines. Ask the car rental providers if they offer various pick-up and drop-off points, or if they accept online or phone bookings.
What to expect when renting a car from Vienna
Be aware that traffic in Vienna is unavoidable, especially when going out during the peak hours early in the morning and around 4:00 in the afternoon. Drive away from the central ring if possible, since while cars are allowed on many of the streets here, there are narrow and mostly one-way roads in the area. They can be confusing for a visitor, aside from parking being extremely limited during the day. Further, pedestrians have the right of way in crossing all roads at a crosswalk when there is no pedestrian signal present. If there is such a pedestrian crossing on an otherwise straight section of the road, drivers will be required to yield to any pedestrian on the crossing. Coaches, bikes, taxis, buses, and railways are all present here, so be aware of the surroundings.
Getting to your destination
The Austrian capital and named as the “City of Music”, Vienna's charm flows like the Danube river. Artistic and intellectual legacy in the place were shaped by locals such as Mozart, Beethoven, and even Sigmund Freud, while the architecture were inspired by the locals who love grandeur.
Vienna is accessible via the A4 route all the way to the 227 Road. The route has tolls.
Salzburg is an Austrian city east of Vienna, a city near the German border that has views of the Eastern Alps. It is famous as the birthplace of Mozart, along with the multitude of palaces in the area.
Reach Salzburg by taking B1 to A1 from Vienna, and following A1 all the way to Salzburg.
Formerly known as Gratz, Graz is the second largest city in Austria after Vienna. It is a vibrant university town that is often associated with names as Johannes Kepler, Erwin Schrodinger, and Nikola Tesla. Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring different types of buildings from different eras and of different architectural styles.
Graz is about two hours away from Vienna via the A2. Tolls are to be expected.