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Car Rental in Austria

Sixt is the obvious choice for car rental in Austria, with branches in the major cities, busiest airports and top tourist destinations. When you rent a car in Austria with Sixt, you can be sure of a top quality rental vehicle from our premium fleet and with so many branches to choose from, accessing the perfect vehicle for your visit couldn't be easier.

Car rental in Austria with Sixt

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Great cities and tourist sites are all easily accessible when you rent a car in Austria from Sixt. You can securely book online and customize your rental car with our affordable extras. From beautiful architecture to breathtaking mountain peaks, Austria has a wealth of sights and experiences to enjoy.

What to Do in Austria in Winter 2019

Austria is well-known for its skiing and other winter sports, but there are other things to see and do. There are plenty of opportunities to go hiking or wander through mountain villages like Sankt Johann in Tirol or Hallstatt with the Salzburg mountain looming over it. Bad Gastein in the Hohe Tauern mountains is great for skiing and thermal baths and spas. In December, be sure to check out the Christmas Markets in Vienna and Salzburg Old Town and in most other towns across the country. If you are not into skiing or snowboarding, you can go hiking just about anywhere or even go sledding at some of the ski hills. Renting a car with 4-wheel-drive is highly recommended here in the winter months. Ask your desired branch about snow tire availability and whether they have ski racks.

Our Service

Choosing car rental in Austria with Sixt means accessing an up-to-date, leading brand fleet that features a range of car categories to suit all kinds of travel. Our extended fleet includes quality sports and luxury car rentals from world-class manufacturers like BMW, Jaguar, and Audi at affordable rates. Once you select your rental vehicle you can easily include any add-ons you require. Snow chains and magnetic ski racks are ideal if you're heading for the piste, while a GPS can make it easier to find those secluded spots. If you're planning a road trip or extended vacation, we also offer long-term car rentals in Austria.

Which vehicle class is right for my trip?

  • Compact cars are a great economical choice for city trips. You can navigate narrow streets and park with more ease.
  • Sedans and minivans are perfect for family travel.
  • SUVs are well equipped for outdoor and mountain adventures giving you top capabilities and cargo space.
  • Convertibles are a fun way to enjoy the fresh Alpine air while a sports car can add some excitement to scenic road trips.


Driver's license

The driver and renter must present their identity card or passport along with their driver's license when collecting the vehicle. A standard US license is acceptable to drive in Austria if you have been in the EU for less than six months. If your license uses non-Latin characters, such as Russian, Arabic or Chinese, you will need an International Driver's Permit (IDP).

Age restrictions

You must be at least 18 to rent a car in Austria from Sixt. Drivers under 25 may have to pay a surcharge and further age restrictions may apply to certain models. The booking engine will describe these during the rental process.

Payment Methods

All major credit cards are accepted for car rental in Austria with Sixt but we cannot accept cash, debit cards or prepaid cards.


In the event of an accident, calling 112 will connect you to the emergency services. You must report any damage to Sixt immediately and fill in the accident report form that was provided with your rental vehicle. All accidents must also be reported to the police, even if no other car was involved.

Crossing Borders

Austria is centrally situated in Europe and provides a great base from which to explore other countries. Our car rental deals in Austria allow cross-border trips but you must inform the rental branch if you intend to drive abroad or protections and coverages will be invalidated. Charges may apply depending on the model of car and country visited. More information is available here: Rental Information.

Driving Tips

Before you start your travels in Austria, be sure to check out our Driving Tips in Austria for further road safety rules and tips. Austria has an excellent and well-maintained road network. To use the Autobahns and motorways you must purchase and display a 'Vignette'. These can be bought at gas stations, border crossings and tobacco stores. The E60 and E45 are the main east-west routes, while the E59 runs north-south between Vienna and Graz.

Additional tips for driving in Austria

  • In general, speed limits are 50 km/h on urban roads, 100 km/h on non-urban roads highways and 130 km/h on motorways.
  • All drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts in Austria.
  • In winter, you must use winter tires or snow chains on at least two tires.

Places of Interest

Top 4 Architectural Sights

  • Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburg
  • The Steinhaus, Lake Ossiach
  • Kunsthaus Graz
  • Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

The Hohensalzburg Castle sits atop Salzburg's Festungsberg and with a length of 820 ft. and a width of 490 ft. it is one of Europe's largest medieval castles. The Steinhaus is the private home of famed Austrian architect Günther Domenig, situated at Lake Ossiach near his birthplace of Klagenfurt. The house has featured in all kinds of media from TV to books, magazines and art projects, and is considered to be a cultural icon. The Kunsthuas Graz, or Graz Art Museum, was built in 2003 and specializes in contemporary art exhibitions. Its often referred to as the 'Friendly Alien' because of its so-called blob architectural style. The Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna is the former imperial summer residence. Its history spans over 300 years and is one of Austria's most important architectural, cultural as well as historical monuments.

Top 4 Natural Sights

  • Krimml Waterfalls
  • Zugspitze
  • Eisriesenwelt Cave
  • Grossglockner Alpine Road

Krimml Waterfalls, found in the High Tauern National Park, are the highest waterfalls in Austria with a total height of 1,247 feet. The Zugspitze is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains sitting 9,718 feet above sea level. The border between Austria and Germany runs over its western summit. Eisriesenwelt Cave complex is a system of ice caves featuring miles of paths winding through stunning caverns. Descending for more than 700 steps, you will find the famous Eispalast, a sparkling natural palace carved from the ice. The Grossglockner Alpine Road is open from May to October and offers drivers breathtaking views of the high Alpine scenery. Ascending to the Josefs Hohe Visitor Center, the views to Austria's highest peak, Grossglockner, are magnificent.

Popular car rental locations in Austria

  • Vienna
  • Vienna Train Station
  • Linz
  • Linz Airport
  • Graz
  • Salzburg
  • Innsbruck
  • Tyrol
  • Styria


Your benefits with Sixt

  • Sixt Best Price Guarantee
  • New cars - on average 3 months old
  • Free cancellation and reservation changes when you pay on arrival
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  • No hidden costs
  • Germany's largest and best car rental company
  • No credit card fees
  • Excellent 24/7 customer service