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Transport in Vienna:
Taxis - All taxis are metered - if one does not have a meter do not ride in it (exception is car services). Legitimate taxis will also have the letters TX at the end of their license number.
Most find the taxis to be relatively inexpensive when compared to other major cities. Drivers are courteous ( 99%).
Taxis can be found at convenient taxi stands throughout the city, usually near shopping, major tourist sites, transport transfer points etc. Of course, the word "Taxi" found on their roof.
They do not cruise for fares as in some other cities.
Taxis can also be summoned by calling taxi numbers too, such as
The price from the centre of Vienna to the airport (Opera-Airport) is 30-35 euro maximum. Not more!
A good idea when out in the evening at a heurigen or restaurant.
Do not drive in Vienna. Try not to have a rental car when staying in the city. Nothing worse than driving a strange car, often with a manual transmission The maze of narrow one way streets in the city center are not good for a visiting driver. In addition, on street parking rules can be very confusing, very costly if your car gets a ticket. For example , in most places in the city center, you can not park for more than 90 minutes and must display the proper parking tickets in your window.
Parking Garages are very expensive- often 25-35 euro per day depending upon location. With many tourist sites in the city center, a car is not needed. Public transport will get you everywhere. Most all other tourist sights out of the city center and near to the transport system.
It is best to use public transport for your travels - the bus, (autobus) streetcar (strassenbahn) and subway (U-Bahn) offer excellent service to all parts of the city. They are clean, inexpensive and safe. Maximum cost is 5 euro daily - less depending on ticket purchased.
Rent your car on the day you leave the city if one is needed. Or drop off the rental when you arrive in the city. You will be much happier without the car.
All major auto rental firms have offices in Vienna. Many have offices at the airport as well as in the city center area.
One of the most convenient is Sixt with an office at the Westbahnhof. Take the underground tube U3/U6 or tram 5/6/9/18 station Westbahnhof. From there you can easily leave the city on the motorway direction Salzburg or Graz.
2. A car rental on Austria territory is rather developed. In all big cities, holiday resorts, airports, the biggest railway stations you will find all major car rental organisations such as: AVIS, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.
Driving in Austria is allowed from 18 years of age but to rent a vehicle with a small engine one can from the age of 19. Depending on the terms of one of the car rental organisations cars such as Audi A6, Mercedes E and C class can be rented from the age of 23 to 25. Prices can vary from $20 to $240 per day depending on the make and extras. Most terms and conditions are the same or equal to other European countries. Austria is well known for its road quality standards. They stretch more than 30 thousand km as well as 1600 km of motor ways (Autobahn), 16 thousand km of dual carriage ways, and ordinary small but paved roads. In the mountain regions there are more than 10 tunnels each of which stretching on average one km. The longest Austrian tunnel is called Arlberg tunnel and stretches 14 km. The traffic in Austria is seen as intensive as there are more than 3 million passenger automobiles and 250 thousand trucks. During the winter some Tyrol mountain roads and crossings are closed because of avalanche dangers. In some regions winter wheels and antiskid chains are required. Austrian motorways and all major roads are not free of charge. All drivers must buy a pass called ‘’Vignette’’ which should be glued on any window of your vehicle. To pay for motorway (Autobahn) usage during one year costs 72.60 Euro, for 2 month – 21,80 Euro, 10 days – 7.60 Euro and for motorbikes 4.30 Euro. For tourists travelling around Austria during a period of one week ‘’Vignette’’ costs just 5 Euros. Vignette can be purchased on any border crossing, major petrol stations and the post office. Driving without one can lead to a fine of 120 Euro plus the costs of a Vignette. There are additional costs when driving in separate Alpine regions. A Vignette from Brenner – Autobahn costs 8,18 Euro, Tauern – Autobahn – 10,50 Euro, Arlberg – Tunnel – Strasse 9,70 Euro, Felbertauern – Tunnel – 10,74 Euro, Karawanken – Tunnel – 6,65 Euro.
Emergency service on the road OEAMTC, secretary tel.: (0) 512/3320-0.
Road Information can be obtained by calling OEAMTC tel.: 43117520.
Breakdown emergency tel.: 120
Police tel.: 133
Rescue services tel.: 144