Austria sits at the heart of Europe, surrounded by Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy, and is packed with Alpine resorts and mountain scenery. Vienna is the capital, with imperial architecture, culture and the famous Lipizanner horses all to discover.
Austria has high standards, exceptional hospitality, hearty food and lots to see and do. And hiring a car in Austria will let you see more.
Car hire in Austria provides tourists with the perfect mode of transport for exploring the diverse Alpine landscapes of the country. From the majestic mountains and expansive lakes to the rivers and lush green forests, Austria is a treasure trove of stunning scenery.
Most visitors pick up their rental cars at one of the country's airports, such as Linz (LNZ), Klagenfurt (KLU), Graz (GRZ), Innsbruck (INN), Salzburg (SZG) or Vienna (VIE).
Whether you plan to spend your break in one of Austria's many cities or ski resorts, car hire is a must.
For those who intend to travel during the winter months, the big cities have much to offer. Innsbruck, for example, has not only some incredible slopes for skiers, but also the beautiful Christmas market. Saalbach, which is just a two-hour drive away from Salzburg Airport, is a popular ski resort. In Austria car hire is a good option for visitors who want to avoid coach transfers and explore the resorts and cities at their own pace.
The summer months are, of course, a good time of year to visit Austria too. Salzburg is particularly popular with visitors due to is long association with classical music and famous composers such as Mozart, while Vienna is a firm favourite due to its spectacular architecture and wealth of museums.
However, if you have the time you can use your hire car for a trip down south to Graz, the second-largest city in the country. This historic city is home to the famous Clock Tower, from which there are amazing views of the surrounding area. There are also plenty of galleries, museums and shops. On the outskirts of Graz you'll find some beautiful vineyards and traditional wineries and most of them are just a twenty-minute drive from the centre.