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Driving in Austria (Domestic Help)

Nationals of EU/ EEA member countries are allowed to drive in Austria on their existing licences for an unlimited period, or can convert them to an Austrian licence without having to take a test.

Other foreign nationals can drive on their existing licences for six months from the time they take up residence in Austria. Licences from certain non EU/ EEA countries can be converted to Austrian licences without the need to take an Austrian driving test.

To apply for an Austrian licence you will need to submit the relevant application form, your birth certificate, Austrian residence registration form, a photographic ID, two passport photos and your old driving licence. Those exchanging licences from non EU/ EEA countries are also required to submit a medical report. There is a fee of €55.

Driving in Austria is on the right-hand side of the road, and the road laws are strictly enforced here, including the speed limits, which are 130 km/h on motorways, 100 km/h on highways, and 50 km/h in built-up areas. On-the-spot fines are commonly enforced for speeding and other driving offences. The use of seat belts in compulsory in both the front and rear seats, and the blood alcohol limit is 0.5 mg. The use of car headlights is compulsory when driving all year round, and all drivers and required to carry a warning vest.

You are required by law to buy a Vignette toll pass, available at petrol stations, to travel on Austria's motorways, at a cost of €7,60 for 10 days, €22 for two months or €70 for one year. Austria's network of roads and motorways is of a high standard and well-maintained, although some of the mountain routes can be a little hazardous.