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Car rental in Salzburg

Car rental in Salzburg – aspects of driving through the Austrian motorways

Salzburg is an Austrian city of amazing beauty, which is located in the western part of the country. The city has a well-developed railway and air transport connection. Driving a car, booked in the Salzburg airport, makes it quick and easy to get to a hotel or immediately start a sightseeing tour around the city.

Translated from German, Salzburg means «A city of salt». The historical central part of the city refers to the UNESCO World Heritage, which turns a simple travel around the city into a fascinating and challenging event.

The city is full of beautiful landscapes attractions, thus a car travel can reveal an amazing mystery of the Ancient city with its numerous baroque-inspired churches and towers, and also introduce the contemporary cultural life in Austria.

After hiring a car in Salzburg through the web-site, it is possible not only to have a convenient drive along the famous historical places of the city, but also to experience a pleasant fast ride through the superior motorways, highways and national roads leading to the neighboring countries. Any liked car model is available for rental right after arrival to the Salzburg airport.

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  • Incredibly low prices

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  • No hidden fees and commissions

    All details are indicated in the rental terms. There are no fees for credit card processing.

  • Free cancellation & modification

    Free of charge 24 hours before pick up

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  • Fines Information about fines and ways to avoid them
  • Parking Parking rules and cost
  • Fuel costsAverage fuel cost in various countries
  • Toll roadsInformation on toll roads and rates

Penalties for traffic violations on a hired car in Salzburg

Driving along the Austrian motorways without a vignette is punished by a penalty in the sum of € 120 if paid on-site.

In case it is impossible to impossibility of on-site payment, the penalty value is likely to be increased € 300 to € 3,000 during the court litigation.

Illegal parking in a forbidden place, as well as exceeding of a time limit at fee-based parking zones are assessed by € 36.

Penalties are also provided for other traffic violations.


Parking in the municipal streets of Salzburg is time-limited and fee-based.

Approximate prices for temporary parking are the following:

  • Free of charge - per10 minutes;
  • € 1 – per 30 minutes;
  • € 2 – per 1 hour;
  • € 3 – per 1.5 hour;
  • € 4 – per 2 hours.

If it becomes necessary to leave your car for a longer time period, then an optimal alternative will be an underground garage (middle rate is about € 25 per day) or a P+R parking usage (with a fee of € 3 per day).

Fuel cost

In Salzburg there are available diesel fuel and lead-free petrol (of 95 and 98 standards). It is forbidden to sell leaded petrol in Austria. Petrol carriage in canisters is allowed for the volumes not exceeding the 10 liters limit. A number of gas filling stations in the country is also limited.

When travelling through Austria on a car rent in Salzburg, there should be taken into account that prices offered by fuel filling station, which are located along the motorways, are a bit higher (the difference comprises 10 to 20 euro cents). For the purpose of economy it is recommended to use the services of the fuel filling stations located near the large shopping malls.

Car booking in Salzburg: toll roads

It is allowed to use motorways, special road sections, and highways in Austria only upon the toll payment.

If you have hired a car in Salzburg for driving through the net of toll roads, you will be required to purchase a vignette.

Validity of an Austrian vignette

The time period, provided for the usage of the toll roads net, depends on the type of a purchased vignette:

  • A 10 days vignette grants the right to use toll roads of Austria for ten days consecutively. The date is to be marked by the buyer.
  • A 2 months vignette grants the right to use toll roads of Austria for two months. The vignette expires at the end of the day after the 2 two months period, starting from the date marked by the buyer.
  • A 1 year vignette grants the right to use toll roads of Austria during the time period starting from the 1st of December and finishing with the 31st of January next year.

All types of vignettes are available at any fuel filling station located at the country entries, in Salzburg itself, and also in the neighboring countries.

A car vignette price (in EUR) is the following:

10 days 2 months 1 year2
8.30 24.20 80.60

Places with special payment

If from Salzburg you have started your travel along Austria, then you need to remember that there are trunk road sections where the payment is based on special rates. The drive fee is calculated in accordance with the fixed distance.

For example, here is a drive fee calculation for the А9 Pyhrn autobahn:

  Gleinalm tunnel Bosruck tunnel Both tunnels
One drive 8.00 4.50  
One year     95.50

Indicative rates for car hire in Salzburg