Car travel suggestions. Austria

Apr 25th, 2000, 08:16 PM
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Car travel suggestions. Austria

I am going to rent a small car in Vienna on June 24, 00 and travel to Graz,
Bad Gastein, Salzburg, Linz -coming back to Vienna on June 29.
1.Do I need to do any special preparations to feel comfortable on the Austrian roads versus our driving in US or Canada?
2.The map is showing long railroad tunnel (appr.15 km. long) before Bad Gastein, and the highway stopping at the tunnel. What motorists are to do there?
Apr 26th, 2000, 05:31 AM
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Mike: Driving in Austria is like driving in Germany. There are certain considerations to maintain. They dislike passing on the right and always wear your seatbelt. Don't run out of gas on the autobahn, you can get a fine. If you break down, put out your warning triangle (behind your car) and walk to the roadside. Small white posts have black arrows facing left or right. Follow the arrow to a phone, pick it up and say "auto kaput!". Someone from the auto club will be out to assist you. Don't leave your car idling unless you are at a light, stop sign or traffic jam. Always signal your intentions and slower traffic moves over to the right, don't stay in a left lane if a car is not on your right. If someone flashes their lights, move over. Obey the traffic laws and you'll be fine.

I am not familiar with that tunnel, but if the highway is on either side, the tunnel may serve rail and auto either side by side or on different levels.

Make sure that your rental car has the Austrian driving sticker displayed on the windshield. Have a good trip.
Apr 26th, 2000, 05:33 AM
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Driving in Austria is a breeze -- a quick glance at a listing of international roadsigns is about all you will need. Speed limit on Austrian Autobahns is 130 Kilo/hr about 80mph. Since you are renting in Austria I will assume the car has a highway vignette. Check with the rental agency to be sure.

Note on driving in the Old Town of Salzburg.. You are allowed to bring your car to the hotel but you will need to park it at a garage -- ask the clerk. When driving to your hotel you will feel odd as it seems you shouldnt be driving on certain streets. Other than that driving in Austria was a breeze.
Apr 26th, 2000, 01:19 PM
wes fowler
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Regarding the tunnel between Badgastein and Mallnitz. You're correct it's a train tunnel, however you can piggyback your car onto the train. Follow the signs once there; you'll be directed to drive onto a railroad flat car; park, set your brakes and stay in the car. There's a modest toll.
Apr 26th, 2000, 06:07 PM
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Mike, if you travle on the autobahn, make sure that your car has a fee sticker on it. They usually get you coming into the country, you just don't need the hassel of getting stopped because you don't have one. Check with the rental company.

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