Car Hire in Vienna
Hiring a Car in Vienna
Austria's capital is also its largest city, with a population of around 1.8 million making Vienna the seven-largest city by population in the European Union.
As well as being known as the City of Music due to its legacy of classical music, Vienna is also known as “The City of Dreams” due to it being the home of pioneering psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud.
Further adding to its reputation as a thriving centre of culture, Vienna is also widely renowned for its high quality of life, with the Economist Intelligence Unit ranking the city joint-first with San Francisco Vancouver as the best place to live.
It's therefore perhaps no surprise that Vienna is a hugely popular tourist destination, attracting as many as 3.7 million visitors every year from all over the world.
What you need to know
As it is one of the most built up cities in the country, Vienna has some impressively solid transport links throughout the city. However, given its sheer size and the number of sights available, hiring a car is one of the best ways in which to get around and really appreciate everything the city has to offer.
Holiday Autos [/] has a wide array of the best names in car rental, while also eliminateing the endless forms, waivers and extras. Simply pay one price and fill out one form and you are good to pick up your keys. There is even a 24-hour contact centre on hand to protect you from any problems you may have on the way.
Where to pick up your car
Vienna International Airport VIE is the main travel hub in Austria, handling just over 22 million passengers during 2015 alone.
If you book before your arrival, you can sign up to our meet and greet service, which will see you guided to our service desk by one of our representatives. A shuttle-bus service is also available with some deals, or guests can alternatively make their own way to the service desk inside the terminal.
If you prefer, it is also possible to pick up your hire car at Vienna Central or Vienna West train station.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
There is so much to see in Vienna that any visit here will require plenty of planning. By eliminating the stress of negotiating your way through the city's public transport system, it becomes easier to simply focus on what you want to see.
As well as the vibrant and cultured city centre, there is also some of the country' most stunning countryside to explore, all of which is made possible with a hire car.
If you enjoy skiing then there are several high-profile resorts that are well worth a visit, including Lilienfeld, which hosted the first ever slalom race back in 1905, making it one of the most important resorts of its kind in Austria.
With your hire car simply follow the A1 before taking the 59-Sankt Pölten Süd exit, which will allow you to merge onto the B20. From there you should see signs for the resort, which despite its remote atmosphere is a just one hour away from the city.
Alternatively, there is the Annaberg resort, which being two hours away from Vienna Airport is somewhat quieter.
The Slovakian capital of Bratislava is a hugely popular day trip with locals and tourists alike, offering a number of fantastic museums, plazas and fine architecture that all contribute to fantastic day out.
To get to this up-and-coming city, simply follow the A4 and continue onto the A6, before heading onto Route 2 to follow signs for Bratislava. The whole journey takes around an hour.
Another popular destination is Salzburg, which is situated on the German border and is known as the birthplace of Mozart, while also providing the backdrop for the popular film, 'The Sound of Music'.
Top attractions to see in Vienna
The freedom of being able to drive around in a hire care makes the whole process of enjoying the variety of attractions and sights on offer throughout the city much easier.
Vienna's city hall is one of the finest pieces of Gothic architecture you are likely to see and is where the city council and the mayor conduct their daily business. However, visitors don't need a career in politics in order to have a look around this historic building, which also contains one of the city's oldest restaurants.
The country's city hall is by no means the only grand building in the city, with the former home of the Austrian monarchy offering a wonderful insight into the country's rich heritage and its cultural identity. Its regal atmosphere remains today, although it is now the official residence of the Austrian president.
Haus der Musik
For those looking to get a better hold on Vienna's role in the shaping of the music world, the Haus der Musik is a must-see. This interactive sound museum provides a new approach to music on a a playful as well as scientific level, which aims to increase the understanding and open-mindedness towards various forms of music. Visitors can learn how to conduct an orchestra, or hear the world through the ears of an unborn child, all within the confines of a former royal palace.