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From its famously opulent cafés to its gorgeous, extravagant palaces, Vienna is elegance defined. Whether you’re here to follow in the footsteps of royals or listen to world-class orchestras, you’re sure to fall for Austria’s capital city. Rent a car through Orbitz to explore Vienna with ease and in comfort.
Vienna beckons to culture vultures, music lovers, traveling families and sightseers from around the world. If it’s your first time in the city, use our guide, below, to renting a car in Austria’s captivating capital.
Vienna is a popular tourism and business destination, so there is no shortage of car rental companies vying for your custom. Use Orbitz to narrow down the choices. You can rent a car with companies such as Dollar, Budget, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Thrifty and more.
The legal age limit in Austria for car rentals is 19, although this can vary by company and by the category of car that you’re renting. If you’re under 25, ask your provider if they add a surcharge for younger drivers.
Numerous car rental companies have set up shop on the edges of the city’s historic center, while others can be found near the train station to the south of the city. If you’re flying into the country, you can pick up your rental car in the airport, which is about 12 miles southeast of the city center.
If you’re visiting Austria from the US then you should purchase an International Driving Permit in advance from the AAA club. Bring your valid driver’s license with you, too, alongside the IDP and a credit card in your name.
Use your rental car to explore as much of Vienna as possible. We’ve picked three corners of the city that should be the first on your itinerary.
The Museums Quarter of Vienna is an embarrassment of riches for history buffs and art enthusiasts. Packed into this small space is an array of attractions that includes the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History), the Museum of Natural History, the Leopold Museum, and Mumok, which showcases contemporary art. Wander outside of the district to find Vienna’s opera house and the Hofburg Museum.
Hop in your rental car and drive out of the city center to the vast palace complex of Schönbrunn, one of Vienna’s finest attractions. The area doesn’t just have a palace, although the Baroque beauty is an undeniable highlight. It’s also home to vast formal gardens, a zoo, and a palm tree house. While you’re in Schönbrunn, don’t miss the Roman ruins or the engaging children’s museum.
Drive over the Danube Canal to reach the district of Leopoldstadt, home of vast park spaces and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Head to Leopoldstadt to explore the iconic Prater, an amusement park that’s said to be one of the oldest in the world. The Riesenrad Ferris wheel, one of Vienna’s iconic sights, was famously featured in The Third Man, starring Orson Welles.