Last minute car hire is possible in Vienna, even at the airport upon arrival, but it is advisable to book in advance if you can.
The German car hire company, Sixt, is one of the few that has offices in the city centre and at the airport. Online booking is easy and the cheapest rate is roughly 40 euros a day. Car rental firms at the airport are:
- www.sixt.co.uk (01-7007-36517 or 01-50366-1814)
- www.avis.at (01-7007-32700)
- www.hertz.at (01-7007-32661)
Arriving by car or motorbike is easy as all roads to Vienna are well signposted and well maintained. Austria's motorways, including those in Vienna, are not free; you need a vignette, available at petrol stations and border crossings (www.asfinag.at/toll-stickers-and-rates).
Watch out for the signpost that says "Einbahn" you'll see it often and it means "One Way".
Short-term pre-paid parking in Kurzparkzonen (for two hours only) is permitted in central districts 1 – 9, parts of district 15 and all of district 20, elsewhere street parking is free. Parkscheine (parking slips), on sale in tobacco shops (Tabak-Trafik) and petrol stations, have to be validated by marking the exact time of arrival, date and year and must be left, clearly visible, behind the windscreen (read more at www.wien.gv.at/english/transportation/parking).
If this procedure seems too much of a hassle, car parks are easy to find in and around the city centre and cost roughly 2.50 euros an hour.