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Graz is the second-largest city in Austria after Vienna and famous for its university, which was founded as early as 1585. This may give you an impression of tranquillity and beauty, but Graz has much more to offer than just that. The city has a spectacular architecture that dates back centuries. There is a fantastic nightlife with many bars and restaurants for every taste and budget. And in summer there are also many green spaces where you can meet for picnics or sports. All this makes Graz a good place to study and live, but also a good place to work.
Basic info and car hire in Graz
- Location: Southern Austrian province of Styria
- Population: 283.869 (2017)
- Official language: German
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: The climate in Graz is temperate continental, with cold winters and warm summers.
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Austria is a highly developed and stable country, with an excellent network of roads.
- Car hire in Graz: With a rental car in Graz you can explore all of Austria's beautiful landscape and cities. The most popular pickup location is at the Graz airport.
Driving in Graz
Driving around Graz is a real pleasure. The city was recently named the best city in the world for drivers. It is both easy and cheap to drive around the city. There are different speed limits depending on which road you are driving on, but there are plenty of signs to help you keep up. Parking is also made easy for you, as there are monthly parking permits that make it easy and cheap to park at your destination or anywhere else that is convenient for you.
When renting a car, read the fine print in the contract about where you are allowed to take the car. Many rental companies prohibit drivers from taking rental cars to Eastern European countries. If you do this anyway and get caught, the consequences are extreme. Speed limits are 30 to 50km/h inside built-up areas, 100km/h outside built-up areas, and 130km/h on motorways.
In winter, roads in alpine areas can become dangerous due to snow, ice, and avalanches. Some mountain roads may be closed for extended periods. Between November 1 and April 15, the use of winter tires is mandatory. All-season tires meet the requirements if they are marked M S and have at least 4 mm of the tread. In addition, the local police may prescribe snow chains during or after heavy snowfall.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Austria is 18 years. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 25 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Austria)
- Additional requirements: Reflective jackets (in case of breakdown on all main routes), warning triangle, first aid kit, headlight deflectors (depending on the vehicle, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the light beam manually).
- Children in the car: If you are travelling with children under 12 or less than 135cm tall, you are required by law to have a child seat in your car. If you do not have your own, most car rental companies will provide one for a fee. However, it is advisable to request such a seat before collecting the vehicle, otherwise one may not always be available.
- Driving side of the road: Right Side.
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: Speed limits are 30 to 50km/h inside built-up areas, 100km/h outside built-up areas, and 130km/h on motorways.
- Parking suggestions: Parking is also made easy for you, as there are monthly parking permits that make it easy and cheap to park at your destination or anywhere else that is convenient for you.
Car Hire in Graz
Most popular car hire at Graz
The most selected hire car in Graz is the Fiat 500, with the Volkswagen Polo and Volkswagen Golf also being a popular options. The most popular car types in Graz are mini and economy.
9 Seater car hire in Graz is also a great option for those travelling in large groups. You can get a rental car van with up to 9 seats and large luggage space. Similar to Volkswagen Transporter.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Graz
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Graz. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Austria.
- Graz - Vienna (199km, approx. 2,5-hour drive)
- Graz - Innsbruck (458km, approx. 5-hour drive)
- Graz - Ljubljana (196km, approx. 2,5-hour drive)
- Graz - Munich (416km, approx. 5-hour drive)
What to see in Graz
The city of Graz is the second-largest in Austria. Much of its centre is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It combines Baroque architecture, including fine examples of Rococo, Gothic and Romanesque churches, with other architectural styles from the last thousand years. Graz also has an excellent university with a long history dating back to 1585.
Graz is famous for its historic centre and old squares such as the Dreifaltigkeitsplatz with beautiful churches, a monastery and the baroque Karl Franzens University of Graz. The most important sights are the Landhaus, the City Hall, Eggenberg Palace and Herrengasse with its famous shops. In front of the Styrian Parliament, there is a statue of Archduke Karl, Duke of Teschen, who saved Graz from being sacked by Napoleon's troops in 1809.
For architecture lovers, there are buildings from different eras, from Gothic to Baroque and Neoclassicism to Biedermeier. Eggenberg Palace is a particularly impressive sight, as it was built in the Baroque style but also has elements of the Renaissance, such as magnificent frescoes and marble halls decorated with paintings by famous artists like Tintoretto, Guido Reni or Antonio Viviani.
Drive your rental car beyond Graz
The most popular attractions are the Schlossberg with the Graz Cathedral, the museum district with the Kunsthaus Graz or, for example, the Looshaus, but there are countless galleries, museums and churches everywhere, so you'd better start planning your route through them before you set off. Also worth mentioning are some theatres such as the Volkstheater or the Bodenbauer Theatre, where spectacular musicals are often performed, and the Odeon Theatre for more intimate performances. You do not need to worry about accommodation either, as there are plenty of hotels in Graz, especially near the city centre. If you prefer to stay elsewhere, you can always rent a flat or try one of the many campsites nearby. The best way to explore this beautiful city is by bike, which you can easily rent in the city. Rent a car and discover all the hidden gems outside Graz, where peace and seclusion are still possible even though you are only moments away from the vibrant city centre.
Where to eat, drink, and party in Graz
it's easy to say that Graz, Austria, has one of the best culinary scenes in all of Europe. From traditional Austrian cuisine to French and Italian dishes to trendy new restaurants that seem to open every month, it would be hard not to find something good to eat here. The city centre is full of small cafés where you can stop for a quick bite or enjoy a cup of coffee while people-watching along the way.
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in Austria?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in Austria?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age, you must also have held a driving license for a minimum of 12 months. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.
Do I need car insurance in Austria?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in Austria with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Austria?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in Austria?
It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese)
How do I get the cheapest car hire in Austria?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in Austria?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Skoda Citigo and Opel Astra often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in Austria?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Enterprise rent a car, Alamo, National, Europcar, Keddy, and SurPrice car rentals.
What types and makes of rental cars deals can I find in Austria?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Opel Astra, Volkswagen Golf, Opel Astra Sports Tourer and Renault Kadjar.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for Austria?
Most car rentals in Austria offer unlimited mileage in their offers
Can I take my hire car from Austria to Germany?
Yes, you can. However, you need to talk to your agent at arrival about that as a cross-border fee may apply.
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