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Austria Travel Guide

The Austrian hills are alive with dramatic Alpine ski slopes, world-renowned classical music, grand palaces and iconic coffeehouses. Here's everything you need to know for your trip to Austria.

What you'll find in this guide:

Top things to do in Austria

Practical Information

Facts about Austria

Getting to Austria

Getting around Austria

Austria weather

Top things to do in Austria

  • Skip-the-line Schönbrunn Palace visit and Vienna city tour

    Skip-the-line Schönbrunn Palace visit and Vienna city tour

    Visit the splendid State Rooms of Schönbrunn Palace and explore the best highlights Vienna has to offer.

  • 40-minute boat tour in Salzburg

    40-minute boat tour in Salzburg

    Enjoy a 40-minute boat ride and admire the gorgeous Old Town from a unique perspective.

  • Vienna self-guided audio tour

    Vienna self-guided audio tour

    Explore the city at your own pace and listen to fascinating stories about Vienna's culture, history and heritage.

  • Self-guided scavenger hunt in Linz

    Self-guided scavenger hunt in Linz

    Explore Linz solving riddles along the way and learning interesting facts about the top sights.

  • Upper Belvedere entrance tickets

    Upper Belvedere entrance tickets

    Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Belvedere in Vienna and immerse yourself in the world's largest Klimt collection.

What time zone is Austria in?

GMT +1

What currency do they use in Austria?

Euro (EUR)

What language do they speak in Austria?


What power adaptors do you need for Austria?

Type C and F

What is the average flight time to Austria?

2hr 12

Some facts about Austria

The hills in Austria really are alive with the sound of music. It's the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert, was home to Ludwig van Beethoven, and capital Vienna boasts one of the finest concert halls in the world – the Vienna State Opera.

But it's not just about the music in Vienna. You'll find extravagant baroque palaces, the stunning Stephansdom Cathedral and iconic coffeehouses. Viennese coffehouse culture has been recognised by UNESCO as part of Austria's cultural heritage, and these grand institutions are not just for grabbing a quick coffee. They're where people go to socialise, read newspapers and enjoy a leisurely experience drinking a unique style of coffee.

Practical Info

Culture and etiquette


Christianity is the largest religion in Austria, and lots of other religions are practiced too. Over a fifth of the population describe themselves as non-religious.


Tipping in Austria isn't as common as in other parts of Europe, but a tip of around 10% is always appreciated in restaurants. A service charge is often added to the bill.


Smoking is banned in most indoor public places including bars, restaurants and public transport.

Jabs, visas and other advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website.

Emergency numbers

For ambulance or rescue call 144, for fire call 122 and for police call 133. In an emergency you can also call 112, the European emergency number.

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Getting to Austria

Flying is the fastest way to get from the UK to Austria. It takes 2 hours 10 minutes to fly from London to Vienna, and around 1 hour 50 minutes to get to Salzburg and Innsbruck.

You can also catch the train all the way to Austria, but it'll take a fair bit longer. To get to Vienna, take the Eurostar from London to Brussels, then the high-speed ICE train to Frankfurt. From there you can take a second ICE train to Vienna.

Getting around Austria

The roads in Austria are excellent, so hiring a car is a great option if you wanted to explore different parts of the country. You'll need to pay tolls to drive on Austrian motorways and S roads – you can buy 10-day, two-month or one-year passes at border crossings, newsagents, petrol stations and post offices.

You can also travel around Austria by train – services between major towns and cities are usually reliable. River cruises along the Danube are popular too, which can take you from southern Bavaria, through Vienna and all the way to Budapest.

If you're staying in Vienna, there's a metro, buses, trains and trams to get you from A to B. Or why not be fancy and travel through the capital by horse-drawn carriage? Most other major towns and cities have buses, and you'll find trams in Linz, Innsbruck and Graz.

What's the weather like in Austria?

Austria has four distinct seasons. Summers tend to be quite hot, with temperatures ranging between 20°C and 30°C, while winters are usually frosty – the Christmas markets are often covered in a festive layer of snow.

Spring and autumn tend to be somewhere between these two extremes weather-wise. Head there in spring for blooming flowers or autumn when the hills take on lovely shades of red.

Of course the weather does vary a fair bit depending on where you are. Alpine regions get particularly cold in winter, making them perfect for winter sports like skiing.

The Good Trip Index

Austria ranks 13th on the Good Trip Index

This score is calculated based on Sustainability, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Press Freedom, Quality of Life, LGBTQI+ Rights and Animal welfare

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