Austria Road Trip Itinerary: A Complete Guide to 2 Weeks in Austria
This Austria road trip highlights the finest culinary and alpine areas of Austria. We designed this route for travelers who want to authentically and deeply experience Austria.
You’ll eat in Almen (alpine pasture huts) and Hütten (mountain huts), drink wine in Buschenschänke (wine taverns), hike in five mountain ranges, and sleep in unique and memorable accommodations. And if you’re uninhibited, maybe spend some time in a Therme (thermal spa).
This Austria travel itinerary requires a minimum of two weeks. You’ll begin your trip in Vienna and end in Innsbruck. If you plan on doing a full-loop back to Vienna, add 6 hours of driving time to your last day. If you’re interested in a shorter route, read our 1 Week Austria Itinerary.
We also recently created this 10-day Bavarian Alps & Tyrolean Alps itinerary, starting in Munich.
From Vienna, you’ll first drive south to Austria’s culinary heartland, South Styria. After wining and dining in South Styria, your trip continues to the city Graz and then to the Northern Limestone Alps in Salzburg.
Next, you’ll drive the Grossglockner High Alpine Road and experience the best-kept secrets of Hohe Tauern National Park. Your trip then continues to the Zillertal Alps in Tyrol and eventually to the Rätikon Alps in Vorarlberg.
When to Do this Austria Road Trip
Summer, or Early Fall
Driving in Austria
If you’re driving into Austria from a neighboring country, make sure to purchase a vignette (toll sticker). The toll sticker is compulsory on Austria’s motorways and expressways. It must be displayed on the inside of your windshield. Here’s more info about pricing and your options.
Renting a Car in Austria
We recommend using the Discovercars.com car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals in Austria. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.
Tip: If you can only drive automatic transmission cars, as opposed to manual transmission cars (stick shift), book your can rental as early as possible.