James says - a few trip notes:
Now I know somebody is going to have a go at me for this, but if ever there was an index for the ratio between the attractions a city has to offer within and the nearby attractions without (i.e. just outside the city), then Vienna would be a pretty good case for being represented almost entirely by the within camp.
The city also has excellent public transport and it is a delight to travel around under your own power, so why would anyone even consider wanting to get a hire car in Vienna?
Although there are sadly very few flights to Vienna from anywhere in the UK outside London, the Austrian capital remains one of Europe’s most impressive cities to visit, and even if you can’t easily find direct flights there, you can always travel to nearby Bratislava just across the border in Slovakia, and pop across to Vienna from there. Given that these two venues can easily make a combined dual city break, is there really any need to even consider getting a hire car?
Why should you hire a car in Vienna?
Visiting Vienna without a car:
Vienna car hire Verdict
It would be easy to sum Vienna up by saying there’s just no need at all to get a hire car, but when I visited, I spent a day and a half in the city itself, and then picked up a hire car at Vienna airport and drove down to Bad Blumau. I was planning to exit via Graz anyway, and having a hire car made a lot of sense to travel between the two places.
Should I hire a car in Vienna? Naturally, a car will give you more options for excursions, but for the most scenic parts of the Austrian Alps, we would recommend taking flights to Salzburg or Innsbruck in the first place. We’ve covered a lot of Alps, including western Austria in our Zurich car hire guide.
Another option would be to pop across to Bratislava in neighbouring Slovakia, which has some of the worst driving standards in Europe. Much better to stick to trains and trams!
Although there are a few other options for excursions in a hire car from Vienna, there are plenty of options for getting out and about by rail too, made all the more easy by the new central station.
Should you rent a car in Vienna?
Verdict – no