When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to Austria to help you prepare for your trip.


CULTURE

Austria has a long tradition of hospitality and likes to ensure guests are made to feel welcome. Austrians have a great love for the outdoors, so campers and caravanners will find themselves right at home in this beautiful country. It is also a perfect destination to visit all year round, with campsites open throughout winter - a great way to enjoy winter sports.

German is the official language spoken in Austria and some of the more commonly used greetings you may find useful to know when visiting are:
• Hallo - Hello
• Guten Morgen – Good morning
• Guten Abend – Good evening
• Auf Wiedersehen - Goodbye
• Ja - Yes
• Nein - No
• Bitte - Please
• Sprechen Sie Englisch? - Do you speak English?
• Campinplatz - Campsite
• Herren/ Damen - Gents/ Ladies
• Geöffnet/ Geschlossen- Open/ Closed

While many Austrians know some English, they are unlikely to speak it unless necessary, so we recommend investing in a phrase book to help you. It is a good idea to memorise the phrase “Do you speak English?” as it is considered good manners to ask this type of question in the local language. Taking time to learn a few simple phrases will really help you to communicate during your stay.


CURRENCY

The currency of Austria is the Euro.

Banking Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 0800hrs – 1230hrs and 1330hrs – 1500hrs
Thursday: 0800hrs – 1230hrs and 1330hrs – 1730hrs

Credit Cards & ATM
The major credit cards (Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa) are widely accepted by shops, hotels, restaurants and petrol stations. However, some small shops and restaurants still refuse payments by credit card.

There are cash dispenser machines (ATMs) throughout the country which accept debit and credit cards.

Travellers' cheques are no longer generally accepted, although they may be exchanged at some major banks.