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Transport in Carinthia

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Carinthia is located in the south of Austria and in the middle of the Alpe-Adria region and offers a lot of options to travel to the most important and beautiful places in the region or neighbouring countries using public transport. 

Road Transport

Carinthia is most southern province of Austria located in the Alps-Adriatic Region. Its motorway routes are similar to the train routes. The A2 (Südautobahn) runs from Vienna via Graz through Villach to Italy. The A10 (Tauernautobahn) connects Salzburg with Villach via the Katschberg Tunnel (5439m long) and the A11 leads to Slovenia through the Karawanken Tunnel (7864m long). The connection between Klagenfurt and Slovenia crosses the Loibl Pass (1367m altitude).

There are some very scenic mountain roads and passes that connect Carinthia with neighbouring provinces such as Salzburg and Styria or with Italy and Slovenia. Highly recommend are the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, the Nockalm Road, the Soca Pass.

 

Airports

Carinthia's international airport is located in Klagenfurt-Annabichl. Other nearby airports includes Graz und Salzburg; Ljubljana-Slovenia; Marco Polo Venezia, Venezia Treviso, Trieste - Italy. All of them are within 2 hours by car.

Other airports in Austria include Wien-Schwechat in Vienna, as well as smaller ones located on the outskirts of Innsbruck and Linz.

 

Airport Klagenfurt

Rail

The central train station in Villach is the hub on the southern line between Vienna and Italy (via Arnoldstein), the north-eastern Tauernbahn connection between Salzburg and East and South Tyrol (via Spittal an der Drau) and the Karawankenbahn to Slovenia (via Rosenbach).

There are several interesting offers for families and frequent travellers, which you can find on ÖBB page.

There are different ÖBB customer cards, which are worth checking out here. For your convenience you can also download the ÖBB App onto your phone to make traveling even easier. 

ÖBB Rail&Drive

Car-sharing

Public transport usually always offers the best and fastest connections in all directions. In cities it is also not uncommon to be able to cover many distances on foot or by bicycle. Despite all these possibilities, the moment can always come when you urgently need a car. Then car sharing is the optimal alternative especially in rural areas.

Please find information on car sharing provides in Carinthia here.

 

Car insurance

In Austria liability insurance with a motor insurance company is compulsory if you own a vehicle. This can be arranged via an insurance broker  or insurance company. You must produce proof of insurance before you are issued your car licence plates and car registration document. Your insurer can advise you on the procedures and make the necessary arrangements. A registration plate will only be issued after the vehicle has been insured.

Please find more detailed information here.

Bringing / Buying your own car

Whether you would like to bring your own car or think about buying one, our team will consult you, explain the necessary steps to take and point you in the right direction. We will also accompany you to the tax office where you will need to fill out a so-called NoVa form to pay your import tax when bringing your own car.

You can find more information about the calculation of the amount here.

If you would like to buy a new car, we can connect you with local car dealers (who also speak English 😊) and recommend insurance brokers.

 

Parking

In city centres there are short-term parking zones, which in general allow you to park for a maximum of 3 hours. Those are marked by blue lines and traffic signs and are subject to parking fees, which are displayed at the parking ticket machine.

We recommend downloading the APP: Handyparking & easypark

Please check out informaion about short-term parking zones and garages in Klagenfurt and Villach here.

Cycle Paths

Cycling to work has become quite popular and has advantages - for employees and also for employers. Regular cycling reduces sick days and saves space that would otherwise have to be used for car parking. Fitness, freshness and no need to look for a parking space are less stressful then driving home in a car during rush hour.

Wanting to take a break? Breath-taking vantage points, secluded picnic oases, hidden bathing spots and idyllic villages can be discovered on exploratory cycling-tours along the most beautiful cycle paths in Carinthia.

To cycle alone on public roads, children must be at least 12 years old, or 10 years old if they have passed the aptitude test. Riding on the pavement is only allowed if that pavement leads to a bike park, or if a child is accompanied by an adult.

The drink & drive limit for cyclists is 0.8 per mille, which is slightly higher than for car drivers.

DRIVER'S License

Holders of a non-EEA licence who move their place of residence to Austria may usually continue driving vehicles for six months. After this point, their licence will expire and must be converted.

Usually, it is only possible to convert foreign licences if they are still valid. Expiry dates specified in the holder’s country of origin will also apply in Austria.

When converting non-EU/EEA driving licences, it is usually necessary to take a practical driving test (exemptions apply to certain countries). In order to do so, holders must provide a suitable vehicle from the relevant licence category.

Requirements: Holders of foreign driving licences must be at least 18 years old to drive in Austria.

EU and EEA driving licences are recognised in Austria. This means they do not have to be converted, but you may do so voluntarily.

When moving your residence to Austria, driving licences for cateogries C (C1 or D (D1) that were issued in another EEA state are valid until the expiry date specified by the issuing country, but for no more than five years, unless they have been converted by that point in time.

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