Visiting

Business hours

Businesses are usually open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, but may close earlier on Fridays. Some government offices may have different business hours.

Shops are generally open from 9.00am to 6.00pm and some to 8.00pm. Shops may have limited opening hours on Saturdays and very few are open Sunday.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year's Day
January 6 – Epiphany
Easter Monday
May 1 – Labour Day
Ascension Day
Whit Monday
Corpus Christi
August 15 – Assumption of Mary
October 26 – Austrian National Day
November 1 – All Saints Day
December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – St. Stephen's Day

Climate

The climate is variable so it is best to be prepared for all types of weather throughout the year. The most reliable weather is from May to October. Winter temperatures from December to February are generally around/below 0ºC and snow is common.

For weather details in Austria, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The official currency in Austria is the Euro (€).

Banks and Money

ATM machines, called “Geldautomat” are widespread in Austria. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are usually accepted, but not everywhere, as most Austrians still prefer to pay cash. Some shops and cafes do not accept credit cards, especially in smaller cities. Banks are usually open from 8.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday. They are closed on the weekend, but ATM machines are accessible 24 hours.

Time zones and time differences

Austria is eight hours from March to September and 10 hours from October to February behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To find out the current time in Vienna, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Austria's country code is +43.

For calls to Austria from Australia dial: 0011 + 43 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Austria to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Austria's power supply is 220 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 4 wires. The twin round-pin plugs are the most common.

European round pin adaptors will work in Austria.

Tap water is safe to drink in Austria.