Transport Austria with Seacon Logistics

Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from Austria. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport

Austria borders several countries: Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. This Central European country, with a population of around 9 million, offers not only numerous opportunities for freight transport and European shipping, but also offers great potential to take your logistics to a new level thanks to its strong domestic economy. 

The country is known for its economic development characterised by a high degree of innovation and is one of the richest and most stable economies in Europe. This is partly due to the fact that Austria has a strong industrial and service sector. 

The country is also known for strong exports in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, metal products, chemical industry, food and beverages. A focus of exports is on the EU countries, especially Germany, The United States and China are important trading partners. 

For Austria transport, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for Austria.

Important transport routes Austria and your benefits 

With an area of approximately 84,000 square kilometres and a population of nearly 9 million people, a fast and efficient transport route throughout the country is crucial. Below you can read which transport routes are important and available.

Austria's road network is one of the best and densest in Europe, making it ideal for goods transport. With a total length of approximately 80,000 kilometres of (toll) roads and highways, the country is easily accessible and excellently connected to the European road network, allowing for safe and efficient transport throughout Europe.

The north-south connection connecting Austria with Italy and Slovenia is particularly important for goods transport. This includes, for example, the Tauernautobahn A10, which runs from Salzburg via Villach to Tarvisio. Another important north-south connection is the A9 Pyhrn, which runs from Vienna via Linz and Salzburg to Italy. The west-east connections are also very important for goods transport. This includes the A4 Donaudijk highway, which runs from Vienna via Bratislava and Budapest to Romania. Another important west-east connection is the A1 Westautobahn, which runs from Salzburg via Linz and Vienna to Bratislava. 

The rail network in Austria covers some 5,000 kilometres and is one of the most modern in Europe. It consists of many main and branch lines that also lead to remote areas. Important main lines are the 'Brennerbahn' (which runs from Germany through Austria to Italy) and the 'Westbahn' via Vienna and Salzburg. With the expansion of the railway network and the modernisation of trains, rail transport in Austria has also become increasingly attractive. Furthermore, compared to road transport, it is much more environmentally friendly, making it a good alternative to reduce emissions. 

The Austrian air freight network has also developed very well in recent years. The main airport for air cargo transport is Vienna Airport, which serves as a hub for the entire Central European region. Other important airports are Graz, Linz and Salzburg. In cooperation with our partners, we are able to organise fast and effective air cargo transport for you to and from Austria. 

Austria is a landlocked country that does not have direct access to the sea because it is located between the countries of Italy, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia. Therefore, sea freight plays a relatively small role. The only noteworthy ports are located directly on the Danube River and are in Vienna and Linz. 

Aerial view of the Europa Bridge (Europabrücke) which is part of the Brenner motorway | Transport Austria | Seacon Logistics
Aerial view of the Austrian city of Vienna taken from the Kahlenberg | Transport Austria | Seacon Logistics

Important cities for cargo transport in Austria 

Austria's logistics centres are spread across the country. Thanks to their direct location on the Danube and Salzach rivers, the following three cities have an infrastructural advantage over the rest of the country. 

Vienna, the capital city of Austria, is the main location for freight transport in the country. The city has a well-developed road and rail network, which facilitates transportation within the city and to the rest of the country. In particular, Vienna-Schwechat Airport is an important logistics hub for air freight transport in Austria and offers direct connections to various international destinations.

Salzburg is, together with Vienna, one of the most important cities in Austria. The city is known for its culture and history, but also for its excellent connections to major transport routes. Salzburg's road network is well developed and has connections with commercial metropolises of Munich, Vienna and Linz. Furthermore, rail transport also plays an important role in Salzburg. The city's main station is an important hub in the European rail network, with direct connections to Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovenia. 

As the largest city, Linz is another important location for freight transport. The highway network is directly connected to German and Czech long-distance traffic. The port in Linz on the Danube is also of great importance, as it serves as a transhipment port for ships on the Danube and has a connection to the European inland waterway network (short sea). At this pont, containers can be loaded onto trucks and trains.

Transport solutions from Seacon Logistics

We offer different types of transport to and from Austria. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from Austria:

  • Groupage transport to Austria
  • Pallet shipment
  • Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
  • Full loads (FCL / FTL)
  • Rail transport
  • Deliveries in the city centre
  • Delivery with tailboard
  • Express delivery to Austria
Panoramic photo of the mountains and lake of Zell am See in summer | Transport Austria | Seacon Logistics

Groupage Austria - LCL and LTL

The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.

The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.

Full loads Austria - FCL or FTL

The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.

With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity. 

Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination. 


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Special transport Austria 

In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from Austria. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from Austria to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports: 

  • Long goods
  • Dangerous goods (ADR)
  • Boxes (KTN)
  • Boxes (BOX)
  • Bundles
  • Heavy load
  • Pallets (PLT)
  • Gitter boxes (GIBO)
  • Barrels (FSS)
  • Other loose goods

Transport options Austria: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa

At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, North and South-America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.

From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from Austria to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment. 

Container terminal from above, showing a container ship loading sea freight and moving trucks (road transport). | Seacon Logistics

Transit and delivery times for transport to Austria

To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently. 

It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from Austria arrives at your customer faster than usual. 

For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you. 

Customs: the correct import and export documents

Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.

Want to know more about how we unburden you in terms of customs and customs declarations? 

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Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with Austria

As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.

To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic. 

View our Incoterms® page

Important additional information: Public holidays, driving bans and local details

Although Austria, as an EU member, shares some transport regulations with other member states, there are also local specifics to be considered when transporting goods within the country, such as: 

  • Customs regulations: You may need an EU permit or CEMT permit for international transport. Furthermore, bilateral permits between Austria and third countries may be relevant. We are more than happy to take care of this for you.
  • Driving bans: In some inner cities there are driving bans for trucks weighing more than 7.5 tonnes. These regulations often only apply at certain times and vary from city to city. We will find out all the relevant information for you in advance to avoid fines.
  • Toll: Tolls are charged on some highways in Austria. A vignette must be purchased for this. This vignette is valid for a certain period.
  • Environmental regulations: Austria is known for extensive environmental regulations, which also apply to the logistics sector. These include, among other things, maximum values for the emission of pollutants and a ban on certain vehicle classes.

If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in Austria, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport. 

The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985

Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!

With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust. 

Are you interested in a transport solution to a country other than Austria? Then take a look at one of our many other partner countries:

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