Easter holidays 2024: ÖAMTC expects numerous traffic jams

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“Easter holidays in Austria and 11 German federal states, including Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg: This means lively travel and excursion traffic on our transit routes,” explains ÖAMTC traffic expert Harald Lasser.

The club expects heavy convoy traffic in the direction of Eastern and Southeastern Europe from the Suben border crossing via the Innkreis (A8), West (A1), Outer Ring (A21) and East motorways (A4) to the Nickelsdorf border crossing. “Due to the early date, trips to the south will be less important this year; the roads to the ski areas will be the most affected. Because of the mild temperatures, the apricot trees in the Wachau are already in full bloom, so we expect a lively influx here too,” says Lasser.

Expect delays at the start of the holidays, on Saturday, March 23rd, on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and finally on Easter Monday. The ÖAMTC does not expect chaos, especially because experience shows that travel from Germany is divided into two parts. However, there will be traffic jams, especially in front of construction sites, such as the one near the Werden tunnel chain on the A10.

Where traffic jams are to be expected

“On the one hand, the classic winter sports routes, such as Ötztal-, Reschen- and Zillertaler Straße in Tyrol, or Gasteiner Straße in Salzburg, will be busy and sometimes overloaded,” says ÖAMTC expert Lasser. “In the east, 1000s will move to the Wachau, especially on the first holiday weekend. You have to expect delays on both banks of the Danube (B3, B33), says Lasser and recommends getting on your bike as an alternative for the trip to the apricot blossom. The construction zones on the Tauern and Pyhrn motorways will certainly also be traffic jam hotspots; there will be a lot of time lost in return traffic, especially at border crossings. “In Tyrol we see that many of our German neighbors avoid the often congested Fernpass route (B179) and drive via the Seefelderstrasse or Achensee Strasse, which makes things tight there too,” says Lasser.

(Graphic: ÖAMTC).

Other congestion points at a glance:

West Autobahn (A1) before the Walserberg border crossing when exiting the South Autobahn (A2) before the construction site between Villach-Faaker See and the Villach junction East Autobahn (A4) before the Nickelsdorf border crossing when entering Innkreis Autobahn (A8) before the Suben border crossing the exit Pyhrn Autobahn (A9) in front of the construction sites Inzersdorf - Klaus, Trieben - Treglwang and Mautern - Kammern as well as in front of the Gleinalmtunnel Tauern Autobahn (A10) in front of the construction site between Golling andwerfen in Salzburg, in Carinthia between Spittal Ost and Paternion-Feistritz Inntal Motorway (A12) in the greater Innsbruck area and before the Kufstein/Kiefersfelden border crossing Rheintal Motorway (A14) in the construction site area between Nenzing and Bludenz/Nüziders, as well as before the Montafon exits and subsequently the L188, Montafoner Straße Arlberg Expressway (S16) before the tunnel areas Pinzgauer Straße (B311) in the Salzach Valley, in front of the construction site at the Schmittentunnel in Zell am See and the connection via the Kleine Deutsches Eck between Bad Reichenhall and Lofer (B178)

Final of the Ski World Cup in Saalbach

The Ski World Cup reaches its final with speed competitions in Saalbach from March 22nd to 24th. You are requested to travel by public transport. World Cup tickets are valid for public transport. You can take skis with you on all public transport. There are also a variety of special buses and shuttle services.

If you travel by car, you should plan a generous amount of time. Regional delays must be expected on the last 15 kilometers, the Pinzgauer Straße (B311) in the Maishofen area and the Glemmtal Straße (L111).

Nationally, it is recommended that if you are coming from the north, in the Salzburg city area, you avoid the Tauern Autobahn (A10) and take the “Kleine Deutsche Eck”. When traveling south, the closure of the Schmittentunnel on the B311 near Zell am See will lead to delays on the diversion routes. Both the urban area in Zell am See and the more extensive alternative route via Thumersbach will be heavily impacted.

Pay attention to traffic bans!

The club reminds you that the ramp closures along the Tauern Autobahn (A10) in Salzburg will remain active for through traffic until Easter Monday. The transit driving bans in Tyrol also apply on selected roads in the districts of Kufstein, Reutte and Schwaz until April 1st.

Motorists stuck in traffic (Photo: Unsplash/J Torres).
Motorists stuck in traffic (Photo: Unsplash/J Torres).