Outside popular tourist spots such as Vienna and Salzburg, accommodation need not be too expensive. Good-value B&b is usually available in the many small family-run hotels known as Gasthöfe and Gasthaüser, with prices from €50 per double. In the larger towns and cities a pension or Frühstuckspension will offer similar prices. Most places also have a stock of private rooms or Privatzimmer, although in well-travelled rural areas, roadside signs offering Zimmer Frei are common (double room €30–45). Local tourist offices will have lists of these and will often ring around and book something for you.
There are around a hundred HI hostels (Jugendherberge or Jugendgästehaus), run by or affiliated to ÖJHV (w http://www.oejhv.or.at) or the ÖJHW (whttp://www.oejhw.or.at). Rates are €17–24, normally including breakfast (€1–2 extra for non-members). There are also a few excellent independent hostels in Salzburg and Vienna, plus affiliated youth hotel chains.
Austria’s numerous campsites often have laundry facilities, shops and snack bars. Most open May to September, although some open year-round.