Your Salzburg Travel Guide
How will you get to Salzburg?
This Salzburg travel guide page will help you find the best way of getting to Salzburg, if you plan to travel to Austria. It is a place that is easy to reach either by train, car or plane. Whichever way you decide, you will see some stunning scenery of snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes and architectural wonders when you travel to Salzburg.
Salzburg is situated on the Austrian-German border. The old city centre was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1997, so it is well worth a visit. In fact, Salzburg is the third most visited city in Europe, after Venice and Florence. Its large number of churches, castles and palaces has given the city its nickname ‘German Rome’.
If you are planning to visit the city of Salzburg, it would be well worth your while purchasing a good travel guide book.
Salzburg has a rich musical heritage – home to Mozart and the von Trapp Family. It welcomes more than 8 million visitors a year, 2.5 million of which are Sound of Music pilgrims.
So let’s look at your options on how you can get to this beautiful baroque city:
Salzburg Travel - By Train
Trains in Austria are operated by OBB (Osterreiche Bundesbahnen).
Salzburg is connected by train to many European cities such as Venice, Munich, Zurich and Budapest and runs EuroCity (EC) trains to and from these places. You can also travel to Salzburg from other towns in Austria, taking the local regional InterCity (IC) trains. The Austrian railway system is modern, fast and reliable.
Many travellers fly to Munich, then take the train to Salzburg. These trains run very regularly, twice an hour throughout the day, leaving the main train station in Munich. Two hours later you will arrive at Salzburg's 150 year old main railway station, known as the Hauptbahnhof. This is situated on the north side of the Salzach river.
From the station, buses depart to various parts of the city, including the Old Town (the Altstadt) or there is a taxi stand right in front of the station entrance. The station has a currency exchange, storage lockers, and booths for buying tickets. There is a Tourist Information Office on the same upper floor as the platforms. You can purchase your Salzburg Card from here.
Depending on the length of your stay when you travel to Austria, you could also buy a Eurail Austria Pass which means you can leave Salzburg and look around the rest of the country.
The railway station is currently being renovated, with completion date being 2014.
Salzburg Travel - By Car
Many visitors travel to Salzburg in their own vehicles or rent a car. This allows the traveller to be more independent when on vacation, going where they please, when they please. It is possible to drive to Salzburg from Austria’s neighbouring countries.
All Salzburg travel guides will say that Salzburg is easily reached by road from all directions. There are three motorways leading into Salzburg - the A1 from Linz, Vienna and the east, the E52 from Munich and the west and the A10/E55 from Villach and the south. All go straight to Salzburg forming a loop around the city.
To make your Salzburg travel a faster experience, there is an Austrian Motorway Vignette which is necessary to purchase if you wish to use the highways.. However, when we drove from Munich to Salzburg, we left the autobahn at exit "Berchtesgaden" and followed the toll-free route to Salzburg.
Once you arrive in Salzburg, it is probably easier to park the car and get around on foot, as many of the places of interest, including The Sound of Music movie locations, are situated very close together. However, having a car makes travelling out of the city and seeing the spectacular surrounding countryside of Salzkammergut that little bit easier.
Salzburg Travel - Car Pooling
There are always large numbers of people travelling between Munich and Salzburg, so for both financial and environmental reasons sharing a car is a good idea. Check out this website
to see if anyone else is going in the same direction, and at the same time as you.
Salzburg Travel - By Coach
Eurolines (tel: (01) 798 2900; www.eurolines.at) is the main operator, linking 60 cities in Europe with Salzburg. The coach station is located opposite the main railway station, so why not let someone else do all the driving when you are on holiday?
Salzburg Travel - By Bus
The bus station is found opposite the main railway station. For information on travelling by bus and a timetable go to www.postbus.at. Once you have arrived in Salzburg, there are other fun and interesting ways of getting around the town like travelling on a segway or on an octopus bike! Alternatively, if you wish to travel Salzburg in style, why not take a
Fiaker carriage tour
and travel like Mozart used to do around town?
If arriving at Munich airport, Lufthansa operates an airport shuttle bus from Munich to Salzburg airport. This is an expensive way of reaching Salzburg, but very convenient. It is available to all passengers - whatever airline they have used.
Salzburg Travel - By Plane
Another way of reaching Salzburg is to fly to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart airport, which is Salzburg’s main airport (www.salzburg-airport.at Phone: +43 (0)662-8580-0). This is situated on Innsbrucker Bundesstraße 95 and can be found 4km west of the city centre and 2km from the Austrian-German border. There are direct flights to and from the major European cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne-Bonn, Frankfurt, Vienna, Paris, London and Zurich and is serviced by many European airlines.
The domestic airline, Austrian Airlines, connects Salzburg with destinations all over Austria, including flights to Vienna Austria – the capital city of this wonderful country.
Cheap flights to Austria from the UK can be booked through Ryanair, FlyBe and Jet2. Flights to Austria can also be found through British Airways and KLM. Most flights from The US and Canada go via Frankfurt and then on to Salzburg.
Here is a list of some of the other airlines that fly in to Salzburg:
Aeroflot, Air Alps Aviation, Air Berlin, Condor, Hapag-Lloyd Express, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Sky Europe, Sterling.dk Airline, Sun Express, Swiss International Airlines, Transavia, Thomson Fly and TUIFly.
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At the airport it is possible to purchase a Salzburg Card at the ‘Newscorner' in the arrival terminal at the airport. This is a good way of using the public transport for your Salzburg travel needs and allows free admission to all the city’s attractions.
From the airport you can take a 20 minute train journey to the main train station in Salzburg, or you can also take a bus from the airport. Buses leave for the train station every 15 minutes during the day. Check the timetable as this service is reduced late in the evening. You could always catch a taxi into Salzburg. From here you are ready to explore everything that Salzburg has to offer.
Salzburg Travel - By Organized Holiday Tour Company
If you prefer to have someone else do all the hard work in organizing your trip to Austria, there are travel companies who can book your holiday for you. Check with your local travel agent for options.
Salzburg Travel - By Boat
Even though Austria is a land-locked country it has many beautiful lakes and waterways to explore. Why not fly to Munich and then start a cruise along the wonderful Danube River. Choose a cruise that gives you plenty of time to take an excursion into the city of Salzburg, and explore the attractions of this delightful place.
Salzburg is a wonderful city and is pleasant to visit all year round. We went in the middle of summer and the temperatures were very hot. However as Julie Andrews and the rest of the cast experienced it is not always that way, so remember to pack your umbrella or waterproof!
I know you will fall in love with Salzburg, as we did. We are presently planning a return trip. I would love to go back in December to visit the Salzburg Christmas market, and of course to see Salzburg covered with snow. To have snowflakes stay on my nose and eyelashes as in ‘My Favorite Things’, would be amazing, but for now……………
So Long....Farewell...Auf Wiedersehen...Adieu!
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