Travel to Salzburg: Cheap trains, buses and flights

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Traveling to Salzburg

Mozart Airport is the most likely entry point for international visitors and by far the easiest way to get to Salzburg. The airport is a few kilometers from the city center. Hauptbahnhof train station is in the center of town, around a 10 minute walk from the Old Town. Buses get into the Südtirolerplatz stop, just outside the main train station.

Know before you go

  • Salzburg Airport is the 2nd biggest airport in Austria.
  • Flying takes an average of 2 hours from London.
  • Airlines serving routes to Salzburg include EasyJet and Germanwings.
  • Flights depart several times a day from airports across London including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
  • Buses and trains only run from the continent and not direct from the U.K.
  • Airport Information and Getting to the City Center

    Departing from the U.K: Airports across the country serve the city of Salzburg and an average of one flight per hour leaves each airport in London, outside of London this is reduced but usually at least daily, depending on the airline. Make sure to arrive at the airport with good time to allow for security checks.

    Arriving in Salzburg: The easiest way to get from the airport to the city center is by bus. The number 2 and 8 buses run a service to and from the airport every 10-20 minutes and the journey lasts a duration of 15 - 20 minutes. Alternatively, there are also taxi services available offered by the airport that can take you to the city center. This will cost between €20 and €35. Public transportation in Salzburg is limited to bus and tram services which are provided by StadtBus and Obus, a ticket will cost about €2.50. The bus system is relatively popular but locals and tourists tend to travel on foot given the small size of the city.

    If you're arriving from the continent by train, you'll arrive into Salzburg Hauptbahnhof. Travellers can catch the S-Bahn or intercity train to then travel by bus into the center of Salzburg. Lines 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 depart and arrive from the train station. Südtiroler Platz also has a taxi rank, where travelers can access the city center with ease.

    The coach station is also found at Salzburg Hauptbahof, which provides passengers with alternative ways of travelling around Austria and Europe. The main coach operator serving routes to Salzburg is Flixbus.

    Local Tips

    • The buses are the best way to get around Salzburg. However, be sure to buy your tickets from a Trafik Kiosk, as it's much cheaper than buying on board.
    • When you have got your bearings, one must-see sight is the Salzburger Dom. This Baroque cathedral is simply magnificent and offers free guided tours.
    • The best way to experience Salzburg is simply on foot. The UNESCO listed city center is sublime, and can only be appreciated from ground level.
    • Mozart Week is held in January and February, it probably has the world's finest program of classical concerts.

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