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If you want to experience the magic of Venice, traveling from Salzburg is easy. However, there are no direct connections between the two cities, so a transfer will be needed. The fastest journey is by air, which gets you to Marco Polo airport in around 3 to 4 hours. The train and bus combination provided by OBB takes about 6 hours, which is similar to flying when journeys to and from the airports are factored in.
Return trips from Venice to Salzburg are also available.
It is possible to travel by bus from Salzburg to Venice, but travelers need to make a change in Verona. Regiojet provides a single daily bus from Salzburg to Verona, which leaves from the P+R Süd in the southern part of the city at 4:40 a.m and takes 6 hours. There are plenty of buses between Verona and Venice. All are operated by Flixbus, and take 2 hours. Given transfer times, the total journey time will be around 16 hours.
Half of the journey to Venice can be covered by train. To do so, Salzburg residents need to catch an OBB service to Villach (2 hours 30 minutes, 5 trains per day). From Villach, OBB operates an Intercity bus service which runs 6 times every day and takes 3 hours 29 minutes.
Booking a flight is probably the quickest way to travel from Salzburg to Venice. However, as with buses and trains, there are no direct Salzburg to Venice flights. Instead, you can take an Austrian Airlines service via Vienna. This route adds a short transit period in Vienna, but the total journey time can be as short as 2 hour 55 minutes.