Public transportation is so efficient in Salzburg that buses and taxis get their own lanes, but we recommend getting around on foot or bike instead. Transportation fares are reasonable though no bargain. More to the point, the city is so small that it's easy to navigate without getting on a bus or tram. And you'll see more too.
Getting Around Salzburg
Tram and Bus
Salzburg's trams and buses operate on the same ticket system. Tickets cost €2.10 for a single journey if purchased from the driver or €1.90 if you buy from a ticket machine or Tabak stand. If you do plan to use public transportation as a primary means of traversing the city, you can get a 24-hour ticket for €5 (for adults) and €2.50 (for children). The main bus station, Südtirolerplatz, is outside of the Hauptbahnhof. Buses 1 and 4 will take you to the ring around the Aldstadt. For more information, visit www.stadtbus.at (in German only).
Night buses run until 12:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and connect with late Lokalbahn trains departing from the Hauptbahnhof.
Salzburg's bus taxis cost €3 per trip and run nightly along 12 fixed routes. Buses going to the western suburbs pick up at Hanuschplatz and those going to Right Bank pick up at Theatergasse. They operate from 11:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m., and until 3 a.m. on weekends.
Bike and Foot
Unless you are staying somewhere out of the way or taking a trip out to the suburbs, buses and trams are unnecessary. Salzburg is the kind of city that really should be explored on foot. Take advantage of its compact size.
Bikes are another great way to go, and bike rentals are inexpensive. Most hotels rent bikes for around €7. Some even lend them out for free. There are bike lanes throughout the city, so cyclists can feel safe biking around. The surrounding beautiful trails and paths make biking very rewarding. With 150km of bike trails, you'll be at no loss of places to go.
Taxis are abundant and reliable in Salzburg, and are a good choice if you’re making your way back to your hotel at night. You’ll find them circling the Old Town; or, there is a taxi depot in front of the Hauptbahnhof. Depending on the company, meters start at €3.60 and charge €.90 per kilometer.
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