How to get into Salzburg from the airport or train station? We'll give you all the options, and explain why (surprise!) a taxi from the airport is less pricey than you might imagine.
Getting Into Salzburg
Arriving By Air
The Salzburg W.A. Mozart Airport is located four km (2.5 miles) west of the city center. There are several easy options to get from the airport into the city.
Buses from the Salzburg Airport to the main train station are easy and cheap. Bus number 2 runs every 10 minutes (every 20 minutes on Sundays and public holidays.) It takes about 20 minutes. Adult tickets run €2; children's tickets cost €1. Buses run Monday through Thursday from 5:20 a.m. until 11:20 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 5:20 a.m. until 1:30 a.m., and Sundays from 6:30 a.m. until 11:20 a.m.
The Holiday Shuttle runs six times per day from the taxi stand outside the airport and takes passengers directly to their hotels for €37 (€69 round-trip).
Or, just as easy—and surprisingly cheap—a taxi from the airport should cost around €12 to get you to the city center.
For more information about the Salzburg Airport, check out the airport's official Web site.
Arriving by Train
Trains are the most efficient way of reaching the city from other European destinations. Salzburg is a main hub for trains running between Germany, Italy and Switzerland; and has a good sized "Hauptbahnhof" (main train station). The Hauptbahnhof is an easy 25-minute walk to the Right Bank, and a short walk from many hotels.
Arriving by Bus
Most people arriving in Salzburg do so by air, train or car. There aren't a lot of long-distance buses arriving in and departing from Salzburg. Buses are, however, a great way to take day trips to and from surrounding areas, and the city bus station is located right next to the train station.
Flying into Salzburg
Visit our Salzburg budget flights section for more information on low-cost airlines flying into and out of Salzburg.
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