Getting around Salzburg
Getting around Salzburg is quite simple, thanks to a well organized transport network; thanks to it, you will have the possibility to choose between different modes.
The traffic and directions, often unclear, are the main reasons why it would be better to avoid the car to get around the city. Not to mention, then, the difficulty of finding parking available! In any case, you can easily walk around the center; There is nothing better than a relaxing and rejuvenating walk!
The transport system includes the Obus trolley buses, buses and Albus trains: all efficient and comfortable.
The funicular FestungsBahn will take you to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, emblem of the city, and highlight of every Salzburg tour.
Twelve ultramodern trolleybuses, as well as buses, allow you to move around Salzburg easily. The Obus, are modern and efficient trolley buses that offer air conditioning, comfortable seats and USB ports to charge mobile phones and tablets. Thanks to the low floor of all the 102 vehicles, all people with reduced mobility and on a small boat will be able to use this method of transport.
Next to the trolley buses, a modern bus network, called Albus, connects in a capillary way the center and the suburbs. In service, there are 12 lines that circulate from morning until late at night, with frequencies between 10 and 15 minutes. The 2 Bus Line connects the airport of Salzburg to the Central Station in 20 minutes. In city, mostly eco-friendly buses with low environmental impact, low-floor buses for people with disabilities. All the info on the tickets, from this link.
Even at night you can move around Salzburg, on board the convenient road vehicles. The 912, 913, 914, 915, and 918 lines, said Nachtbus, they run after midnight, between Friday and Saturday, and between Saturday and Sunday. There are, generally, a couple of night rides. The 5 lines all pass from Salzburg HBF, the central railway station. To use the night lines, you need to purchase a special ticket on board the vehicle; it is valid on all night lines, for a trip without interruptions, and costs 4.50 €.
The central station of Salzburg (Hauptbahnhof) was inaugurated in the 1860; today it is one of the most important junctions between Central and Eastern countries; as well as a hub for Germany, with Eurocity and Intercity trains.
The central station also offers one of the most used connections by the population; this is the local line for the northern region of Flachgau, which carries almost 15.000 commuters every day.
The outer square of the station has recently been redone; moreover, this station is just a few minutes from the city center and from the major sites of interest. A stone's throw away is the large 1 Forum shopping center with restaurants, shops and supermarkets.
The central station also offers fast connections to Austrian and German locations, and in particular to Lower Bavaria, Germany.
The S-Bahn is a train service that connects Salzburg Central Station to the rest of the region.
The lines are:
S1 Line Lamprechtshausen - Salzburg main station, with a frequency between 15 and 30 daily minutes.
Line S2 Strasswalchen - Salzburg Central Station, every hour every hour.
Bad Reichenhall S3 Line - Freilassing - Schwarzach St. Veit, every hour every hour; while between Freilassing and Golling-Abtenau every 30 minutes on weekdays.
Line S4 Berchtesgaden - Freilassing, every day, with frequency every hour.
S11 Line Ostermiething - Burmoos, daily frequency, every hour.
FUNICULAR OF THE FORTRESS
More than a way to move around Salzburg, a real experience from not to lose.
From the center of Salzburg you can reach the fortress of Hohensalzburg on any day of the year.
The Funicular, called FestungsBahn it is the oldest (1892) of the whole country; you can reach in a few minutes one of the most romantic and scenic places in the city. You can access from Festungsgasse and climb up to the splendid Hohensalzburg Fortress; hence, the name of Funicular of the Fortress.
Hours of operation:
1-6 / 1, from 09: 00 to 21: 00.
7 January-April, October-December: 9-17 May, June, September, from 09: 00 to 20: 00.
July, August, from 09: 00 to 22: 00.
Advent weekend, 25-30 / 12, from 09: 00 to 21: 00.
Chiusa: 29–31/1, 5–9/11
The ticket for an ascent and descent with the Funicular, costs 8.60 € per adult and 4.70 € reduced for children from 6 to 15 years. Free with the Salzburg Card.
There is also a convenient ticket, recommended in our opinion, which includes the ascent and descent of the Funicular and access to the splendid Hohensalzburg Fortress. It is about largest fully preserved fortress in central Europe, dating back to the 11th century. Tickets cost € 12.20 per adult and € 7.00 reduced. Includes entrance to the fortress complex, audio-tour in eleven languages (salt warehouse, torture chamber, viewpoint, Salzburg bull), fortress museum, Rainer Regiment Museum, marionette museum, Almpassage. Info and timetables in our guide on a Weekend in Salzburg.
The Monchsberg lift offers the possibility of climbing comfortably and quickly, directly to the recently built Museum of Modern Art.
Three quick lifts will take you from the Anton Neumayr Platz square to the observation point on the Org. During the ascent, you will certainly notice the spectacular views, perfect for photography lovers. From the top of the panoramic terrace, incredible view of the city. Not to be missed.
Open every day of the year, Monday from 08: 00 to 19: 00, and Tuesday to Sunday from 08: 00 to 21: 00. In the months of July and August, it is open every day from 08: 00 to 23: 00. The ticket valid for a climb and a descent costs 3.70 € per adult and 1.80 € per child. Free with the Salzburg Card.
Kanoa recommends a boat trip on the Salzach river, to discover a new side of the old town and its surroundings.
Salzburg Amadeus is a boat that offers the opportunity to visit Salzburg in a new and alternative way; you will enjoy a perspective from the water, which will make you fall in love with this beautiful Austrian city.
Departure: Makartsteg wharf in the historic center
There are several organized tours; the 1 Tour starts at a cost of 15 € adults and 7.50 € children between 4-14 years.
The duration of the tour is 40 minutes.