Getting there & away
Buses depart from just outside the Hauptbahnhof on Südtiroler Platz, where timetables are displayed. Bus information and tickets are available from the information points on the main concourse.
Hourly buses leave for the Salzkammergut between 6.30am and 8pm – destinations include Bad Ischl (€8.70, 1¾ hours), Mondsee (€5.40, 50 minutes), St Wolfgang (€7.90, 1¾ hours) and St Gilgen (€5.20, 50 minutes). All prices are for one-way trips. Return tickets include travel on the local city-bus network. For information on bus travel further afield and an online timetable see www.postbus.at.
Three motorways converge on Salzburg to form a loop around the city: the A1 from Linz, Vienna and the east; the A8/E52 from Munich and the west; and the A10/E55 from Villach and the south. The quickest way to Tyrol is to take the road to Bad Reichenhall in Germany and continue to Lofer (Hwy 312) and St Johann in Tyrol.
Salzburg is well served by InterCity (IC) and EuroCity (EC) services. For train information call 05-1717 (8am to 8pm daily), or visit the office in the Hauptbahnhof. Tickets (no commission) and train information are also available from Salzburger Landesreisebüro (87 34 03; Schwarzstrasse 11).
Fast trains leave from the Hauptbahnhof hourly for Vienna’s Westbahnhof (€43.40, 3½ hours), travelling via Linz (€19.90, 1½ hours). The two-hourly express service to Klagenfurt (€31.70, 3¼ hours) runs via Villach.
The quickest way to Innsbruck is by the ‘corridor’ train through Germany; trains depart at least every two hours (€33.80, two hours) and stop at Kufstein. Trains to Munich take about two hours and run every 30 to 60 minutes (€27); some of these continue to Karlsruhe via Stuttgart.
Salzburg airport (85 80-0; www.salzburg-airport.com), half an hour by bus from the city centre, has regular scheduled flights to destinations all over Austria and Europe. Low-cost flights from the UK are provided by Ryanair (0900 210 240; www.ryanair.com). Other airlines flying into Salzburg include British Airways (0179 567 567; www.britishairways.com) and KLM (858 09 69; www.kl m.com).