To check train times & fares in Austria, see the official Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at.

This page explains how to travel by train from Salzburg to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & few or no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets from Salzburg as shown below and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups.

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Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Salzburg to Vienna, Innsbruck, Graz & other destinations in Austria...

The ΦBB (Austrian Railways) website is www.oebb.at.  Seat reservation is optional on most Austrian internal trains.  Until recently there was little advantage in pre-booking, you can just turn up buy a ticket and hop on.  However, in 2011 ΦBB introduced yield-managed variable pricing which means you can now save money by booking in advance.  Tip: When registering, UK is listed as 'Vereinigtes Konigreich', USA as 'Vereinigtes Staaten von Amerika'.  As of 2012, a new private operator also operates on the Vienna-Linz-Salzburg route in competition with ΦBB, see www.westbahn.at.


Salzburg to London from €59..

See the London to Austria page for full details of times, fares and how to buy tickets in either direction, including Salzburg to London from an amazing €59. 

From Salzburg, you'd first book the excellent City Night Line sleeper train from Munich (depart 22:50) to Paris (arrive 09:24) at German Railways website www.bahn.de (English button top right, you print out your own tickets).  Fares start at €43 in a seat, €59 with a couchette, €104 in a 2-bed sleeper or €134 per person in a deluxe sleeper with shower & toilet if you pre-book, maximum 90 days ahead.  Then use www.bahn.de again to book a connecting ticket from Salzburg to Munich from €19.  Then book a connecting Eurostar from Paris to London using www.eurostar.com, from €45.  Or use daytime trains from Salzburg to London via Brussels, from €59 one-way.


Salzburg to Paris from €39...

Salzburg to Paris by daytime trains:  German Railways offer Spezial fares to Paris from anywhere in Germany from €39, and Salzburg is considered to be an extremity of the German rail network.  So at www.bahn.de you can book from Salzburg to Paris from just €39 by daytime trains, including a couple of good options with just 1 easy change, using a comfortable EuroCity train from Salzburg to Stuttgart then a 200 mph TGV Duplex from Stuttgart to Paris.

Salzburg to Paris by sleeper train:  You can also travel by time-effective overnight sleeper.  You leave Salzburg at 19:51 to pick up the Munich-Paris City Night Line sleeper train leaving Munich at 22:50 and arriving Paris Est at 09:24 next morning.  Book Salzburg to Paris at www.bahn.de, from  €43 in a seat, €59 with a couchette, €104 in a 2-bed sleeper or €134 in a deluxe 2-bed sleeper with en suite shower & toilet.  Booking opens 92 days ahead, and you print out your own ticket.

The scenic route?  There's a scenic route from Salzburg to Paris via Switzerland, best done in 2 stages with an overnight hotel in Zurich.  First travel from Salzburg to Zurich on a modern Railjet train through the scenic Arlberg pass, see the video here.  Book this leg at www.oebb.at from €29 with print-at-home tickets.  Stay the night in Zurich.  Next morning, take a double-deck TGV-Lyria to Paris in just 4 hours, booked at www.sbb.ch from €25, also with print-at-home tickets.


Salzburg to Brussels & Bruges from €39...

You can travel from Salzburg to Brussels by train in a single day from just €39, with as few as one change of train.  DB (German Railways) offer Spezial fares from €39 from anywhere in Germany to Brussels, and although it's in Austria Salzburg is considered a border point of the German rail network.  So simply go to www.bahn.de and run an enquiry.  You print your own ticket.


Salzburg to Amsterdam from €39...

By sleeper train:  Go to www.bahn.de and book from Salzburg to Amsterdam with departure time set to 19:00.  I strongly recommend changing 'duration of transfer standard' to 'duration of transfer at least 45 minutes' as you don't want to cut it fine when catching a sleeper train.  In the search results, look for the option with 1 change marked 'EC, CNL' or RJ, CNL or RE, CNL.  This involves taking a connecting train to Munich then the excellent City Night Line sleeper train from Munich (depart 22:50) to Amsterdam (arrive 08:56).  Fares start at €43 in a seat, €59 with a couchette, €104 in a 2-bed sleeper or €134 per person in a deluxe sleeper with shower & toilet, booking opens 90 days ahead.  That covers both trains.

By daytime trains:  You can travel from Salzburg to Amsterdam by train in a single day from just €39, with as few as two changes of train.  DB (German Railways) offer Spezial fares from €39 from anywhere in Germany to Amsterdam, and although it's in Austria Salzburg is considered a border point of the German rail network.  So simply go to www.bahn.de, run a Salzburg to Amsterdam enquiry and buy a ticket.  You print your own ticket.


Salzburg to Luxembourg from €49...

You can travel from Salzburg to Luxembourg by train in a single day from just €49, booked at the German railways website www.bahn.de.  In the search results, look for journeys involving just one change at Koblenz.  Avoid journeys involving two changes and a bus.


Salzburg to Zurich, Basel, Geneva & Switzerland from €29...

There are several of daily direct Railjet trains from Salzburg to Zurich in Switzerland, with fares from just €29.  You can buy through tickets from Salzburg to Zurich and most other Swiss stations at the Austrian railways website, www.oebb.at, Salzburg to Zurich from just €29.  The scenery through the Tirol via the Arlberg pass is superb, watch the video to see for yourself.

Here are some tips for using www.oebb.at:  For English, click 'English' top right.  Use the journey planner to bring up trains from Salzburg to ZURICH.  Enter the number of people in your party and your dates and time of travel.  Locate a direct Railjet train with 0 changes in the search results and click on the 'ab €29' link - this means 'from €29', it will show the cheapest price available for that train.  Now select 'SparSchiene Schweiz' (= Swiss Saver Fare).  A reserved seat is not essential, it's optional for an extra €3 and not a bad idea.  You print your own ticket.  No changes or refunds are allowed at the cheapest prices, of course.  When registering, UK is listed as 'Vereinigtes Konigreich', USA as 'Vereinigtes Staaten von Amerika'.


Salzburg to Venice, Florence, Milan, Rome & Italy from €39...

By sleeper train:  There are direct City Night Line sleeper trains from Munich to Milan, Munich to Venice, and Munich to Florence & Rome.  Book this train first at www.bahn.de.  In the search results, simply look for the direct train with 0 changes marked 'CNL'.  Fares start at €59 with a couchette, €104 with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper, €134 in a 2-bed sleeper with shower & toilet.  You print your own ticket.  Now use www.bahn.de again to book a suitable connection from Salzburg to Munich, allowing at least 45 minutes to change in Munich in case of any delay.

By daytime trains:  Hop on a Railjet train from Salzburg to Innsbruck.  Excellent EuroCity trains with restaurant car link Innsbruck with Verona throughout the day via the scenic Brenner Pass, with one late morning one continuing to Venice.  It's a lovely journey, see the video here.  To book this, go to the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at and book from Salzburg to Verona.

If you're heading to Venice, you can book from Salzburg to Venice at www.oebb.at if you use the once daily through train from Innsbruck to Venice, you'd leave Salzburg just before 11:00, change at Innsbruck and arrive Venice Santa Lucia at 18:10.  All from just €39.  On other departures where a change in Verona is necessary, you'd book from Salzburg to Verona at www.oebb.at then Verona to Venice at www.trenitalia.com.

If you're heading to Florence, Rome, Milan or anywhere else in Italy, book from Salzburg to Verona at www.oebb.at then from Verona to your final Italian destination at either www.italiarail.com (easy to use, recognises English place names, the small booking fee will be refunded if you email them at seat61@italiarail.com with your PNR) or Italian Railways own website www.trenitalia.com (much more fiddly to use, requires Italian language place names, no booking fee, read this advice on using it first).  Both sites are ticketless, you simply quote your booking reference on board the train.  I'd allow at least 45 minutes in Verona to make a connection, in case of any delay.  The reason for splitting the booking is that Austrian Railways cannot access Trenitalia's ticketing system.


Salzburg to Barcelona & Spain from €98...

Option 1, by sleeper train via Paris...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Zurich or Geneva...


Salzburg to Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne & Germany from €29...

To book trains from Salzburg to anywhere Germany from €19 or €29, just go to www.bahn.de.  You simply print out your own ticket.


Salzburg to Munich from €19...

Regular trains link Salzburg with Munich, both mainline trains and regional trains.  The mainline trains are often smart Austrian Railjet trains (RJ) taking just 1h30, they have variable pricing from €19 in advance, €36 standard price bought on the day.  The regional trains (called Meridian on this route, shown on bahn.de as M) take longer, just over 2 hours, and have one fixed price, around €29, standard price.  Neither train type requires advance booking unless you want the €19 cheap deal on a Railjet.  If you're happy travelling on a regional train, it's cheaper to buy the €22 Bayern Ticket which gives unlimited travel in Bavaria all day after 09:00 weekdays or any time weekends, this is not only cheaper than the €29 one-way standard fare, it allows you to do a same-day return at no extra cost, see www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/prices/germany/laender-ticket.shtml.


Salzburg to Budapest from €29...

A whole range of direct Railjet trains link Salzburg with Budapest Keleti station every day.  You can easily buy Salzburg-Budapest tickets online at www.oebb.at with special advance-purchase fares from €29 each way.  Change 'language' to 'English' top right, then click 'Online-tickets' top left, then 'International tickets', then make your booking.  You print out your own ticket in .PDF format.  Tip: When registering, UK is listed as 'Vereinigtes Konigreich', USA as 'Vereinigtes Staaten von Amerika'.


Salzburg to Prague from €38...

Option 1, book at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at.  This sells Salzburg to Prague train tickets with just one easy change of train at Linz, with a standard fully-flexible fare of around €67 each way.  Unfortunately there are no advance-purchase discounts on this route.  Look carefully in the oebb.at search results for journey options shown without a bus symbol, as many of the options in the search results will involve a bus for part of the journey, which should be avoided.

Option 2, go to the Czech Railways website www.cd.cz/eshop, click 'en' top right for English, and book a ticket from Munich to Prague on one of the four daily direct Alex trains from just €19 each way (around 500 Czech Koruna).  You print your own ticket, easy!  Now use the Austrian railways website www.oebb.at to add a connecting train ticket from Salzburg to Munich, allowing at least 45 minutes to change trains in Munich in case of any delay, again printing your own ticket.  You'll find more information about these Munich to Prague Alex trains, with a complete timetable, on the Munich to Prague by train page.


Salzburg to Bratislava from €39...

You can buy a Salzburg to Bratislava ticket from just €39 at the Austrian railways website www.oebb.at.  The best journeys to look for in the search results involve just 1 change at Vienna Meidling, and you arrive in Bratislava at Bratislava Petrzalka station.  If you insist on going to Bratislava's main Hlavna station (shown on oebb.at as Bratislava hl. st.) it involves an extra change or two.

You could also break the journey up in Vienna.  Book Salzburg to Vienna at the station (the turn-up-and-go Westbahn fare is only around €25) or book online at www.oebb.at with cheaper fares if you pre-book.  It's then easy to buy a Vienna-Bratislava ticket at the station, for a fixed price of around €15.  Trains run from Vienna Hauptbahnhof to Bratislava Hlavna every hour, no reservation necessary or even possible, just turn up, buy a ticket and hop on.  Also consider a river trip along the Danube, Vienna-Bratislava fast ferries and hydrofoils runs at least once a day in winter, up to 5 times a day in summer, 80 minutes.  At least two companies operate, see www.twincityliner.com or www.lod.sk.


Salzburg to Warsaw & Krakow from €39...

There's a daily direct sleeper train, the Chopin, from Vienna (depart 22:08) to Warsaw (arrive 07:19) and Krakow (arrive 07:03), with economical couchettes (6-bunk per compartment) and a comfortable and secure sleeping-car (1 2 or 3 beds per compartment).  What's the Vienna-Krakow sleeping-car like?  And obviously, there are plenty of connecting trains from Salzburg to Vienna.  There's also a direct afternoon Vienna-Warsaw EuroCity train.  You can book online from Salzburg to Krakow or Warsaw as one transaction at the Austrian railways website www.oebb.at with cheap fares if you pre-book:  Vienna to Krakow from €39 plus €26 supplement for a bed in a 3-bed sleeper or €39 for a bed in a 2-bed sleeper (per person, berth sold individually).  Vienna to Warsaw by daytime EuroCity train from €39.  Look for options with 1 change in the search results.  By all means split the booking into Salzburg-Vienna and Vienna-Krakow if you'd like to spend time in Vienna or would prefer a safer connection, no bad idea.


Salzburg to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Slovenia & Croatia...

Salzburg to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...

Take a train from Salzburg to Vienna.  Direct Russian Railways sleeping-cars with 1, 2 and 3 bed compartments with washbasin link Vienna with Moscow, journey time 2 nights.  This needs to be booked by phone.  The journey planner at www.bahn.de will give you train times.


Salzburg to Istanbul & Turkey...

You can pick up the London-Istanbul route suggested on the London to Turkey page in Salzburg.  This journey cannot all be booked online, at least the final leg needs to be booked by phone, but see the London to Turkey page for details of how to buy tickets.


Salzburg to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo & Scandinavia...

Option 1, by daytime trains:  Salzburg to Copenhagen in a day from only €39!  Salzburg to Stockholm or Gothenburg from €39!!

Option 2, by daytime trains with an overnight stop in Hamburg...


Find hotels in Salzburg & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash (up to a limit) and belongings.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you're resident in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you're resident in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card to save on calls & mobile data...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, so consider getting a global pre-paid SIM card for your mobile phone which can cut call & data costs by up to 90%.  At the time of writing, www.roamsure.com claims a definite 25% saving within the EU and up to 90% saving in the rest of the world.  Incoming calls are free in 73 countries, including the USA, Australia, South Africa and EU.  There's no contract or commitment, and at time I write this Roamsure is offering a global SIM card for free when you buy £20 of call credit.  Seat61 gets some commission to support the site if you buy airtime from Roamsure.

 


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