Getting Here and Around
A tourist map (available from tourist offices in Mozartplatz and the train station) shows all bus routes and stops; there's also a color-coded map of the public transport network, so you should have no problem getting around. Virtually all buses and trolleybuses (O-Bus) run via Mirabellplatz and/or Hanuschplatz. Single bus tickets bought from the driver cost €1.80.
Salzburg Airport, 4 km (2½ miles) west of the city center, is Austria's second-largest international airport. There are direct flights from London and other European cities to Salzburg, but not from the United States. From the United States you can fly to Munich and take the 90-minute train ride to Salzburg, or you can take a bus run by Salzburger Mietwagenservice. Taxis are the easiest way to get downtown from the Salzburg airport; the ride costs around €14–€15 and takes about 20 minutes. City Bus No. 2, which makes a stop by the airport every 15 minutes, runs down to Salzburg's train station (about 20 minutes). Bus No. 8 runs directly to the city center.
Flughafen München (MUC). 089/975–00; www.munich-airport.de.
Salzburg Airport (SZG). Innsbrucker Bundesstrasse 95, Salzburg, Salzburg. 0662/8580–0; www.salzburg-airport.com.
Salzburger Mietwagenservice (SMS). Wasserfeldstraße 24A, Salzburg, Salzburg, A-5020. 0622/8161-0; www.flughafentransfer.at/index_e.php.
If driving, the fastest routes into Salzburg are the autobahns. From Vienna (320 km [198 miles]), take A1; from Munich (150 km [93 miles]), A8 (in Germany it's also E11); from Italy, A10. The only advantage to having a car in Salzburg itself is that you can get out of the city for short excursions. The Old City on both sides of the river is a pedestrian zone, and the rest of the city, with its narrow, one-way streets, is a driver's nightmare.
You can get to Salzburg by rail from most European cities. Salzburg Hauptbahnhof is a 20-minute walk from the center of town in the direction of Mirabellplatz. The bus station and the suburban railroad station are at the square in front. A taxi to the center of town should take about 10 minutes and cost €10.
ÖBB (Österreichische Bundesbahnen). 05/1717; www.oebb.at.
Salzburg Hauptbahnhof. Südtirolerplatz 1, Salzburg, Salzburg, 5020. 05/1717–4.