Cheap Flights to Salzburg, Austria

Basic Information:

  • Area Total                          : 65.678km² (25.358 sq mi)
  • Area Code                         : (+43) 662
  • Currency                            : Euro
  • Population Total                : 150,887 (2016)
  • Official Language             : Austro-Bavarian
  • Time Zone                          : CET (UTC+1) Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
  • Airport                                : Salzburg Airport (SZG)

‘SZG’ is Austria’s second largest international airport and the hub for ‘Eurowings Europe’. To get to the city from ‘SZG’, travellers have public buses, the train, taxis and car rentals. Buses depart regularly every 10 to 20 minutes from ‘SZG’ to Salzburg’s main railway station ‘Hauptbahnhof’, the city centre as well as other areas. The train is a 15 to 20 minute ride to ‘Hauptbahnhof’. Taxi ranks are located in front of the airport terminal and at ‘Hauptbahnhof’’. Car rentals are situated on the ground floor in the multi-storey car park, in front of the terminal and include ‘Hertz’, ‘Europcar’, ‘Sixt’, ‘Budget’ and ‘Avis’.

Travellers can fly to Salzburg from Cape Town International with the following airlines, with one plus stops:

  • Air Namibia, Austrian (via Windhoek, Frankfurt) 15h 20m+
  • Lufthansa, Air Berlin (via Frankfurt, Berlin) 16h 20m+
  • Turkish (via Istanbul) 17h 10m+
  • Air France (via Paris) 18h 5m+
  • British Airways (via London) 18h 5m+
  • South African (via Johannesburg) 18h 15m+
  • KLM (via Amsterdam) 18h 25m+
  • Eurowings (via Hamburg) 19h 0m+
  • Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa) 19h 10m+

Additional airlines flying to ‘SZG’ include:

  • Air Baltic
  • EasyJet
  • Finnair
  • FlyBE
  • Monarch
  • NIKI
  • Norwegian
  • Ryanair
  • S7
  • SAS Scandinavian
  • SunExpress
  • Transavia
  • WOW

Reasons to Visit Salzburg, Austria:

  • Divided by the Salzach River, the strikingly beautiful city of Salzburg, also known as the ‘City of Mozart’, is located in the heart of Austria and is the country’s fourth largest city. With vistas of the Eastern Alps it has countless lush spaces, splendid historical buildings comprising monasteries, churches and fortresses, each with its own fascinating history and is a ‘UNESCO World Heritage’ listed city. Visitors have a plethora of experiences to delight in from pleasurable days out cycling; an evening of anticipation at the ‘Salzburg Casino’; deemed ‘Austria’s capital of beer’, savour a beer in a city that’s brewed beer for over 600 years; meander through vibrant traditional markets like ‘Grümarkt’, open Monday to Saturday with local vegetables, fruit, cheeses, pastries and more to be sampled; ‘Schranne’ in operation since 1906 is open on Thursdays from 05h00 and entices home chefs to its local specialities and regional produce at good prices and ‘Kajetanerplatz’ is an organic farmers market for the health conscious. Plan carefully as there are marvellous events throughout the year that include the ‘Salzburg Festival’; ‘Mozart Week’ held around the composer’s birthday is a must for classical music lovers; the ‘Salzburger Whitsun Festival’ for orchestral concerts and ‘Jazz & The City’ that transforms the city with international music performers playing at 50 different venues that include bars, cafes, hotels, restaurants, churches and famous venues and with free admittance.
  • Salzburg covers every need of accommodation from modern, traditional, barrier-free (for handicapped visitors) and bike friendly hotels, where guests have free use of bicycles. There are even religious hotel establishments that include ‘Hotel St. Virgil’, ‘Institut St. Sebastian’, ‘Haus St. Benedikt’ and ‘Gästehaus Wolf Dietrich und Thomas Michels’ for religious hostel seekers. Additionally there apartments, B&Bs, Farmhouses, Hostels and Camping facilities.
  • The city affords a fabulous variety of eateries and pubs that include Irish pubs like ‘Murphy’s Law’ and ‘Shamrock’. The ‘Goldene Kugel’ is a landmark merchant’s house that was well-known back in the 1700s as ‘Guglbräu’. With four dining rooms (one for smoking) 40 patrons can also relax outside with beer, delicious Austrian and vegetarian dishes. This pub/eatery is wheelchair friendly, permitting children and dogs and has live sports broadcasts. For international cuisine, the ultra-modern ‘Ikarus, Restaurant im Red Bull Hangar-7’ has a different top chef each month, irrespective of where they come from or what their speciality is.

When to Visit Salzburg, Austria:

For great weather the best months are August and September. June provides highs of 21°C; July and August 24°C and September 20°C. June has the highest amount of rain at approximately 255mm; July and August around 196/7mm and September 127mm. July to August attract the most crowds while the low tourist season from September to October has some attractions, hotels and tours closed.

Places to Visit Salzburg, Austria:

  • Nestled atop the Mönchsberg is the largest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, ‘Hohensalzburg Fortress’, the city’s most prominent landmark. Built in 1077 by order of archbishop Gebhard, it draws millions of visitors annually. Take 54 second ride in the ‘FestungsBahn’ funicular to reach the fortress.
  • The ‘Salzburg Residenz Palace’ in the ‘Old Town’ was once the ‘power-house’ of the ruling Prince Archbishops. Take in opulent chambers, private apartments and view an outstanding collection in the ‘Residenz Gallery’ by European painters from the 16th to 19th century.
  • Built in 1736 ‘Leopoldskron Palace’s’ location is noticeably picturesque. Sitting alongside the ‘Leopoldskron Pond’, the palace has tall lush trees around it and is known globally for being the shooting location for the classic movie ‘The Sound of Music’.
  • The 1615 ‘Hellbrunn Palace’ built in just three years is one of the most resplendent ‘late renaissance’ structures north of the Alps. Indulge in a unique and enchanting experience when taking in its colourful history, magic fountain and more.
  • The grand ‘Klessheim Palace’, finally completed in 1732 with original plans being severely curtailed shows off baroque splendour and more. It was taken over by Hitler in 1938, occupied by the Allied forces in 1945 for victory celebrations and later used by the American occupation forces.
  • The 1606 ‘Mirabell Palace and Gardens’ is a sight to behold with splendid verdant and colourful gardens, so beautiful that it’s used as a backdrop for many weddings. It’s also where Mozart with his children, Wolfgang and Nannerl made melodious notes.
  • The striking early baroque ‘Salzburg Cathedral’ dedicated to Saints Rupert and Vergilius is one of the city’s most imperative samples of sacred design. It affords a noticeable skyline mark with its enormous dome and two towers and has an interior not to be missed.
  • ‘St. Peter’s Monastery, Cemetery & Catacombs’ have since the 7th century been the city’s spiritual heart. The catacombs cut from the ‘Mönchsberg’ itself serve as burial sites and hermitages and date back to late antiquity.
  • Consecrated in 714 ‘Nonnberg Abbey’ is styled in Gothic and Romanesque architecture and the oldest female convent north of the Alps.
  • Further historical elements worth seeing are the ‘Capuchin Monastry’, the ‘Franciscan Church’, ‘St. Andrew’s Church’, ‘Collegiate Church’, the ‘Pilgrimage Church Maria Plain’, ‘St. ‘Sebastian’s Church and Cemetery.
  • The ‘MönchsbergAufzug’ takes just 30 seconds to reach the terrace for the most spectacular panorama of the city and while there, visit the ‘Museum of Modern Art Mönchsberg’.
  • Cycle with the family to ‘Hellbrunner Allee’, that’s closed to motor traffic and leads to ‘Hellbrunn Palace’ and a nearby zoo.

Getting Around:

As Salzburg is not an enormous city, numerous attractions are easily reachable on foot. Public transport comprises buses and the ‘S-Bahn’ suburban railway service, the ‘FestungsBahn’ funicular and ‘MönchsbergAufzug’ (lift). Besides public transport there are bicycles, taxis and rental vehicles.

Buses:
Every city destination is easily reachable with an excellent organised public-transit network that’s eco-friendly, includes electric trolleybuses and a special schedule during school holidays. The majority of buses operate every 15 minutes while trolleybuses run every 10 minutes during the day. Buying tickets in advance for travel within ‘core zones’, is cost effective as is a 24-hour ticket or a weekly pass. Virtually all ‘Trafik’ kiosks sell tickets that must be stamped the first time they’re used. Children from age six to fourteen receive a minimum rate. The ‘Salzburg Card’ affords transit on a variety of bus lines including the ‘Salzburger Lokalbahn’ trains up to the Achartin halt.

Trains:
The ‘S-Bahn’ is reliable with an extensive network of lines operated by ‘ÖBB’ (S2+S3), ‘Salzburger Lokalbahnen’ (S1+S11) and ‘Berchtesgadener Land Bahn’ (S4). Tickets can be purchased from ‘ÖBB’ counters at the main station; all ticket machines at ‘S-Bahn’ stops; online and via mobile devices with the ‘ÖBB’ App. For an additional charge, bicycles are allowed including dogs (with muzzles), with larger dogs paying the minimum fare.

Taxis:
There are over 50 taxi ranks located throughout the city including one in front of the city’s main railway station as well as companies with telephonic services. Companies include ‘Taxi Sotirov Salzburg’, ‘Lone Star Cab Company’ and others that also offer transfers, tours and other services.

Bicycle:
The city, one the most cyclist-friendly in the country, provides an excellent network of over 180km of cycle paths with the majority along both sides of the ‘River Salzach’, others through parks and on tree-lined pathways. There are small bike repair stations, ‘bike-boxes’ for secure storage and numerous bike-rental outlets. In the ‘City Bike Guide Salzburg’ available from bookstores, see detailed descriptive routes for 25 bicycle tours ideal for families or professionals.

Car Rental:
Vehicles can be hired in the city from ‘Avis’, ‘Europcar’, ‘Sixt’, ‘Alamo’ ‘Dollar’ other international rental agencies.

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