I understand there are several options for using public transportation to get to Hallstatt from Salzburg. We will be going in mid July and are looking for recommendations. I know there are connections involved and was wondering if anyone has had experience with this, particularly if the timing of connections is an issue. We will be spending the night in Hallstatt and only have backpacks as luggage.
You take the train from Salzburg to Hallstatt, but you actually get off at a small station by a boat dock and the ferry should be there to take you across the lake to the village. We like to stay at the Hotel Seehotel Gruener Baum, it's right at the heart of the village and has a great restaurant.
Take the train. The ferry from the train station is in my opinion the best way to arrive in Hallstatt.
I rented a car for the express reason of goi g to Hallstatt and Berchtesgaden for a night and it was easy and i liked the flexibility. I stopped in Bad Ischel and another lakeside town which I couldn’t have done on public transport.
You have one change in either case.
Going by train from Salzburg to Hallstatt requires a change in Attnang-Puchheim.
Going by bus is from Salzburg to Bad Ischl and a train from Bad Ischl to Hallstatt.
The ferry from Hallstatt train station to Hallstatt town runs according to the arrival tmes of all trains.
I'm doing this in early September. Would I need to purchase the bus/train ticket before or can you purchase it day of? Not sure if it sells out.
Looking at the OBB website. I can purchase the train ticket but not the bus ticket. Is there a way to reserve a bus ticket as I would hate to reserve a train ticket then not be able to get on the bus.
Seat reservations do exist only for long-distance express trains.
So you can reserve a seat from Salzburg to Attnang-Puchheim, but not from Attnang-Puchheim to Hallstatt.
There are neither seat reservations for the bus #150 from Salzburg to Bad Ischl, nor for the train between Bad Ischl and Hallstatt.
You can buy the ticket for the bus #150 on the OeBB website. If you enter Salzburg for the departure and Bad Ischl as destination, and have checked "Direct trips only", the bus connections will be displayed.
Thank you, that is very helpful. I'll book each segment separately. Seat assignments not needed as long as I know I have a spot on the bus and train.