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Day trip to Hallstatt from Salzburg

We plan on going to Hallstatt from Salzburg as a day trip. We don't want to go with a tour. We would like to use public transportation. Any recommendations?

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You can get there by both Bus and Train.

If I remember correctly, Train requires a change and the a boat across the lake to the village.
Boat ride is very nice and scenic. Some googling will get you what you need.
Hallstatt is lovely.

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Train schedules online for "Hallstatt" station don't reflect the boat connection, but you can expect the boat to coordinate with each train arrival and departure (boat departs 15 minutes before train time). The buses that Rick mentions on p. 360 of his Austria book cover some different scenery, still with a connection.

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That will be a bit of a long day trip, but it is possible. The trip will be about 2H:15M, depending on which train you use, with one change at Attnang-Pucheim. This doesn't include the time for the trip across the lake on Stefanie. If you're planning on visiting the Salt Mine, you'll have to walk through town to the far end to connect with the Funicular.

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The bus to Hallstatt actually stops in Lahn, which is south of Hallstatt, a little over a ½ km walk along the lakeside road, just outside the pedestrian zone. It's near the funicular to the salt mine. There is also a boat dock near the bus stop for a boat to Hallstatt.

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You can take the bus from Salzburg to bad ischil ----and then a local train to Hallstatt--then the boat across which is timed to meet the trains-------Rick says the scenery from the bus is better---timewise the same as all train---a bit cheaper with the bus/train option..bus is currently 10.5E ea local train around 5E ea. Busses depart Salzburg station m-f from platform F at about 15 min past the hour every hour
hope this helps

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I don't know the trains or buses in this area, bu if you have a rental car, it only takes about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes to make the scenic drive. Parking is easy. Try the lot on the south end of town. Leave at 9 am and you're there before 10:30. You can spend a few hours or the entire day and be back to Salzburg before dinner - and easily before bedtime. You can rent a boat from Hallstatt and have a wonderful time on the lake.

I loved having a rental car in this area because you have so much flexibility - and it appears to cut the travel times nicely. It also allows you to stop in St. Gilgen and Bad Ischl for some different, but also very beautiful views and experiences.

We stayed at the lovely Hotel Turnerwirt on the east end of Salzburg, right near the road heading to St. Gilgen and Hallstatt. For access to Salzburg, it's just a quick drive into the old town. Park in the above-ground lot right near Mirabell Gardens - less expensive than the mountain garages and easy walk into old town. (Although the mountain garages are pretty cool and easy access to old town too).

A car also provides a nice, easy drive to Hellbrun and Leopoldskron. We didn't have time for Berchtesgaden (next time!), but a car also gets you there in a half hour or so.