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Salzburg - airport to hotel

Hi,
I am going on Alpine Europe in 12 days tour alone this July. My flight will land @9pm on Sunday. The tour starts on Monday. It is my first visit to Salzburg. I'm very excited but (very much) worry about the availability of public transportation at that time of the day and safety of taking a taxi..... I am also unsure of which area and which hotel I should stay at. Please help. Thank you.

Posted by
4592 posts

Hi Emma,

It's safe to take a taxi in Salzburg.

Since you're there less than 24 hours before the tour begins, I would recommend booking the same hotel as the RS tour. That way you don't need to worry about possibly over-sleeping in the morning or needing to repack & move. If you decide you definitely don't want to stay at the same hotel, we stayed at the Weiss Taube last year - great location near the Duomo and friendly staff.

Check out the Salzburg Card website which could give you some ideas of places to see before joining the RS tour.

We loved returning to Salzburg!

Posted by
35 posts

Jean, thank you very much for your advice. I am reading RS's tour book. Hotel Weisse Taube is in the old town. Is that area car- restricted? Can the taxi drive in to let me unload? If not, is it safe to walk alone?😊

Posted by
31521 posts

Emma,

I'd also recommend taking a Taxi from the airport. The Taxi's in Salzburg are excellent and I've never had any concerns about "safety". I was there in September and used Cabs a few times. YES, Taxi's can take you directly to your hotel or at least close (they usually have a remote that can collapse the Bollards).

I'd also recommend booking the same hotel as the one used by the tour. While you may get moved to a different room when the tour starts, that's much easier than changing hotels. If your tour is using Hotel Weisse Taube, note that their front desk closes at 21:00 so you'll have to notify them that you'll be a "late arrival".

Posted by
4698 posts

You seem concerned about safety, as you have mentioned it twice now. Salzburg has got to be one of the safest places on earth, so please relax. A taxi can take you right to your hotel, even though the streets in the old town are pedestrianized.

Posted by
1186 posts

There are very few unsafe places and things to do in Salzburg, I guess that in order to end in an unsafe situation you should have to actively pursue it.

Posted by
35 posts

Thank you everyone for giving me reassurance and encouragement. I look forward to the trip.:)

Posted by
4592 posts

HI Emma, we usually just take the local tram or bus to our hotel in towns, but the hotel sent us an e-mail with some helpful info and said the taxi was 10 Euro from the train station. So, we took the taxi. It was able to enter the pedestrian area and took us to the front door of the Hotel Weiss Taube. There were some cars and also horse & buggy going by our hotel. : )

Posted by
4592 posts

Emma, I'll also mention that the area of that hotel seems very safe. We had college students walking by in the evening, and people were walking around the area of the Mozart statue, etc. in the evening. I'm a very cautious person when I'm traveling by myself, and I would feel comfortable walking around that portion of the city in the evening.

Posted by
35 posts

This is all great news for me as well. Im going on the Alpine Europe tour in late May. I don't know the hotel name that we are using... but as soon as I do.... I'm planning on arriving early. Cant wait to see Salzburg!!!

Posted by
17 posts

Emma,
My wife and I fly into Salzburg every couple of years. Instead of renting a car, paying for parking, or just the hassle of a car in a town that is not primarily accessible by car, we take a Taxi from the airport to our hotel, The Hohenstauffen. We have never had any issue with quickly obtaining a taxi from the airport to our hotel. My wife is not able to do a lot of walking so we sometimes depend on a taxi for transport to and from the hotel and old town. We have never had any issues. We treat safety there the same as when we are in the US...attentative and aware of our surroundings but nothing more. There are good and bad areas in every town. Our dream would be to live in Salzburg 3 months a year to enjoy all there is to offer and more. So, relax and see and experience as much as you can in the short amount of free time you have in that beautiful city. Try an Almdudler or a Radler while in Austria.

Posted by
28108 posts

You can also be reassured that the drive in the taxi will not be a particularly long one. The airport is really quite close to town and very convenient.

I think that Salzburg is an absolutely lovely place and we return there whenever we can.

Posted by
4684 posts

Yes, rather than be afraid about the safety of taxis, I would pay more attention to making absolutely sure that your hotel know that you'll be arriving that late. You don't want to discover that the reception has closed, or that they sold your room because they thought you wouldn't turn up. I would phone or email them directly a week or so in advance as well to make sure.

Posted by
5789 posts

Given your Sunday 9 PM landing, a taxi would be well worth the small cost. For an earlier arrival, either taxi of bus would work.

We took a taxi from the airport to our hotel. Trip was two year ago and we landed in Salzburg mid-day. The taxi fare was modest enough to be not memorable. We were tired after the overnight flight and then connection to Salzburg and had a gear bag plus a ski box in addition to our carry on bags so a taxi was an affordable luxury. Others in our group, also with gear and skis took the bus with out any problem and saved a few euros.