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Short Salzburg Stop-over By Train


I will be taking the train from Vienna to Munich and wanted to know how easy it would be to get off for a few hours in Salzburg. Would I need to buy a ticket to Salzburg and then one from Salzburg to Vienna, or can I just get off and then hop on the next train. This is my only train trip in Europe so a rail pass seems like overkill.

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Once you get off the train, you will have to buy a new ticket to Munich. There are a couple of things you can do.
Purchase an advance ticket with a planned stopover. Not sure if Austria allows ticketed stop overs. Germany does.
Another is to do as you say, buy 2 tickets.
Is it just you, or are you traveling with others? There are inexpensive hourly regional trains from Salzburg to Munich. 2 to 5 people traveling together get a discount.
Westbahn has good prices for trains from Vienna to Salzburg.

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Just me, doing a tour solo and flights are cheaper out of Munich than out of Vienna. Cheaper enough to provide flimsy justification to spend a couple of extra days in Europe and get back to a city I really enjoyed. That is why I want to stop in Salzburg. I liked it and want to spend a little more time there if I can.

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I would buy a Westbahn train ticket from Vienna to Salzburg and then do a Bayern ticket from Salzburg to Munich. You could also do a Westbahn ticket from Salzburg to Munich. These are all fully flexible, with a few conditions.

But the bottom line is that if you have purchased a ticket for a specific time/train from Vienna to Munich, then you cannot get off and get back on another train. If, however, you have purchased a full fare ticket (hopefully not as it is way too much money), they that ticket does offer flexibility.

A rail pass is always overkill.