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Suggestions for getting to lodging outside Salzburg

Ok, we arrive in Salzburg at 10:40pm on a Sunday. The last train to where we are staying leaves 15 minutes earlier. We will have also missed the last bus. A shuttle will cost $180 US for two of us. I hate to spend that much on just a shuttle. Oh, and all the car rental places will be closed at the airport too. So, here's my thought, take the night train to Venice. We can sleep on the train & at least my money is going to getting us somewhere really great, not just a shuttle to our timeshare 30 miles away. Major concern, we will have spend over 24 hours already traveling to get there. We can check into our timeshare a couple of days later.

For those who have been there, is there another option for getting to our timeshare I'm not thinking of? We've never been to Europe or traveled this much, so I'm concerned about taking a train after all the flying. I don't want us to get to Venice & be too exhausted to see the city for the day. But, like I mentioned earlier, I also don't want to pay $180 just for a 30 minute taxi/shuttle ride. This taxi is what our timeshare told me about.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. :-)

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Have you already looked into changing to another flight that gets you into Salzburg in the day time? Sometimes the extra fee for making a change is well worth it.
If not, spend the night in an inexpensive hotel near the Salzburg station & catch a morning train to Venice. Some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe lies between the 2 cities & it would be a shame not to see it. Also, getting a good night's sleep on a train is sometimes hard to do.

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There's a bus this Sunday at 22:57 to Salzburg's main station. That's still ridiculously tight.

Why not take a taxi though to some nearby accommodation instead? If you don't sleep well on the train to Venice, that could be pretty debilitating. Better to rest up then to be exhausted and driving at midnight anyway.

Maybe contacting one of these taxi/transfer outfits would be helpful. The RS service says it's 26 Euros into the city:

http://engl.salzburg-airport.com/anreise_840.html

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Just sleep in Salzburg. You can surely find a hotel to sleep in for less than $180. I don't know if you have ever taken a night train, but my husband and I found it impossible to sleep on and he is a guy that can sleep anywhere. If this is your first trip to Europe, please just stay in town, as this is the easiest, most relaxing way to solve your problem. Are you arriving by train or plane in Salzburg?

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I recently spent 3 nights in Salzburg two blocks from the train station at Hotel Pension Adlerhof. It is located at Elizabethstrasse 25. We paid 132 Euros per night for a quad room and the rooms were quite clean and nice. We got in late at night also and found this pension to be convenient.

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Thanks for your replies. In looking at lodging in the city of Salzburg, I think due to it being the time of the Salzburg festival, I'm not seeing anything that is less that the $180 US for the taxi/shuttle. I am contacting the different taxi services listed on the Airport website. I definitely was concerned about the night train, sleeping on it after so much travel, and then being able to actually enjoy Venice after that.

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Oh, and it would cost more to change our flight than to take the shuttle previously mentioned. :-)

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"I think due to it being the time of the Salzburg festival, I'm not seeing anything that is less that the $180 US for the taxi/shuttle."

Why not look outside the city of Salzburg. Last October, on the last Sat night of Oktoberfest (which I wasn't going to), I found a nice room in Landsberg am Lech, about an hour out of Munich, for about €40, single.

There are some hotels in Freilassing, just over the border from Salzberg, in Germany. They are just a short walk from the train station.

The last train of the night to Freilassing (an S-Bahn) leaves from Salzburg Hbf at 23:46. It goes to Freilassing and then down to Berchtesgaden. There are numerous small towns with accommodation (Bad Reichenhall, Bayerisch Gmain, Bischofwiesen) along the line between Freilassing and Berchtesgaden.

You also might try Traunstein, just west of Freilassing.

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Did I miss this, where is the timeshare you are trying to get too? I would look outside of Salzburg for overnight accomodations.

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I personally wouldn't do the night train thing, just because flights are so often late/cancelled these days, and what if you miss the train? Also, if you've been traveling for 24 hours already (from California???) I think the last thing you'll want to do is hop on a train, and I think you will be too exhausted to enjoy Venice if you've been travelling that long.

I think you're going to have to book that $180 shuttle or stay in a pricier hotel in Salzburg, and just chalk this up to a live-and-learn type situation. $180 can't be that much more than the train to Venice (in fact, wouldn't you pay a lot more for a private sleeper?) and I'll bet if you do get on that train, you will find yourself wishing you'd paid any amount money to NOT be on your way to another country. Good luck!

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The only flight I see arriving at 10:40 pm on a Sunday is a Berlin Air flight from Palma de Mallorca. So, what gave you the idea you could just hop all over the continent like a jetsetter without spending a lot of money like a jet setter.

Why didn't you think about this before you booked the flight. I'm sure there might have been other flights or other connections earlier in the day. Of course, they might have cost more, but there is a reason (like inconvenient times) that Low Fare Airlines charge so little. Aren't you getting what you pay for.

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Yes, Christy, I think you are right. Thanks for your words of wisdom.

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Thank you Jo. I emailed several of the places from the website. Here the B&B type places are normally so expensive that I didn't expect them to be so much cheaper in Austria! I also emailed a hostel & a convent/monastery.

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Robin - if you are unable to find lodging in Salzburg (which is definitely worth a visit - we stayed in Pension Elizabeth), I would take the night train to Venice. My family took a night train from Amsterdam to Munich in June and it was fabulous! We had one of the best night's sleep over our entire month of traveling. The cabin was tight but it had a bathroom (toilet/sink/shower) and we had three beds. The train rocked us to sleep (bring earplugs) and they served a great breakfast the next morning prior to arrival. We were so well rested that we jumped on the train to Fussen to tour the castles.

Have Fun!

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I have stayed at your timeshare. We tried to get there driving at night. FORGET THAT! It was a horrible trip and we made many wrong turns in the dark. On top of that, we needed gas! Be sure and go to Zell am See when you are at the timeshare. You will need a car. It isn't near the train. No problems driving during the day.

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We took the night train from Venice to Munich and then doubled back to Innsbruck (which goes on to Salzburg) the next day. The reason I tell you this is twofold: A) Yes, it can be hard to sleep on the train and B) You don't want to miss the scenery between Venice and Salzburg, so go during the day. It will be a wonderful intro for you - especially if you've never been to Europe.