How to get to Hallstatt from Salzburg

 

By Car

Take the 158 road east out of Salzburg heading towards Bad Ischl. The 158 is a very scenic road passing Fuschlsee and Wolfgangsee before reaching the historic town of Bad Ischl. You then take the 145 to Bad Goisern and switch to the 166 and L547 before arriving in Hallstatt.

By Public Transport there are three options

A) Bus 150 to Bad Ischl, train from Bad Ischl to Hallstatt railway station, ferry across the lake to the village.

B) Train to Attnang Puchheim, train from Attnang Puchheim to Hallstatt railway station, ferry across the lake to the village.

C) Bus 150 to Bad Ischl, bus 542 heading to Gosau and switch to bus 543.

Travel costs one way for option A

  • Bus 150 = €10.10
  • Train = €4.10
  • Ferry = €2.40
  • Total cost one way per adult = €16.60

Travel costs one way for option B

  • Austrian Railway = €26.40 second class on both trains or €37.70 first class on the first train only. (See note below about the discounted ERT ticket)          
  • Ferry = €2.40 
  • Total cost one way per adult = €28.80 or €40.10(First class)

For the train from Salzburg to Attnang Puchheim there is a new train operator called Westbahn.

The cost of an adult ticket from Salzburg to Attnang Puchheim is €7.50. You would then need to purchase a ticket for Attnang Puchheim to Hallstatt from Austrian Railways. This could be the ERT (See below) or a full price ticket at €13.80 per adult depending on number of people travelling. 

Travel costs one way for option C

  • Bus 150 = €10.10
  • Bus 542/543 = €4.60
  • Total cost one way per adult = €14.70

Einfach Raus Ticket (ERT)

Is a ticket for two to five people and is valid on ÖBB’s regional(R), regional express(REX) and S-Bahn trains. You can use Monday to Friday 09:00 to 03:00 on the following day. Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 00:01 until 03:00 on the following day. The price is €35 if you purchase from an ÖBB ticket machine. There is a supplement if you buy from a ticket office.

ÖBB Combination tickets

Austrian railways sell combination tickets that include the cost of the trains, ferry and admission to the salt mine in Hallstatt.

On a non-working day it's normally better value to purchase the ERT train ticket if a group or family is travelling. If it's a working day this ticket should be considered.   

Travel Time Examples

A) Leave Salzburg main bus station on the 150 bus at 08:15 arrive at Hallstatt village at 11:11.

B) Using the ERT the first valid train on a working day departs at 10:39 and you arrive at Hallstatt railway station at 13:24. If the ERT is used on a bank holiday or at the weekend you could depart at 08:39 and arrive at Hallstatt railway station at 11:24.(There is also an earlier train departing at 07:43 on Saturdays only)

B) Using standard railway tickets you could depart Salzburg at 07:12 and arrive at Hallstatt railway station at 09:24.

C) Leave Salzburg main bus station on the 150 bus at 08:15 arrive at Hallstatt village at 10:57.

On a working day A or C is the recommended option. Because of the arrival time in Hallstatt for option B using ERT. However option B should be considered if you are purchasing the ÖBB combination ticket becuase this includes standard train tickets.  

On a non-working day option B ERT makes sense for a group of people as it’s cheaper. 

FAQ

  • Q. When does the last train leave Hallstatt railway station?
  • A.  Last ferry is at 18:15 to get a train that departs to Bad Ischl and onto Attnang Puchheim at 18:31.
  • Q. When does the last bus leave Hallstatt bus station for Bad Ischl?
  • A.  Last bus 543/542 is at 16:55. If missed get the 18:15 ferry/train to Bad Ischl.
  • Q. Which route is the most scenic?
  • A.  Route A is very scenic once you reach Fuschlsee. Route passes through Fuschl, St Gilgen & Strobl on Wolfgangsee before reaching Bad Ischl. The train from Bad Ischl to Hallstatt is very scenic. Try to sit on left side of the 150 bus and right side of the train to Hallstatt for the best views. Route B is very scenic once you reach Gmunden. Best views from left side of train until Bad Ischl then right side down to Hallstatt.  
  • Q. Is there anywhere to leave luggage?
  • A. There are left luggage lockers at the main Salzburg railway station. There are very limited lockers in Bad Ischl railway station. At Hallstatt you can leave luggage at the tourist office for a fee off €2 during workdays only. Office closes at 17:00 but they will leave uncollected luggage outside the office.
  • Q. If somebody wanted to spend time in Bad Ischl when is the last 150 bus back to Salzburg?
  • A. The last 150 bus departs Bad Ischl at 19:24 and arrives in Salzburg at 20:53

Tips

Retain your ferry ticket and present when you order at the Heritage Café/Restaurant and you will get a €1 discount off a Cake and Coffee/Tea.

To plan your trip use the excellent ÖBB route planner.

Stop names in Hallstatt are called

  • Hallstatt Lahn = Bus station
  • Hallstatt Markt = Ferry stop in the village
  • Hallstatt Bahnhst = Railway station (Other side of the lake from the village)

If searching for valid trains using the ERT ticket. Select Einfach Raus Ticket under products and Hallstatt Bahnhst as the destination. If searching for buses, trains (non ERT valid) & ferries select Hallstatt Markt as the destination. If searching for buses to Hallstatt select Hallstatt Lahn as the destination.