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Private car transfer
from Salzburg to Hallstatt

  • Door-to-door in 1 h 20 min
  • From ... per seat
  • Professional driver
  • Sanitized vehicles
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Trip Information

Pick-up

Your driver will meet you at your address in Salzburg.

  • Door-to-door service
  • Help with your luggage

Trip

You’ll travel in comfort for 1 h 20 min.

  • Optional sight-seeing
  • Clean, comfortable car
  • Professional driver
  • Bottled water
  • Child seats
  • Prepared for handicapped
  • Smoke-free
  • Pet friendly

Drop-off

Your driver will drop you off at your address in Hallstatt.

  • Door-to-door service
  • Help with your luggage
In total
  • 73 km
  • 1 h 20 min

Visit these sights on the way

Overview: car trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt

The drive from Salzburg to Hallstatt only takes around 1.5 hours and will provide you with a tour through the scenic Austrian countryside. After you've enjoyed Salzburg, the famed birthplace of Mozart and home to stunning examples of Baroque architecture, you're ready to begin a car trip to jaw-dropping Hallstatt and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed history.

When driving out of Salzburg, the vibrancy of the old-world city gives way to vivid lakes and mountainous backdrops. The distance to Hallstatt weaves through striking mountainscapes, with the final kilometers of the drive winding you around Hallstätter See (Lake Hallstatt) and bringing into sight the romantic, steepled town center.

About Hallstatt

After your trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt, you will quickly see why this Austrian town is such a desirable destination for tours. The quaint town, home to only around 800 residents, sits at the foot of a sparkling lake, cradled by a dramatic mountainous panorama.

Aside from its impossibly beautiful town center on the shores of an alpine lake, Hallstatt is known for salt mining and the historic mine, Salzwelten, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These tunnels are thought to be the oldest salt mine in the world, dating back to prehistoric times. Strolling around the town provides a cozy fairytale backdrop of 16th-century alpine houses and a plethora of welcoming cafes offering rest to those who have taken the trip to nearby hiking trails.

From Salzburg to Hallstatt: travel tips

A Daytrip private car transfer from Salzburg to Hallstatt allows you to drink up the picturesque landscape around you while learning about the history and culture of each town from an English-speaking driver. But there are still a few travel tips you should follow to have the best experience possible.

Pack a jacket

The alps get chilly and can have surprise rain (or hail, sleet, or snow). Keep a waterproof jacket in your travel bag, and maybe an insulator as well. Aside from inclement weather, you’ll be happy to have some added warmth when you tour Hallstatt’s famous salt mine or ice caves, where the temperatures are perpetually freezing.

Stop for sightseeing

Driving can cut your travel time between the two cities almost in half, though it is certainly worth taking your time and stopping along the way to explore villages such as St Gilgen on the banks of Lake Mozart or Bad Ischl for its spas and history of early photography. The best way to take in as much of the scenery as possible is to go by car and turn your travel day into a sightseeing adventure, avoiding the inflexibility of public transport timetables.

How to get from Salzburg to Hallstatt

Despite its popularity, Hallstatt isn’t the easiest place to get to. If you’re trying to figure out how to make the trip from Salzburg, we’ve broken down your options in order of speed and convenience.

Private car from Salzburg to Hallstatt

The only direct way to get from Salzburg to Hallstatt is with a private car service such as Daytrip. The drive takes less than 1.5 hours and costs as little as €39 per passenger.

Unlike public transportation, where you have extra time, expense, and hassle getting to and from the station, Daytrip offers door-to-door service with a friendly local driver who can provide you with valuable insight into the area.

Along with the seamless travel experience, you will also have the opportunity to stop along the way to make the most of your transfer by touring the beautiful Austrian countryside!

Taxi or shuttle from Salzburg to Hallstatt

It is possible to take a taxi from Salzburg to Hallstatt in around the same time, but the cost is much higher at around €150-180 on average. There are also shared shuttle services between the cities, with prices starting around €50 and varying greatly across seasons. The benefit of opting for a private car service over a taxi is that you’re guaranteed a high level of service from an English-speaking driver who will go above and beyond to ensure your safe and comfortable transfer, including help with your luggage and guidance about your destinations along the way.

Train from Salzburg to Hallstatt

There is a train between Salzburg and Hallstatt, but it's not direct. Instead, you have to take the train to Attnang-Puchheim, and then change to another train to Hallstatt. Even with the change, the trip usually takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes, and tickets cost an average of €30-52.

Bus from Salzburg to Hallstatt

The bus from Salzburg to Hallstatt is the slowest option and takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours since it requires 2 changes; typically in both Bad Ischl Bahnhof and Hallstatt Gosaumühle (don't be confused by the name---you're going to Hallstatt Noble). The tickets cost €20-27 and are best booked in advance.

Here’s a breakdown of the cost and time comparisons:

  • Private car transfer: 1.5 hours | from €39 per person
  • Taxi: 1.5 hours | €150-180
  • Train: 2 hours 45 mins | €30-52
  • Bus: 2 to 4 hours | €20-27

Things to do when you get to Hallstatt

Once you’ve completed your trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt, you are greeted with a wide range of alpine adventures. You can begin your tour by exploring the town itself and basking in the sheer beauty of the mountainscape and the glistening Lake Hallstatt.

Take the funicular train to Salzwelten

Given that Hallstatt has made its name in salt mining, your visit should include taking the funicular train to participate in one of the tours of the mine, Salzwelten. While no longer active, this is an unmissable opportunity to explore a staggeringly impressive testament to a centuries-old trade.

Hike to the glacier garden in Echern Valley

After you’ve made the journey to the salt mines, consider tackling the trail to Echern Valley to view a remarkable natural monument to the last Ice Age. Here, melting glaciers have carved out a vast stone garden and created a surreal network of pools and waterfalls.

Walk the Skywalk

High on the list of priorities for many who visit Hallstatt is this breathtaking Skywalk culminating in a platform offering panoramic views of the mountains and the vibrant scenery below. Here, you can also continue your hike into the Mühlbach Gorge and come face to face with a thundering waterfall.

When is the best time to visit Hallstatt?

As you plan your trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt, it is important to be mindful of the kind of activities you’ll want to take part in when you arrive at your destination. The best time to visit for most people is during the temperate spring months. This allows for comfortable hiking and means that you will arrive during the Alps’ snowmelt (hint: this means those roaring waterfalls will be at their most powerful!) The winter months do boast a few spectacular winter festivals (including a single-day Christmas market on December 8th every year) and will be more appropriate for those pursuing winter sports on their trip.

Questions & Answers about Traveling from Salzburg to Hallstatt

The cheapest way to travel from Salzburg to Hallstatt is by bus, with an approximate cost of €20-27. This takes between 2 to 4 hours, so it's also the slowest option. In comparison, a car transfer from Salzburg to Hallstatt takes about half the time.
A day trip to Hallstatt is absolutely worth it. Though the town may appear tiny, it is nestled amongst unparalleled natural scenery and grants you a glimpse into the centuries-old tradition of salt mining.
Daytrip's private car transfer from Salzburg to Hallstatt offers the greatest value, starting at €39 per person. It's the fastest travel time of any option at around 1.5 hours and is a door-to-door service, which saves you even more time and money. Even better, you'll ride with a wonderfully helpful English-speaking driver, and have the opportunity to stop for sightseeing!
The town of Hallstatt is pedestrian-only. If you're driving a rental car, you'll need to utilize the car parks available outside of the heart of town. Taking a private car transfer with Daytrip means you don't need to worry about this---your driver will drop you off at the entrance to the historic center.
Both Salzburg and Hallstatt offer a great deal to see, and choosing one over the other comes down largely to preference. Salzburg is one of the best-preserved old towns in Europe, with remarkable Baroque architecture and cultural touchstones (particularly as the hometown of Mozart). Hallstatt may be better suited for those seeking a quaint town amongst unmatched scenery and nature enthusiasts looking to hike or partake in winter sports.
Any route between Salzburg and Hallstatt promises picturesque views, but relying on a train transfer limits your ability to immerse yourself fully into the scenery through sightseeing stops. You should also expect at least one transfer at a station halfway through your journey.

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  • Local knowledge about the route from Salzburg to Hallstatt
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  • English speaking*

    All Daytrip drivers speak English* as well as their native language (and sometimes additional languages too!). They'll be happy to discuss local history and culture with you, as well as answer any questions you may have. And because they speak the language, they're able to provide you with a unique opportunity to connect with local culture. *Drivers for Lite service aren't required to speak English but must meet all other standards.

  • Safety first!

    We screen all our drivers for criminal and traffic records, and personally interview each one. We also inspect their cars for safety, comfort, and reliability. All cars must be less than ten years old, in excellent operating condition, and insured as required by local law. And because our drivers are locals, they're familiar with the rules and customs of the road.

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  • Cancellations: 100% refund up to 24 hours before the trip!
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Good to know

Children

If you’re traveling with children, make sure to let us know in the booking so we can get the appropriate child seats ready!

Pets

Pets are allowed (and loved)! We just need to know beforehand. You can tell us about them in the next phase of the booking.

Tips

Gratuity isn’t included or required, but if you really enjoyed your trip, you can show your driver your appreciation with an optional tip (10% is sufficient).

Luggage

  • Big luggage
  • 29x21x11 inches
  • 74x53x28 cm
  • Small luggage
  • 22x14x9 inches
  • 56x36x23 cm

Each passenger is allowed to have one checked bag and one carry on. If you’re traveling with more bags or oversized luggage, you can adjust this while booking.

Payment methods

Pay by credit card online, or in cash directly to your driver!

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