Our guide to using Salzburg's main train station, also explains how to make the transfer between the station and both the city centre and the airport.
It took six years of construction work, but Salzburg Hbf has been transformed into a train station that not only has the wow factor, it's also comparatively easy to use.
The main entrance to Salzburg Hbf is on Südtiroler Platz by the trolleybus station; Salzburg doesn’t have a metro/U-Bahn, so the trolleybus is the main public transport network in Salzburg.
From the main entrance hall in Salzburg Hbf, a wide passage way leads under the bahnsteigen (platforms/tracks) which gives access to the trains.
The trains depart from an upper level, but there are easy to navigate stairs, escalators and lifts up to each platform/track/bahnsteig.
Finding Your Train at Salzburg central station:
You can use the electronic indicators to find out which bahnsteige your train will be departing from.
If it isn’t yet listed yet on the electronic screens, use the yellow 'Abfahrt; departure sheets.
Though don’t head to the platforms/bahnsteig too soon.
You’re better off waiting for a train in one of the cafés on the lower Südtiroler Platz level - or in the 1st class lounge if you have a 1st class ticket/rail pass.
Another electronic indicator on the platform will give details of the next train to depart.
Boarding Your Train:
The platforms/bahnsteig are zoned and on each of them is an electronic display - showing which carriage/coach of each train will be located in each zone when the train is at the platform.
So if you have a reservation or will be travelling 1st class, you can use it to work out where to wait on the platform/track/bahnsteig for easy boarding.
If you don't have a reservation, it can be a good idea to work which zone your train will be using, which is furthest from the entrance.
Do this and you'll have less competition when choosing your pick of the available seats.
The old town, tourist heart of Salzburg is some distance from Salzburg Hbf, it is a 15 - 25min walk away.
The pedestrian route is to turn left from the main exit on Sudtirioler Platz and to keep walking ahead, following the road under the railway and then walking down a street named RainerstraBe.
Turn right at the end of RainerstraBe on to MakartPlatz and then turn left, ahead will be a bridge over the River Salzach which leads into the old town.
The public transport option is to take trolleybus lines 3, 5 and 6 from the trolleybus station on Südtiroler Platz, right outside the main exit at Salzburg Hbf.
Then leave the bus at the 'Rathaus' or 'Mozartsteg' stops, which are closest to the tourist heart of the city - check which stop will suit you best before boarding the bus.
Buy tickets from the machines at the trolleybus stop.
Salzburg is probably the only city in the world where the only public transport connection between it's airport and city centre is provided by a trolleybus.
Route 2 links the station/bahnhof and flughafen/airport.
When heading to the airport from the station, this line 2 trolleybus stops outside the main exit from Salzburg Hbf on the Südtiroler Platz.
Take the buses heading to 'Walserfeld' - tickets can be purchased from the machines at the bus stop.
At the airport take buses heading to 'Obergnigl'.
The buses run every 15 mins and the journey between the airport (flughafen) and main station (hauptbahnhof) will take around 20 mins.
As Salzburg’s Central station (Salzburg Hbf) is located to the north of the historic heart of the city, the room rates in the comparatively small number of quality hotels in the immediate vicinity of the station tend to be competitively priced.
This list of quality hotels (user ratings above 80%) that are adjacent to Salzburg Central station is comprehensive, though there are also some B&Bs in the area.
There are no 5* hotels in the vicinity.
Hotels within 10 min walk of Salzburg Hbf/Central Station
Wyndham Grand Salzburg
Ramada Salzburg City Centre
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