The end-2-end journey will be faster if you set off from Salzburg on the hourly Railjet because the connecting time between trains at Attnang-Puchhiem will only be around 13 mins.
The trains from Salzburg tend to be very punctual, so despite this comparatively tightly timed connection, it should still be a stress-free transfer.
This journey can seem complicated; a change of train and then a ferry on to Hallstatt village, but it isn't.
It's also worth the effort as, it's a magical experience with the views over the lakes from the train to Hallstatt and then the stunning arrival across the lake into the village.
So it's a fabulous and easy day trip from Salzburg and if you book in advance you can get make the return trip for under €20.
1 x connection per hour.
Change trains in: Attnang-Puchhiem
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date
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Final Destination: Flughafen Wien or Wien Hbf
Take care when boarding the train at Salzburg.
In most hours during the day there will be two Railjets heading off to Wien, but only the second train calls at Attnang-Puchheim.
Final Destination: Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen or Stainach-Irdning
The train service is arranged so that in even hours a REX train departs heading for Stainach-Irdning, while in odd hours a local train departs for Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen.
The REX train is the faster of the two services as it skips some stations.
On Saturdays one of the REX trains is replaced by an IC train.
All Trains also call at: Gmunden where the tram line connects to the station to the piers which the Traunsee cruise boats depart from; and Ebsensee and Bad Ischl
To make a day trip from Salzburg to Hallstat even more fabulous, stop over in Gmunden on the return journey.
Lakes can be seen from both sides of the train, so if you're on a day trip, swap the side of the train you sit on, for the return journey.
At Hallstatt station ferries meet the train for the stunning crossing of the lake over to Hallstatt village.
The crossing of the lake is a magical experience.
On arrival in Hallstatt check the times of the return ferry crossing, there will be a sign on the jetty.
The departure of the ferries are timed to meet the trains.
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