Faqs On Salzburg For The First Time Visitor
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If you’re looking for answers to some of your questions on a holiday in Salzburg and the availability of transfers from Salzburg airport, you may find them below.

Does it offer a 'city' or 'mountains' type holiday experience?

Both! That’s one of the huge benefits of visiting this city. It’s an ancient and exceptionally historic town with some world-renowned sites, such as Hohensalzburg Fortress and Mozart’s birthplace and later family home. The old town is also a delight. However, the city is also at the foot of some majestic and magnificent mountains. You can easily explore some wild and stunning scenery by taking a very short trip outside town.

You get the best of both worlds!

What are prices like?

In the past, Austria had something of a reputation of being a little expensive, but those days are now long gone. It’s possible to have a debate about the causes of that but the fact is that the city compares well to any other northern European city holiday destination in terms of prices and it’s more cost-attractive than many.

Can I get a discounted card for entry to attractions?

Yes. It’s called the Salzburg Card. It offers entry to many attractions and city centre transport systems (buses and some tourist rail services), and the discount on buying those things individually is substantial. It’s available from newsagents, hotels, tourist centres, and the provider of your transfers from Salzburg airport might also be able to help you obtain one. If you’re travelling by public transport, ticket machines are available in central locations and at bus stops. They’re cheaper than buying tickets from the driver.

What’s the best way to get around between the main sights?

Assuming we’re talking about the main city centre locations, then without doubt it’s walking. After that, it’s worth noting that about 20% of all transport journeys in the city are by bicycle. You can hire one if you’re so inclined - the city is actually known as Austria’s cycling capital.

Taxis are another option, although of course they’re a little more expensive – which is why, for example, booking your transfers from Salzburg airport in advance is a good idea. The most popular method with tourists is probably bus. They’re generally frequent, but as with all such transport systems the world over, expect some delays at times.

Can you eat out cheaply?

Yes and here are a few tips for doing so:

1. Eat your main meal of the day at lunchtime, looking for 'mittagsmenüs', which basically just means lunch menu. Prices for set menus a lunch are almost invariably lower than evening meal menus.

2. Look for 'gasthäuser', which are essentially inns serving good and wholesome food, if slightly rustic.

3. If you’re on a tight budget, avoid eating in the restaurants surrounding the famous tourist sights – particularly in the evening.

4. Keep an eye open for the fast food stalls around town. They offer excellent hotdogs (Bosna) and other great local foodstuffs that are all a million miles away from typical stall food in the UK.

Is Austrian significantly different to German?

No. Some words differ, as do some spellings, and people from Northern Germany will typically be able to tell someone is from Austria by their accent and vice-versa. The differences between the two are perhaps comparable to the differences between the English spoken in the US, UK and Australia. So, if you speak some German you’ll be fine in Austria - try it out on your transfers from Salzburg airport to get you started!

Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct. If you’re looking for transfers from Salzburg airport, Shuttle Direct provide pre-booked shuttles to major destinations all over Europe. Wherever you travel, Shuttle Direct can make sure that you don’t miss your car on your holiday abroad.

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