This would be the english website of the public transport of the region Salzburg: www.svv-info.at/en/home
There is as well a section where it says "cross-border travel" and this gives you the result, that You CAN indeed buy a pass which is also valid for Upper Austria: www.svv-info.at/en/tickets-and-fares/cross-border-travel/
I would simply write an e-mail to ask how many zones you need to buy for the whole itinerary: email@example.com
Thanks to your request I have now as well learned something new :)
Salzburg is very biker-friendly. Lots of people riding their bikes, numerous bicycle paths and bike-parking zones almost everywhere. Anyway, you must remeber that bikes all over the world are very movable, so don't forget to lock your bike before you leave it.
Salzburg has a very good and reliable public transport system consisting of buses and trolleybuses.
Buy bus and trolleybus tickets in advance because it is cheaper (“in emergency” you can buy a ticket from the driver, but some extra cost is added). Almost all tobacconists (kiosks,traffik) sell public transportation tickets. The best choice is a 24-hour ticket , because it is valid as a bus pass for the whole city.
If you plan to stay in Salzburg longer than three days,then buy a one-week pass (Wochenkarte). All the tickets must be validated as you start your first ride.
If you are in Salzburg for 3 days or shorter, just buy a Salzburg Card- then you get a transport pass and free andmission to most tourists attractions in one.
Our Pension was located in the city suburbs so, even though we had a car, we decided to kill the stress, and take a Bus.
As it happened, the bus stop was a short walk, and the bus ride was free with our Salzburg Card.
Where we got on the bus, there was plenty of seating, this gradually filled all the way into the city centre. Lots of people hopped off in the new part of town, the rest, including us, in the old town.
The stop was by the River in the old town, very convenient, and we had to catch it here for the return trip, easy!
The trolley busses run at 10-minute intervals during the day, and most of the bus lines run every 10 minutes. Every destination in the city can be reached quickly and easily.
If you don't have a ticket, these can be purchased at Tobacconists (kiosks).
A 24-hour ticket is the most economical choice, because it is valid as a bus pass for the entire city.
If you are going to be in the city longer than three days, then purchase a one-week pass.
All pre-purchased tickets must be validated as you commence your first ride in a public transport vehicle.
Children from the age of 6 to 14 years ride at a reduced fare.
In my photo, you can see where our bus and many others stop and what the Bus stops are like.
I think they are the best in the world. Beside the route number, a timer is beside it counting down to when the Bus arrives, and it did, right on time!
The Hohensalzburg Fortress funicular from Festungsgasse is the way we went up to the Fortress.
We decided to take the easy way up, as the walk up the hill requires some fitness, and we had a Salzburg card which meant it was free for us.
We walked back down the hill and were very glad the funicular was there to use on the way up!
The Funicular is next to St. Peter's Cemetery and runs every 10 minutes.
Entry is included to the Fortress....costs €10.50 for adults (€7.40 without funicular) and €6 for children aged 6-14 years (€4.20 without funicular), under 6s go free.
Concessions available for families/groups and individual admission is free with a Salzburg Card.
The bus service is efficient and good. Bus passes are available and can be bought at vending machines at bus stops.
It is not advisable to use a car to get around the town. Besides prohibitive petrol costs, parking is a real problem. Also remember that most of the historic quarter is a pedestrian zone. Taxis are not easily available on the streets. If you need one you will have to get your hotel to call for one.
It is possible to hire a bicycle and get around especially if you wanted to explore the areas around Salzburg.
There are proper bike lanes to drive in, so it is perfectly safe. Biking within the town area may not be such a good idea.
We arrived by car from Bavaria, where petrol is €0.17 per liter more expensive. Not sure about diesel, but it’s worth checking. Anyway, worth filling up with petrol before you head for Germany if that’s your destination.
Another wee tip! Between the city and the border you’ll only find an autobahn service station, where prices will be higher. So, do your topping up before you get out of the city.
This was written in April 12, so of course things may change after that. Check, please.
Old city can be reached by foot, only about a 10-20 min from Salzburg train station.
The old City is a pedestrian zone and relatively small, it is ideal for walking and window shopping. Half day visit is enough to walk around here.
As an alternative, you can use horse carriage. see the picture for horse-carriage terminal.
While you are in Salzburg, you can get the SALZBURG CARD for 1,2 or 3 days which allows unlimited travel on local buses within the town, and also free entrance (one visit to each) to all Museums, the Fortress, the funicular to the Fortress and the Monchberg Lift. The pass costs €34 for 3 days and is a bargain! If you are flying into Salzburg Airport, you can buy the pass at the Kiosk selling books and newspapers in the Airport, then get the No 2 electric trolley bus into the town and railway station. The buses run every 10 - 15 minutes and it takes 30 minutes to get to the Railway Station, 35 minutes to the Mirabelleplatz.
Or, you can buy the Salburg Card at the Information Office, or Railway Station.
We just returned from a 2 week house trade in Salzburg Austria in July-August 2010. When we arrived by train in the city, we three(My wife, me and our adult son) were lucky to grab a cab at the train station. As it turned out we got into a clean and air conditioned van with our load of luggage. It turned out that the Taxi was owned by Salzburg Tours and Taxis a small independent company run by Lt. Col. Nasir Maneka, Austrian Army (Retired). It was just our luck to have jumped in to his Van.
He gave us an impromptu but thorough tour with explanation of Salzburg and it's highlights in perfect English as he took us out to our house in the countryside at the foot of the Unterberg Mountain.
During the week, although we had a car, we found a few occasions where we needed car service into Town, and I called Nasir to schedule a pick up the day before. On both occasions he sent Johan, who although he spoke little english, was there to pick us all up(we had grown to 5 with the addition of my daughter and son-in-law) at least 15 minutes before the time we had specified to Nasir the day before. Even at 7:15 AM! The cost was always the same at 15 Euros, which we were more than happy to pay as we were well away from the town center.
There is nothing better than finding a person and a service that you can trust and rely on in a foreign city. Nasir and his Salzburg Tours and Taxi was a super find. We considered ourselves very lucky to have found him.
His website is: www.salzburgtaxis.com and his phone #, if you need to call him from the train station is +43 650 786 31 12. Whatever you need transportation wise, I'm certain Nasir can set you up and you too will have a friend in Salzburg.
If you are in Salzburg just for one day or a few and intend to see the museums and attractions such as the fortress and Hellbrun Palace then the Salzburg card is excellent value. It also valid for use on Salzburg transport - incuding the funicular up to the fortress. The services are simply debited from a chip card or "Swatch Access“ wristwatch. Current costs in 2004 were 19 euros for 24hs, 26 euros for 48hrs and 32euros for 72 hours.
Check the website for whats included anfd other discounts available with it.
You can take a cable car or walk up to the Fortress.
If you choose the cable car, you should know that this is the oldest funicular in Austria. It was built in 1892.
May, June, September: 9am-8pm,
July, August: 9am-10pm,
The major bus station is right outside the train station in Salzburg. If you go into the tourist center they will give you a map of the city and a bus time table. But depending on where you stay the touristy section of Salzburg is all walkable. We stayed around the train station, so the bus ride was approximately 5-10 minutes costing around $5. Easy on/off and you don't need exact change. However, most of the bus drivers don't speak English.
If you don't have a car, a good option to explore the nearby Lakes District is to take the frequent and convenient post buses. Post buses depart the main bus station, or "ZOB" (adjacent to the hauptbahnhof/main train station), as well as several stops around Salzburg, including Mirabell Gardens. There is generally no need to reserve tickets ahead of time; simply purchase tickets with cash from the driver. Fares are decided by the Salzburg Transit Authority (SVV), so it is helpful to check their website. Fares are generally quite low, however (e.g., EUR 5.60 one-way from Salzburg to St Gilgen). Note also that if you plan to make a round-trip on the same day, the ticket you purchase will actually be a "Tageskarte," which will allow you to take the route an unlimited number of times during the day.