When you picture Austria you think of scenic mountains, pretty lakes, green hills, basically, views for days. And if you want to find out how you can get a taste of that in just one day, keep reading.
Salzburg is beautiful, but Hallstatt is breath-taking. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reason. It’s definitely worth a day trip, and it’s definitely up there with one of the top things to do whilst visiting Salzburg.
Getting there by public transport is so easy, fairly cheap and I highly recommend it for the views alone. Follow my step by step guide so you can’t go wrong.
GET THE BUS
First things first, you have to hop on a bus from Salzburg bus terminal which is just outside the main train station (Salzburg Hauptbahnhof). Find Bus #150 which will take you to Bad Ischl, where you can get the train over to the ferry that will take you to Hallstatt.
Buses run nearly every hour, and you can find the timetable details and prices here.
The views on the way to Bad Ischl were incredible, I recommend sitting on the left side of the bus because this is where the best views can be seen! And make sure you have your phone or camera to hand because you’ll definitely want to get some shots!
HOP ON THE TRAIN
You’ll get dropped off right at the train station where you can board the train to Hallstatt. Head inside the station and buy your ticket to Hallstatt from an OBB machine. Again, you can only buy a one-way ticket so you’ll have to buy your return on the way back. Tickets are around €5 each. You can book online or pay at the machine with card or cash. If you want to book a ticket online, you can do it here. The train journey takes approximately 40 mins and will drop you off at the ferry point.
TAKE A FERRY RIDE
You’ll get off the train at Hallstatt but you’re not there just yet. A small ferry ride will take you across the lake and into the village. And crossing the lake, typically on a morning when the sun hits Hallstatt, is one of the best parts of the journey. The views across the lake are stunning, and that feeling when you make it to the other side is so incredibly surreal, especially if you’ve been dreaming of visiting this little place as much as I had!
On the ferry you buy a return ticket for €2.50 in cash (so make sure you don’t lose it on the other side!)
All-in-all the trip will set you back a mere €40, cheaper than any day trip that you can book, and ultimately, a much more exciting way of travelling around Austria.
Keep an eye out for more posts about the wonders of Hallstatt coming soon.
Have you been on any amazing day trips in Austria? Let me know in the comments below ⇟