By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Salzburg?

Do you need a car in Salzburg > Should you rent a car in Salzburg Austria > Salzburg ( SZG )

Salzburg is one of those really rich destinations that offers a huge range of cultural activities within the city itself, but that is also then a great gateway to so many scenic mountainous areas around it.

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Needless to say, a hire car would be utterly pointless within the city of Salzburg itself – the airport is very close to the city centre, there are plenty of buses operating between the airport and the city, and there are also various rail services operating nearby.

Why should you rent a car in Salzburg?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Salzburg?

Salzburg Car hire summary

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  • Hire a car in Salzburg to drive any of the amazing high alpine roads.
  • The rail network decent aroundSalzburg, but lessgood further south.

Why not? Visiting Salzburg without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Salzburg public transport quick facts

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Walking and Cycling Overview

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For visitors who are just here for the skiing, then there are also plenty of resort transfers provided from Salzburg airport, and even outside the ski season there are regular train services heading into the mountains and these are supplemented by a good network of local buses. Of course, as with anywhere else, getting a hire car in Salzburg is still going to be useful for accessing mountainous areas at your own pace, and the Grossglockner Road is widely rated as one of Europe’s great driving experiences.

See also our suggestions for driving or non-car trips around Innsbruck, ad there is a lot of overlap between the two cities. Neuschwanstein Castle is also an easy day trip from Salzburg

However, we think that the most visitors Salzburg car hire isn’t really that necessary, so our verdict is a no.

Should you rent a car in Salzburg? No


Car rental in - Salzburg Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Salzburg?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Salzburg?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Salzburg?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Salzburg if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Salzburg if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Salzburg if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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Would you hire a car in Salzburg?

Have you driven in Salzburg? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Salzburg?
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