TRAVELLING TO GASTEIN
Directions from eastern Austria
It is recommended to take the West Autobahn A1 motorway as far as the Salzburg junction. Once there, take the Tauern Autobahn A10 motorway in the direction of Villach. At Bischofshofen (Pongau junction), leave the motorway and take the B311 Federal Highway in the direction of Gasteinertal (Gastein valley). Leave this road in Lend and drive as far as Gastein. Take the B167 Federal Highway through the valley.
Directions via Munich
If travelling from the north (via Munich), take the southbound A8 motorway. After crossing the border, continue on the Tauern Autobahn A10 motorway up to the Pongau junction (Bischofshofen). From there, take the B311 Federal Highway as far as Lend. Then take the B167 Federal Highway into the Gastein valley.
Directions via Innsbruck
If you are travelling from the west (via Innsbruck), take the Inntal Autobahn A12 in the direction of Wörgl. Leave the motorway at the Wörgl Ost (East) exit and take the B178 Federal Highway in the direction of St. Johann in Tirol. From there, take the B164 Federal Highway in the direction of Fieberbrunn as far as Saalfelden, where you need to take the B311 Federal Highway. At Lend, turn off into the Gastein valley.
Airport transfer to Gastein
There are four international airports in the vicinity: Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna. You can arrange to be collected by one of Gastein’s taxi companies from any of these airports. Taxi Rudigier (http://www.gasteintaxi.com/ / +43 (0) 6432-6622) and Taxi Haunsperger (http://www.haunsperger.com/ / +43 (0) 6433-7722) provide several transfers per day to and from the airports. Please state your flight number when booking your airport transfer.
Transfer times to Gastein:
|Salzburg||Approx. 1,5 hours|
|Munich||Approx. 2,5 hours|
|Innsbruck||Approx. 2,5 hours|
|Vienna||Approx. 4,5 hours|
The trains of the Austrian, Swiss and German rail services take you to all three villages in the Gastein valley, for a low fare and in an environmentally friendly, stress-free way. Austria’s ÖBB Railjet takes passengers to the Gastein valley eight times a day. The German rail service, Deutsche Bahn, offers a direct connection to the Gastein valley four times a day.
Deutsche Bahn (German railways) service to the Gastein valley – fast and inexpensive.
Travelling to Gastein by train is really easy. There are four direct connections per day from Munich, with one of the trains starting in Münster and another one starting in Frankfurt. Via the ICE hub in Munich, you can also travel quickly and easily to the Gastein valley from Hamburg or Berlin, for example. And if you want to travel by night, there are night trains to Munich. Thanks to rail card discounts and economy prices, you can also travel to the Gastein valley for a really low price, with fares starting at €39.90. From Munich, tickets are available starting at just €19.90. Families can really save money, too: your children and grandchildren can travel with you free of charge if they are under 15! You can book rail tickets up to 180 days in advance. For all the information you need about travelling by train, you can visit bahn.de/oesterreich.
You can travel by ICE from Berlin to Munich in just under four hours. So anyone from Berlin or Erfurt, among many other places, will have an even quicker journey to the Gastein valley! With no stress, tailbacks, refuelling stops or vignettes (highway toll stickers).
Transport in Gasteinertal:
Once you have arrived in the Gastein valley by train, you can travel conveniently by bus, taxi or hotel shuttle to your accommodation. During your stay, you can use the regular bus services, which cover the entire valley from Klammstein to Sportgastein. If you have a Gastein Card, it will really save you money as you can travel for just €1.20.
Österreichische Bundesbahnen (Austrian railways) service to the Gastein valley
The train from Salzburg to Gastein operates every two hours and its duration is as short as one and a half hour.
In addition to the long-distance trains offered by Deutsche Bahn and a long distance train (Railjet) run by Austrian railways, (from Vienna to Gastein via Salzburg) you can choose a local transport train from Salzburg main station to Bad Gastein. The departure time is Monday to Friday at 9.15 pm in Salzburg and 06.25 am in Bad Gastein.
Other local transport options (between Schwarzach St. Veit and Böckstein) are operated by bus only. Please contact the transport system in Salzburg if you are looking for further information regarding the bus schedule: https://salzburg-verkehr.at/