About Salzburg W. A. Mozart Airport (SZG)
Address: Innsbrucker Bundesstrasse 95, Salzburg, 5020
Austria’s second busiest airport, Salzburg W. A. Mozart Airport (SZG) is located 3 km (2 mi) southwest of central Salzburg and 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Austrian-German border. You’ll find airport car rentals from Avis, Europcar, Sixt, and Hertz on the ground floor of the parking garage, opposite the terminal.
Driving in Salzburg is not a very user-friendly experience — and traffic congestion isn’t necessarily the culprit here. Mainly, road signs are difficult to decipher and the one-way streets are laid out in a haphazard manner. On the other hand, the city’s smaller size means you can drive into town, find parking, and explore on foot. When you’re finished seeing the sights, you’ll be pleased to discover that Salzburg is well connected to Munich (145 km / 91 mi) and Vienna (295 km / 183 mi) via the A8 and A1 autobahns, respectively. Meanwhile, Salzburg is within easy striking distance of more than two dozen top-notch ski resorts.
The most important detail not to overlook is the Austrian Motorway toll system — your car hire must be equipped with a Vignette toll sticker. Otherwise, getting around the Salzburg region is simply a matter of familiarizing yourself with German traffic regulations and using your best judgment.
Choosing your car
It’s important to rent a car from a reputable company, but equally important is choosing a car with a great reputation for reliability. Whether you’re zipping around the city or traversing mountain passes, you want a name you can trust. Therefore, you can look to the brands that consistently deliver a hassle-free driving experience. Choose from Opel economy and compact cars. Mercedes offers intermediate, premium, and SUV options. You’ll find Volkswagen mini, fullsize, and 7-9 seater minivans. And don’t sleep on your BWM selections, which include compact, intermediate, and estate wagons, too.
Tips and advice
You’ll find streets in Salzburg’s Old City are monitored by automatic, rising bollards (round vertical posts), which effectively eliminate street parking. In keeping with German precision, the bollards rise at 11:00 AM, sharp, and vehicles trapped in the restricted zone are in for a world of hurt.
There are over 4,000 Park and Ride parking spaces in Salzburg. The combo ticket includes parking and use of public transportation.
Untersberg Mountain is 16 km (10 mi) to the north of central Salzburg, and one of the most popular day trips for visitors and locals alike.
Depending upon the length of your stay, Salzburg Card might be a wise investment. For a one-time fee, the card gives you free access to the city’s attractions, public transportation, and discounts for tours and cultural events.
Most Salzburg hotels can be accessed by a following a Hotel Route System which chops the city into four colored sections. It’s almost advisable to ignore this convoluted system and rent a car with GPS.
The cost of living in Austria is comparable to most Westernized nations, but prices get jacked up in tourist areas. Fuel prices in Salzburg are considerably higher than outlying areas, so consider filling up at a service station off the autobahn before returning your car to the airport.