Vienna Tours to Salzburg. Are you up for a bit of Salzburg while you are in Vienna? At 250km (155 miles), my second favourite Austrian city is not that far off but you need to ensure you don’t spend redundant hours in transit. I travelled twice from Vienna to Salzburg for a day in a friend’s car: great company and good journey but no highlights on the way, and we got up too late. Here are three variables for you to check when searching for a tour to Salzburg:
a) choose a door-to-door option, or convenient meeting point
b) your chosen means of transport will impact your trip experience, make sure you are comfortable with it;
c) build in visits to selected worthwile places on the go.
I’m starting my list of the best Vienna Tours to Salzburg with those that tick all of those criteria. They are all day trips from Vienna, except the last tip (5 day tour).
Vienna Tours to Salzburg. I like this tour because a) you’ll stop by fabulous lake Attersee and St. Gilgen (a Sound of Music location) on lake Wolfgang in Salzkammergutand b) you can use free Wi-Fi and iPads c) you have free time for lunch and later in the afternoon. The group is limited to eight people. The 12-hour tour gets the most of your day and you’ll travel in a Mercedes minivan. You’ll also get a truly local guide to show you around Salzburg. Even though you are not picked up from your hotel, the tour operator pays your taxi fare from a central Vienna hotel. Read more.
Vienna Tours to Salzburg. Though this tour doesn’t tick all my boxes I still include it because it is hugely popular and very good value for money. The tour includes sites of The Sound Of Music in the city, like Mirabell Palace and the Horse Well. You’ll have to mount the bus at the Vienna State Opera and by lunchtime you’ll be in Salzburg. The accompanying tour guide will show you the great sights, from Getreidegasse and Mozart’s birthplace to the Cathedral (Salburger Dom) and the Festival Theatre. Small caveat: You will only pass magnificent Fortress Hohensalzburg on your way back. Find out more.
Vienna Tours to Salzburg. If you haven’t got round to fully planning your trip to both Vienna and Salzburg and aren’t the most seasoned traveller, check out this 5-day organised tour. It bundles up hotels and transfers, two city tours, and train tickets. What I like about this tour: you won’t ‘live’ on the bus and have enough free time to independently roam around. You’ll get picked up and dropped off from the airport, too. There is a 3-star and a 4-star hotel package, which doesn’t make much difference pricewise. See customer reviews and find out more.