Getting there

Travelling to the Silent Night provinces

Upper Austria, SalzburgerLand and Tirol are located in the very heart of Central Europe and thus of Austria itself: All three provinces have ideal links to the international highway network, the cities of Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck, as well as to various airports with direct connections to major European cities. Austria’s biggest airport, the Vienna International Airport, is also not far. From the cities, you can take advantage of the far-reaching network of the Austrian Federal Railways (www.bahn.at), the local trains, buses or even rental cars to make your way into the beautiful regions and valleys. Austria is considered a particularly safe travel destination.

By car…

  • Austria’s highways charge tolls! This means that you have to stick a road tax vignette on your windscreen. Vignettes that are valid for either 10 days, two months or one year can be purchased at border crossings, petrol stations and automobile clubs. Since 8 November 2017 you can buy the Digital Vignette in the webshop of the federal agency Asfinag.
  • Between 1 November and 15 April, all cars in Austria have to be secured for winter conditions: All four wheels need to be equipped with winter tyres.
  • Distances: Linz – Salzburg: 132 km, Salzburg – Innsbruck: 186 km

By plane

Austrian Airlines is Austria’s largest carrier and operates annually a global route network of approximately 130 destinations, being particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 35 destinations. Via connecting airports such as Frankfurt, Düsseldorf or Vienna – and with a 25 minute transfer time only – you can easily reach the Silent Night regions. Austrian Airlines – the charming way to fly – the perfect way to travel to the Land of “Silent Night! Holy Night!”.

… to SalzburgerLand:

The Salzburg Airport is the second most important airport in Austria. It is located around four kilometres outside the city centre and has its own highway connection. Countless shuttle services, such as, for example, between Munich and Salzburg, as well as taxi transfers to the holiday regions, can move travellers comfortably and safely to their destinations and back.

Direct flights to Salzburg are available from countless European cities, such as London, Paris or Dublin.

  • Vienna: daily with Austrian Airlines
  • Frankfurt: 4 x per day with Austrian Airlines
  • Bremen: 1 x per week with Eurowings
  • Dusseldorf: 5 x per week with Eurowings
  • Hamburg: 6 x per week with Eurowings, daily with EasyJet
  • Cologne: daily with Eurowings

… to Upper Austria:

  • National and international flights to Linz Airport from Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London and Vienna are offered by Lufthansa, Ryanair and Austrian Airlines. The airport is located in close proximity to the province’s capital of Linz, which accessed easily via bus, train, free airport shuttle or taxi.
  • Linz can be reached within 1:43 hours with a direct train from Vienna International Airport via Wien Hauptbahnhof railway station.

… to Tirol:

  • Innsbruck Airport is perfectly integrated into the international flight network: Several European airlines fly here several times a day. This makes the holiday destination of Tirol very accessible, whether in winter or summer.
  • From Hamburg and Dusseldorf to Innsbruck: Between 3 December 2017 and 22 March 2018, Eurowings offers one flight between Innsbruck and Dusseldorf every Thursday and Sunday. During the same time span, there are also flights available to Hamburg every Wednesday and Saturday.
  • From Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Berlin to Innsbruck: The destinations of Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Berlin will continue to be serviced by Fly Niki during winter 2017/18. The port city of Hamburg will be served every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 December 2017 until 15 April 2018. From Berlin (Tegel) and Dusseldorf, Innsbruck will be available from 8 December 2017 to 8 December 2018, every Friday and Sunday.
  • From Frankfurt and Vienna to Innsbruck: Frankfurt Airport, Germany’s largest international airport, offers four connections to Innsbruck per day. From Vienna and Frankfurt, Innsbruck can be reached various times per day with Austrian Airlines.

By train…

… to Upper Austria:

  • From Germany, Italy and Hungary to Linz: Quick and comfortable long-distance connections with stops in Linz and Wels. Upper Austria can be reached easily every 2 hours from Central and Northern Germany via the Intercity-Express (ICE) via Nürnberg or Passau. Direct ICE connections are available from Hamburg, Hannover, Cologne or Frankfurt am Main.
  • From Munich to Linz: Every 2 hours, there is a direct Railjet to Linz.
  • From Vienna to Linz: Via Railjet for only 1:16 hours or from Vienna International Airport for 1:43 hours.
  • From Prague to Linz: Several times a day, taking approximately four hours.
  • Additional railway connections are also available from Budweis to Linz, as well as via the Pyhrnbahn in Graz and Slovenia.

… to Tirol:

The trains of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and the Deutsche Bahn (DB) bring travellers to Tirol in a way that is cheap, quick as well as relaxing. Especially attractive are the various offers and savings tickets provided by the ÖBB, the Europe Special ticket by the DB or the SBB’s super saver tickets.

  • From Vienna to Innsbruck: The ÖBB Railjet brings travellers from Vienna to Innsbruck 14 x per day. The fastest trains require only 4:14 hours for this route, making them significantly faster than going by car.
  • From Hamburg via Munich to Innsbruck: Innsbruck can be reached very well from Hamburg within 8:22 hours with just one change in Munich. Additionally, the ÖBB “Nightjet” — a night train with car transport — departs daily from Hamburg or Dusseldorf to Innsbruck.
  • From Munich to Innsbruck: A Eurocity departs seven times a day from Munich to Tirol.
  • From Zurich to Innsbruck: Those coming from Switzerland can take the ÖBB Railjet from Zurich to Innsbruck in just 3:31 hours, departing six times a day.

… to SalzburgerLand:

Being located right on Germany’s border, Salzburg contains excellent Eurocity, Intercity and ICE connections. Salzburg’s S-Bahn connects the city with the surrounding towns, comfortably transporting train travellers to the holiday regions.

  • From Austria and Germany to Salzburg: There are many direct connections to Salzburg and to Salzburg’s holiday regions per day, as well as additional transfer stations via Salzburg Hauptbahnhof railway station.
  • From Vienna International Airport to Salzburg: ÖBB Railjets and ÖBB Intercity trains bring holiday visitors from the airport directly to SalzburgerLand every 30 minutes.
  • From Munich to Salzburg: The ÖBB Railjet connects Munich with Salzburg and Vienna seven times per day, the travel time between Munich and Salzburg is just 1:28 hours. Take the Bayern Ticket to travel from Munich to Salzburg starting at only €25.
  • There are also speedy connections to SalzburgerLand from Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne via Munich. New from December 2017: from Berlin to Munich in only 4 hours — from there it’s a quick jump to the most beautiful spots in SalzburgerLand.
  • Visitors from the Rhine-Rhur region and Northern Germany also have very fast ICE and EC connections at their disposal, as well as Night-ICEs and -ICs from North Rhine-Westphalia, Northern Germany and Hessen going directly to Munich, as well as the ÖBB Nightjet.
  • From Zurich to Salzburg via Railjet takes only 5:23 hours.

Information and booking: www.oebb.at, www.bahn.de and www.sbb.ch

By bus…

… to Upper Austria:

Upper Austria is part an international network of bus lines. Buses regularly depart from Austria’s neighbouring countries, especially to Linz.

  • The company Flixbus links Linz and thus Upper Austria to its network of bus lines via Munich.
  • The Westbus regularly departs between Prague and Linz, also connecting the capital city with Graz and Klagenfurt.
  • Upper Austria is also connected with the international Eurolines service, with buses both departing and arriving.

… to Tirol:

  • Flixbus provides affordable journeys to Innsbruck from various European cities. From Munich Airport via Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Seefeld, it takes around 2:20 hours to Innsbruck, the bus departs daily.
  • For the first time ever, Flixbus will provide direct lines to some of the most popular Tirolean ski areas during winter 2017/18. The route from Munich via Seefeld and Innsbruck will be extended to the Stubaier Glacier twice per day every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 November 2017 and 29 April 2018.
  • Additionally, there is a new route to the ski areas SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, St. Johann in Tirol and Kitzbühel-Kirchberg from Munich via Kufstein. The route will be serviced twice a day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 22 December 2017 to 8 April 2018.

… to SalzburgerLand:

  • Flixbus provides countless connections to various European cities starting at €5. It takes around 1:50 hours to travel from Munich to Salzburg, the bus departs several times per day. Additional connections are available, for example from Zurich or Berlin.
  • Furthermore, you can use the long-distance bus search engine www.checkmybus.at to check connections from other cities, such as Basel, Bern, Zurich, Bratislava, Prague, Frankfurt, Geneva or Lausanne.

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