Ski holidays in resorts near Salzburg airport. Chalets, hotels and apartments.
Salzburg Airport (SZG) is Austria's second-largest airport and is the gateway to many of Austria's top resorts, including Kitzbühel, Soll, Zell am See, Kaprun and Saalbach. The airport is located 4km from the historic city centre and 2km from the Austrian-German border. Many skiers and snowboarders visiting ski resorts in Austria will fly into Salzburg or Innsbruck airport.
The airport was opened in 1926 with a grass airstrip, serving neighbouring countries before a new runway was built in 1960, making Salzburg the main gateway to western Austria. In 1996, the airport was named after the city's most famous son and branded itself as 'Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart.' Now, the airport transports approx. 1.8 million passengers a year and is one of the key ski airports for British travellers. Many airlines fly into Salzburg, including British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2, Ryanair and TUI.
Salzburg Airport is located 4km from Salzburg city centre in the north-centre of Austria next to the German border. The nearest large cities are Munich, which is approx. 115km away and Vienna, which is approx. 250km from Salzburg.
You can reach the city centre by bus in under 20 minutes. Several buses run every 10 minutes between either Salzburg Main Railway Station or Salzburg City Centre. There is no train station, so either bus, transfers or taxi are the recommended ways to travel from Salzburg Airport.
If you have an afternoon or evening flight home, we recommend trying to spend your final day visiting Salzburg city. Salzburg has a beautiful Baroque style old town full of charming gift shops and traditional buildings. If you are visiting in December, you have the added treat of the famous Christmas markets.
There are 2 terminals at Salzburg Airport. Terminal 1 is the main building which includes 26 check-in desks and most of the shops and restaurants. Terminal 2 is smaller, with just 9 check-in desks, and generally only opens in the winter to cater for the higher number of visitors.
Salzburg Airport has many of the services that you would expect from a modern airport. There is free Wi-Fi, several restaurants, shops, ATMs and facilities for children and babies. In Terminal 1 there is a medical centre and a viewing terrace (free of charge).
Children can enjoy the play corner in the Markt Restaurant in the main terminal and the play area in the departure hall of Terminal 2. Salzburg Airport has changing rooms for babies in the entrance area and departure hall of both terminals.
There is a small selection of shops at Salzburg Airport, nothing like what you would find at Geneva Airport! You’ll find a large Duty-Free shop, newsagent and gift shop in Terminal 1 and just a Duty-Free shop in Terminal 2.
The Duty-Free shops sell 500ml bottles of still water for just 1 Euro. If you have a refillable bottle you can fill it up with fresh water from the washbasins in the toilets – the water is fresh from the Austrian Alps!
From traditional Austrian baked goodies to contemporary international cuisine, Salzburg Airport has a decent selection of bars and restaurants in Terminal 1 and 2.
Salzburg Airport has a large business lounge with access to toilets, computers, TV, free Wi-Fi and a café. Business Class passengers and eligible passengers flying with British Airways, Eurowings and Turkish Airlines have access to the airport lounge at Salzburg.
Drinks are served all day, including coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer, wine and international spirits. Fruit, nuts and snacks are served all day in the lounge with breakfast served before 11 am, and a selection of sandwiches and hot dishes available for lunch and dinner after 11 am.
Most of our ski holiday packages include transfers from Salzburg Airport already, but if yours doesn’t, numerous companies offer transfers independently. Transfers will run more frequently at the weekend than in the week. If you are planning to travel on a weekday, check the transfers before booking your flights and accommodation. Always prebook your transfer from Salzburg Airport and check with the operator where you need to meet them.
Taxis are available outside of the airport terminal. There are several taxi companies that you can pre-book for private travel from the airport to resort.
Hiring a car is easy at Salzburg Airport. Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and more companies operate car rental from the airport. The offices can be found on the ground floor of the car park, opposite the airport terminal.
There is no train station at Salzburg Airport. The nearest station is in Salzburg city, a 20-minute drive away. The easiest way to get to the train station is to get a taxi or a bus. Buses run regularly throughout the day to the train station.
Buses run regularly to the city centre and Salzburg Main Station. Expect longer waiting times on Sundays and public holidays. Bus tickets can be purchased from the ‘Newscorner’ in the airport, at the machine at the bus stop or from the bus driver.
Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital city of the Salzburg state, situated in the north-central region of Austria. Salzburg Airport is only 4km from the city centre and 1-2 hours’ drive from many popular ski resorts.
Salzburg is fantastically located near the Austrian Alps and within 1-2 hours' drive to many ski resorts. Dachstein, Filzmoos and Seefeld are within 60 minutes from Salzburg. Ellmau, Fieberbrunn, Kitzbühel, Schladming, St Johann, Bad Hofgastein, Kirchberg, Rauris, Soll, Kaprun, Saalbach, Westendorf and Zell am See are within 2 hours from the airport.
Salzburg Airport is 4km away from Salzburg City Centre. The City can be easily reached by bus from the airport in under 20 minutes.
It is recommended to check-in two hours before your flight time. Salzburg Airport is medium sized with a few shops and restaurants, so you won’t need much extra time to look around the shops. If your ski package includes transfers, then your holiday provider will generally get you to the airport over 2 hours before your flight, allowing plenty of time for check-in and shopping time.
Most of our ski packages to Zell am See will include transfers from Salzburg. If you are making your own way to resort you can get a bus from the airport to Salzburg Hbf station and then the train to Zell am See. Trains run regularly through the day and takes about 1h 40m to get from Salzburg to Zell am See.
The best way to get from Salzburg Airport to Kitzbühel is to book a ski package that includes transfers to resort. Alternatively, you can get the bus to Salzburg Hbf station and get a train to Kitzbühel via Wörgl which takes about 2h 30m. It’s a picturesque journey that goes through many alpine towns including Zell am See, Leogang, Fieberbrunn and St Johann. The train station at Kitzbühel is in the middle of the town so you can easily walk or grab a taxi to your accommodation.
The easiest way to get to Söll is to book a ski package with transfers included as there is no train connection between Salzburg and Söll. Alternatively, you can hire a car, get a taxi or book a transfer. Söll is approx. 1h 30m drive from Salzburg Airport.
|Resort||Country||Distance (km)||Est. time (hr)||Chalets||Hotels||Apartments|
|Zell Am See||Austria||80||1.5||£569|