Skiing near Salzburg

Ski holidays in resorts near Salzburg airport. Chalets, hotels and apartments.

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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.

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Closest ski resorts to Salzburg Airport

Best ski resorts within an hour and a half of Salzburg

Ellmau, Austria
Distance: 62km
Hotels from £854
Hinterglemm, Austria
Distance: 85km
Hotels from £919
St. Johann, Austria
Distance: 60km
Hotels from £640
Kitzbuhel, Austria
Distance: 80km
Hotels from £729
Obertauern, Austria
Distance: 90km
Hotels from £919
Saalbach, Austria
Distance: 85km
Hotels from £859
Soll, Austria
Distance: 83km
Hotels from £629
St Wolfgang, Austria
Distance: 61km
Scheffau, Austria
Distance: 78km
Fieberbrunn, Austria
Distance: 70km
Bad Gastein, Austria
Distance: 96km
Hotels from £745
Hopfgarten, Austria
Distance: 130km
Kirchdorf, Austria
Distance: 70km
Rauris, Austria
Distance: 90km
Hotels from £612
Schladming, Austria
Distance: 90km
Hotels from £759
Waidring, Austria
Distance: 49km
Katschberg, Austria
Distance: 110km
Lofer, Austria
Distance: 31km
Gosau, Austria
Distance: 68km
Dachstein West, Austria
Distance: 70km
Hochkoenig, Austria
Distance: 70km

Best ski resorts within two hours of Salzburg

Alpbach, Austria
Distance: 143km
Hotels from £459
Apartments from £449
Filzmoos, Austria
Distance: 73km
Hotels from £469
Mayrhofen, Austria
Distance: 170km
Hotels from £549
Seefeld, Austria
Distance: 200km
Hotels from £579
Westendorf, Austria
Distance: 80km
Hotels from £589
Zell Am See, Austria
Distance: 80km
Hotels from £569
Finkenberg, Austria
Distance: 175km
Bad Hofgastein, Austria
Distance: 90km
Hotels from £592
Kaprun, Austria
Distance: 80km
Hotels from £611
Auffach, Austria
Distance: 137km
Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria
Distance: 172km
Fugen, Austria
Distance: 149km
Wildschonau, Austria
Distance: 132km
Gerlos, Austria
Distance: 178km

Best ski resorts within two hours and a half of Salzburg

Fulpmes, Austria
Distance: 201km

Best ski resorts within three hours of Salzburg

Bled, Slovenia
Distance: 233km
Bohinj, Slovenia
Distance: 253km
Neustift, Austria
Distance: 197km
Zell Am Ziller, Austria
Distance: 150km

Where is Salzburg Airport?

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.

Salzburg Airport terminals

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 services

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.

Salzburg Airport shops

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!

Bars and restaurants at Salzburg Airport

From traditional Austrian baked goodies to contemporary international cuisine, Salzburg Airport has a decent selection of bars and restaurants in Terminal 1 and 2.

Terminal 1:

  • Markt Restau­rant is a self-service restaurant with a buffet of foods including salads, pizza and sandwiches.
  • Restau­rant-Café Je­d­er­mann is an upscale restaurant serving Austrian and international cuisine.
  • Mark­t­café is a bistro serving a selection of cold and cold snacks, coffee and cakes.
  • Coffee shop
  • Bread and cake shop
  • Das Wolf­gang - Panorama Lounge is an outdoor grill and bar located on the viewing platform.
  • Stiegal bar

Terminal 2:

  • SalzBurger is a Fastfood restaurant selling burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and sweet treats.

Salzburg Airport lounges

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.

Transport at Salzburg Airport

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 Airport FAQ:

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.

Skiing near Salzburg Airport

Resort Country Distance (km) Est. time (hr) Chalets Hotels Apartments
Rauris Austria 90 1 £612
Schladming Austria 90 1 £759
Ellmau Austria 62 1.1 £854
St. Johann Austria 60 1.1 £640
Hinterglemm Austria 85 1.15 £919
Saalbach Austria 85 1.15 £859
Kitzbuhel Austria 80 1.3 £729
Obertauern Austria 90 1.3 £919
Soll Austria 83 1.3 £629
Bad Gastein Austria 96 1.3 £745
Alpbach Austria 143 1.45 £459 £449
Bad Hofgastein Austria 90 1.45 £592
Filzmoos Austria 73 1.5 £469
Westendorf Austria 80 1.5 £589
Zell Am See Austria 80 1.5 £569
Kaprun Austria 80 1.5 £611
Mayrhofen Austria 170 2 £549
Seefeld Austria 200 2 £579

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