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One day in Hallstatt Travel Itinerary / Day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt

Hallstatt Travel Itinerary, Day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt
Hallstatt Travel Itinerary, Day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt
Hallstatt, the UNESCO world heritage site in Austria, is a popular destination for many. H & I took a day trip from Salzburg to visit the small town on our 4th day in Austria. Wandering the town and looking at the picturesque lake is truly an amazing experience.

Getting there - Transportation from Salzburg to Hallstatt
By Bus
Hallstatt Travel Itinerary, Day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt
There are many modes of transportation to get to Hallstatt.We took the cheapest way to get to Hallstatt and by Bus150. The bus will drive to Bad Ischl Bahnhof (Bus terminal) and we had to do another transfer to bus 542.

Do note that the transportation schedule (different on weekday & weekend) and price vary according. So do use the official website to check the best way to get to Hallstatt. Remember to check for the last bus available on that day! Final Destination: Schiffstation

Also, do not worry if you think your first bus arrives late and you will miss the second. Most of the time the bus 542/543 only set off after the first bus arrives at the interchange point. They know that they have passengers on board wanting to transfer.

Tip: Purchase your ticket online as it is cheaper. An additional transaction fee applies for buying the ticket from the bus conductor.
By Train + Ferry
Hallstatt ferry schedule
Fortunately or not, Hallstatt train station is not situated in the old town. It stops at the opposite side of the old town. Thus one has to take a ferry from the train station. Not easy with all the transfer. With that said, taking a ferry from the train station is definitely going to offer you a panoramic view of the Hallstatt from the lake. It’s not the fastest way but I’m sure it offers a pretty good experience. We were not too lucky with the timeslot. So we ended up taking a bus back. Check out the Hallstatt Train timetable here

By Car
Base on google map, this is the fastest way from Salzburg to Hallstatt. However, we read that finding a carpark can be a challenge. Although there is 3 public carpark, there are limited spaces. Thus, many recommend arriving early in the morning to secure a lot. You can check out more information on Hallstatt Carpark here

Parking Fee in Hallstatt Public Carpark
20 minutes free
20 minutes to 1 hour: 3,50 Euro
1 hour to 2 hours: 6,50 Euro
2 hours to 3 hours: 8,50 Euro
3 hours to 12 hours: 9,50 Euro
12 hours to 24 hours: 0,50 Euro / per hour

Do note that Parking for motorhomes is only possible at the parking area P3.

1 Day Hallstatt Itinerary
Hallstatt Travel Itinerary, Day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt
Hallstatt Travel Itinerary, Day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt
Hallstatt Travel Itinerary, Day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt
We took the earliest bus available and arrived in Hallstatt around 9 am. It was definitely a long but easy ride. Most people in bus 150 have the same destination. Thus, we were not afraid of missing the stop. Arriving early in Hallstatt also mean that there were less crowd on the street. 

Explore the Old Town of Hallstatt
Hallstatt Travel Itinerary, Day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt
Hallstatt Travel Itinerary, Day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt
After we arrived, we wander the Old Town of Hallstatt. I highly recommend you to take a walk before all the tour bus arrives. Walking down the street just makes me happy. Alternatively, you can ride on the Swan Boat (15 euro per person) or take a ferry to explore the beauty of this little old town. Most shops are close in the morning. Thus,  best to schedule your shopping in the afternoon after exploring the town.

Like all the tourist souvenirs shops in the world, some items are extortion. We heard one of the shop owners gave a quote of a tote bag (cloth base material with prints of a cat) that you can find from Taobao for 40 euro. Erm seriously? Anyway, I grab a few postcards from the museum and sent some love back home.

Take the Funicular to the World Heritage Skywalk
Hallstatt itinerary, one day in hallstatt, hallstatt
Hallstatt Travel Itinerary, Day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt
After the stroll, we visited World Heritage Skywalk. We bought the Funicular + Salt Mine Tour for 34 Euro. The salt mine tour comes with an audio guide and a 80 minute Salt Mine tour. If you don’t plan to visit the salt mine, you can still take a stroll along the “Path Through Time” and enjoy nature. Round trip ticket of Funicular price at 18 Euro

Visit the Oldest Salt Mine - Salzwelten in the World
Hallstatt Travel Itinerary, Day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt
Hallstatt salt mine
Hallstatt Travel Itinerary, Day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt
At the start of our 80 minutes guided tour, we were told to change into Miner’s Uniform. How cute! Then, we walk in the tunnel and were brought to a different part of the Mine while the guide explained the process. Favourite part of the tour is definitely sliding off the

Do note that this Salt Mine is different from the one stated in your Salzburg Card. The only card with price deduction is the Salzkammergut Summer Card. Do arrive 15 minutes before the start of the tour. You can check the time of the tour at the ticket counter

Address: Ramsaustra├če 3, 5422 Bad D├╝rrnberg, Austria
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am – 5pm

Have lunch at Restaurant Rudolfsturm
hallstatt lunch restaurant  We were pretty sceptical about the food and price that was served at this restaurant with a million dollar view. It turns out pretty good. We ordered a Schnitzel and Sausage to share and it was good! Plus, the dishes were reasonably priced too!

Address: Salzberg 1, 4830 Hallstatt, Austria
Opening Hours: Daily, 9 am – 6pm

Other Things to do in Hallstatt
Hallstatt Ossuary aka The Bone House
photosource : hallstattnet
Located next to the Catholic Church, One of the unusual sites in Hallstatt is the Ossuary. Also known as the Bone House, this place has a huge collection of painted skulls. Some were even from the 20th century. Skull painting is a custom used in Hallstatt for reuse of a new burial. Skulls were transferred from the grave to Charnel as a second funeral. Family members will then preserved it by decorative paintings and inscriptions.

Entry Fee:1.50 Euro
Address: Kirchenweg 40, 4830 Hallstatt, Austria

1st November 2018 to 30th of April 2019
Wednesday to Sunday daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Closed Monday & Tuesday!

Summer/ Autumn
1st of April 2019 to 30th September 2019: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1st of October to 31th of October 2019: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Staying a night in Hallstatt
Hallstatt accommodation
Initially, we planned to stay a night in Hallstatt so that we can wake up to this stunning view with less crowd. However, after doing some research, we realised that the accommodation is expensive and not very accessible. Plus, it seems like there is nothing much to do at night. If you love the view of lake, you may want to consider to stay around Bad Ischl or St Gilgen (That was our initial plan before we decide on Salzburg)

In the end, we decide to give it a missed and took a day trip instead. However, if you are planning to visit the region and plans to stay for at least 3 night, do not forget to collect your complimentary Salzkammergut Summer Card!

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