Salzburg Card

On this page you will find all the important information about the Salzburg Card: What services does the Salzburg Card offer and who is it suitable for? How long is it valid and where can you buy it?

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Salzburg Card
  • Visit top sights free of charge
  • Free travel on public transport (except S-Bahn)
  • Partial priority entry without queuing
  • Attractive discounts for culture & concerts
  • Valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours
  • Pick up your Salzburg Card in the city
  • With the card you save money in Salzburg!

How the Salzburg Card works

With the Salzburg Card, the official City Pass of the city of Mozart, you can explore Salzburg conveniently and cheaply. The City Card offers free admission to 21 sights and museums. These include Salzburg's most important attractions such as Mozart's birthplace, Hohensalzburg Fortress and Hellbrunn Palace. Travel on the Untersberg railway is also free.

At some attractions you even have priority over the other guests and can thus avoid the queues. In addition, the Salzburg Card offers reduced admission to over 30 providers of concerts, city tours, cultural events and other experiences.

In addition, the Salzburg Card is also a mobility card that allows you to travel free of charge on the Obus and Albus buses in the city of Salzburg during the validity period of the City Card (24, 48 or 72 hours).

You can conveniently buy the Salzburg Card online and exchange it for an electronic chip card on site. Depending on the option booked, this is valid for up to 72 hours and is read at the participating attractions.

You can enjoy these advantages with the Salzburg Card:

  • Free admission to more than 20 attractions
  • Partial preferential admission
  • Free bus rides in Salzburg
  • Additional 30+ discounts

Who is the Salzburg Card suitable for?

The Salzburg Card is one of the few City Cards that pays for itself after just a few sights. We therefore recommend it to all travellers who want to visit some of the city's most famous sights and use public transport.

In summer, the City Card is worthwhile from just two attractions per day.

In addition, the card makes travelling easier, as you no longer have to worry about separate tickets and tickets for public transport.

What does the Salzburg Card cost?

The price of the Salzburg Card depends on the period of validity and the season. The following prices apply to persons aged 16 and over:

24 hours31,00 €28,00 €
48 hours40,00 €36,00 €
72 hours46,00 €41,00 €

In the low season, some sights and museums remain closed. To ensure that the City Card is still worthwhile, it is offered at a reduced price during this time.

Children between 6 and 15 years pay half price. Children under 6 receive a children's rate or free admission in some attractions.

All services of the Salzburg Card

With the Salzburg Card you can visit many of the city's most popular sights and museums free of charge. You even get priority admission to some attractions, so you not only save money but also time. In addition, the City Card offers discounts on numerous concerts, cultural events and other experiences and you can use most of the public transport free of charge.

You can find the current brochure with all services here: Salzburg Card 2024

Free sights, museums & experiences

  • Fortress Hohensalzburg
  • Hellbrunn Palace
  • Mozart's home and birthplace
  • Bible World
  • Salzburg city boat trip
  • Untersbergbahn
  • Fortress railway
  • Salzburg Hellbrunn Zoo

A complete overview of all free services including helpful tips on the attractions can be found here: Free admissions Salzburg Card

Make sure that your card is still valid when using the Untersbergbahn, Festungsbahn & Mönchsberg lift, even during the descent.

Discounts with the Salzburg Card

In addition to the free offers, the Salzburg Card offers you attractive discounts for many tours and cultural events.

  • Salzachklamm adventure gorge
  • Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
  • Salzburg Playhouse
  • World of poisons
  • Hop-on/hop-off bus tour
  • Mirabell Palace Concerts
  • City tour
  • Carrera World
  • Gollinger Waterfall

Here you will find a complete overview of all included discounts: Discounts Salzburg Card

To take advantage of the discount for concerts, please state that you are a Salzburg Card holder when booking (by e-mail or telephone, not online).

Public transport with the Salzburg Card

The Salzburg Card entitles you to free use of the electric trolley buses and bus lines during the period of validity of the City Card. The buses usually run every 10-15 minutes. Children between the ages of 6 and 14 travel at the minimum fare of the Salzburg Transport Association.

You can use the following means of transport:

  • Trolleybus lines 1-14
  • Albus lines 20-28, 31, 34, 35, 36 and 151
  • Postbus routes 130 and 140 to Eugendorf, 160 to Elsbethen, 180 to Großgmain, 181 to Walserberg and 170 to Rif/Taxach
  • Lokahlbahn S1 to Acharting

With public transport you can reach all the attractions included in the Salzburg Card free of charge. Most of the sights are also within easy walking distance.

Public transport in Salzburg
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Hop-on/hop-off bus

Salzburg Sightseeing Tours offers two hop-on hop-off routes in the city. You can hop on and off as often as you like during the tour. This way you get to all the important sights of the city and can decide for yourself which highlights of Salzburg you would like to visit.

With the Salzburg Card you get 20% discount on the 24-hour ticket. The ticket is only available at the sales point at Mirabellplatz.

Is the Salzburg Card worth it?

The Salzburg Card is already worthwhile from the use of just a few sights and has a very good price-performance ratio. Especially with a validity of 48 or 72 hours, the card pays off quickly, as many of Salzburg's most popular attractions are included in the services.

The following table shows how much you can save, using the 72-hour ticket during peak season as an example:

AttractionWithout Salzburg CardWith Salzburg Card
Salzburg Card 72h46,- €
Public transport: 3 days14,10 €Free of charge
Hohensalzburg Fortress incl. Fortress Railway14,50 €Free of charge
Mozart's birthplace13,50 €Free of charge
Untersbergbahn (ascent and descent)28,00 €Free of charge
Hellbrunn Palace & Water Games15,00 €Free of charge
Boat trip (Tour 1)17,00 €Free of charge
Stiegl Brewery World incl. tasting13,90 €Free of charge
Total116,- €46,- €

Especially in summer, the purchase price of the Salzburg Card is quickly recouped. The card is especially worthwhile if you also want to use the Untersbergbahn, as the ticket price for this is particularly expensive.

Basically, the more often you use your City Card, the more you benefit from it!

Buy & collect Salzburg Card

You can buy the Salzburg Card online at various ticket platforms, including the following You will then receive a voucher that you can either print out or save on your smartphone. You then exchange this voucher for an electronic chip card on site. The exchange is possible at the following locations:

  • Shuttle Bus No. 18 to the Old Town
  • Tourist Info - Mozartplatz 5 (opening hours: daily 9am-5pm, January to March closed on Sundays)
  • Tourist Info - Südtirolerplatz 1 (Salzburg main station)

Before using the City Card for the first time, the name and the desired start date and time must be entered on the back. This is the only way to ensure validity on public transport. The card is personal and non-transferable.

If your travel plans change, you can cancel your purchase free of charge up to 23:59 the night before your visit.

Salzburg Card

Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages of the Salzburg Card

  • The most important sights of the city can be visited free of charge.
  • A large number of public transport services can be used free of charge. This means that all the attractions included in the card can be reached free of charge.
  • In some cases you can take advantage of preferential admission.
  • You don't have to worry about tickets and prices.
  • The value for money is very good: the card pays for itself quickly.

Disadvantages of the Salzburg Card

  • The scope of services may be reduced in winter, as some attractions are closed at this time. However, the purchase price for the Salzburg Card is also reduced during this period.

More offers in Salzburg

Even if you don't decide to buy a Salzburg Card, you can also buy many attractive offers individually. Here we have summarised some popular offers for you:

FAQ about the Salzburg Card

How does the Salzburg Card work?

You buy the Salzburg Card online, receive a voucher and collect it when you arrive in the city. With the card you can visit numerous museums and sights for free within 24, 48 or 72 hours. Some of them have fast-track access to avoid waiting times.

In addition, the card allows you to use many of the city's public transport services. The Untersbergbahn and the Festungsbahn can also be used free of charge.

Can I use public transport with the Salzburg Card?

Yes, with the Salzburg Card you can use most of the public transport in Salzburg. Many lines of the electric trolley buses and buses are included as well as the local train S1.

S-Bahn trains cannot be used free of charge with the card.

Can I cancel the Salzburg Card free of charge?

Yes, you can cancel your ticket free of charge until 23:59 on the evening before your departure if you purchase a refundable ticket.

How is the Salzburg Card activated?

After collecting the electronic chip card in Salzburg, write your name, the desired start date and the start time on the card. From this point on, the card is valid and activated.

Is the Salzburg Card worth it for families?

Since many sights and museums already offer reduced or free admission for children and young people as standard, the Salzburg Card is more worthwhile for adults. Children up to 6 years of age can also use public transport free of charge, and from 6 to 14 years of age at the minimum fare.

Author: Patrick

Here writes: Patrick

Patrick has visited various metropolises such as Amsterdam, London, Paris and Barcelona. Here he writes about the most important City Cards. His aim is to present detailed and up-to-date information for the official tourist maps of popular cities.

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