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The castle is located in the center of Salzburg old town. The funicular runs every ten minutes and takes you to the castle hilltop in only one minute. It takes about 20 minutes on foot. It is not possible to drive there by car.

The entire Salzburg old town is a pedestrian zone and is not accessible by car. We therefore recommend using the public car parks in Mönchsberg or Nonntal. You can find other car parks at the Mirabellgarage, the Rotkreuz-Parkplatz near the Salzach or at the end of the Linzergasse. If you park your car in the convenient „Park & Ride“ parking spaces at the exhibition center (A1 - highway exit exhibition center) or on the Alpenstraße (A10 - highway exit Salzburg south), you can reach the Salzburg old town by public transport quickly and without traffic jams.

Salzburg’s main railway station is only about 20 minutes’ walk from Salzburg old town. Travelers can find bus stops for city buses in the station square. The O-bus lines 1, 25, 3, 5 and 6 go from the main station directly to Salzburg city center. Get off at the bus stop Rathaus (Town Hall) or Ferdinand-Hanusch-Platz (Ferdinand-Hanusch Square). By walking along the Getreidegasse and past the old market, the Residenzplatz, the Domplatz and the Kapitelplatz you can reach the Festungsgasse (Castle Street) in about five minutes.

The city of Salzburg is ideally suited for bus groups. The North Bus Terminal is located on the Paris-Lodron-Straße (near Mirabellplatz), the South Bus Terminal on the Erzabt-Klotz-Straße (Nonntal). These stops allow travelers to get on and get off, and the bus has to then leave the stop immediately. Parking spaces for coaches are located at the highway exit Salzburg North, at Hellbrunn and at the P+R car park Alpenstraße/Salzburg South. 

The walk from the Bus Terminal South to Hohensalzburg Castle goes through the Salzburg old town past Kajetanerplatz, Kaigasse, Kapitelgasse and Kapitelplatz and takes about 15 minutes to the lower station of the funicular. 

Please be aware that the internal restricted zone for coaches applies from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can find all the information on your arrival, car parks, parking fees, restricted zones, etc, on the Salzburg information website.

Salzburg airport is the second largest airport in Austria and is located only around four kilometers away from the city center. It provides very good flight connections to big European cities and is well linked to the main transport hubs of Frankfurt, Vienna, London and Zurich. From Salzburg airport you can reach the Salzburg old town by taxi or public buses (O-bus line 8) in around 20 minutes.