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Car Rental in Salzburg

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Salzburg, Austria
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 2 doors or similar
Fiat 500 2 doors
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$39.28 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$42.87 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$45.45 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$47.86 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Salzburg Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$48.25 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Seat Arona or similar
Seat Arona
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$50.75 / per day
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Salzburg Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus STW or similar
Ford Focus STW
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$51.83 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Global Rent a Car
$53.00 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 21:20 on 2020-07-08. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
German
Currency
EUR
Country code
43
Average car rental length
3 days
Economy car rental price
$55.38 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
100 km/h
62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.3

Why rent a car in Salzburg?

Salzburg is a great place to visit. One of the most picturesque cities in Europe, it offers everything from interesting architecture and high-class cuisine to old salt mines and impressive nature. Salzburg’s great location means that with a rental car, you can easily travel to other parts of Austria and even neighboring Germany, Switzerland, or Italy.

Salzburg Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Salzburg

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Salzburg and drop off in another city include:

  • From Salzburg to Munich - 89 offers from 77.81 USD per day
  • From Salzburg to Budapest - 78 offers from 80.86 USD per day
  • From Salzburg to Copenhagen - 48 offers from 230.84 USD per day
  • From Salzburg to Vienna - 144 offers from 48.49 USD per day
  • From Salzburg to Wroclaw - 23 offers from 230.84 USD per day

Top ways to enter Salzburg

  • Salzburg Airport: Also known as Salzburg W. A. Mozart, it is the primary airport of the State of Salzburg and the second-busiest in Austria. The airport, served by a number of low-cost carriers, handles nearly 2 million travelers every year. Located just 6km (4 miles) southwest of the city center, the airport can be reached in 15-20 minutes depending on traffic. 
  • Linz Airport: Serving the capital of the Upper Austria region, Linz Airport has flights by nine different airlines, although some are only active seasonally. The airport is sometimes also called Blue Danube Airport after the river on which Linz is located. Linz is about 125km (78 miles) northeast of Salzburg and the distance between the two can be traveled in 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • Innsbruck Airport: Serving the Austrian capital of winter sports, Innsbruck Airport is especially active from November to March. It handles more than 1 million travelers every year, offering flights to about 10 different European countries. The airport is 190km (118 miles) southwest of Salzburg, a distance that can be traveled in about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
  • Vienna Airport: By far the largest in Austria, the airport serving the capital city handles more international flights than all the other Austrian airports, put together. Vienna Airport offers countless flights to and from destinations not only in Europe, but also in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. For many travelers, flying here is the easiest (and often the only) way to reach Austria. Vienna Airport is 320km (199 miles) east of Salzburg and can be reached in about three hours.
  • Munich Airport: The second largest in Germany and the eighth-busiest in all of Europe, Munich Airport handled more than 46 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a hub for Lufthansa and is served by a large number of other airlines, including low-cost carriers like easyJet, Vueling, and Norwegian Air. The airport is just 180km (110 miles) northwest of Salzburg which can be reached in about two hours. To travel from Germany to Austria, you’ll have to cross an international border, so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it. An alternative can be to travel by public transportation and to pick up a rental car after arriving in Salzburg.

Useful city facts

  • Salzburg has a humid continental climate with warm summers, cool winters, and four distinct seasons. The average high temperature is  24°C  (76°F) in July, the warmest month, and 3°C  (38°F) in January. Summers are quite humid while winters are drier, but the city experiences significant snowfall every winter.
  • Salzburg’s name literally means “Salt Castle”. Some of the largest salt mines in Europe were located just outside of the city. Riverboats carrying the raw material through Salzburg were subject to a toll, making it one of the wealthiest cities of medieval Europe. The Hallein Salt Mine, just south of Salzburg, is often claimed to be the oldest salt mine in Europe. Nowadays, it is open to tourists.
  • Salzburg’s old town, or Altstadt, is said to be the best-preserved historical center in German-speaking Europe. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it houses no less than 27 churches, some of them splendid examples of Gothic, Romanesque, and Baroque styles.

Top destinations and activities

  • Schloss Hellbrunn. Built in the early 17th century, Hellbrunn is not just a palace, but an architectural complex. In addition to the main building, there are impressive gardens with pools and fountains, an outdoor opera theater carved out of stone, and even in a zoo. One of the nicest places in Austria to spend a day outdoors, it is not to be missed if you’re in Salzburg.
  • Hohensalzburg Fortress. Its name literally means High Salzburg, and it is more than deserved thanks to the stunning views that can be enjoyed from this hilltop fortress. There’s plenty to enjoy inside of it, too, from the old courtyard to a museum of medieval weapons and the Golden Chamber where the prince-archbishop used to reside. The fortress cannot be accessed by car, but you can park at the bottom and then either take a funicular or go on a steep, but rewarding climb.
  • Mozarts Gebursthaus. Salzburg has had its fair share of notable residents, but none can match the genius that was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The world-famous composer lived in the 18th century, and nowadays, the house where he was born, grew up, and created some of his first works has been turned into a museum.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 130km/h (80mph) on highways, 110km/h on main highways, 100km/h (62 mph) on country roads, and 50km/h (31mph) inside populated areas.
  • During winter, some smaller high altitude roads and passes are blocked by snow. It is a good idea to have snow chains in your car. Ask your car rental car provider about it.
  • During the year’s warmest months, July and August, it is not uncommon to experience traffic jams on national highways, especially during the weekends, as this is when most Austrians go on vacation.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced and 0.01% for novice drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, an EU-wide license ban, or even imprisonment.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

To travel on many motorways and other roads in Austria, you need to purchase a special highway vignette or toll sticker. An Austrian highway vignette can be purchased for three periods of time - 10 days, two months, or one year. As a visitor to the country, you’ll most likely choose the first option.

You can buy the Austrian highway vignette in many of the gas stations and stores that are located along highways in Austria. If you arrive in Austria by car from another country, make sure to purchase the Austrian highway vignette at the border, otherwise, you’ll have to pay a fine. Once purchased, it is important to place the vignette inside your vehicle’s windshield. 

Many rental cars in Austria already come equipped with a highway vignette. The price of the vignette is included in the full rental price. To find out more, get in touch with your car rental provider in advance.

In addition to the required purchase of a highway vignette, there are specifically designated toll roads in Austria, many of them tunnels and alpine passes. Usually, you’ll pass through a toll gate before entering the road where you’ll have to pay the toll fee. The payment can usually be made either by cash or credit card. The exact fee will depend on the specific road. Find out more about the toll roads and the fees of using them in Austria on the European toll road website and on the Austrian toll road website.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Bad Reichenhall. A cozy town in the Bavarian Alps, Bad Reichenhall is on the German side of the border, but could be considered a miniature of Salzburg. Much smaller, but just as beautiful, it has many squares, churches, and fortresses to explore as well as high-quality spas and old salt mines that are open for tourists. Located just 22km (14 miles) southwest of Salzburg, Bad Reichenhall can be reached in about 20 minutes. You’ll have to cross an international border and even though both Austria and Germany are part of the Schengen Area and there are no border checkpoints, it’s still a good idea to ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it.
  • Hallstatt. Squeezed between the west bank of Lake Hallstatt and rugged mountains, Hallstatt is a small, but impressive town; many Austrians consider it the most beautiful place in their country. It is also a place of ancient history - inhabited since the Iron Age, it gave the name to the Hallstatt culture of Celts and Illyrians and is often claimed to be the oldest continually-inhabited settlement in Europe. Located 70km (43 miles) southeast of Salzburg, Hallstatt can be reached in just under one hour.
  • Munich. Bavaria’s capital and Germany’s third-largest city is often said to be a big village, and in this case, it comes as a compliment. Its medieval streets and cathedrals are splendid, the locals are cordial, and Munich wursts have no match anywhere in Europe. If you’re up for something more exciting, you can even go river surfing in the city center! Just 145km (90 miles) northwest of Salzburg, Munich can be reached in about 90 minutes. Like with Bad Reichenhall, ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit crossing the international border.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Salzburg is the Fiat Punto, and many travelers also go for the Ford Focus and the Ford Focus. The most popular rental car types are economy, compact, and intermediate.

Further destinations

  • Vienna. The former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna has lost nothing of its imperial charm. Its boulevards and buildings are impressive, its museums are world-class, and its cafeterias promise a truly delicious coffee and cake. Located about 295km (183 miles) east of Salzburg, the capital of Austria can be reached in about three hours.
  • Innsbruck. Innsbruck is the winter sports capital of Austria. It hosted the Winter Olympics in 1976, and ski resorts like Kühtai, Seegrube-Nordkette, and Igls-Patscherkofel remain among the best in Europe. Should you eventually like a day off, Innsbruck’s fortresses and villas offer a very enjoyable relaxation from physical activities. Just 190km (118 miles) southwest of Salzburg, Innsbruck can be reached in about two hours.
  • Venice. One of the most famous cities in Italy, and all of Europe, Venice is less than a five-hour drive south of Salzburg. There are many truly famous landmarks in the sinking city from Saint Mark’s Basilica to Doge’s Palace and the old Jewish Ghetto of Venice. It’s number one attraction, however, is its unique atmosphere found in its narrow side streets and canals away from the main tourist sites. If you have enough time, it’s also worth taking a boat to one of the neighboring islands like Murano or Lido. Before driving from Austria to Italy, ask your rental car provider if they permit crossing the border. 

Car Rental Prices in Salzburg

  • Station wagons - from $86 per day
  • Large cars - from $76 per day
  • Medium cars - from $60 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $142 per day
  • Premium cars - from $157 per day
  • Small cars - from $37 per day
  • SUVs - from $102 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

It’s easy to reserve a great rental car in Austria if you follow these tips:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Salzburg is the cheapest in October when renting a car is about 54% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 71% cheaper than renting a vehicle in May. Come visit Salzburg in autumn!

Top 6 Cities near Salzburg

  1. Vienna Car Rentals from $32.90 per day
    256.8 km / 159.6 miles away
  2. Innsbruck Car Rentals from $36.05 per day
    138.0 km / 85.8 miles away
  3. Graz Car Rentals from $36.55 per day
    203.9 km / 126.7 miles away
  4. Klagenfurt Car Rentals from $37.99 per day
    162.8 km / 101.2 miles away
  5. Linz Car Rentals from $37.99 per day
    100.7 km / 62.6 miles away
  6. Bregenz Car Rentals from $39.28 per day
    246.2 km / 153.0 miles away

Top 11 Locations near Salzburg

  1. Downtown Car Rentals from $39.28 per day
  2. Salzburg Airport Car Rentals from $39.28 per day
    4.3 km / 2.7 miles away
  3. Linz Airport Car Rentals from $37.99 per day
    96.4 km / 59.9 miles away
  4. 142.3 km / 88.4 miles away
  5. 162.5 km / 101.0 miles away
  6. Downtown Car Rentals from $36.55 per day
    196.4 km / 122.1 miles away
  7. Graz Airport Car Rentals from $36.55 per day
    201.7 km / 125.3 miles away
  8. Downtown Car Rentals from $39.28 per day
    250.0 km / 155.3 miles away
  9. 250.7 km / 155.8 miles away
  10. Downtown Car Rentals from $32.90 per day
    252.8 km / 157.1 miles away
  11. Vienna Airport Car Rentals from $32.90 per day
    263.9 km / 164.0 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Salzburg?

Car rental prices in Salzburg vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Salzburg
$60.34
January
$58.31
February
$77.48
March
$65.76
April
$100.18
May
$70.43
June
$63.25
July
$75.75
August
$34.49
September
$28.98
October
$56.53
November
$56.53
December
The best month to rent a car in Salzburg is October (when prices for an Economy class start from $28.98). This is 54% cheaper than the yearly average and 71% cheaper than renting in May (when rental prices start at $100.18 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Salzburg?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in September, travelers rent a car for an average of 20 days in May, the average rental period is 2 days.
Average Rental Length in Salzburg
4
January
5
February
4
March
3
April
2
May
3
June
5
July
3
August
20
September
8
October
4
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Salzburg?

While travelers visit Salzburg year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is February, and the least popular is May.
Popularity of Car Rental in Salzburg by Monthly Searches
140%
January
561%
February
451%
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
47%
November
1%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Global Rent a Car Renault Clio 4 1 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Fiat 500 4 1 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Ford Focus 5d 5 2 Medium cars
Global Rent a Car Opel Crossland X 4 2 Large cars
Buchbinder Ford Focus STW 5 3 Station wagons
Global Rent a Car Ford Tourneo Custom 4 4 People Carriers/Vans
Global Rent a Car Opel Combo 5 3 Station wagons
SIXT Opel Corsa 3 1 Small cars
SIXT Opel Astra Sports Tourer 5 2 Station wagons
Global Rent a Car Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Kia Sportage
June 15, 2019
Beautiful place - lots of parking, easy to drive around, and lots to see and do
United Kingdom
Dacia Sandero
January 24, 2019
Easy access from terminal. Easy return
United Kingdom
Dacia Sandero
December 27, 2018
Excellent city for a short break, easy driving.
United Kingdom
Hyundai i30
August 22, 2018
Beautiful place to visit and picturesque surroundings. Enjoyed every moment of our stay. Will return for longer duration.
United Kingdom
Skoda Fabia
July 22, 2018
We love Austria and we hope to visit again
United Kingdom
Dacia Sandero
July 2, 2018
visiting friends in Obertraun near Hallstatt. been there before so not much to report except that Austria is a beautiful place and will definitrly be visiting it again..
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
June 27, 2018
An interesting and charming city, particularly if you can avoid all the "Sound of Music" and Mozartiana.

Top 10 Suppliers in Salzburg in 2020

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.4
+431505264004
Innsbrucker Bundesstraße 95, 5020 Salzburg
Europcar
Europcar
Exceptional 9.2
+4318661650
Salzburg Airport, Innsbrucker Bundesstraße 95, 5020 Salzburg Flughafen
Working hours
Mon:10:00-18:00
Tue:10:00-18:00
Wed:10:00-18:00
Thu:10:00-18:00
Fri:10:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9
501054160
Salzburg Airport, Salzburg Airport Arrival Hall
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Excellent 8.9
+4350701045000 / +4366285809201
Innsbrucker Bundesstr. 95 Car Rental Pavillon
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+43501054160
Salzburg Airport, Salzburg Airport Arrivals Hall
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+43662877278
Innsbrucker Bundesstraße 95, 5020 Salzburg
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:30
Tue:09:00-17:30
Wed:09:00-17:30
Thu:09:00-17:30
Fri:09:00-17:30
Sat:09:00-17:30
Sun:09:00-17:30
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+43662877278
Flughafen Salzburg
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:30
Tue:09:00-17:30
Wed:09:00-17:30
Thu:09:00-17:30
Fri:09:00-17:30
Sat:09:00-17:30
Sun:09:00-17:30
Megadrive
Megadrive
Very good 7.8
+43501054160 / +4366285809202
Innsbrucker Bundesstrasse 95, 5020 Salzburg
Working hours
Mon:07:30-19:00
Tue:07:30-19:00
Wed:07:30-19:00
Thu:07:30-19:00
Fri:07:30-19:00
Sat:08:00-20:30
Sun:08:00-20:30
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+43050701046597 / +4366285809201
Innsbrucker Bundesstr. 95, 5020 Salzburg, Car Rental Pavillon
Working hours
Mon:07:30-19:00
Tue:07:30-19:00
Wed:07:30-19:00
Thu:07:30-19:00
Fri:07:30-19:00
Sat:08:00-20:30
Sun:08:00-20:30
Buchbinder
Buchbinder
Very good 7.5
+4350701046597
Innsbrucker Bundesstr. 95 Car Rental Pavillon, 5020 Salzburg
Working hours
Mon:07:30-19:00
Tue:07:30-19:00
Wed:07:30-19:00
Thu:07:30-19:00
Fri:07:30-19:00
Sat:08:00-20:30
Sun:08:00-20:30

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