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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown
Compact Elite
Volkswagen ID.3 or similar
Volkswagen ID.3
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$44.37 per day
Salzburg Railway Station
Economy
Seat Ibiza or similar
Seat Ibiza
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$61.70 per day
Salzburg Airport
Mini
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • Man.
Megadrive
$63.75 per day
Salzburg Airport
Compact
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Buchbinder
$76.63 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Salzburg Airport
Standard SUV
Opel Grandland or similar
Opel Grandland
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$92.96 per day
Salzburg Airport
Intermediate
Mini Countryman or similar
Mini Countryman
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Flizzr
$111.72 per day
Downtown
Full-size
BMW 3 series or similar
BMW 3 series
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$159.00 per day
Salzburg Airport
Premium Convertible
Mercedes Benz C Class Cabrio or similar
Mercedes Benz C Class Cabrio
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
$258.80 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:17 on 2024-07-13. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
German, English, Turkish, Serbian
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+43
Average car rental price
$109 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
100 - 130 km/h or 62 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.6 / 10
Average gas price
$1.83 per liter or $6.93 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$1.53 per liter or $5.77 per gallon
Highest gas price
$2.18 per liter or $8.25 per gallon

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

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 $74.79 per day
  • From Salzburg to Budapest - 78 offers from $77.72 per day
  • From Salzburg to Copenhagen - 48 offers from $221.88 per day
  • From Salzburg to Malmö - 48 offers from $221.88 per day
  • From Salzburg to Vienna - 144 offers from $46.61 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 3 km (1.9 mi) west 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 13 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 3 hours and 15 minutes

  • Munich Airport: The second largest in Germany and the eighth-busiest in all of Europe, Munich Airport handled almost 50 million travelers in 2019. 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 150km (93 miles) northwest of Salzburg which can be reached in a bit over 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.

City facts

  • Salzburg has a humid continental climate with warm summers, cool winters, and four distinct seasons. The average high temperature is 25°C  (77°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. In the 8th century, 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 sights and activities

  • Schloss Hellbrunn (Hellbrunn Palace). 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 several  museumsand 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 Geburtshaus (Mozart’s Birthplace). 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.
  • Kapuzinerberg. One of the greatest things about Salzburg is the nature that surrounds it, and some of it can even be enjoyed without leaving the city. Known for its heavily forested slopes, Capucine Hill (named after a monastery that was once located in the area) is one such gem, offering stunning views of the city below and the even higher peaks that surround it.
  • Mirabell Palace and Gardens. The historic Mirabell Palace was built in 1606 and is part of the historic city center of the City of Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Several scenes of The Sound of Music were filmed in the Mirabell gardens.

Traffic and parking

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 130km/h (80mph) on highways, 100km/h (62 mph) on country roads, and 50km/h (31mph) or 30km/h (18mph) inside populated areas.
  • During winter, some smaller high-altitude roads and passes can be inaccessible due to snow conditions. 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, or during major winter/ski holidays, 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. At major border crossings, digital toll stickers are now available.

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 day trips

  • Grossglockner High Alpine Road. The highest paved mountain road in Austria cuts across Hohe Tauern National Park, delivering staggering views of Austria’s highest mountains. This toll road links Bruck in the state of Salzburg with Heiligenblut in the state of Carinthia. The road is open seasonally, usually from late May, or early June until late October. It’s a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from the city center of Salzburg to Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße. 
  • Hochkönig Holiday Region. This gorgeous alpine region in the state of Salzburg is a popular ski destination in winter and well-known hiking destination in summer and early fall. The region encompasses the towns of Mühlbach, Dienten, and Maria Alm am Steinernen Meer. Brimming with gourmet mountain huts and hospitable accommodations, this is one of the best places to visit around Salzburg. 
  • Filzmoos. Blessed with a fabled setting at the base of the Gosaukamm mountains, this lovely town in Salzburg is a fantastic base for hiking in the Dachstein in summer and fall and cross-country skiing in winter. It’s only an hour-drive from Salzburg city to Filzmoos. 
  • 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 17km (10 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 the rugged Dachstein mountains, Hallstatt is a small, but impressive village. 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 77km (48 miles) southeast of Salzburg, Hallstatt can be reached in just one hour and 20 minutes.
  • 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 Weißwürste have no match anywhere in Europe. If you’re up for something more exciting, you can even go river surfing in the city center (all year round)! Just 145km (90 miles) northwest of Salzburg, Munich can be reached in about 1 hour 45 minutes. Like with Bad Reichenhall, ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit crossing the international border.
  • Carinthia. Perhaps a little less known to foreign visitors, the scenery in the southern state of Carinthia can match the mountains and highland lakes of Salzburg and Tyrol. The best place to enjoy the Carinthian nature is HoheTauern National Park, although the region’s quaint capital, Klagenfurt, shouldn’t be overlooked either. The latter is about a 2-hour-and-40-minute drive from Salzburg, but the region itself is nearer and can be visited on a day trip.

Most popular 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

For more about traveling around Austria with a rental car, check out our complete guide.

  • Lech am Arlberg. Wedged between the Lechquellen Mountains and the Lechtal Alps, this charming alpine town in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg is a premier ski destination in winter and a hiking destination in summer. Lech is 300 km southwest of Salzburg city, a three-hour drive.

  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Located at the base of Wetterstein mountains, this resort town in the Bavarian Alps in Germany is a fantastic holiday destination for active travelers. Make sure to visit the Partnach Gorge, open all year long, Lake Eibsee, accessible all year long, and Höllental Gorge, only open in summer. 

  • 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, visiting Innsbruck’s Ambras fortress and the Golden Roof are 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

  • Convertibles - from $259 per day
  • Station wagons - from $76 per day
  • Large cars - from $97 per day
  • Medium cars - from $44 per day
  • Vans - from $118 per day
  • Premium cars - from $197 per day
  • Small cars - from $54 per day
  • SUVs - from $63 per day

Money-saving tips

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!
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What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Salzburg?

Car rental prices in Salzburg vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Salzburg
$54.30
January
$66.42
February
$71.68
March
$57.83
April
$59.60
May
$82.61
June
$142.04
July
$151.75
August
$117.20
September
$71.47
October
$61.90
November
$79.93
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Salzburg is January (when prices average $54.30 per day). This is 36% cheaper than the yearly average and 64% cheaper than renting in August (when prices average $151.75).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Salzburg?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in August, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in April, they keep their car for 4 days.
Average number of rental days in Salzburg
6
January
7
February
5
March
4
April
5
May
7
June
7
July
8
August
6
September
6
October
5
November
7
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Salzburg is June, and the least popular is November.
Monthly searches in Salzburg by pick-up date relative to the average
81%
January
98%
February
105%
March
69%
April
138%
May
156%
June
105%
July
134%
August
112%
September
84%
October
40%
November
79%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 3
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Buchbinder, Megadrive, Europcar, SIXT, Dryyve
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, Large cars, Station wagons
Lowest price $44 per day
Cheapest supplier Europcar

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Buchbinder Hyundai i20 4 2 Small cars
Megadrive Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Megadrive Volkswagen Golf 4 2 Medium cars
Europcar Skoda Kamiq 5 2 Medium cars
Dryyve Opel Corsa 4 1 Small cars
SIXT VW T-Cross 5 1 Medium cars
Buchbinder Opel Astra 4 1 Medium cars
Europcar Jeep Compass 5 3 Large cars
Buchbinder Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Dryyve Citroen DS3 5 2 Medium cars

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

Israel
Volkswagen T-Cross
September 9, 2023
great waterfalls at allstate
Israel
Volkswagen T-Roc
August 21, 2023
traveling with family through nature, small towns and villages, mountains, lakes and forests.
Jordan
Ford Focus
May 11, 2022
I was scared but everything thing went well
Turkey
VW Golf
April 8, 2022
Great service great car with Extras
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.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
SIXT
8.6 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Enterprise
7.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
17
Total rental companies
16
Average daily price
$108.61
Lowest daily price
$44.37
Total cars available
332

Top 16 suppliers in Salzburg in 2024

SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.6 / 32 reviews
2 locations
$86 - $301
Megadrive
Megadrive
Very good 8.4 / 66 reviews
2 locations
$64 - $148
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.4 / 31 reviews
2 locations
$44 - $346
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.3 / 16 reviews
2 locations
$92 - $259
Buchbinder
Buchbinder
Very good 8.1 / 39 reviews
2 locations
$65 - $179
Dryyve
Dryyve
Very good 8 / 8 reviews
1 location
$89 - $247
AddCar
AddCar
Very good 8 / 1 review
1 location
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8
1 location
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.9 / 6 reviews
2 locations
$85 - $213
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8 / 3 reviews
2 locations
$62 - $304
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
1 location
$86 - $172
Avis
Avis
Good 7.7 / 1 review
3 locations
$98 - $307
DRIVUS
DRIVUS
Good 7.7 / 1 review
2 locations
$338 - $482
National
National
Good 7.7
1 location
WheeGo
WheeGo
Good 7.7
1 location
$108 - $168
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.5
1 location
$87 - $126
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