A guide to Salzburg airport in Austria

Salzburg International airport (SZG), also referred to as W. A. Mozart airport, is the second largest aviation hub in Austria only behind Vienna International. Its passenger terminals lie roughly 3 kilometres away from Salzburg city centre and just 2 kilometres from the German border. It serves as a hub for the carrier Eurowings in the country, although it handles high volumes of both scheduled and seasonal operations by major international airlines and is also known for being a primary gateway into the main ski holiday areas in the neighbouring regions. Continue reading our recommendations if you plan to land in Salzburg for the first time anytime soon.

Travelling from the airport to Salzburg

In order to cover the short distance between Salzburg airport and the city, you may ride one of the trolley bus lines (2 and 10) departing every 10 minutes from the airport terminals on working days and every 20 minutes on weekends and holidays. The trolley bus journey from the airport to Salzburg takes about 15 minutes, and a one-way ticket costs 2,5 euros. If you plan to explore the city and get the 3-day Salzburg card to visit its main attractions, you will also be able to use it as a transport pass. Alternatively, you may take a taxi outside the arrivals zone of the airport to get to your hotel in Salzburg in a matter of minutes.

Terminals of Salzburg airport in Austria

There are two terminal buildings in Salzburg airport of Austria (SZG): Terminal 1 is the largest terminal, and its facilities comprise two distinct areas for Schengen and non-Schengen operations each; it also features shops, restaurants and an observation deck affording privileged views of the runway. In Salzburg airport, passengers walk across the runway or else are transported by bus to board the airplanes since there are no jet bridges available. Terminal 2 is a smaller building dedicated to the air traffic of the peak holiday season, which accounts for its extra counters specifically designated for checking in skiing gear. The dining options are limited here, so consider stopping at T1 to grab a bite to eat first if you are hungry.

Passenger services in SZG

Salzburg airport has an airport lounge for first-class and business-class passengers of flights operated by Air Baltic, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Eurowings, Finnair, Lufthansa, S7Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Likewise, members of Priority Pass, Lounge Cub and Diners Club, and travellers who purchase a pass at the Ticket Centre of Terminal 1 are admitted into the Salzburg airport lounge. Opening hours go from 5am to 9pm, so if you need to stay overnight to wait for your early morning flight, we recommend you book a hotel near Salzburg airport.

Among other amenities for travellers going through this airport in Austria we count the aforementioned observation deck, which is accessible from the upper level of Terminal 1, features a cafe and provides impressive runway views; an art gallery with temporary exhibitions on display that stays open from 7am to 10pm daily; a security fast track that can be accessed by buying a 5€ pass at the Ticket Centre and free unlimited WiFi in the majority  of public and restricted zones.

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Flights to Salzburg in Austria

The listed below are the airlines flying to Salzburg in Austria both regularly and seasonally.

Airlines that operate scheduled flights to SZG (all year round):

Air Serbia (from Nis), Austrian Airlines (Vienna), British Airways (London Gatwick), easyjet (Berlin Schönefeld), Eurowing (Berlin Tegel, Köln Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg), Finnair (Helsinki), Lufthansa (Frankfurt) and Ryanair (London Stansted).

Flying to Salzburg on peak-holiday season

You can get seasonal flights to Salzburg in Austria with Aer Lingus (from Dublin and Cork), Air Baltic (Riga, Tallinn), Air Cairo and FlyEgypt (Hurghada), British Airways (London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow), Jet2.com and easyJet (Amsterdam, Belfast International, Bristol, Hamburg, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, Birmingham, Leeds), Eurowings (Corfu, Gran Canaria , Heraklion, Terme), Olbia (Palma de Mallorca), Flybe (Birmingham and Newcastle), I-Fly and Pobeda (Moscow Vnukovo), Norwegian Air Shuttle (Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, London Gatwick, Oslo Gardermoen, Stavenger, Stockholm Arlanda) and Pegasus (Antalya).