Should you visit Salzburg or Bad Gastein?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Salzburg or Bad Gastein, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
Most people know of Salzburg from its roll in the infamous movie "The Sound of Music." Every child who fell in love with this movie knows the gazebo scene in the rain, or could sing "My Favorite Things" as they skip down the Salzach River, but once you get past the obvious cliches, you can see that Salzburg is a city with a lot of depth and culture aside from the movie.
Located in the High Tauern Mountains south of Salzburg, Bad Gastein is a spa and ski town known for hotels and villas built into steep and forested slopes. While the town is most visited in the winter for skiing purposes, it is also a home base for many hiking opportunities throughout the summer.
Which city is cheaper, Bad Gastein or Salzburg?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Salzburg is €123, while the average daily cost in Bad Gastein is €97. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Salzburg and Bad Gastein in more detail.
A hotel room in Salzburg is about €148 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
Bad Gastein's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €98. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €49.
Food in Salzburg costs travelers about €32 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
On average, meal and food prices in Bad Gastein cost around €28 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €11.
Meals for one day
Bad Gastein €28
Typical Food prices in Salzburg
Some typical examples of dining costs in Salzburg are as follows:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salzburg
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Salzburg.
Austrian Apple Strudel Cooking Class including Lunch:
Salzburg Christmas Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Lesson:
Mozart and Advent/Christmas Concert with Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg:
Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg:
Mozart Dinner Concert at the Baroque Hall of St Peter`s Abbey in Salzburg:
Fortress HohenObservationtower Admission, Dinner and Mozart Concert:
Dinner Cooking Class & Concert - Prezels, Dumplings, Apple Strudel & Mozart:
The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg With Lunch or Dinner:
Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Salzburg with River Cruise:
Best of Mozart Concert and GOLDEN VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg:
2-Night Salzburg Mozart Tour and Dinner Show:
Riding Dinner SBG - horse-carriage ride incl. Austrian delicacies (SparkSight.):
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €16 per day to get around in Salzburg.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €32 per day to get around in Bad Gastein.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salzburg
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salzburg:
Airport Transfer: Salzburg to Munich Airport (MUC):
Arrival Private Transfers: Salzburg Airport SZG to Salzburg in Business Car:
Arrival Private Transfers: Salzburg Airport SZG to Salzburg in Luxury Van:
Departure Private Transfers: Salzburg to Salzburg Airport SZG in Business Car:
Departure Private Transfers: Salzburg to Salzburg Airport SZG in Luxury Van:
From Salzburg to Frankfurt Airport Private Transfer - punctual & friendly Driver:
From Salzburg to Munich Airport- Private Transfer - punctual & friendly Driver:
Low Cost Private Transfer From Salzburg Airport to Linz City - One Way:
Low Cost Private Transfer From Salzburg Airport to Salzburg City - One Way:
Low Cost Private Transfer from Salzburg Airport or Salzburg City to Salzburg City or Salzburg Airport:
Low Cost Private Transfer from Salzburg City to Salzburg Train Station:
Low Cost Private Transfer from Salzburg to Munich:
Is it cheaper to fly into Salzburg or Bad Gastein?
Prices for flights to both Bad Gastein and Salzburg change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €24 per person, per day in Salzburg. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €17 per person, per day in Bad Gastein. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Tours and Activities in Salzburg
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Salzburg are as follows:
Auto-guided Private Tour of Salzburg:
Salzburg Private Tour: Sound of Music City Exploration Game:
Sightseeing with the Sound of Music: A Salzburg Audio Tour:
A taste of An audio tour through the birthplace of Mozart:
Salzburg Self-Guided Audio Tour:
Fortress Hohensalzburg Admission Ticket:
Salzburg Sightseeing City Cruise on Salzach River:
Panoramic Salzburg City Tour:
Salzburg Historical Walking Tour:
Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Salzburg:
Hallein Salt Mine Entrance Ticket:
Salzburg Old Town Running Tour:
The average person spends about €21 on alcoholic beverages in Salzburg per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bad Gastein may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €6.29 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Salzburg
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Salzburg:
Sample the Local Flavors in Salzburg
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Salzburg:
Private Austrian Food and Wine Tasting with a Sommelière & Chef:
Private Half Day Salzburg City Tour including Visit to the Stiegl Brewery:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Salzburg and Bad Gastein, we can see that Salzburg is more expensive. And not only is Bad Gastein much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Bad Gastein would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bad Gastein and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Salzburg would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Salzburg than you might in Bad Gastein.
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