A Travel Price Comparison for Austria Salzburg vs. Innsbruck for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Salzburg or Innsbruck?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Salzburg or Innsbruck, 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.

Salzburg

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.

Innsbruck

Innsbruck is conveniently located near Munich, Germany and northern Italy, making it a centrally located base for seeing the Alps. Innsbruck is also a haven for winter sports and has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. The scenery is stunning and the skiing is world class. It is known as the largest ski resort in the Alps. Innsbruck was also a big contributor to the rise in snowboarding popularity during the 1990's. Snowboarding is still a huge past time in the area, and there is a very vibrant subculture of snowboarders that remains in the area. During the winter months, there are a stream of almost constant events that cater to skiers and winter sports fans, as well as adrenaline junkies. Innsbruck is also home to two different universities and a few smaller colleges, giving the city a youthful vibe with a very vibrant and enthusiastic nightlife.

Which city is cheaper, Innsbruck 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 Innsbruck is €103. 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 Innsbruck in more detail.



Accommodation

A hotel room in Salzburg is about €148 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Innsbruck is €122. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Salzburg 74
    Innsbruck 61
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Salzburg 148
    Innsbruck 122

Food

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.

While meal prices in Innsbruck can vary, the average travelers spends about €32 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Innsbruck should cost around €13 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Innsbruck is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Salzburg 32
    Innsbruck 32
Typical Food prices in Salzburg

Some typical examples of dining costs in Salzburg are as follows:


  • Lunch Salad
    9.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salzburg

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Salzburg.

  • Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Class Including Lunch: $52
  • Austrian Apple Strudel Cooking Class including Lunch: $57
  • Salzburg Christmas Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Lesson: $60
  • Salzach Cruise & Dinner at Hohesalzburg Fortress: $68
  • Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner: $79
  • Mozart and Advent/Christmas Concert with Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg: $82
  • Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg: $82
  • Mozart Concert with Dinner: $84
  • Mozart Dinner Concert at the Baroque Hall of St Peter`s Abbey in Salzburg: $86
  • Fortress HohenObservationtower Admission, Dinner and Mozart Concert: $92
  • Dinner Cooking Class & Concert - Prezels, Dumplings, Apple Strudel & Mozart: $93
  • The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg With Lunch or Dinner: $102

Typical Food prices in Innsbruck

Some typical examples of dining costs in Innsbruck are as follows:


  • Soup for Lunch
    3.75
  • Pasta Lunch
    8.20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Innsbruck

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Innsbruck.

  • Half-Day Food Tour of Tyrolean Cuisine: $137

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €16 per day to get around in Salzburg.

The average price of local transportation around Innsbruck is €12 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Salzburg 16
    Innsbruck 12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salzburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salzburg:

  • Salzburg Airport transfer from W.A. Mozart airport to hotels or apartments: $25
  • Private Airport Transfer: W. A. Mozart Salzburg Airport (SZG) to Salzburg: $28
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Salzburg to W. A. Mozart Salzburg Airport (SZG): $28
  • Low Cost Private Transfer from Salzburg Airport or Salzburg City to Salzburg City or Salzburg Airport: $37
  • Low Cost Private Transfer from Salzburg City to Salzburg Train Station: $37
  • Private Transfer between Salzburg Airport and Salzburg City: $50
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Salzburg Airport to Salzburg City - One Way: $60
  • Salzburg Private Transfer from Salzburg Airport to City centre: $63
  • Private transfer: Salzburg to Salzburg Airport (SZG): $67
  • Private transfer: Salzburg Airport (SZG) to Salzburg: $67
  • Private Transfer to Salzburg Airport or Station: $79
  • Departure Private Transfers: Salzburg to Salzburg Airport SZG in Business Car: $83

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Innsbruck

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Innsbruck:

  • Private Airport Transfer: Innsbruck Airport (INN) to Innsbruck: $24
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Innsbruck to Innsbruck Airport (INN): $24
  • Private Departure Transfer from Innsbruck City Center to Innsbruck Airport: $45
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Innsbruck Airport to Innsbruck City - One Way: $50
  • Private Transfer: Innsbruck to Innsbruck International Airport (INN): $52
  • Private Transfer: Innsbruck International Airport (INN) to Innsbruck: $52
  • Innsbruck Private Transfer from Innsbruck Airport to City centre: $68
  • Innsbruck Private Transfer from Innsbruck city centre to Innsbruck Airport: $68
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Innsbruck Airport to Gerlos City - One Way: $162
  • Deluxe Private Transfer From Innsbruck City to Zell am see City: $190
  • Private Transfer: Innsbruck to Munich Airport (MUC): $531
  • One-way Transfer from Innsbruck City Centre to Prague City Centre: $695

Is it cheaper to fly into Salzburg or Innsbruck?

Prices for flights to both Innsbruck 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.





Entertainment

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.

Innsbruck's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €15 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Salzburg 24
    Innsbruck 15

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: $4.91
  • Salzburg Private Tour: Sound of Music City Exploration Game: $5.21
  • Cathedral Entry Ticket with Audio Guide Option: $5.67
  • Salzburg Cathedral: Guided Tour with Entry Ticket: $5.67
  • A taste of An audio tour through the birthplace of Mozart: $6.99
  • Sightseeing with the Sound of Music: A Salzburg Audio Tour: $6.99
  • The Sound of Music Exploration Game & Tour: $7.93
  • Salzburg Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • DomQuartier Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide: $15
  • Interactive Puzzle and City Exploration Tour: $18
  • Hohensalzburg Fortress Admission Ticket: $19

Typical Entertainment prices in Innsbruck

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Innsbruck are as follows:


  • Schloss Ambras Entrance
    8.00
  • Botanical Garden Entrance Fee
    2.00

Tours and Activities in Innsbruck

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Innsbruck are as follows:

  • City Tower Entrance Ticket: $5.10
  • Skip the Line: Ambras Castle in Innsbruck Entrance Ticket: $9.95
  • Skip the Line: AUDIOVERSUM ScienceCenter - Entrance Ticket: $11
  • Skip the Line: Cable Car Round-Trip from Innsbruck to Hungerburg Ticket: $13
  • Combi Entrance Ticket to Alpine Zoo and Hungerburg: $19
  • Private Tour with a Local Guide: $34
  • Innsbruck Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $38
  • Tyrolean Folk Show Ticket in Innsbruck: $41
  • Skip the Line: Cable Car Round-Trip to the Top of Innsbruck Ticket: $50
  • Best Intro Tour of Innsbruck with a Local: $61
  • Tyrolean Sweets & Coffee Tour: $72
  • Bergisel Ski-Jump Area, private Tour + Tickets: $74

Alcohol

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.

The average person spends about €16 on alcoholic beverages in Innsbruck per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Salzburg 21
    Innsbruck 16
Typical Alcohol prices in Salzburg

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Salzburg:


  • Beer
    3.70

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: $101
  • Private Half Day Salzburg City Tour including Visit to the Stiegl Brewery: $523


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Salzburg and Innsbruck, we can see that Salzburg is more expensive. And not only is Innsbruck much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Innsbruck would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Innsbruck 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 Innsbruck.

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