Bad Gastein general information

Bad Gastein general information

Bad Gastein is situated around 90kms from Salzburg and around two hours away from Munich. It’s well-connected with direct buses and trains running from both of these large airports. While most people arrive from the more conveniently situated Salzburg, Munich serves Europe and the rest of the world far better.

Return flights from Heathrow to Salzburg with Lufthansa are pricier, while Stansted to Munich by Easy Jet can be had for a very reasonable outlay.

Though perhaps not the most convenient way to travel, it is possible to reach Bad Gastein by rail – as long as the time and expense are not an issue. The Eurostar links to Bruxelles-Midi, and then a series of connections passing through Munich will get travellers to Bad Gastein in a total of around 17 hours.

A car is almost essential in Bad Gastein, and it’s tricky to get around without one. Only two of the area’s five mountains are linked by lift, and local transport is not efficient enough to make up for it. However, there are plenty of places to hire a car, so as long as there is a designated driver, it shouldn’t cause a problem.

In peak season, over Christmas and from the end of January to the middle of March, a six day lift pass for the area’s 16 lifts is relatively expensive, while in early and late season discounts are available. Youths and children’s passes cost considerably less.