Day Trip to Hallstatt is another day trip from Munich you cannot miss. The first time, I discovered Hallstatt with a friend of mine from Pakistan, Ammara, in September.  The second time, I traveled there with the Munich Travel Community in November. In this blog, you find everything you need to plan a day trip to Hallstatt from Munich or Salzburg including the best possible way to get there with public transport, the best time schedule, things to do in Hallstatt and the necessary budget for the entire day.  Of course, the best way to explore Hallstatt is staying in Hallstatt at least for two days. So if you have time for more than one day, check out my accommodation recommendations. 

Table of contents

  1. About Hallstatt
  2. Hallstatt from Munich and back with time schedule
    2.1 From Munich to Salzburg by train
    2.2 From Salzburg to Hallstatt Bahnhof by bus and train
    2.3 From Hallstatt Bahnhof to Hallstatt Markt by ship
  3. Things to do in Hallstatt
  4. Budget for the entire day
  5. Where to stay in Hallstatt
  6. From Munich to Hallstatt by car
  7. How to dress up for Hallstatt

1. About Hallstatt

Hallstatt is a small town in the Salzkammergut region of the district of Gmunden in Austria. It’s located on the southwestern shores of the Hallstatt Lake armed by the Dachstein massif. The town is famous for its production of salt. In case you want to buy high quality salt, it’s definitely the place.

2. Hallstatt from Munich and back with time schedule

As a matter of fact, there are several ways to get to Hallstatt from Munich. In order to find out which way is the best, I made a lot of researches about all the options using public transport. Obviously, I would like to talk about the best one in this blog. Each time I traveled to Hallstatt I followed the same route.

Here is the plan with time schedule. If you like it, you can check out the next sections with the details. The time table stays pretty much the same all the time, so you can rely on my scheduling as well.

07:30 Meeting at Hauptbahnhof and buying the Bayern tickets
Or simply buy your tickets online to save time.
07:56 Departure from Munich to Salzburg
09:42 Arrival to Salzburg and buying tickets until Hallstatt Bahnhof
Or buy your tickets online to save time.
10:15 Departure from Salzburg for Bad Ischl (bus number 150)
11:47 Arrival to Bad Ischl
12:20 Departure from Bad Ischl Bahnhof (train)
12:47 Arrival to Hallstatt Bahnhof and buying your tickets for the ferry
13:00 Departure from Hallstatt Markt (ship)

You have nearly 5 hours of sightseeing time including the ferry time.

16:45 Departure from Hallstatt Markt (ship) to Hallstatt Bahnhof
17:08 Departure from Hallstatt Bahnhof to Bad Ischl Bahnhof (train)
17:36 Departure from Bad Ischl Bahnhof to Salzburg (bus number 150)
20:15 Departure from Salzburg to Munich (train)
22:15 Arrival to Munich

2.1 From Munich to Salzburg by train

Buy Bayern-Ticket. You can double-check the schedule using the below search engine.

2.2 From Salzburg to Hallstatt Bahnhof by bus and train

You can find the timetable on the website of ÖBB. Even if you just want to see the timetable, click on book tickets and not on search connection. If you click on search connection, you can’t see all the options for the Hallstatt. You can buy the tickets once you get to Salzburg in the ÖBB office close to the main entrance of the train station. Alternatively, you can purchase your ticket online on the ÖBB website. A ticket including the trains and buses between Salzburg and Hallstatt cost €29,20.

Given that you are a group, you may buy tickets with group discount. However, in that case one person has to pay for all the tickets and I don’t think that saving 50-60 cents would worth the hassle. By all means, it’s much more convenient to pay separately.

Once you have the tickets, walk out of the train station and on the left you will find a bus station and just look for bus number 150.

You might ask why I didn’t choose the other options. Why not the only train alternative? Because the bus option is much cheaper even if you get group discount for the train and it takes the same time as with the only train option. Why not Einfach-Raus-Ticket? Because with this ticket you can only take regional trains and with them the journey one way will take 4-5 hours.

2.3 From Hallstatt Bahnhof to Hallstatt Markt by ferry

The Hallstatt train station is right next to the ferry station. Just buy a return ticket there right away. Must be remembered that here you can only pay with cash. With this in mind, make sure you have enough cash on you.

3. Things to do in Hallstatt

Given the fact that we have only maximum 5 hours in Hallstatt I prepared the plan. 🙂

Walking through the old town and the Market Square of Hallstatt

When you get off the ship, taking a left you’ll walk through the old town passing Market Square.

Travel in Hallstatt with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective
Travel to Hallstatt with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective

Photo-shooting from the Skywalk

The Skywalk is a viewing platform which offers a panoramic view over the Lake of Hallstatt. After about a 10 minutes walking distance from the ferry station, when you are about to leave the old part of Hallstatt, you’ll take a right to get to the cable car to get to the Skywalk. Alternatively, it’s also possible to walk there. It seemed like an easy walk leading to the Skywalk, but provided that you have only 5 hours in Hallstatt, I don’t recommend it. Not only from the Skywalk, but also from the terrace of the restaurant over there you can take brilliant photos.

Skywalk in Hallstatt with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective
Travel to Hallstatt with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective

The Catholic Parish Church and the Ossuary Chapel

Travel to Hallstatt with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective

Photo-shooting at the Point of Silence

I would like to point out that this is the best place to take a photo with a view of Hallstatt. Where you see the sign Point of Silence, that is the point from which you can take the best images of Hallstatt. 🙂

Travel to Halltatt with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective

Drink a cup of Glühwein

There is a supermarket called, Spar, just 30 seconds from the ferry station. If you have time, warm yourself up with a Glühwein, a hot wine punch. Unfortunately, it’s not allowed to take it to the ship, so you need to finish it before it embarks. 🙂

4. Budget for the entire day

Obligatory
Bayern Ticket: €9.80 (if you are five persons)
ÖBB bus + train two ways: €29.20
Ferry two ways: €5
Cable Car: €16

TOTAL: €60.00

Optional
Glühwein: ~€3.80

5. Where to stay in Hallstatt

In case you would prefer an entire weekend in Hallstatt, check out my accommodation recommendations. 🙂

My top recommendations in the old town

Heritage Hotel Hallstatt
If you would like to have the best experience in Hallstatt, make sure you choose the right hotel. The Heritage Hotel in Hallstatt is a historical building which offers views of the town and Lake Hallstatt.

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PinkDeer is a cute little house also offering lake and mountain views.

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My top recommendations in Austrian holiday houses close to the old town

Ferienwohnung Aschauer
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Appartement Emilia
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Hallstatt Lakeside
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6. From Munich to Hallstatt by car

If you prefer driving instead of using public transport, I recommend renting a car through Auto Europe. If you are more than 2 persons, it’s already worth it.

7. How to dress up for Hallstatt

Traveling in autumn and winter is a lot fun, but to enjoy it, you need to dress up well. Wear several layers: warm socks, stockings, vest, roll neck sweater and a warm coat. Better to have more than less. Especially, the shoes are very important. Wear shoes with a thick sole. In my opinion, if you wear normal sport shoes, you might not enjoy your trip as you feel cold.

If you live in Germany, you can shop in Sportscheck where you can find a wide range of high quality boots, shoes and clothing.

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