On this page you will find information about travelling to and in Salzburg, public transport, gastronomy, communication.
The city’s local transport network of buses and trains is managed by Salzburg AG. Buses run until 11 p.m., tickets can be purchased directly in the bus or from tobacconists. A single journey is € 2.30, and a 24hour ticket costs € 5.20. If you buy the ticket from the tobacconists, a single journey is € 1.60 but you need to buy five tickets.
To get to the University of applied Sciences from the city center, you can take the S-Bahn S3 which travels every 30 minutes. For detailed information click here.
Within the city center, most of the attractions are within walking distance. If you need to call a Taxi, the number is 0043 662 8111.
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Electrical sockets (outlets) are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The „Type F“ German style Schuko and the „Type C“ Europlug. Almost all sockets are Schuko, and while the Europlug socket may be found, it’s rare. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in.
Like other members of the European Monetary Union (EMU), Austria’s currency is the Euro. ATMs are known as Bankomaten. They are extremely common and mostly accessible 24 hours. Look for the sign with blue and green horizontal stripes. ATMs are linked up internationally, have English instructions and are usually limited to daily withdrawals of €400 with credit and debit cards.
Visa, EuroCard and MasterCard are accepted a little more widely than American Express (Amex) and Diners Club, but upmarket shops, hotels and restaurants usually accept all cards.
Taxes and Refunds:
Mehrwertsteuer (MWST; value-added tax) in Austria is set at 20% for most goods. Prices are always displayed inclusive of all taxes. All non-EU tourists are entitled to a refund of the MWST on single purchases over €75. To claim the tax, a U34 form or tax-free cheque and envelope must be completed by the shop at the time of purchase (show your passport), and then stamped by border officials when you leave the EU. To be eligible for a tax refund, goods must be taken out of the country within three months of the date of purchase. The airports have a counter for payment of instant refunds. The refund is best claimed as you leave the EU, otherwise you will have to track down an international refund office or claim by post from your home country.
Before making a purchase, ensure the shop has the required paperwork; some places display a ‘Global Refund Tax Free Shopping’ sticker. Also confirm the value of the refund; it’s usually advertised as 13% (which is the refund of the 20% standard rate of value-added tax after various commissions have been taken), though it may vary for certain categories of goods.