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There are 9 ways to get from Dresden to Salzburg by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Nuremberg  •  7h 4m

  1. Take the train from Dresden Hbf to Erfurt Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Erfurt Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf Ice / ...
  4. Take the train from Muenchen Hbf to Salzburg Hbf Ec / ...

127€ - 278€

Cheapest option

Train  •  8h 55m

  1. Take the train from Dresden Hbf to Praha-Holesovice Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Praha-Holesovice to Linz Hbf 335 / ...
  3. Take the train from Linz Hbf to Salzburg Hbf Rjx / ...

39€ - 98€

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Bus  •  9h

  1. Take the bus from Dresden central station to Munich Fröttmaning N3203
  2. Take the bus from Munich Fröttmaning to Salzburg P+R South München-Salzburg

39€ - 44€

Train #2  •  10h 2m

  1. Take the train from Dresden Hbf to Hof Hbf Re
  2. Take the train from Hof Hbf to Landshut(Bay)Hbf Re
  3. Take the train from Landshut(Bay)Hbf to Muehldorf(Oberbay) Rb
  4. Take the train from Muehldorf(Oberbay) to Salzburg Muelln Alt Rb

Drive  •  5h 4m

  1. Drive from Dresden Hbf to Salzburg 607.8 km

65€ - 95€

Fly Dresden to Salzburg  •  8h 35m

  1. Fly from Dresden (DRS) to Salzburg (SZG) DRS - SZG

114€ - 448€

Fly Dresden to Munich, train  •  4h 45m

  1. Fly from Dresden (DRS) to Munich (MUC) DRS - MUC
  2. Take the train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf

118€ - 409€

Train to Berlin Brandenburg Apt, fly to Salzburg  •  5h 10m

  1. Take the train from Dresden Hbf to Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2
  2. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Salzburg (SZG) BER - SZG

102€ - 622€

Train to Berlin Brandenburg Apt, fly to Munich, train  •  6h 25m

  1. Take the train from Dresden Hbf to Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2
  2. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Munich (MUC) BER - MUC
  3. Take the train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf

131€ - 383€

Dresden to Salzburg by train

The train journey time between Dresden and Salzburg is around 7h 19m and covers a distance of around 742 km. The fastest train normally takes 6h 38m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity, Deutsche Bahn Regional and others, the Dresden to Salzburg train service departs from Dresden Hbf and arrives in Salzburg Hbf. Typically 43 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Salzburg is 800 555 621.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Salzburg is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Salzburg is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 555 621.

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The cheapest way to get from Dresden to Salzburg is to bus which costs 39€ - 45€ and takes 9h.

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The quickest way to get from Dresden to Salzburg is to fly and train which costs 110€ - 410€ and takes 4h 45m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Dresden station to Salzburg. However, there are services departing from Dresden central station and arriving at Salzburg P+R South via Munich Fröttmaning. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h.

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No, there is no direct train from Dresden to Salzburg. However, there are services departing from Dresden Hbf and arriving at Salzburg Hbf via Erfurt Hbf, Nuernberg Hbf and Muenchen Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 4m.

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The distance between Dresden and Salzburg is 365 km. The road distance is 607.8 km.

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The best way to get from Dresden to Salzburg without a car is to train via Nuremberg which takes 7h 4m and costs 120€ - 280€.

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It takes approximately 7h 4m to get from Dresden to Salzburg, including transfers.

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Dresden to Salzburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Dresden central station.

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Dresden to Salzburg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Dresden Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Dresden to Salzburg is to train via Nuremberg which takes 7h 4m and costs 120€ - 280€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 39€ - 45€ and takes 9h, you could also fly, which costs 110€ - 450€ and takes 8h 35m.

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  • Distance: 365 km
  • Duration: 7h 4m

What companies run services between Dresden, Germany and Salzburg, Austria?

You can take a train from Dresden Hbf to Salzburg via Erfurt Hbf, Nuernberg Hbf, and Muenchen Hbf in around 7h 4m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Dresden Hbf to Salzburg via Munich Fröttmaning in around 9h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dresden to Salzburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
150€ - 700€
Flights from Dresden to Salzburg via Munich, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
11h 55m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
160€ - 700€
Flights from Dresden to Munich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 380€
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Salzburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
150€ - 480€
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Munich
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 280€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Dresden to Salzburg via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
200€ - 600€
Flights from Dresden to Salzburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
10h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
110€ - 440€
Flights from Dresden to Salzburg via Heraklion
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Friday
Estimated price
170€ - 800€
Flights from Dresden to Salzburg via Frankfurt, Hamburg
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
130€ - 470€
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 550€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 230€
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Dresden Hbf to Erfurt Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Nuernberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
45€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Dresden Hbf to Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Landshut(Bay)Hbf to Muehldorf(Oberbay)
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 14€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Muehldorf(Oberbay) to Salzburg Muelln Alt
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 17€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 27€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Dresden Hbf to Praha-Holesovice
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
22€ - 35€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 26€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Transdev
Phone
030 200730
Website
transdev.de
Train from Muenchen Hbf Gl.5-10 to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Transdev
Train from Dresden Hbf to Hof Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Transdev
Train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Transdev
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Railjet
Train from Dresden Hbf to Praha-Holesovice
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
27€ - 45€
Website
Railjet
Train from Linz Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
20€ - 35€
Website
Railjet
Train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
22€ - 35€
Website
Railjet
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Praha-Holesovice to Linz Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
13€ - 23€
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
13€ - 17€
Business
18€ - 23€
1st Class
19€ - 23€
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Linz Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
21€ - 29€
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
WESTbahn Gmbh
Phone
+43 1 89900
Email
meinenachricht@westbahn.at
Website
westbahn.at
Train from Linz Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 14€
Website
WESTbahn Gmbh
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Train from Linz, Hbf to Salzburg, Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
4€ - 12€
Website
RegioJet
2nd Class
4€ - 7€
1st Class
8€ - 12€
Die Länderbahn
Phone
0 89 54 888 97 - 25
Email
info@laenderbahn.com
Website
laenderbahn.com
Train from Hof Hbf to Landshut(Bay)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
Die Länderbahn
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 911 / 240 388 – 22
Email
info@bahntouristikexpress.de
Website
bahntouristikexpress.de
Train from Muenchen Ost to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Twice a week
Website
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Dresden central station to Munich Fröttmaning
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
24€ - 30€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Rally 13
Website
rally13.com
Bus from Munich Fröttmaning to Salzburg P+R South
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
15€
Website
Rally 13

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There is no direct flight from Dresden Airport to Salzburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 7h 5m and has one stopover.

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Dresden to Salzburg bus services, operated by Rally 13, arrive at Salzburg P+R South station.

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Dresden to Salzburg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, arrive at Salzburg Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Dresden to Salzburg is 608 km. It takes approximately 5h 4m to drive from Dresden to Salzburg.

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