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Vienna to Hallstatt Day Trip: Local’s Guide

Are you looking for a fantastic guide to plan your Vienna to Hallstatt Day Trip? Then I’ve got you covered!

Going on a day trip from Vienna to Hallstatt is a great experience. Nestled between the Dachstein Alps and the beautiful Hallstätter See (Lake Hallstatt) you can find the magical mountain village.

Hallstatt is one of Austria’s most captivating destinations. Overcrowded with tourists and hard to reach, a visit to Hallstatt is a pain in the ass to plan.

Luckily for you, I am an Austrian local and I have made the trip many times. To help you plan your journey, I have created this useful guide for you.

In this guide, we’ll explore travel options connecting Vienna to Hallstatt and amazing things to do once you arrive. Whether you’re lured by Hallstatt’s charming streets, the serene lake, or the surrounding natural wonders – let’s create an amazing day trip together.

Hallstatt viewpoint from across the lake

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How to Get from Vienna to Hallstatt for the Day Trip

There are several different options on how to travel from Vienna to Hallstatt.

The train is the most common way to go from Vienna to Hallstatt. It takes about 3 to 4 hours one-way. You’ll need to switch trains, usually in Attnang-Puchheim.

The car is also a great option to go there. Driving time is about 2,5 hours. But parking in Hallstatt can be tricky.

I would not recommend taking the bus. It takes too long and is not very direct.

Lastly, booking a day tour is the best option. There are plenty of day tours available. It is the easiest option, but less flexible.

But let’s have a closer look at the options below.

Vienna to Hallstatt by Train: Convenient and Scenic

Choosing to travel by train from Vienna to Hallstatt has its perks. It offers both convenience and breathtaking views.

Your adventure begins at Vienna’s main train station, Vienna Hauptbahnhof. There you’ll hop on a comfortable, well-equipped train of Austria’s efficient rail network.

Make sure to get a window seat to watch the ever-changing landscapes.

The train ride leads you through charming Austrian towns, rolling hills, and picturesque villages. The journey itself becomes part of your adventure.

Train Details and Costs

– Departure Station in Vienna: Wien Hauptbahnhof (Vienna Main Station) or Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna West Station)

– Arrival Station in Hallstatt:  Hallstatt Bahnhof (Hallstatt Train Station) or Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen Bahnhof

– Approximate Travel Time: 3.5 to 4.5 hours, depending on the route and connections, keep in mind that you will likely need to switch trains

– Ticket Costs: Prices vary based on factors like class, time, and discounts. Expect to pay between €30 to €70 for a one-way ticket. Check ticket prices with Trainline.

Important: You need to grab a ferry or shuttle from Hallstatt Bahnhof or Obertraun Bahnhof to the city center.

Guided Day Tours from Vienna to Hallstatt

Author’s Choice
picture of a beautiful house in hallstatt with a view from a hotel room over the lake and the snow
Hallstatt Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna
  • 12 hours
  • Small Group
  • Pickup Offered
  • Local Guide
  • Bonus Stops
Best Private
beautiful hallstatt hotel on market square
Private Day Tour of Salzburg, Hallstatt and Melk from Vienna
  • 13 Hours
  • Up to 3 People
  • Flexible Itinerary
  • Local Guide
  • Hotel Pickup

Why Booking a Guided Trip from Vienna to Hallstatt?

All in all, I prefer booking a guided (private) tour over organizing day trips myself. There are a couple of reasons why.

If you are still on the fence and wondering if a pre-planned tour is worth the money, here are a couple of considerations:

🤍 Zero Stress: No need to worry about train schedules, routes, or parking. Just hop on the tour bus.

🤍 Insider Info: Guides usually know all the cool spots and history. You’ll learn more than going solo.

🤍 Social Vibes: Meet other travelers. Who knows, you might make a new friend or two! Make sure to book a small-group trip for the best experience.

🤍 Time-Saver: Tours are usually well-planned to make the most of your day. No time wasted.

🤍 Safe and Secure: If you’re unfamiliar with the area, a tour can feel safer. Plus, they handle any hiccups.

🤍 Driving: Driving in Austria can be a bit of a hassle, especially in the Alpine environment. Safe yourself the trouble of driving through snow-covered streets.

🤍 No Language Barriers: Guides always speak English. Makes things way easier if you don’t speak (Austrian) German.

Vienna to Hallstatt by Car

Possible Routes from Vienna to Hallstatt by car on a map
Possible Routes from Vienna to Hallstatt By Car

If you love the freedom of having your own car, then driving from Vienna to Hallstatt is a great idea. With light traffic, you can make it in about 3 hours. Make sure to get going early to make the most out of your day.

There are a couple of different (paid) parking spots in Hallstatt. You’ll want to aim for P1 since it is the closest to the city center. The other parking lots are also not too far away.

From the parking lot, you can comfortably walk to the town.

Parking is pretty cheap, day tickets are about 15 EUR.

parking spots map of hallstatt
Parking Spots Map of Hallstatt

Pros of Driving

  • Flexibility: Go wherever, whenever.
  • Scenery: The drive is beautiful, especially the last stretch.
  • Quick: Generally faster than public transport.

Cons of Driving

  • Parking: Hallstatt is tiny. Parking is limited and can get pricey.
  • Stress: Narrow roads in Hallstatt can be stressful to navigate.
  • Cost: Gas and possible tolls add up (most rental cars have the toll “Streckenmaut” included).

Other Places to Visit on a Vienna – Hallstatt Road Trip

A big perk of going with a car to Hallstatt is, that you can also visit other places. The drive is pretty long, so you’ll want to make the most out of your day trip from Vienna to Hallstatt.

Austria is an amazing place for a road trip. There are some other great spots that you can check out on your way:

Dachstein Salzkammergut: For some epic mountain views and the giant ice caves. It’s like a 20-minute drive from Hallstatt and one of my favorite spots in the area.

Bad Ischl: Known for its spas and the Kaiservilla, Emperor Franz Joseph’s summer home. About a 30-min drive. Lots of culture and history to see there.

Gmunden: Beautiful lake town with a cool castle, Schloss Ort, in the middle of the lake. Roughly a 45-min drive. An amazing spot before Christmas – with a lovely Christmas market.

St. Wolfgang: Another charming lake town. It’s about an hour away, and you can also hop on a paddle steamer here.

Salzburg: Mozart’s hometown! Around 1.5 hours by car. It’s filled with history, music, and delicious food.

Gosau Lake (Vorderer Gosausee): Picture-perfect lake with Dachstein Mountain in the backdrop. Only 20 mins away.

Do you need travel insurance in Hallstatt? Yes, travel insurance in Hallstatt is recommended. Especially in winter, when roads are slippery and winter sports is popular, travel insurance can be important. EKTA offers world-wide travel insurance with 24/7 service and no hidden fees or restrictions.

One Day in Hallstatt Itinerary – Things to Do

There are many fun things to do in Hallstatt. One day is not enough to see all of the town, the museums, and the World Heritage View.

For this reason, I have created two example itineraries of what your day trip to Hallstatt from Vienna would look like.

Keep in mind that the itineraries depend on the season of travel. Some of the attractions might have limited opening times in Winter.

BreakfastMorningLunchAfternoonDinner
Seecafé HallstattHallstatt World Heritage Museum
Hallstatt Town Square
Restaurant am SeeCharnel House
Hallstatt Viewpoint
World Heritage View
Rudolfsturm
Café DerblSalzwelten (Salt Mines Museum)
Cable Car to World Heritage View
RudolfsturmCharnel House
Hallstatt Viewpoint
World Heritage Museum
Town Square
Muk’s Schmankerl
hallstatt bucket list with picture of hallstatt in the background

Hallstatt World Heritage Museum

The Hallstatt World Heritage Museum focuses on the area’s rich past. It is located in the center of Hallstatt.

You’ll find ancient artifacts, like from the Iron Age, and learn how salt mining shaped the town.

It’s not just a history lesson, though. The interactive museum has video animations, holographic representations, and 3D presentations to offer.

A great fun for young and old.

Hallstatt Town Square

Hallstatt’s town square looks like it’s right out of a fairy tale!

It’s called Marktplatz and is located in the heart of the village. In winter, you’ll find the Hallstatt Christmas Market here.

The town square is super cozy, with colorful houses and cute cafes. There’s a church with a tall spire, and sometimes you’ll find musicians playing.

Plus, the lake and mountains are just a stone’s throw away. It’s a great spot for some Insta-worthy pics or just enjoying the vibe.

market square in hallstatt with a christmas tree

Salzwelten & Skywalk

Salzwelten (Salt Mines) and Skywalk are my favorite things to do in Hallstatt!

You’ll get access to Hallstatt’s ancient salt mines. It’s one of the oldest in the world!

You ride a funicular up the mountain and then explore the mine’s tunnels. There’s even a wooden slide inside that’s super fun. This might not be available in winter, so check the website carefully.

Also in the ticket included is access to the Skywalk and the World Heritage View.

The Skywalk is a platform with insane views of Hallstatt and the lake. You’ll find a restaurant up there and many great spots for pictures.

Charnel House & St. Michael’s Church

St. Michael’s Church and the Charnel House in Hallstatt are both pretty fascinating and worth a visit.

The church is old and charming, it really fits the whole Hallstatt vibe.

The Charnel House, or “Beinhaus,” is kinda unique and not for everyone’s taste. It’s a small building near the church where they’ve stored painted skulls and bones.

It is kinda eerie but also super interesting if you’re into history and traditions. It’s one of those places that makes Hallstatt even more one-of-a-kind for me.

Classic Hallstatt Viewpoint

The Classic Village Viewpoint is one of the most famous Instagram spots in Hallstatt. It is pretty mandatory to walk by there and get a postcard-ready picture of the city.

Hallstatt viewpoint from across the lake

Is One Day Enough in Hallstatt?

One day in Hallstatt can give you a taste of the town, but it’ll be a bit rushed. Coming all the way from Vienna, you won’t have enough time to fully immerse yourself into the scenery.

But in one day you can see the main spots, like the town square and museum there, hop on the funicular to Salzwelten, and stroll by the lake. So it is definitely doable to have a great visit in just one day.

If you’re into soaking up the history and maybe doing hiking or water sports, you might need some more time. So yeah, one day is doable, but a second day would let you really dig in and enjoy it all.

So far, I have gone to Hallstatt many times for just a day and we have totally enjoyed the experience. So while an overnight stay has its perks, I can still recommend a day trip from Hallstatt to Vienna.

Preventing Over-tourism in Hallstatt

Hallstatt has been a victim of its own beauty. For years it has been getting swamped with tourists. Hallstatt is especially famous among Chinese travelers, that arrive en masse.

This had a strain on local resources and changed the village’s peaceful vibe. Locals are getting less and less excited to host the masses of tourists.

And I can definitely understand why. The first time I was there it was packed.

The area is of great cultural and historical significance, so shutting out all tourists is also not a good option. But there are a few things we can all do to make it more pleasant for the locals.

If you want help, maybe visit during the off-season. You should use local services like shops and restaurants instead of just going there for quick photo ops. Don’t litter and don’t be too noisy.

Be a mindful traveler, enjoy the place but also give back to the community. Every little bit helps! 🌍❤️

amazing view of lake hallstatt from the skywalk with snow covered mountains

What is the Best Time to Visit Hallstatt?

As you have seen in this post, winter in Hallstatt is simply enchanting. It is my favorite time to go.

The best time to visit Hallstatt really depends on what you’re into. There are definitely pros and cons to every season.

Summer in Hallstatt is gorgeous but crowded. You get sunny days, perfect for lake activities and sitting outside, enjoying the scenery.

Fall is a little less busy and the foliage is amazing. It is a great time to visit, but you might be surprised by some rain.

Winter turns the place into a snowy wonderland, but some attractions might be closed. You get to enjoy seasonal activities, which I totally love.

Spring is a mix of fewer crowds and nice weather – a great time to go.

Conclusion: Vienna to Hallstatt Day Trip

To sum it up, visiting Hallstatt from Vienna on a Day Trip can be a bit of a challenge, but it is doable.

My favorite way of going from Vienna to Hallstatt is on a private (or small group) tour. Driving yourself can be quite exhausting, and the trains take a lot of time.

One day in Hallstatt is enough to see all the highlights, like the Skywalk and the World Heritage Museum. But to enjoy the village a little more, you might want to add an extra day to your trip.

Check out my proposed itineraries for a great and authentic travel to Hallstatt. Once you are back in Vienna, check out my guides for spending Summer in Vienna and of course also Winter in Vienna.

If you can’t get enough of Austria, make sure to drive through Styria, Austria.

Refer to All Destinations for more travel ideas.

FAQ: Vienna to Hallstatt Day Trip

Can you do a day trip from Vienna to Hallstatt?

Yes, you can do a day trip from Vienna to Hallstatt! It’s about a 3-hour drive or train ride each way. You’ll have limited time to explore, but you can still see the main spots like the town square and the lake. It’ll be a long day, but totally doable if you plan well!

Is Hallstatt worth a day trip?

Absolutely, Hallstatt is worth a day trip! It’s a stunner of a place with a lake, mountains, and rich history. You’ll be a bit rushed, but you can still hit the highlights. It’s like stepping into a postcard, so if you can manage the travel time, go for it!

How do I get from Vienna to Hallstatt?

You’ve got options! By car, it’s about a 3-hour drive from Vienna to Hallstatt. If you prefer a train, take one from Vienna to Attnang-Puchheim, then switch to a local train to Hallstatt. From the Hallstatt station, a short ferry takes you to the town. Either way, plan for around 3 to 4 hours of travel.

Is Hallstatt worth visiting from Vienna?

Yes, Hallstatt is worth visiting from Vienna. Hallstatt is a scenic wonder with a lake, mountains, and cool history spots like Salzwelten. It’s about a 3-hour trip from Vienna, so it makes for a long but rewarding day. If you can swing the travel time, it’s a must-see!

Is Hallstatt closer to Vienna or Salzburg?


Hallstatt is closer to Salzburg. It’s about an hour and a half by car from Salzburg, compared to around 3 hours from Vienna. So if you’re weighing options, Salzburg is the closer pick!