Parking regulations for cars and coaches in Salzburg

 Cars

Street parking in Salzburg is generally allowed for a maximum of three hours.

On the streets marked with blue lines, parking costs 1,50 euros per hour with a maximum payment of 4.50 euros for three hours. The payment machines are located every 50-100 meters. The receipt must be placed under the windscreen for the attendant to see.

salzburg toptours parking machine

 There are also free-of-charge parking zones in Salzburg. They are further from the city center and have a three-hour time limit. It's crucial to place a parking clock under the windscreen to display the time of arrival. You can purchase these parking clocks at petrol stations or tobacco shops. Alternatively, you can write down your arrival time on a piece of paper. 

The light blue area on the plan is the three-hour free-of-charge parking zone, and the violet is the three-hour paid zone.

salzburg toptours kurzparkzonen / Parking free of charge and paid zones in Salzburg

Free parking on all Salzburg's streets is possible from 7 PM to 9 AM on weekdays and without time limits on weekends and public holidays. Parking is allowed on Sundays, even on the public bus lanes in the city center. 

 

It is important to read carefully road sign inscriptions. Be careful if you see something like Zone-1 or Zone-3. Only residents living nearby can park there.


Violating parking rules in Salzburg can lead to fines ranging from 25 to 85 euros. Avoid parking under a no-parking sign or blocking an exit, as this may result in being towed away. In such cases, the car owner will have to pay 200 euros to retrieve the vehicle + pay a juicy fine. Parking on private property can increase the amount to 500 euros.


Salzburg´s Old Town is a pedestrian zone that is closed to traffic by retractable bollards. The barriers are lowered on weekdays for delivery services until 11:00 AM, but entry to the pedestrian zone still requires permission. At 11:00 AM, the barriers are lifted and the old town becomes closed to transport, except for taxis and residents living in this area. If you booked a hotel in the old town, you must obtain the code for lowering the barrier. Under no circumstances should you attempt to drive through the lowered barrier behind the other car, as this will damage your vehicle. Breaking the bollard will cost you many thousands of euros.

 

Several car parks and garages are available in Salzburg's city center.

Mönchsberggarage - Hildmann Platz 5. The cost is 3,30 euros per hour.
Mirabell Garage - Mirabellplatz 5b. The cost is 3.50 euros per hour.
Parkgarage Raiffeisen - Schwarzstrasse 15. The cost is 2.60 euros per hour.
Parkgarage Linzergasse - Glockengasse 4a. The cost is 2.50 euros per hour.
Rot-Kreuz-Parkplatz - Franz-Josef-Kai 10. The cost is 2.80 euros per hour.
Garage Barmherzige Brüger - Kajetanerplatz 1. The cost is 2.80 euros per hour.
CONTIPARK Wifigarage - Julius-Raab-Platz, 5020 Salzburg. The cost is 2,80 euros per hour.
Augustiner Bräu parking lot - Lindhofstrasse 6. The cost is 2 euros per hour.
Parkplatz Petersbrunnhof - Petersbrunnstraße. The cost is 1,20 euros per hour. 

During peak tourist season (July-August), it can be challenging to find parking in the center of Salzburg, so it is recommended to park at the entrance to the city

Park & Ride Salzburg Süd, 5020 Salzburg

or

Park & Ride Am Messezentrum 1, 5020 Salzburg

The daily parking fee of 15 euros includes a P&R Combo Ticket, valid for 24 hours, and good for up to 5 people for all public buses. Lines 3, 8, and 1 run every 15 minutes and take 20-25 minutes for travelers to the center. The P&R Combo Ticket must be purchased at the parking machine before getting on the public bus. Read about public transport in Salzburg.

  

Parking caravans in Salzburg are only allowed during the day. Overnight, they must be parked in designated camper lots on the outskirts of town.

 

Tourist buses

Salzburg has two official tourist bus terminals where groups can be dropped off and picked up. These stops are 

Bus Terminal Nonntal located at Erzabt-Klotz 5 Street

and

 Bus Terminal Paris-Lodron Street 5

To access these terminals, it is necessary to book a time slot for 70 euros on the website of Salzburg's Tourist Department. 45-minute inaccuracy in arrival and departure times is tolerated. The quoted price includes the drop-off, pick-up, and parking of the bus 15-20 minutes away from the terminal. Arriving at the terminal without a reservation will result in a fine of 90 euros as well as 90 euros to pick up the group. Releasing a group in an improper area will result in a penalty of 150 euros. 

 

Drivers of tourist coaches must know that the streets along the river Salzach, such as Imbergstrasse, Rudolfskai, Franz-Josef Kai, and the central bridge Staatsbrücke, are closed for tourist buses from 8 am to 6 pm. Violation causes a fine of 150 euros! 

 

As a resident of Salzburg, I know several Life-Hacks to park in Salzburg for cheaper or even free. I would be happy to share these tips with my potential clients.  

Tags: Public transportation in Salzburg, Driving and walking tour of Salzburg, Tourist Card - SALZBURG CARD, Transfer Service in Salzburg

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