Come by car for total mobility and independence once you are here.
Want to be able to stow away all your luggage safely? No matter how heavy or bulky your bags are, you will save yourself a lot of effort if you choose to come by car. Decide the day of the week and time of day that works best for you, then hit the road bound for a wonderful holiday in Gastein.
Your best option is to take the West Autobahn (A1) as far as the interchange in Salzburg. There you will switch to the Tauern Autobahn (A10) in the direction of Villach. When you reach Bischofshofen (Pongau interchange), get off the autobahn and take highway B311 towards Gastein Valley. In Lend, you will leave this road and will have reached Gastein. The B167 is the main road that runs the length of the valley.
Coming from the north (via Munich), take the A8 autobahn heading south. After crossing the border into Austria, continue on the A10 autobahn as far as the Pongau interchange (Bischofshofen). Now take the B311 highway to Lend. Here you will find the turn-off for Gastein Valley (B167).
Coming from the west (via Innsbruck), drive on the Inntal Autobahn (A12) in the direction of Wörgl. At the exit marked "Wörgl Ost", leave the autobahn and take highway B178 towards St. Johann in Tirol. From there, continue on highway B164 towards Fieberbrunn. When you come to Saalfelden, change to the B311. In Lend, make a right into Gastein Valley.
If you are arriving from the south (via Klagenfurt, Villach, Slovenia, Italy), take the Tauern Autobahn (A10) as far as Spittal an der Drau. Now you will continue on highways B100 and B106 as far as Obervellach. Here, the B105 will bring you to Mallnitz, where you will be able to take advantage of motorail service operated by Austrian Railways.
The so-called "Tauernschleuse" connects Gastein Valley in Salzburg with Mölltal in Carinthia. No matter whether you have planned to use the service in advance, or you decided at the last minute to avoid potential congestion on the A10 Tauern Autobahn: Austrian Railways' motorail service will get you to the Gastein region quickly and safely.
The trains run every 60 minutes, both north and south. The short journey takes just 11 minutes and will be over before you know it.
Departure times heading north (Mallnitz-Obervellach to Böckstein)
The one-way fare is € 17 per car.
If you have never been to Gastein before, we suggest using the Google Maps Route Planner. It will offer you different alternatives including the estimated drive time.
The very latest traffic conditions, road closures and potential traffic jams affecting your journey to Austria are available to you through the Austrian Automobile Club. If you are traveling here from Germany, we suggest taking a look at the recent traffic reports posted on verkehrsinfo.de. This information should help you enjoy a stress-free journey to your well-earned vacation!
Important! In order to drive on the Austrian autobahns, you will need to buy a toll sticker! A 10-day sticker currently costs € 8.90 per car and € 5.10 per motorbike. It can be purchased at practically all petrol stations and autobahn service areas close to the border.