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Bad Gastein is a pretty large spa resort that immediately gives of a feel of upmarket relaxation and sophisticated skiing. Historic, picturesque and just downright wonderful, Bad Gastein is the kind of ski resort that attracts a higher-brow crowd. The shops, bars and restaurants are all classy and achingly beautiful, but don’t take this as a sign that it’s all a bit of a snooty or snobby affair. Instead, it’s relaxed and unpretentious with some of the finest runs in the area. You’ll find 45km of runs served by 16 lifts, while easy access to the larger Gastein opens up a total of 250km of pistes to keep you busy.
Salzburg is about an hour and a half from Bad Gastein on a good day, but when the weather comes in this can increase hugely. As such, it probably isn’t the best resort you could choose if you’re just looking to get away for a day or two. However, if you’re heading to Bad Gastein for a few days or a week you’ll find at least half a dozen airports nearby – all of which are served by those lovely low-cost airlines.
The most convenient airports are Salzburg and Klagenfurt. There is a direct railway link to Bad Gastein and it takes about one and a half hour to get to this beautiful resort. The other options are Graz, Linz, Innsbruck, Ljubljana and Munich but you will have to change the train several times and the journey may take up to four and a half hours.
While some people do use the public transport modes like the trains connecting Bad Gastein from Salzburg and Klagenfurt, getting from other airports may be time consuming due to a changes needed. You are much better off booking an airport transfer from the airport where you land. You will benefit from a shorter journey time and a direct route. You also get the added bonus of traveling in comfort and of a guaranteed journey that is pre-booked and have more ski time at this immaculate ski resort.