Last Updated on March 28, 2021
We put together tips on how to save money on your trip to Austria, from skiing to shopping, how to get more for less to enjoy Austria on a budget. Being the jewel of Europe, Austria benefits from a rich cultural history and has both cities and mountain ranges.
The country is without a doubt is a rich country and a trip to one of the major cities or a ski resort can come with a price tag. However, you can also see a lot of Austria for free or for a lot less, if you know what you’re doing! So if your budget isn’t too big, there’s no need to miss out.
Top Money Saving Tips on your trip to Austria
Skiing in Ellmau
Austria’s biggest ski area is the SkiWelt which is shared by the Soll, Hopfgarten, Brixen and Ellmau resorts. While a lot of the resorts here can be pricy, little known Ellmau combines the best of the Austrian ski experience at a very reasonable price, so head here. Ellmau is a traditional village that has easy access to the best slopes.
Shopping in Innsbruck
There are plenty of shopping malls in Austria and they are the perfect places to watch the world go round. One of the best in the country is the Maria Theresien-Straße, and it is often tipped to be one Europe’s most attractive boulevards. The Nordkette mountains are in the background and St Anna’s Column is in the center of the mall.
There are a lot of stores here but while the other Austrian shopping centers mainly offer quite expensive stores, the Maria Theresien-Straße offers something for everyone, so there’s good high street shops and other small, independent stores.
See Vienna for less
If you plan on seeing a lot of museums in Vienna then it’s worth buying a 72-hour Vienna Card. This will give you unlimited use of public transport and as well as discounts on the top attractions. If you’re staying longer, then it would be worth getting a weekly Wochenkarte which gives you access to all the trams and buses.
Lots of the museums in the city have free opening hours. For example, the Michaelerkirche monument is free as is the Augustinerkirche. The mass here is free to attend. The Wien Museum on Karlsplatz showcases baroque masterpieces for free every first Sunday of the month.
Vienna’s Music Film Festival in the City Hall (it runs from June to September) is also free. You might also want to consider visiting the city in late October as on the 26th of the month all the museums are free!
Music in Salzburg
Lovers of classical music will want to head to Salzburg Festival Night, which is held annually from early July to September. The festival’s highlights are broadcast on a large screen set up in Kapitelplaz.
The festival is completely free and many famous composers head here to perform. There’s a great atmosphere and it’s well worth the visit.