Tirol’s unbeatable transport connections make some of the world’s best and most legendary ski resorts easily reachable by train or bus. Here’s a rundown of the best options to ride the rails to the trails.
St. Anton am Arlberg
Unique for a major ski resort, St. Anton boasts a major railroad station where all important international express trains stop. The rail journey from Tirol’s capital Innsbruck is less than an hour and it takes three hours to reach St. Anton from Germany’s Munich. Moreover, this world-class ski resort is only 2 hours and 20 minutes from Switzerland’s Zurich. With the underground railway station at its heart, St. Anton is easy to reach and, once there, small enough to navigate on foot—ski lifts and the pedestrianized main street are just a few steps away. That’s unbeatable!
Lesser known for Alpine skiing, Seefeld is one of the best cross country skiing destinations in the world. With a cosmopolitan allure and a commanding mountain setting, it has one of the best downtowns in the country. Seefeld is less than 2 hours from Germany’s Munich and 20 minutes from Tirol’s capital Innsbruck by train. The train station has a convenient location, just a stone’s throw from the village center and cross country ski tracks.
Stunning scenery, vibrant après and a fairytale village setting combine to make Kitzbühel an attractive resort that is little more than 2 hours from Germany’s Munich (you have to change trains once). The one-hour rail journey from Innsbruck could not be simpler, with ski lifts readily accessible from “Hahnenkamm” station. Resorts like Westendorf and Kirchberg are conveniently placed on the line from Innsbruck, too, and give access to some of Austria’s biggest skiing, the “Wilder Kaiser Brixental Ski World” interconnect.
After having changed trains in Wörgl, the last bit of the journey to Hopfgarten takes just 9 minutes. From the station, it’s a short walk to the base of the ski lifts that deliver you to big mountain skiing at Wilder Kaiser Brixental Ski World. Hopfgarten is only 2 hours from Munich (you have to change trains once), so you’ll arrive fresh and ready for the first ski of the day. To avoid all the hassles of the early morning drive, like traffic jams and driving in the snow, getting there by train is strongly recommend on Saturdays.
Zillertal Valley (Mayrhofen/Kaltenbach)
From Jenbach, hop on a regional train that runs up the valley to renowned ski resorts like Mayrhofen and Kaltenbach. To get there from Munich, it’s a 2 hour ride to Kaltenbach and another 30 minutes to get to Mayrhofen. From Innsbruck, it takes roughly one hour and 20 minutes to reach the pretty resort of Mayrhofen, popular for its expansive terrain and lively atmosphere.
To get to Fulpmes from Innsbruck, take the Stubaitalbahn Train. Although it takes longer than riding a bus, the scenic one-hour drive out of Innsbruck and past the wonderful countryside is well worth it! Fulpmes gives access to Schlick 2000 Ski Resort, one of Tirol skiers’ best-kept secrets.
Getting there by Bus
Tirol’s ski resorts are already considered the most accessible ski resorts in the Alps. Now getting here from Germany’s Munich is even easier: New for the 2015-2016 winter season, FlixBus brings skiers and riders from Munich to many Tirol ski resorts, including Mayrhofen, Kaltenbach, Sölden, Ischgl, St. Anton, Seefeld, Ehrwald, Scheffau, Ellmau, Kitzbühel, and more. Buses depart from Munich Central Bus Station (ZOB) early in the morning, between 5:00am and 6:00pm, and return in the evening. So you will be whisked up to the mountains without the nightmare of sitting in crowded traffic and be there in time to get on the first gondola. They even sell lift tickets on some buses so you can skip the ticket window and go straight to the ski slopes! Even if you live far away from the Alps, FlixBus can take you skiing in a hassle-free and convenient way: Munich Central Bus Station is the ideal connection for skiers traveling from other German cities, as well as from Belgium and The Netherlands.