How to Get to the Austrian Tirol?

Whether you travel by plane, train or automobile, Tirol’s excellent transport infrastructure makes it easy to access the heart of the Alps.

However you decide to travel the Tirol region in the west of Austria is closer than you think and fantastic views are guaranteed! Travelling by train or bus is one of the most relaxing ways to get there, be it from other parts of Austria or from neighbouring Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Driving to Tirol is also easy, whichever direction you are coming from. Motorway travel requires a toll sticker (“Vignette”), while all other roads are accessible free of charge. Guests planning to arrive by plane will find direct flights from UK cities to Innsbruck-Kranebitten airport. Some airlines even operate a daily service.

By air

British Airways in flight, © British Airways

Innsbruck Airport is served by daily scheduled flights and numerous charter flights from UK airports. easyJet flies directly from London Gatwick, Bristol and Liverpool to Innsbruck. British Airways has direct routes from London Heathrow and London Gatwick to Innsbruck.

Winter Special: Both easyJet and British Airways now offer regular flights from London (Heathrow and Gatwick) to Innsbruck in October and November – perfect for an early-season ski on the glaciers. From December onwards, easyJet runs daily flights from Gatwick starting at just £28 one-way, while British Airways flies six times a week from Heathrow, alongside its regular Gatwick service.

The airports in Salzburg, Munich, Friedrichshafen, Memmingen and Zurich are an alternative to get to the Austrian Tirol. Exclusive or shared transfers operated by “Taxi Tirol”, as well as car hire companies, are available to make the final journey to your destination.

By Tour Operator

Tour operators such as Inghams, Crystal Summer and Explore offer a wide range of Tirolean resorts, including St. Anton am Arlberg, Zillertal, Innsbruck, Kitzbüheler Alps - St Johann, Kitzbühel, Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, Alpbachtal and Wildschönau. Direct charter flights are available from UK airports, such as London and Manchester, to Innsbruck. Non-direct charter flights (to Innsbruck) are available from Dublin, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham, Birmingham and Bristol. It’s also possible to book short breaks to the Austrian Tirol through a variety of specialist operators including Ramblers Holidays, Macs Adventure and BA Holidays.

By train

German Railways, © Tirol Werbung/Regina Recht

International Intercity trains from the ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railway) are a comfortable way to get to Tirol. The central train station in Innsbruck serves as an important hub and so do the stations at the entrances to the valleys. Several ski resorts, like Kitzbühel, St. Anton, Zillertal and the Kitzbüheler Alps including St. Johann in Tirol, Kirchberg and Westendorf have direct train connections. Snowcarbon offers train holidays to the Austrian Tirol.

By car

Travelling to Tirol by car, © Tirol Werbung/Verena Kathrein

Tirol can be easily reached by car: The A12 Inntal motorway, the A13 Brenner motorway as well as the S16 Arlberg Schnellstrasse highway and B179 Fernpass road offer the necessary infrastructure to easily get to Tirol from all directions. Toll stickers (“Vignette”) are required for motorways and highways. Winter equipment is mandatory for all cars and lorries (up to 3.5 tonnes) from 1 November to 15 April.


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