If you fly to Austria, you reach several ski resorts near Vienna by train. We’ve put together some of the best options that offer family-friendly slopes and amazing skiing.
Are you looking for some excellent ski resorts near Vienna that you can easily access by train? We’ve got you covered! Check out these fantastic ski destinations that offer excellent family-friendly slopes and unforgettable skiing experiences. Hop on a train and get ready for an adventure.
Stuhleck ski resort – Spital am Semmering
At Stuhleck in Styria, you can enjoy 26 kilometres of wide and not-too-steep slopes, and thanks to a difference in altitude of 1,000 meters, continuous descents of over 5 km in one go are available. Moreover, one of the slopes has floodlight, and you can ski until 8.30 PM (20:30). Besides skiing, there are marked winter hiking trails, tobogganing slopes and possibilities for snowshoe hiking. There is plenty of accommodation available. There is a small ski resort at the nearby Semmering in Lower Austria, but a more extensive choice of pistes at nearby Stuhleck near Spital am Semmering.
For more info: Stuhleck Mountain Railways
Travel by train
Take a train from Vienna to Graz or beyond and get out at Mürzzuschlag. Here, you pick up the ÖBB Postbus to Spital am Semmering. It’s only a 3-minute walk from the train station to the bus station. The bus stop is located directly at the Stuhleckbahn Valley station. The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) offer a combi-ticket that includes train, bus and 1-day, 3-day, or 6-day ski passes. Check out their Wintersport-Kombitickets
The Annaberg ski area in Lower Austria is in a fairytale landscape and offers families everything they expect from a skiing vacation: family-friendly hosts, varied slopes and magnificent views. In Annaberg, you will find six lifts and 12.5 kilometres of slopes with various slopes for master skiers and daredevil snowboarders, sweeping slopes for hobby skiers and flat gliding trails for families and all those who prefer to take it easy. If you like freestyle, there is Anna Park, which consists of three freestyle areas (including an area for beginners) and offers fun and action for even the youngest winter sports enthusiasts. For more info: annaberg.info
Travel by train
It’s a bit tedious to reach Annaberg ski resort by train. However, you will be rewarded with one of Austria’s most scenic railway journeys for the last leg of the journey with the Mariazell Railway. In Vienna, you board any ÖBB / WESTbahn train, stopping at St. Pölten (the capital of Lower Austria). Here, you continue with the Mariazellerbahn, Austria’s longest narrow-gauge railroad (85 km). The nearest train station to the Annaberg lifts is the Annaberg-Reith stop (approx. 5 km away), where take bus 169 from the railway station to the ski resort.
The pilgrim village Mariazell offer fun in the snow in the winter at the Mariazeller Bürgerape, which has 8 pistes with a total length of 11.5 km and every level of difficulty. The 8-seater gondola lift “Bürgeralpe-Express” from the centre of Mariazell, two 4-seater chairlifts and a platter lift ensure an effortless ascent. One of the chairlifts is right across the street from the railway station. This is a great family ski resort that offers 2 ski schools. Furthermore, there is a 2.5 km long natural toboggan run that guarantees winter fun for young and old. The run has fantastic panoramic views and leads from the mountain station to the cable car station in the centre of Mariazell. Moreover, the Bürgeralpe also welcomes ski-touring beginners and all those who fancy a short tour with a nice descent on the pistes. Three trails (mostly off-piste) are available for the ascent.
For more info see: Mariazeller Bürgeralpe
Travel by train
You use the same train line as Annaberg Ski Resort but continue to the end of the line in Mariazell. In Vienna, you board any ÖBB / WESTbahn train, stopping at St. Pölten (the capital of Lower Austria). Here, you continue with the Mariazellerbahn, Austria’s longest narrow-gauge railroad (85 km). One of the chairlifts is right across the road from the railway station, which is about 450 metres from the centre of the village.
Puchberg am Schneeberg
There is a small but well-kept ski resort at Schneeberg in Lower Austria. The chairlift offers two sporty ski pistes. Furthermore, if you prefer ski touring or snowshoeing, you also get your money’s worth at Losenheim. You can get something to eat and drink at two mountain huts and a ski rental onsite. For beginners, they offer a ski- and snowboard school. About 200 metres in the direction of Puchberg, you find the family ski park with a T-bar lift with three slopes and a ski route, and a children’s area with two magic carpets.
For more info: Schneeberg Sesselbahn
Travel by train and bus
There are frequent departures on the Südbahn in the direction of Graz to Wiener Neustadt central station. Change there to the next regional train with the terminus at Puchberg am Schneeberg. Furthermore, a direct train to Puchberg from Vienna on weekends leaves Vienna in the morning and returns in the afternoon.
At Puchberg, you change to the regional bus 350 to Losenheim, and get off at the “Puchberg Losenheim” stop to get to the family ski park. If you plan to take the chairlift, get off one stop later at the “Puchberg Sesselbahn” stop.
Six fabulous ski resorts reachable by train in Austria
There are plenty more ski resorts accessible by train in Austria, either from Vienna or other airports or destinations. The article below has six more suggestions for ski resorts you can easily reach without a car.
Austria’s airports are well-connected to major cities and central train stations. Therefore, we have put together a list of excellent ski resorts that are easily reachable by train, including some info on how to get there from the airport. Moreover, many ski resorts offer inexpensive or free transfers to and from the nearest train station […]