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The 6 cool ski resorts reachable by train in Austria

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Austria has a very well-developed rail network and many of the countries ski resorts are reachable by train. Check out our favourites.

All the airports in Austria are well connected to major cities and central trains stations. We have put together a list of cool ski resorts that are easily reachable by train together including some info on how to get to get there from the airport. Moreover, many ski resorts offer inexpensive or even free transfer to and from the nearest train station by shuttle bus or ski taxi.

Fast and frequent

If you fly to Vienna, you can board a train at the airport railway station and travel directly to for example Innsbruck. From Vienna to Innsbruck trains run 12-14 times per day and can take as little time as 4 hours and 14 minutes. On routes such as Vienna – Linz – Salzburg, the trains run at speeds of over 200 km/h (125 mph), making travel times short. Express trains have good luggage facilities including for skiis and WiFi in order for you to check out the piste conditions.

Mayrhofen (Tyrol)

Mayrhofen, Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Photo: Ricardo Feres ©

Mayrhofen-Hippach ski resort is located in Zillertal, Tyrol, just 66 kilometers from Innsbruck. Mayrhofen is a high mountain resort with wide-open slopes. Famous for its insanely steep Harakiri piste (78% gradient) but also for its large snowpark. Its large network of pistes caters to all abilities and ambitions, including families, beginners, and experts, and extends up to 2,500 m. For more info: Mayrhofen-Hippach Tourism

How to get there:
The nearest airport is Innsbruck Airport. Bus route F runs between Innsbruck main station and the airport. The journey takes about 20 minutes. From Innsbruck, you go by train to Jenbach (25 minutes) where you change for a local train on the Zillertalbahn. From here it takes you about 1 hour to Mayrhofen in Zillertal. The train station is right in the village and only 200 meters away from the ski lifts.

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Seefeld (Tyrol)

Seefeld, Tyrol, Austria
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Around Seefeld, you find 256 kilometers of cross-country trails. Although Seefeld is primarily a Nordic ski resort, you will of course also find a couple of alpine slopes in the area. On the eastern side of the town, you find the Rosshütte ski area which offers 20 kilometers of slopes. Moreover, anyone can go up to Rosshütte with the funicular train to enjoy the fabulous views.

How to get there:
The nearest airport is Innsbruck Airport. Bus route F runs between Innsbruck main station and the airport. The journey takes about 20 minutes. There are trains to Seefeld every half hour and the trip into the mountains takes only 36 minutes.

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St. Anton am Arlberg (Tyrol)

Alpine skiier jumping in the slopes at St. Anton, Tyrol, Austria
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St. Anton am Arlberg in Tyrol is the perfect place for hardcore skiers! Guaranteed snow and excellent slope conditions characterize the largest connected ski area in Austria. Ski Arlberg with the towns of St. Anton am Arlberg, St. Christoph, Stuben, Lech, Zürs, Warth and Schröcken consists of 305 kilometers of marked runs and 200 kilometers of open terrain. You can choose from 88 modern cable cars and lifts. St. Anton am Arlberg has certainly made its mark on the ski circuit for its after-ski venues. Infamous after-ski bars Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh have given many a skier a rough start on the slopes the next day. For more info: Ski Arlberg

How to get there:
The nearest airport is Innsbruck Airport. Bus route F runs between Innsbruck main station and the airport. The journey takes about 20 minutes. From Innsbruck there are frequent trains that take between 1 and 2 hours to St. Anton, depending if you hop on board a local or express train.

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Bad Hofgastein / Bad Gastein (SalzburgerLand)

Skiers by the Stubnerkogelbahn, Gasteinertal, SalzburgerLand, Austria
Photo: SalzburgerLand Tourismus / Achim Meurer ©

The two villages Bad Hofgastein and Badgastein are 9 kilometers apart, but their ski areas are linked to each other. The Gastein Valley in SalzburgerLand has a more continental climate than further to the west. Winters are colder than at comparable altitudes, which provides a better guarantee of snow and more favorable conditions for dry snow. The ski buses work excellently and it is easy to get between the five different mountains in the area: Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein, Dorfgastein, Sportgastein and Graukogel.For more info: Gasteinertal Tourismus

How to get there:
Bad Hofgastein is on the mainline between Salzburg and Klagenfurt. From Salzburg main trains station the trip takes 1 hour 17 minutes to Bad Hofgastein and another 12 minutes to Bad Gastein. The nearest airport is W.A. Mozart Salzburg Airport (SZG). Public buses No. 2 & 10 run at regular intervals between Salzburg Airport, the main train station in Salzburg, and the city center. The trip takes between 15 and 23 minutes.

Schladming (Styria)

Skier going downhill in Schladming, Styria, Austria
Photo: Steiermark Tourismus-Tom Lamm ©

Schladming is located in western Styria at the foot of the glacial Dachsteingebirge (Dachstein Mountains). From Schladming village, you have access to 10 different ski resorts and the Planai is directly accessible from the center of the village. The local slopes are spread across four linked peaks, and you can also carry on after the sun goes down thanks to the floodlit night-skiing slope. Beautiful medieval town that dates back to 1322 and has in addition to parts of the city wall intact, several lovely historic buildings. For more info: Schladming-Dachstein

How to get there:
The nearest airport is W.A. Mozart Salzburg Airport (SZG). Public buses No. 2 & 10 run at regular intervals between Salzburg Airport, the main train station in Salzburg, and the city center. The trip takes between 15 and 23 minutes. From Salzburg Main Station there are direct train services to Schladming that take 1 hour 36 minutes.

Hinterstoder (Upper Austria)

Skiers on the slope in Hinterstoder, Upper Austria
Photo: Oberösterreich Tourismus / Hochhauser ©

Winter sports enthusiasts can expect ski paradise for the entire family and a real pleasure hotspot in Hinterstoder. You can look forward to a total of 40 kilometers of varied slopes up to 2,000 meters above sea level. To cozy restaurants and rustic huts, where you can end your winter evenings comfortably. The lovely little village with about 600 inhabitants offers a wide range of accommodation and restaurants. Hinterstoder regularly arranges FIS World Cup alpine skiing races. For more info: skisport.com

How to get there:
The nearest airport is Blue Danube Airport Linz which is only about 1 hour away by train. From the airport, you can travel to the city center of Linz by bus or train. A free shuttle bus to and from the airport awaits all passengers (with valid plane tickets) who are traveling to Linz Airport by train at Hörsching train station. In Linz, you pick up the train to Hinterstoder train station. From here it takes about 15-20 minutes to Hinterstoder village.

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Written by Arnold Weisz

Arnold Weisz

Globetrotting multilingual communications specialist born in Vienna, Austria – with passion for scuba diving, golf and culinary delights! 15 years of experience as a scuba- and travel reporter for among others: X-Ray Dive Magazine and Dykking.