Getting Around Bundesland Tirol

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    Achenseebahn - a steamtrain & only in summertime

    by globetrott Updated Jan 19, 2015

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    Achenseebahn - a steamtrain & only in summertime

    Achensee is a lake in a hight of 900 meters above sealevel and that is about 400 meters above the valley of the Inn, where this cog railway starts in Jenbach. Jenbach is ca. 35km east of Innsbruck - go there by train or by car !The distance from Jenbach to Achensee is only 6760 meters, so that is not even 7km and in some places the traintrack is really steep. The trainline was opened in 1889 and they are still using the same steamtrains and wagons of that time and that makes the Achenseebahn the oldest cogwheel locomotive still operating worldwide
    Achenseebahn is operated only in summertime !
    In 2015 that was between May1st and November 2nd, 2015
    and for other years, take a look at their webpage !
    They take your bicycle as well, BUT you have to reserve a place for it !
    Oneway the cost is 23,- Euros return is 29,50 Euros
    all persons above 60years pay 25,- Euros for the returnticket

    This is a private trainline, so ALL Interrail- Eurail- and similar prepaid
    traintickets are NOT valid there !!!

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    Arlberg Pass-Strasse

    by globetrott Written Jan 15, 2015

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    For many centuries the Arlberg Pass-Strasse was the only connection between Tirol and Vorarlberg and especially in wintertime it was quite hard to get over this passroad. That is why they made the Arlberg Tunnel some decades ago, BUT when you have some sparetime and want to enjoy the great landscapes up there it really makes sense to drive that passroad !
    The passroad is free of charge and there is hardly any cartrafic at all and trucks are forbidden there now, except they take something into the small villages of Arlberg. That fact makes it very relaxed to drive the passroad, and for me it is also sometimes not really a lot of fun to drive through a tunnel for about 14km, where you cannot stop and have somebody behind of you who forces you more or less to drive the maximum speed of 80km/h...

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    The Autobahn - Vignette / Highway-sticker

    by globetrott Updated Jan 13, 2015

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    All cars that have a tonnage / maximum allowed weight of less then 3500kg driving on the highways through Austria have to buy a so-called "Vignette" and stick it on the windscreen. There are stickers available for 10 days, 2 months and the whole year.
    You may find machines like the one on my picture at many borders of Austria.
    It is not enough to buy the sticker, it also has to be fixed behind the windscreen before you enter the highway and there are various controls and high fines in case they catch you !
    These stickers are available on every highway-station, in many Newspapershops (we call them TRAFIK) and also in many shops and petrolstations in Bavaria and Italy, so there is absolutely no excuse !
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    For cars and motorhomes with less than 3500kg you pay :
    10-days-vignette : 8,70 euros
    2 months-vignette : 25,30 euros
    for the whole year : 84,40 euros
    and it is valid also during Dec. before and includes the Jan, after the full year !
    so the sticker for the whole year 2015 is valid from Dec 1st, 2014 till Jan 31st 2016 !
    Motorbikes pay 33,60 for the full year
    for 2 months : 12,70 euros
    and for 10 days : 5,00 euros
    cars and motorhomes with more than 3500kg will need a GO-Box !

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    The Brenner - Passroad

    by globetrott Updated Jan 13, 2015

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    The Brenner-pass is one of the most frequented roads and highways in Europe, because it is the easiest and fastest road across the Alps in that area between Innsbruck and Italy.
    Be prepared for a lot of trafic, especially plenty of trucks, except at the weekends, when only a few trucks with special permission are allowed to go.
    For the Brenner you have to pay a seperate fee, that is not at all connected to the ordinary highway-vignette, that you need for all of the highways in Austria anyway.
    The fee for Brenner (A13 / E45) is 8,50 Euros per car up to 3,5 tons.

    Fill up your tank in Austria, before you drive to Italy, where especially the Diesel, but also the petrol is a lot more expensive than in Austria !!!
    in Jan 2015 it was 1,35 € in Austria and 1,74€ in Italy according to this web-list !

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    by airplane to Tirol

    by globetrott Written Jan 13, 2015

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    Innsbruck has the only airport in Tirol and it is just a drive of a few minutes to the citycentre of innsbruck. Other airports in a distance of about 2-3 hours by taxi or train are Munich and Salzburg. Innsbruck is quite a small city and the airport of Innsbruck is really close to the centre of town. That way you will not have to pay a lot of money to get there by taxi.
    No matter, if you arrive by train, private car or airplane, it might be a great idea to take a glacier-flight in a small airplane from Innsbruck-Airport. Such a flight requires a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 passengers and will cost you per person:
    Alpenflug (ca. 20 Min. across the alps): Euro 79,-
    Gletscherflug (ca. 30 Min. across the glaciers): Euro 106,-
    Best of Alps (ca. 45 Min.): Euro 138,-
    Make your reservations at the telephone-number below !

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    by train to Tirol

    by globetrott Written Jan 13, 2015

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    You can get easily by train to most of the important sights of Tirol.
    When arriving by train in Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof it is quite easy to walk to the very centre of town and even the famous "Goldenes Dachl" is within a walk of just 15-20 minues.
    Innsbruck is quite small and when you leave the station you simply go straight on and will get to Salurner Strasse that will take you directely to the Triumpf-Pforte. From there you simply walk down Maria Theresienstrasse and will get to the citytower and Goldenes Dachl.
    That way it might even make sense to interrupt a trainride for 1 or 2 hours in order to explore Innsbruck a bit !!
    For up to 24 hours you can store your luggage at the Hauptbahnhof in Innsbruck in electric boxes like shown in my 2nd photo!
    When you come back after more than 24 hours, you have to pay the same amount again, before you are able to get back your luggage.
    After 48 hours the box will be emptied and your luggage will be taken to another place, where you may get it back ONLY after an appointment with tel. +43(0)51293000-4003 between mon-friday 08.00a.m.-04.00p.m. and of course you have to pay the fee also for each extra period of 24 hours.
    The fees are 2,- / 2,50 / 3,50 Euros, depending on the size of the box !!

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    motorhomes >3500kg need a GO-box !!

    by globetrott Written Jan 13, 2015

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    This is an important message for all owners of vehicles & motorhomes with more than 3,5 tons :
    The Autobahn-Vignette is NOT enough for you, you need the same kind of GO-Box, as the large trucks and buses need them !!
    The system is simple, BUT also quite expensive : You buy a box, put it inside the car and at several places you will be registered automatically and will have to pay a fixed amount per each Km you drive on the Autobahn / highway.
    See more details on my link below !!
    You will find machines like the one on my picture at many borders of Austria.

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    Please be aware that a lot of motorhomes that you rent in Germany are more than 3500 kg maximum weight, because the limit for a german car-drivinglicence is 7500kg, while in Austria it is 3500 kg.

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    Arlberg Strassentunnel

    by globetrott Written Jan 13, 2015

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    The Arlberg Strassentunnel between Tirol and Vorarlberg is one of the longest tunnels through the alps with a total length of 13.972 meters and it is a very good alternative for cars to pass by the Arlberg and avoid all of the problems of driving over the snowy pass-road. In summertime it does not make sense in my opinion, it is even quite dangerous, when you considder that you will get dizzy after a while of driving at the same speed, one car in front of you and another car in your back and you have to keep that speed for several km otherwise the truck in your back will get as close as just a few cm to your backside and will start to hoop etc. when you are not willing to speed just like everybody else.
    Next problem is the oncoming trafic, that is not in a seperate tube and every time a large truck is oncoming, you will be hit with a strong wind, that might be disturbing very much, when you are not used to it.
    Arlberg Strassentunnel is part of the highway, BUT you need to pay an extra-toll anyway :

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    Arlberg Strassentunnel will be 9,50 Euro for cars
    Speedlimit is mostly 80 km/h
    Overtaking is absolutely forbidden !

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    Cable cars story...

    by Tripack Updated Mar 3, 2007

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    Discover the alpine world was formerly the privilege of the warriors, the tradesmen and the wealthy people. Thanks to the technical development, for a few decades, the mountain has been accessible to everyone. The first installations of transport to cables were built at the end of the 19th century. From this beginning to the funitels, the development of the technique of the ski lifts is a part of the Austrian tourism history. The first time cable car was in operation in 1926 on the Rax in Lower Austria to transport goods. From 1965, Austria gained an international reputation as a winter sports destination.

    The cable car branch is one of the most important industries in Austria. 3011 cable car sites were in operation during the winter season 2004/05. Despite the decling number of cable car sites, there is an increased demand for the services. The reason being that T-bar lifts have been replaced with modern, comfortable lifts and cable cars, enabling higher transportation capacity.

    Silvrettabahn Funitel @ Ischgl Waldbahn @ Serfaus Silvrettabahn Funitel @ Ischgl Double deck cable car @ Saumnan
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    By air you can enter Austria...

    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 15, 2002

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    By air you can enter Austria best at Vienna International Airport, but that is again rather far from the most impressive alpine part of Austria. For that you best enter at Innsbruck airport.
    By train you can reach many larger towns, but by car you can almost reach any village. In wintertime it is an obligation to have snowchains with you and believe me, it is very possible that you also have to use them (check the weatherreports before making long connecting drives).
    By car you can visit almost all inhabited places, but Austrian alpine beauty can only be reached by foot (or some even go to the craziest places on a mountainbike). Walking/hiking is a must in the mountains and the Austrian touristboard has prepared many, many routes for all. Inform at the local touristoffice.

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