The Austrian national rail operator OBB has added a new route taken by its ultra-smart Railjet trains which provides a new epic direct rail journey from Frankfurt (Main) to Innsbruck.
Final destination: Wien Flughafen
There are other faster and more frequent trains from Frankfurt to Wien/Vienna.
This train is typically scheduled to depart from Frankfurt (Main) at 05:54 and arrive in Innsbruck at 13:11
This train also calls at: amongst other locations
1 x train per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings usually open: 6 months ahead of the travel date
On the DB booking site straightforward comparisons can be made between taking this direct RJ train and the alternative indirect journeys.
Connections departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day. so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares, if price is your prime criteria.
Also look up the prices on OBB as they may be cheaper.
Worth knowing if you will be travelling with children is that the terms when booking with DB, which allow adults to take up to four children aged 14 and under at no extra charge, now matches the terms offered by OBB.
Reservations are highly recommended for this journey; If you book a First Class ticket on DB your seat(s) will be assigned, but OBB will charge a reservation fee for First class tickets.
You will have to pay to add a reservation when booking second class tickets, no matter which ticket agent you use.
Reservations are optional, but recommended if you will be travelling with a 1st or 2nd class rail pass.
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The two plus points of taking this train are a lack of a need for connections and the scenic route taken, but if travelling to Innsbruck as quickly as possible is of greater importance to you, the much faster alternative is to travel via Munchen Hbf and make a connection between trains at that station.
Making the connection there also avoids the need to depart so early in the morning.
For example; it's usually possible to leave Frankfurt (Main) on the ICE train which usually departs at 09:54 to Munchen and with a 28 min connection into an EC train, typically scheduled to depart from Munchen hbf at 13:34.
So it's possible to be in Innsbruck at 15:18 with an end-to-end journey time of under 5hr 30min.
Between Friedrichshafen and Bregenz, the Bodensee will be on the right.
You'll be able to see the stunning passage through the Alberg Pass between Feldkirch and St Anton.
(The video was filmed from a Railjet train taking this route).
Then comes another highlight, which is the descent into the town of Landeck, which is best appreciated over on the left.
The train will reverse direction on departure from Stuttgart and Friedrichshafen.
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