The train will travel through the Arlberg Pass for more than 45 mins

From Frankfurt to Innsbruck by train

How to take the new rail route from central Germany to The Tyrol in Austria

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.

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From Frankfurt (Main) to Innsbruck by train

Travel Information

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

Tickets

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.

Seat reservations:

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.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
OBB *

OBB Guide

OBB is the national rail operator and its booking service offers journeys by express trains within Austria, as well as international journeys which don't involve making a connection outside of Austria.

It pays off to book online, as the discounted 'Sparscheine' tickets are only ever made available on the website, and when making international journeys to and from Austria, these Sparscheine tickets tend to be cheaper.
OBB can offer particularly good value for money when travelling with children on international rail journeys, but something to watch out for when travelling between Austria and Germany on daytime trains, is that reservations are an optional extra; but if you book 1st class tickets with the Germany railways website DB, the reservations are complimentary.

OBB often takes a unique approach to its booking path, but a key thing to keep in mind is that the first price you will see for any journey is that of a Second Class seat.
The costs of upgrading to first class, a reservation, or a sleeping cabin etc, is then added to this price.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLake viewsMountain views

Good to Know

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.

Between Ulm and Stuttgart #2 Between Ulm and Stuttgart #2
By the shore of the Bodensee between Bregenz and Lindau By the shore of the Bodensee between Bregenz and Lindau
Heading into the Arlberg Pass Heading into the Arlberg Pass
The train will travel through the Arlberg Pass for more than 45 mins The train will travel through the Arlberg Pass for more than 45 mins
Through the Arlberg Pass #1 Through the Arlberg Pass #1
Passing by one of the villages nestled in The Arlberg Pass Passing by one of the villages nestled in The Arlberg Pass
The spectacular ascent from Landeck The spectacular ascent from Landeck
Heading west from Landeck Heading west from Landeck
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