The modernist design at Heidelberg Hbf can be seen on its distinctive platforms

From Innsbruck to Heidelberg by train

Take the new direct train between these two beautiful cities

One of the daily ultra-smart Railjet trains from Innsbruck on the beautiful route to far-western Austria, has had its journey extended into Germany, thereby providing a new direct journey by train from Innsbruck to Heidelberg.



From Innsbruck to Heidelberg by direct train

Travel Information

Final Destination: Frankfurt (Main)

The train also calls at: Darmstadt Hbf (after Heidelberg)

The train is now usually scheduled to depart from Innsbruck daily at 14:47 and arrive into Heidelberg at 20:53.

1 x train per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

The discounted tickets are the 'Sparscheine' tickets and they can be booked online up until the day of departure - but they CAN'T be booked at stations, so booking last minute at the station is always more expensive.

Though you'll usually need to book the 'Sparscheine' tickets at least a couple of days ahead to obtain them at the cheapest possible price.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost

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.

DB *

DB Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.
Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

Two types of ticket have recently been made available;

  1. Cheaper 'Young' tickets which can only be booked by those aged 15-26 on the travel date.
  2. Flexi Plus tickets, which are now the most expensive type of ticket, but they're the only type of 2nd class tickets which DO include a seat reservation.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLandscape (Hills / Mountains)Lake views

Good to Know

This direct train from Innsbruck to Heidelberg is particularly welcome as the connections in Munchen/Munich between the express EC trains from Innsbruck and the trains on to Heidelberg aren't particularly convenient, with waits of around 90 mins between trains being typical.

Between St.Anton and Feldkirch, the train threads the stunning Arlberg Pass; though in summer the trees can get in the way.

If possible sit on the left (when facing the direction of travel) on departure from Vienna/Wien.
The best views of The Arlberg Pass are from this side of the train, as are the views of the Bodensee between Bregenz and Lindau, and on to Friedrichshafen.
The train will reverse direction on departure from Friedrichshafen and from Stuttgart

The spectacular ascent from Landeck The spectacular ascent from Landeck
Passing by one of the villages nestled in The Arlberg Pass Passing by one of the villages nestled in 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
By the shore of the Bodensee between Bregenz and Lindau By the shore of the Bodensee between Bregenz and Lindau
Between Ulm and Stuttgart #2 Between Ulm and Stuttgart #2
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