There are closer resort towns to Innsbruck than Schladming, but a tick in the box is that there is no need to connect into a bus to complete the journey, because the station is right by the town centre.
Final Destination: Graz
All trains also call at: Radstadt and Seltzhal
The base station of the lifts up to the Planai mountain is under 10 mins walk from Schladming rail station.
Turn right when you reach the road on the other side of the car park in front of the station and cross the wooden bridge, which you'll see on the left.
2 x trains per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date
If you want to take either of these direct trains, look for the trains that are usually scheduled to depart from Innsbruck at 08:21 and 12:21.
Reservations are optional, but they're recommended for this journey, particularly if you will be travelling on Friday - Sunday during the winter sports season or at the height of summer.
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The train which is usually scheduled to depart from Innsbruck at 12:21 is the 'Transalpin' EC express which will be heading to Graz from Zurich.
This train includes a special observation car within is formation, which can be accessed by holders of 1st class tickets or rail passes, without the need to pay a surcharge.
This will be a fabulous journey from Innsbruck to Schladming, for pretty much the entire trip, the train will be travelling through Alpine Valleys.
Though you'll have to our word for it, the lack of images is due to the fact on the most recent occasion we planned to make this trip, the weather was atrocious.
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