Salzburg to Ötztal / Otzal by train

How to access the Solden and Obergurgl resorts from Salzburg by train and bus

The resorts of Solden and Obergurgl are closer to Innsbruck than Salzburg, but if you will be flying in for a winter sports holiday, a plus of taking the train from Salzburg, is that it's airport has a trolleybus connection with the rail station.
So the end-to-end airport to resort transfer is a straightforward bus + train + train journey.



From Salzburg Hbf to Ötztal

Journey Summary

Travel Time
2hr 14 min
Travel Information

Final Destination: Bregenz or Zurich

All trains also call at: Innsbruck

6 x trains 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.

Trains departing at different times can also 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.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
OBB from €19

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

Good to Know

OBB Postbuses link Ötztal Bahnfof/station with the Sölden ski resorts (if you type Soelden into the Postbus website you can check the schedules)

There are up to 2 x buses per hour (mostly on route/line 8352) and the bus journey takes around 1hr 5mins; it will be longer if you're heading on to Obergurgl.

Tickets for the end-2-end journey from Salzburg to Sölden including the train + bus can be purchased on the OBB train ticket booking site.

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