Few rail journeys between European cities are as fabulous as this!
For virtually the entire journey by train from Zurich to Innsbruck, you can enjoy delightful vistas from the windows.
These trains* will depart from the platforms/tracks by the street level concourse in Zurich HB station (gleis 3 - 18)
*The train which is usually scheduled to depart at 08:40 is the EC train, all of the other departures are by Railjet trains.
Final Destination: Wien or Budapest or Graz or Innsbruck or Bratislava
All trains also call at: Feldkirch connect for Bregenz
Some trains also call at: St Anton and or Landeck-Zams
From Zurich Flughafen/Airport:
There are no direct trains between the station at Zurich Flughafen/Aiport and Innsbruck.
You will have to change trains at Zurich HB station.
Making the transfer will be much easier if you take a train from Zurich Flughafen to Zurich HB which uses the same part of Zurich HB station (platforms/tracks/gleis 3 - 18) that the trains on to Innsbruck depart from.
So when taking a train from the airport target either;
6 x Railjet trains per day
1 x EC train per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 180 days* ahead of the travel date
*There's no need to book 6 months ahead to obtain the cheapest tickets.
If you look for tickets around 3 - 4 months ahead then the cheapest 'Sparschiene' tickets can actually be available on more trains.
The prices of the tickets are usually cheaper on OBB, particularly as its cheapest 'Sparschiene' tickets can now be booked up until the day of travel (if they haven't sold out); previously Sparscheine tickets had to be booked at least 3 days ahead.
However, it's worth comparing prices with SBB, but remember that the price on SBB will be in Swiss Francs and not euros.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|Happy rail||from €19|
|Rail Europe||from €19|
Step on board one of Europe's most epic rail journeys, with amazing views of two Swiss lakes AND a passage through the stunning Arlberg Pass.
This journey has arguably fewer 'nothing to see' moments than any other journey of this length.
Sit on the left (when facing the direction) of travel) on departure from Zurich for the best views.
Within 10 minutes of departing from Zurich there are a series of stunning views of not one, but two lakes, the Zurichsee...
...and then the Wallensee....can both be seen from the left of the train.
The best of the views as the train travels through the Arlberg pass will be over on the right, but the train will reverse direction on departure from Buchs.
Between Buchs and Feldkirch the train will travel through Liechtenstein, then after departure from Bludenz, the train threads through the stunning Arlberg Pass - though in summer the trees can get in the way.
In the pass, the best and most spectacular views of the entire journey are over on the right; even on a grey day
But after St.Anton the best of the views are over on the left, with the final spectacular highlight of the journey being the descent to Landeck station.
This journey is so fabulous that it's included on Rough Guides' list of the Best Scenic Train Journeys in Europe.
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