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Ischgl - transfer from Innsbruck

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Looking into a ‘DIY’ trip to Ischgl (ie booking everything separately as opposed to going with crystal/Ingram’s etc.) can find reasonably priced flights and accommodation but the best airport transfer quotes I can get is €350 return......does anyone out there know of any better value for this. In the past, I’ve been able to get Geneva to Morzine for €75/80 return..no such luck yet with Austria, can anyone out there assist?
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Train to Landeck and then get the bus. Very easy
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Is the train station near the airport
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Also do you need to pre book train and bus or can you just arrive on the day....?
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the station is a few miles away. there's an easy bus to catch.

I buy train tickets in advance but you can buy on the day if you like to. Check OEBB webite which is easy to use to get times & prices
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Also looks like you have to get a bus or a taxi from airport to train station at Innsbruck.....?
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yes that's right - that's the easy bus I mentioned above. I know if sounds a faff but it's actually really easy...

It's bus 'H' from the airport to Innsbruck main station and they run from right outside the tiny terminal every 15 mins and it costs 2€ or something and takes 15 mins or so
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public transport.
Its wee wee easy & cheap if you dont mind lugging stuff around.
Make sure you have some euros in change for the bus & don't forget to validate the ticket snowHead
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Sounds good in theory but if flight is delayed and you have all other ‘legs’ pre booked then it all falls apart...?
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The bus from Landeck is OK but slow, you might be better off booking a transfer from there. Train from Innsbruck to Landeck is straightforward, you can book tickets at https://www.oebb.at/en/ which would include the bus shuttle from the airport (you can get a ticket all the way to Ischgl). Unlike many Austrian places Ischgl does not work particularly well with public transport. The cost for a shuttle seems high, though Ischgl excels in extracting money from visitors but assuming you cant find a cheaper one then hiring a car might be the best option. The drive is pretty easy, it will take about 90 minutes, not much you can do with your car when you get there, many hotels have places in one of the underground car parks.


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Cheaper to use the app. Get VVT Smartride for transport info and VVT Tickets for the tickets (no idea why there's two separate apps, but that's how it is rolling eyes ). Use the ticket app to book your journey straight through from the airport to the hotel, and use the e-ticket if anyone asks for it. No validation or change required, and it should be a few euros cheaper.

There's not usually any benefit to booking in advance, and the tickets are valid for services up to two hours from the booked time in case of delay. Or just buy it while you're waiting for your bags to come out at the airport.


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Sneachta2013 wrote:
Sounds good in theory but if flight is delayed and you have all other ‘legs’ pre booked then it all falls apart...?


The trains and buses run hourly so should be no issue if your flight is delayed.
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Ok. Will have a look
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@Sneachta2013,
For some years now we use https://www.taxi-airporttransfer-tirol.com/ for getting to Lech from Innsbruck.
They are good.
Ischgl comes at 285 euro roundtrip with them
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I take it you mean €285 per person

Geneva to Morzine is about the same distance and can be reached for €80 round trip
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@Sneachta2013, That's per vehicle so 3 people in a car is the same price as 1 person. If you fill a mini bus the price per person is less than your cost in Geneva.
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@Sneachta2013,
Yes, as @munich_irish says: Price per vehicle 1-3 pers.

Don’t think there are organised timed shuttles to Ischgl. But you might check with your acco

(There are to St.Anton and Lech, but only from Zürich)
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From Innsbruck you don't really get the whole shared minibus transfer scene you get in Geneva, it tends to be just taxis so only really good value if there's 3 of you.

For the last couple of years one of our Ischgl group's only been able to do a part week and was amazed how easy it was. An early Heathrow/Innsbruck flight, taxi from airport to train station (cheap-enough it wasn't worth waiting for the bus), then train to Landeck/bus up to Ischgl has seen him skiing with us in the afternoon (having checked in to hotel and picked up hire kit).
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For the cheapest option it´s definitely a case of airport - bus - train - bus - Ischgl, but of course it can take a lot of extra time, and hassle depending on how much luggage and family members you have to drag around.
Private transfers are for sure the luxury option, and with good reason. Your driver will be waiting at the airport for you, drive you seemlessly, comfortably and safely, to the door of your accommodation. Even if it´s up a steep snowy hill. And of course repeat the procedure on your way home, making it easy for you to work out your departure time from Ischgl. All in all making your holiday more pleasurable and maximising your time in Ischgl.

That is of course if you choose a good transfer company. There are more and more large online transfer distributors, that pass their booked transfers on to smaller companies or singular taxi drivers, meaning you have no garantee of getting good service or a safe and experienced driver. Before you book online, compare some websites, check them on tripadvisor, and try and find a local company based near to where you are heading to, or ask your accommodation owner which company they would recommend.

Prices differ but generally they should all be within 20-30 Euros of each other, for the same number of passengers. If it´s super cheap then don´t risk it. Super expensive, then it´s maybe one of the best luxury companies based in the resort.

For example: Innsbruck Airport - Ischgl in a car (1-3 passengers € 180) one way, in a minibus (4-8 passengers € 200) one way.

Renting your own car might seem like a great cheap idea until you are unlucky and have to arrive or leave in a snowstorm, having to fit chains that you may have to pay extra for, and not have a clue how to fit. They are also a legal requirement on certain roads if it is snowing. Small damages may cause a huge Insurance Excess payment, and little things can happen easily on snowy roads and in tight hotel car parks filled with ice and snow.

Price wise a private transfer is a luxury, but it should improve your holiday experience. If not, you´ve booked the wrong company.

P.S. I offer a 10% discount for Snowheads

Happy Holiday´s, Ted
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Recommend: Gangl Transfers for Innsbruck to Ischgl. https://www.gangl-transfers.at/en
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Sneachta2013 wrote:
Looking into a ‘DIY’ trip to Ischgl (ie booking everything separately as opposed to going with crystal/Ingram’s etc.) can find reasonably priced flights and accommodation but the best airport transfer quotes I can get is €350 return......does anyone out there know of any better value for this. In the past, I’ve been able to get Geneva to Morzine for €75/80 return..no such luck yet with Austria, can anyone out there assist?


Yes. Car rental. About £180 for a reasonable sized car that'll take skis - even cheaper if no skis. Rental area at Innsbruck (I assume that is where you are flying to) is right opposite terminal. Drive to resort 2/3rds motorway and the last bit on good road up the valley to Ischgl. Rented twice to Ischgl and 3 times to Obergurgl (similar length drive).
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whitedescents wrote:


Renting your own car might seem like a great cheap idea until you are unlucky and have to arrive or leave in a snowstorm, having to fit chains that you may have to pay extra for, and not have a clue how to fit. They are also a legal requirement on certain roads if it is snowing. Small damages may cause a huge Insurance Excess payment, and little things can happen easily on snowy roads and in tight hotel car parks filled with ice and snow.


The excess you deal with by buying your own excess cover. £39 for a year (I rent 2 or 3 times a year). And yes have claimed on the insurance with absolutely no problem (didn't realise the rental did not have auto handbrake - unlike my own car -and rolled very gently in to a barrier!).

Rental this year is costing £180 (compact 4 door manual - plenty big enough for skis - Ford Focus size).

Have driven to Ischgl in falling snow and snow on the road - the winter tyres fitted are amazing. Not sure I even saw chains on any car last January (the resort was cut off for two days last Jan, so chains or not, no one was going anywhere)
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