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How to get there [St. Anton]

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

If you are coming by car, I'll assume you know how to use google maps..

 

If you are coming by plane, Innsbruck is the best closest airport, but not with transatlantic connections.

 

Should be a pond jumper participant, then we recommend these airports, in this order:

 

Zurich

Munich

Geneva

Milan

Paris

 

All of these airports have a train station with Intercity Trains that will take you to St. Anton, plus the usual car rentals and ski resort transfer services.

 

Should be coming via the Orient Express, this also makes a stop in St. Anton.wink.gif

post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 

If you click here:

 

http://www.stantonamarlberg.com/en/winter/service-info/transport-timetables.html

 

you can find timetables and prices of trains from various airports to St. Anton.

post #3 of 12

When looking at the timetable for trains from Zurich to St. Anton, just look at the times from Zurich HB (central station) to the resort. There are loads of trains that you can get for the short hop from the airport to the central station, so the main thing you should focus on is the departure times from the center.

 

Those are every two hours from 8:40 up to 20:40. I'm guessing the first and last trains make fewer/more stops on the way, because the travel times are different from all the others.

 

And as mentioned in the old thread, it's worth paying the extra 10 francs (5 francs each way) for reserved seats when you're buying your tickets. The trains are fairly full on Saturdays, so those reserved seats will save you a lot of hassle trying to find a place to sit.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'm seeing airfare Washington DC to Zurich with a stop over in Istanbul for $777,20.  Non stops are #1,300 or thereabouts, which is silly of course.

post #5 of 12

Airfare from Whitefish is another thing....  LOL.  Have fare alerts set up, but not much movement going on so far.  

 

If you have a train reservation, do you lose the ticket money entirely when your plane arrives late?  With all the connections I have, the likelihood of arriving as expected is pretty low.  

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

My experience is, if you have a reservation, you lose your 'reserved' seat, but you can still get on the train and 'search' for an empty seat.

 

If you read the rules, they may say something else.  And in fact I was confronted with this very problem, and felt very intimated by a gestapo type German Train employee working in the 'information office', who was hell bent on enforcing rules, which would have amounted to a $200 change fee.

 

I quickly thought better of it, and having a reasonable amount of train traveling experience, and just boarded the next available train.  Conductor came by, punched my ticket, was a total non-issue.  This was from Frankfurt airport to Amsterdam, so not a terribly short trip either.

 

Worst case scenario, they would make you get off at the next stop, hopefully by then, the next stop would be St. Anton, and perhaps they would try to issue a fine.  Not that they would, but that they could, but as long as you have a valid ticket for that day, I don't think the people punching the tickets on the train really care.

 

However, if you  had no ticket at all, that is something entirely different.
 

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

 

If you have a train reservation, do you lose the ticket money entirely when your plane arrives late?  With all the connections I have, the likelihood of arriving as expected is pretty low.  

 

You can get a reserved seat when buying your tickets in the station. If you buy without a reserved seat, then you have to hunt around for an empty, unreserved seat to sit in (not much fun when dragging a ski bag). But if you pay the extra few francs when buying your ticket, you'll have an assigned seat waiting for you.

 

So, you can roll up to the station whenever your plane finally arrives and still get a reserved seat on the next train.

post #8 of 12

For those taking the train, when you step out of the train station, this is how close you are to the mountain (and the hotels).

 

 

post #9 of 12

Wow, that is really close and convenient! One of the main reasons that I'm looking to go to St. Anton for the first week in February coming in to Zurich over the pond. Now, just have to find accommodations between the train station and slopes.

post #10 of 12

And here's a nice website for booking yout train tickets from Zurich: http://www.swisspasses.com/railpass/obb-railjet-zurich-st-anton/

post #11 of 12
If anyone is landing in Zurich on February 8 and you want to meet up to take the train to the resort, let me know. My flight lands around 9:15 am, and I'm happy to meet up in the airport.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post
 

Airfare from Whitefish is another thing....  LOL.  Have fare alerts set up, but not much movement going on so far.  

 

If you have a train reservation, do you lose the ticket money entirely when your plane arrives late?  With all the connections I have, the likelihood of arriving as expected is pretty low.  

My VERY STRONG belief although I cannot confirm 100% just now is that legally your ticket on SBB *Swiss trains) is VALID FOR THE ENTIRE DAY, but that your reservations are not - hence you would be covered to be on the train but would of course not have your reserved seat.

 

I'm fairly certain of this info., but have no reference to back it up, google may help here.

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