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Car train to Austria.

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi there,

Anybody out there know if there is a car train from France (somewhere near the chunnel) to Austria? A friend says there is but I can't find anything about it

Trying to get to Schladming with the family and not sure I can take the airport grief again.

Cheers,


mbackw
post #2 of 15
Welcome, mbackw.
The only car trains to Austria are from Dusseldorf:
http://www.dbautozug.de/site/dbautozug/en/start.html

Out of interest, if you're wanting to take the train all the way, then why are you taking the car?
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Why the car? Two young kids. Car seats, push chairs, cots plus all the other stuff. (Skis, boots, bottles etc)

Hence the car.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Also I tried looking at the train all the way and then hiring a car but there's a lot of changes to Schladming and with kids it would be a nightmare.

A friend told me about this train to St Anton from Dendu (?). But now he can't find it on the internet and nor can I.

But thanks for the info.

M.
post #5 of 15
Sorry, haven't heard of Dendu before - what country is it in?

I know that companies like Oakhall go to Schladming, but I'm not sure who else, or what options there are on how they get people there (Oakhall frequently use coaches)

If you're wanting to take the car, it might be better to choose a closer resort - somewhere in Switzerland or France could be driven to from the chunnel.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Got to be honest, I haven't heard of Dendu either. Thanks for the info anyway.

It's got to be Schladming as the in-laws have a time-share there. Very handy ;-)
post #7 of 15
This may help:

www.seat61.com/Motorail.htm

As Wear The Fox Hat says above, Dusseldorf is the only place reasonably close to take you to Innsbruck.

I dont know if you have driven to Austria before, but I do it every year at least once, usually twice. It is a fairly straight forward drive. We generalize (bad spelling) that it take more or less 12 hours from Calais to get to Kitzbuhel allowing for a few deisel stops / toilet breaks / coffee etc. That is on the basis of at least 2 drivers; one drives while the other sleeps. With a small child, my brother did it comfortably in 14 hours with feeding / changing stops. Given the location of Schladming, it would be a little bit less but not a lot.

Also, we always drive through the night. This means that the more northern cities are reasonably quiet, i.e. Cologne, Brussells and Frankfurt. Unfortunately it does mean hitting Munich at 12ish which is always rammed and slow. But if you expect that, it is not bad.

If you wanted less traffic, you could head down France and across. The SatNav has highlighted this way. I have never took this route because I am a tight Northerner and do not want to pay for tolls! SO, I can not comment on how easy this route is.

Hope this helps.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info Dougie,

We used to drive it, before the low cost airlines opened up a 'cheaper' option.

Just not sure with two young kids I want to be in a car for 14 hours. It's all well and good if they sleep but if they don't it would be unbearable!

Still trying to get in contact with this friend of mine to find out where he reckons this train goes from.

M.
post #9 of 15
I would seriously consider driving, but break the journey. Stop somewhere picturesque and have a nice dinner with your wife while the kids sleep; up and at 'em the next day.
post #10 of 15
Or (depending on the car) driving through the night with the kids snuggled down and asleep.
post #11 of 15
Where in the UK are you travelling from?

Hull-Zeebrugge might be an option, then down through Germany.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Sandgroper61 View Post
I would seriously consider driving, but break the journey. Stop somewhere picturesque and have a nice dinner with your wife while the kids sleep; up and at 'em the next day.

please just dont leave them in the car while u are out for dinner - its winter! and the austrian police would get mad

i think the best thing would be to drive there too! or you go to bregenz and take the car train from there to graz and then drive back up to schladming (3 hours - 2 and a half if you speed) - but in schladming there is no exiting with the car from the train!
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Day View Post
please just dont leave them in the car while u are out for dinner - its winter! and the austrian police would get mad
Erm, that wasn't what I meant. I was referring to stopping at a hotel. Put the kids to bed, and have a meal. Sorry if I wasn't clear, but really - who would have thought I meant leave the kids in the car?
post #14 of 15
If you are going to drive Austria don't forger two important things:
1- to buy windshield stick since you pass by the border; and
2- Winter tires

Regards~
post #15 of 15
Probably better than the car train is flying into Munich on a cheap carrier and rent a car from there. If you are based in the UK that is saving you a lot of hassle and the distance to drive is even significantly shorter if you are concerned about your kids.Just my 0.02.

Rent the car ahead while in the UK, cheaper than at the airport where they rip you off.
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