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Air travel recommendations for skiing in Austria

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I'm hoping to attend a "science and skiing" conference in Austria this December at St Christoph Arn Arlberg. The conference itself includes a few days on snow, but I'm contemplating adding a few extra days as it'll be a pricy trip so I want to be sure I get the most out of it.

Any suggestions on cheapest way to get there? Any idea which cities nearby tend to have better airfare from Canada? Or anyone know of charter airlines that go near there? 

Thanks!

Elsbeth

post #2 of 6

Not sure about inexpensive flights from your location, did you try travelocity, kayak, etc? I hear Zurich is a convenient gateway airport for that destination, 2-3 hour train ride:

http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=450

This recent thread also indicates the use of Zurich to access St. Christoph: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/95587/st-anton-lodging-help

Munich might also be viable gateway.

post #3 of 6

Zurich is more convenient, Munich is cheaper.

post #4 of 6

Don't know connections from your location. We flew into Zurich a few years ago; it's pretty convenient to the Arlberg. We took the Arlberg Express (bus service) direct from the airport to Lech. I recall the drive taking around 2.5 hours. Don't know if it stops in St. Christoph but it stops in Lech, Zuers, and St. Anton. I'm guessing the train stops in St. Anton so you might need a cab to get to your hotel.

post #5 of 6

I go to Austria every winter.  This year I'll be heading into Zurich because I'll be doing a few days in Switz as well, but typically I find that flying through Munich is cheapest.  That is out of NYC, but it's probably the same for anywhere on the east coast of US/CAN.  The train system is great there, so hopping on a train is always easy & almost any major resort is accessible by train.  You need to price out a bunch of options & then check on train prices as well.  It may be cheaper to fly to Munich, but the train from Zurich may be less $ & shorter as well.  On a couple of occassions I flew to Munich & rented a car because the car rental was cheaper than the train.  That doesn't always happen, but it's worth looking into.  There's also a convenience factor with the car- it allows you to be more flexible.  Although depending on where you're going a car could be a hinderance if you have to pay to park.

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Thanks for all the tips!

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