We recommend flying directly into Innsbruck or one of the surrounding major cities: Zurich, Switzerland; Munich, Germany; or Salzburg, Austria.
We recommend doing LOTS of shopping around for flights before booking. There are plenty of deals to be had for the intentional and dedicated traveler. Also consider if you do not fly in to Innsbruck, the cost of rail/train travel. It may be $300 more expensive to fly into Innsbruck than Munich for example, however, train tickets may be $75 each way, meaning $150 total, plus you don’t have to sit on a train for 3 hours. The takeaway point: just do your research and choose a good option for you.
Remember, there is a significant time difference between us and Austria. Double check your dates and times to see what time zone they are in, ensuring you don’t arrive a day earlier or later that your actual course start. All information about the course is in CEST. For example, we check in to our hotel on July 4th at 3pm CEST (which is July 4th at 9am in Bloomington, IN).
Trains and Buses
We recommend using the app/website Trainline to find the right ticket to Innsbruck. See below for likely “from” and “to” bus stop names. For your departure time, make sure to give yourself plenty of time at the airport to land, get your baggage, make your way around the airport, etc. Trainline will punch out what trains/buses you need to take, at what times, how long you have to transfer between the train to the next one, and will allow you to purchase ALL needed tickets in one click! Trainline tickets become available about 2 months ahead of the departure date.
Forward your tickets to the Tripit app (see “Apps”) and use Google Maps (see “Cell Service and Wifi”) to ensure you transfer at the right spots. Also, just pay attention. The bus/train stop will be announced, will likely be pulled up on a screen in the bus, and will be outside the window on a sign at the actual stop itself.
Don’t worry too much about getting around on public transport. Let us know when you will be traveling to Innsbruck and from where, and we will help you pick the right tickets and give you any tips and tricks you’ll want to know for getting here! We got you!
If you fly into Innsbruck Airport, you’ll get on a bus from Parkhäuser Airport P1/P2/P3, Innsbruck to Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof. This takes about 20 minutes. Use this site (not Trainline): https://fahrplan.ivb.at/
If you fly into Zurich Airport, on Trainline enter from Zürich Flughafen to Innsbruck Hbf. This journey should take about 4-5 hours.
If you fly into Munich Airport, on Trainline enter from München Flughafen Terminal (Munich) to Innsbruck Hbf. This journey should take about 2.5-4.5 hours.
If you fly into Salzburg Airport, on Trainline enter from Salzburg Airport to Innsbruck Hbf. This journey should take about 2 hours.
From Innsbruck Hbf, it is about a 6-minute walk to our hotel.