How To Get To the Skicircus Saalbach

How To Get To the Skicircus Saalbach

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Where is Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn?

Skicircus Saalbach is on the border of Salzburgerland and Tyrol states in Austria, mid-way between the cities of Innsbruck and Salzburg.

The Skicircus Saalbach is made up of several different villages in two separate valleys, so distances from major points vary markedly. Fieberbrunn is closest by road or rail to the major centres of Salzburg (75km), Innsbruck (104km) or Munich (133km). On the other hand, Saalbach is 152km east of Innsbruck & 177km south east of Munich.

To give a sense of how vast Skicircus Saalbach is, the driving distance from the village of Hinterglemm to Fieberbrunn, via Saalbach & Leogang is 55km!

Flying to Skicircus Saalbach

For flights to Skicircus Saalbach, the main international gateway airport is Munich (MUC), with the Innsbruck (INN) or Salzburg (SZG) airports servicing most UK and European origins. Other major airports at Milan, Vienna or Zurich are options, but transfer distance & time is lengthy.

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Flights via Munich or Innsbruck Airport

Munich international airport in southern Germany is rated as one of the world’s best. It receives a vast number of flights every day from worldwide origins.

The airport at Munich is well served by efficient train transport, which link quickly with train services to transport hubs like Wörgl and Innsbruck in Austria.

At least 8 major car rental companies are available at Munich airport, however the vehicles may not be set up for winter driving (i.e. snow tyres, chains). Check prior to renting.

Innsbruck airport is serviced by flights from mainland Europe, Scandinavia and the UK. Flights numbers and options increase during the winter season. The airport is conveniently located close to the centre of Innsbruck. The Innsbruck city centre and central bus & train station is a 15min bus ride from the airport via the Route F bus at the terminal. Taxis offer an alternative.

If having a short stay or transiting through Innsbruck, there are two excellent hotel options located opposite the central train, bus & tram station, the Grand Hotel Europa and Hotel Ibis Innsbruck.

Airport & Hotel Transfers

The Powderhounds usually recommend taking the train & bus from the airports to Skicircus Saalbach, but for those that just cannot abide public transport or are travelling in larger groups, a private transfer from Munich, Innsbruck or Zell am See railway station may be the most efficient mode of travel if one doesn’t have a car.

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Train & Bus Transport

Munich airport is well served by efficient train transport which link quickly with train services to transport hubs like Wörgl in Austria. Take the S8 line from the main terminal (trains every 10min) to the major Ostbahnhof for trains direct to Worgl, where one can change and for Fieberbrunn, Leogang and Zell am See to access the Skicircus Saalbach in about 2hr 30min.

By train from Innsbruck, head to Wörgl then change for Schwarzach–St Veit to stop at either Fieberbrunn, Leogang, or Zell am See (if staying in Saalbach-Hinterglemm). Trains leave every hour from Innsbruck and travel time to Zell am See is about 2hr, or less if getting off at Leogang or Fieberbrunn.

By train from Salzburg head to Schwarzach–St Veit (direction Klagenfort) then change for Wörgl to stop at either Zell am See (if staying in Saalbach-Hinterglemm), Leogang, or Fieberbrunn. Trains leave regularly through the day and the journey takes around 1hr30min.

From Zell am See train station, buses and taxis await. Bus 680 leaves every hour from Postplatz (or the train station) at Zell am See, costs a few € and takes around 30min to Saalbach – Hinterglemm. There is room for luggage on the bus.

A sure way to POW (Protect Our Winters) is by taking the train & bus to Fieberbrunn, Leogang or Saalbach (via Zell am See).

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Driving to Skicircus Saalbach

The main ski resort centre at Saalbach Hinterglemm is over 2hr drive from Innsbruck, 1½hr from Salzburg and 2½hr from Munich.

From either west (Innsbruck) or south (Italy), drive via the main A12/E45 motorway and head east, exit near Wörgl, taking the B178 and B164 via St Johann, Fieberbrunn and Leogang to the B311.

From Salzburg, go via the A1 and B21 to Lofer, then head south onto the B311.  From Munich travel via the A8, A93 and B172 and B178 to Lofer and the B311.

From all directions head south on the B311, exiting near Maishofen (just before Zell am See) for Saalbach Hinterglemm.

Underground and above ground covered parking garages are in Saalbach (Zentrum & Schattberg Xpress), Hinterglemm and Leogang. Other parking areas are provided at strategic points around the resort. All parking is free for ski lift ticket holders between 8am & 6pm except the parking garages at Leogang and Hinterglemm.

If you don’t have a car and wish to rent, the closest useful car rentals are in Innsbruck or Salzburg, either at the airport, or in the city centre (cheaper). Search & book here for all car rentals.

Getting Around the Skicircus Saalbach Ski Resort

In the Saalbach Hinterglemm valley free ski buses are on high rotation (sometimes every 10min) from the outskirts of Hinterglemm down to the Schattberg Express in Saalbach, and then less often all the way down to Viehhofen. There are 15 stops in all. NOTE: No buses actually go into Hinterglemm, you need to walk down the road a few minutes to bus stop 15, which is the last stop and the turnaround point for ski buses coming up the valley from Saalbach.

There are NO ski buses between Saalbach Hinterglemm and Leogang or Fieberbrunn. If you get stuck in the wrong valley your options are taxi, or a combination of train and bus via Zell am See. The train & bus option is not as complex as it sounds but will take some time.

Nearby Ski Resorts

If for some strange reason you get bored with skiing the Skicircus, a short bus ride away down the valley from Saalbach and Hinterglemm is Zell am See and its lift pass linked neighbour Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn. Get off at the post office square (Postplatz) in Zell am see and the City Xpress gondola is a very short walk up the hill. A journey to the top of Kitzsteinhorn at Kaprun is a must if you have travelled to the Skicircus from afar. At 3029m, the Gipfelwelt experience on Kitzsteinhorn is fantastic and so is the skiing. From Zell am See Postplatz, catch the route 660 bus to get there.

From Fieberbrunn and Leogang, a train ride east will see you at Zell am See train station in short order. To the west (by train) is the legendary Kitzbϋhel. A small resort near St Jakob exists north of Fieberbrunn.

If doing a ‘road trip’, the Zillertal resorts of Mayrhofen & Hintertux Glacier are worth a visit, as are resorts around Innsbruck and further afield, the unmissable St Anton and Pitztal Glacier.