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Alternative road transport options in Tyrol

From car rental to buses, taxis and shuttle services – here are some road transport options in Tyrol if you’re not driving your own car.

Rental Cars

Several big car rental agencies are represented in Tyrol, with the biggest selection available at the Innsbruck Airport. They are Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Sixt and Megadrive.

Outside of Innsbruck, some of the major tourist towns such as Kitzbühel, Mayrhofen, St.Johann in Tirol and Ischgl also have car rental desks. I recommend you use rentalcars.com to search for the best deal.

Bus

Postbus in Tulfes, Austria.
If car rental is not an option, the Postbus is reliable and convenient when no quicker transport options are available in Tyrol.

Postbus – The (mostly) yellow Postbuses will get you almost anywhere in Tyrol. We have one car only, so either Coenraad or I regularly depend on the Postbus to get us from Tulfes to Innsbruck or Hall in Tirol. Prices vary depending on how many zones you are travelling through.

Tip: Download the ÖBB’s free Scotty mobile app, an Austrian wide route planner, for up-to-date information and timetables for all public transport in Austria.

Flixbus – This bus service travels between Innsbruck and Munich via Seefeld, Scharnitz and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Buses leave more or less at two-hour intervals daily. The trip from Innsbruck to the airport in Munich takes just over 3 hours. Economy tickets start at €18,90 for the entire stretch. Find the timetables and prices, with specific terms and conditions, here.

Hellö – A long-distance Austrian bus service travelling to 25 destinations in 6 countries. Hellö will get you from Innsbruck to Venice in 5 hours 40 minutes for just €23. Or from Munich Airport to Innsbruck in 3 hours 10 minutes for €19. Their early booking special allows you to buy even cheaper tickets.

Note: I haven’t used Flixbus or Hellö, but include them for your convenience.

Shuttle Services

For door-to-door pickup and drop off, Four Seasons Travel is probably your best bet in Tyrol. Their service is especially convenient if you arrive or leave at odd hours. An economy class transfer in a minibus between Munich Airport and the Innsbruck area costs around €53 per adult. The price for 1 adult and 1 child between the age of 5 and 14 years is €80. This is based on a quote from 7 April 2017. Four Seasons also offer shuttle services from train stations and to popular ski resorts.

Note: My policy is to write openly and honestly about my experiences, including those with service providers. Therefore, I feel obliged to tell you that my one and only experience with Four Seasons in 2012 was the worst I’ve had in Tyrol. However, this was due to one particular driver who we were told got fired after I complained. Whether this is true or not, I haven’t had the courage to book with them again. Coenraad, on the other hand, uses them all the time for work trips and has never had such a bad experience as I had.

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