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The popularity of St Anton means that its guests flock to the Arlberg from all over the world, and, while Innsbruck is popular for the charter flights and internal European scheduled services, Zurich and Munich also have enough visitors arriving on intercontinental flights through their airports.
Friedrichshafen also offers a relatively close connection, while Salzburg is a long and involved journey away.
Innsbruck Airport is certainly the most popular for St Anton. Innsbruck has long been known as a popular destination for ski charter flights - especially from the northern European countries - but now the introduction of new lower-fare scheduled flights from major destinations like London has made it into a real option for those flying from further afield.
The route from Innsbruck follows the main Inn valley motorway up to where the road splits for Ischgl or St Anton. The route through to St Anton is much easier now with the new Strengen tunnel.
Zurich Airport is a popular airport for those arriving via scheduled flight. If a transfer hasn't been arranged, a local bus company runs a feeder bus into the Arlberg during the Saturday daytime or the rail connections can be used to reach Langen am Arlberg followed by a bus or taxi. Those hiring a car would probably be best to take the route from Zurich via St Gallen and then joining the Austrian motorway system via Feldkirch and the route up towards the Arlberg pass. In bad weather the Arlberg tunnel is recommended.
Friedrichshafen Airport, as one of the "new" destinations for winter charters and low-cost flights, has transformed itself into a popular option for visitors wanting to head for the resorts of the Arlberg. The route from the airport follows the northern shore of Lake Constance and then crosses onto the Austrian motorway system at Bregenz before following the same route as the one from Zurich above.
Munich Airport is quite a trek from the western part of Austria. There are various ways to head into Austria from Munich - the easiest and most convenient is to follow the motorway south to Kufstein and then along the Inn valley to Innsbruck (and then follow the directions above from Innsbruck). Alternatively, drivers who know the area might wish to head through the city and onto the motorway south to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From Garmisch there is the option of heading into Austria via Mittenwald and Seefeld or via the Fern pass and Imst - in both cases joining up with the Inn valley motorway.
Salzburg Airport is definitely the least convenient and popular of the airports. A rail connection runs from the city to St Anton (and further via bus or taxi) or the road connection through Germany to Kufstein on the Austrian border (and then via the Inn valley motorway as described above).
St Anton am Arlberg Railway Station
The train journey from Innsbruck to St Anton takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes, from Munich 4-5 hours (with a couple of changes) and from Salzburg just over 3 hours, frequently with a change in Innsbruck.
The train journey from Zurich takes around 2 hours and 40 minutes if direct (up to 4 hours if not) and the ride from Friedrichshafen around 20 minutes longer - however the trip from Zurich is often direct and that from Friedrichshafen involves a number of changes.