Taking an overnight train to a ski resort is far kinder to the environment than driving or flying.
‘Nightjet to the Snow’ is a programme of overnight rail packages which was launched last year by Austrian lift operators, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and the Tirol Tourist Board as part of a push for sustainable mobility.
The aim was to expand the rail options for travel to ski resorts and include a relaxed journey to and from the ski resorts in the ÖBB’s night trains.
The service proved popular and this winter the Kitzbühel and Alpbach ski areas have been added to the programme, which now includes St. Anton am Arlberg, the Stubai glacier, Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental and Skistar St. Johann in Tyrol, KitzSki – Kitzbühel skiing area and Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau.
The package includes the ski pass together with the outward and return journey on ÖBB’s modern night train fleet and the transfer from the train station to the hotel and back. As well as Austrian cities, the offer also includes the Nightjet overnight rail services from Amsterdam, Düsseldorf and Hamburg for some of the ski areas.
Guests can book from three- to six-day ski passes as part of the package.
“Travelling by train is by far one of the most effective ways to make Austria as a destination cleaner, more climate-friendly and thus even more attractive”, explains Franz Hörl, chairman of the Lift Operator Association in the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.
“The expansion of this service is a further step on a path, which we want to continue despite the current challenging situation”, Tirol Werbung managing director Florian Phleps makes clear. “Nightjet to the Snow is popular because it takes the entire mobility chain into account”.
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