Sölden is near the end of the Ötz valley (a long side valley heading south from the Inn valley) and the high altitude means that it can be problematic to get to in bad weather and heavy snowfall.
Discover more about the best ways of getting to Sölden and the closest access points for public transport and air connections.
Anyone who has a choice would be well-advised to choose Innsbruck airport as the flight destination for a trip to Sölden, whether booking a ski package or booking the flights online. The resort is under an hour away in good conditions and there is a good mix of scheduled and charter flights at the weekends.
Salzburg airport and Munich airport are both included as Salzburg is popular for holiday charter flights and Munich offers a wide range of long-haul scheduled arrivals. Both involve lengthy transfers from the airport, however.
Distance to Innsbruck Airport: 80km
Distance to Salzburg Airport: 260km
Distance to Munich Airport: 287km
Nearest train station to Sölden: Ötztal Bahnhof - 37km
Innsbruck Airport is the closest and most convenient for Sölden. It 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 the junction at Haiming and then heads south into the Ötz valley. The road is a narrow mountain one but local taxi drivers and bus drivers are used to the journey. Delays are possible in bad weather due to other road users with inadequate winter equipment.
Munich airport is a long way from Sölden and the journey gets even longer at busy periods or in bad weather. The easiest route is to follow the motorway south to Kufstein and then the Inn valley motorway to the junction with Haiming described above.
Like Munich, Salzburg is not an ideal airport for Sölden as it involves a lengthy transfer, especially if travelling with holiday companies who add in stops along the way. The normal route heads through Germany on the motorway to Kufstein but those on holiday company transfer buses may end up travelling past Bad Reichenhall and St Johann in Tirol on the local roads if they are making stops at other resorts along the way.
Ötztal Bahnhof railway station is located at the entrance to the Ötz valley and is the nearest train station for Sölden. Trains run on the main line between Innsbruck to Zurich but Ötztal Bahnhof is a station on the Innsbruck suburban network and may require a change onto a regional service.
From the train station there is a local bus service available (which finishes early in the evening) or local taxis and minibuses should be available for the journey up the valley.