Winter Walking in Austria: Prep

Over the past few weeks I’ve slowly been working out options for getting from Innsbruck Airport to the Hotel Wienerhof and back again.

Although I’m not on the group flights, Exodus allows you to hook up with them if the timings work…. which they don’t. So having googled Innsbruck Airport to Trins (not trains) and looked at the Rome2Rio result I’ve decided to use public transport (bus – train – bus) from the airport, and to shell out on a private transfer for the return – I really don’t want to miss my 10:10 flight home.

The Innsbruck Airport Public Transport page lists links to the area’s public transport services, and I finally worked out that I could get a ticket for the whole route from the ÖBB (Österreichische Bundesbahnen). The ManInSeat61 tells me I simply need to print out the ticket once I’ve bought it. That’ll be a job for nearer the time.

For the private transfer, Exodus recommended Four Season Travel saying “They are reliable and we’ve always used them for our transfers …”. I booked the transfer online on Tuesday. Very straightforward, and I have a PDF ticket to take with me. The prince – EUR65, one way – has come through on my bank statement as £56.17 – the exchange rate really hurts… not far off parity.

Other stuff –

  • Insurance: I’ll be using the AAC and LV= policies I got for this year’s Nepal / Ladakh trips.
  • Money: We need EUR50 for local travel, plus spends, so I got EUR120 cash from Thomas Exchange Global / BestForeignExchange.com ahead of last week’s work trip to Paris…. and I’ve still got all of that left for Austria. If I need more, I’ll use an ATM. Euro Exchange Ouch strikes again….
  • Kit: I’m going to take a punt on my trekking boots being adequate. They were for the Mt Toubkal Winter Climb.

Now all we need is some snow in Trins to transform it into the Tyrolean Winter Walking idyll.