The latest scoop on flights to Innsbruck
Innsbruck, Austria’s fifth-largest city, is affectionately known as the capital of the Alps, and with good reason: in just 20 minutes travellers can be transported from the city centre to the heart of the nearby mountains where they can whoosh down Nordpark’s snowy slopes. There’s much more to Innsbruck than skiing and skating, however; those travelling outside winter are sure to be captivated by Innsbruck during the sunny season too, when the flowering, verdant landscape of the Tyrol region comes into its own. The city’s airport welcomes flights to Innsbruck from the UK all year round.
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Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the enchanting city of Innsbruck is a first-rate destination for winter sports of all kinds. For ultra-cool skiing and snowboarding, book your return flights to Innsbruck between November and April, when the season hits its peak. Savvy sports enthusiasts can make real savings if they get their skates on early enough; January is a particularly good bet for finding cheap tickets to Innsbruck. This cosy university town has plenty to offer tourists during the summer months too; it’s brimming with architectural treasures, from imperial monuments to contemporary designs. The highlight is probably the awe-inspiring Schloss Ambras, a former fortress transformed into a magnificent palace by Archduke Ferdinand II. And the sports-mad will still have their pick of an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, rafting and mountain biking.
Getting to Innsbruck?
The only airline offering British tourists direct flights to Innsbruck all year round is EasyJet. Twice a week the orange-tailed planes jet off from London Gatwick and come in to land two hours later in Innsbruck. During the snowy season from December to April, British Airways operates a direct route to Innsbruck five times a week, also from London Gatwick. Check out airlines such as Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines to find connecting flights (with flexible prices and flight times) from other UK airports such as London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Getting from Innsbruck airport to the city centre
If you want to relax on arrival at Innsbruck airport, then booking a door-to-door airport transfer before you travel is the way to go. The drive time to your hotel or alpine resort should take upwards of 25 minutes depending on the destination. A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs around €11 and you’ll cover the three-mile journey from the airport in roughly 15 minutes. You can also pay €3 to hop on the route F bus, which runs every 15 minutes, and admire the views on the 20-minute trip to the city’s main station.
Adrenaline-filled activities in Innsbruck
If skiing down Nordpark’s slopes has you craving more excitement, there’s one activity that is guaranteed to get your pulse racing. Head to the Olympic bobsleigh run in the little village of Innsbruck-Igls if you fancy hurtling down the slopes at supersonic speed. You’ll be tingling with anticipation as you prepare to experience the high-octane thrills that only whizzing down an ice track in a racing bobsleigh at speeds of up to 70 mph can bring.
Innsbruck When to Go
Innsbruck winters are cold and snowy—but this is prime time if you’re looking to hit the slopes. February and March are the best winter months to travel here, as January lays claim to the lowest average temperatures (around 19 degrees). Innsbruck’s International Four Hills Tournament, held around the New Year, and the Air & Style Snowboard Contest, held in late January, both make good use of the massive Bergisel ski jump, opened here in 2001 on the site of the 1964 and 1976 Olympic Games. The contests shoot skiers and boarders off the 50-meter tower, which also houses a restaurant that serves up panoramic views of Innsbruck.
On the flip side, summer is delightfully comfortable with average daily temperatures in the mid-70s, perfect for hikers and bikers. Innsbruck gets an average of 34 inches of precipitation each year, with July being the wettest month (and March the driest).
The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are great times to visit, with moderate temperatures and fewer crowds.
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