Innsbruck is an important junction on the Austrian rail network. If you are just coming here to ski, then there really is no need to hire car either. Several resorts are situated right on the edge of Innsbruck itself.
In & around the city
Why should you rent a car in Innsbruck?
- For a sheer driving experience, motorists may want to hire a car in Innsbruck and head towards the legendary Stelvio Pass. From here you can enjoy the many other less celebrated Alpine roads which are nearby.
- Innsbruck is the closest major airport to Stelvio, but if driving is your aim, we’d also suggest looking at getting there through the Dolomites from Venice.
- Austria also has a number of famous privately operated mountain roads. The most famous of these is the Grossglockner High Alpine road. This is slightly closer to Salzburg. It’s still within an easy day’s driving loop from Innsbruck. Allow around 3 hours to get to the start of the route.
- The highest paved Alpine road in Europe is the Ötztal Glacier Road. This runs south from Soelden and across into Italy, heading towards Bolzano.
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In & around Innsbruck
Innsbruck also offers some amazing alpine experiences which are very easy to access right from the city itself, using nothing other than local cable cars or funiculars:
Beyond Innsbruck without a car
Given that there are a number of great driving roads which can be explored from Innsbruck, it might seem surprising that we are still rating it as a “non car” destination. This is partly because Innsbruck is also still a good place to start an Alpine experience without needing to use a hire car, as local trains and buses still provide plenty of connections to the slopes.
Innsbruck really does offer an amazing range of options whether you hire a car or not – but on balance, it’s well worth looking at non-car options first.