“Many of our guests from the USA come by plane from New York and take the Railjet from Zurich to St. Anton,” says Martin Ebster, TVB director in the cradle of skiing. The “big player” in Tyrolean tourism with 1.25 million overnight stays wants to make better use of the rail connection on the western railway line than before.
What is new is that TVB and ÖBB have been running the service center at the station together for a few days. At the currently decorated Christmas counter, travelers are dealing with people instead of machines. The two partners each provide a travel consultant or information worker, daily from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m., all year round except for a few days in the off-season. The advice is also offered in English. Tickets would be sold as well as lockers or ski passes from the mountain railways.
“We don’t have an exact number, but I guess up to 15 percent of our guests are already traveling by train,” said Ebster at the presentation of the service center. “Traveling by train has become even more attractive for vacationers in the Arlberg region. There are direct trains from Hamburg and Düsseldorf, for example. ”Tourism staff in the Arlberg region would also be recommended to use the train.
The ÖBB also made a contribution to make even more holidaymakers want to switch from road to rail. “We have put together attractive packages,” emphasized Rene Zumtobel from ÖBB. The night jet, for example, which runs from Vienna to St. Anton every day from 10 p.m., costs 230 euros including a three-day ski pass.
According to Zumtobel, seven rail jets stop at St. Anton every day from Vienna, as many as from Zurich. “We are very pleased that we are getting a strong partner with the TVB St. Anton and that we can convince even more customers of the advantages of the environmentally friendly train,” summarizes Zumtobel.
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