Meeting Your Trip in BRENNER — 2017
Brennero
in Italian

This page offers help (concrete or informational) on reaching your trip.  Topics include...

  1. Where you Join Your Trip (see immediately below)
  2. Our “Access Packages,” designed to help you to do so.
  3. Suggestions on how to time your trip to the trip, whether you are having us arrange your travel, or doing it yourself.
  4. Service information regarding train travel to your trip start location.
  5. Suggested pre-trip visits, especially when these are not geographically obvious, but are rendered economical and convenient by direct rail connections.
  6. Hopefully helpful hints for those setting up their own travel to the trip.

If you wish to arrange some or all of your travel through us, please tell us what by means of this response questionnaire, designed to collect all the information we need to be able to book your travel.



1. WHERE and WHEN Do You Join Your Trip?

At the Brennero (in Italian) / Brenner (in German) railway station, between 11a and 12:30p, on the trip’s start date. 

If you opt for our “Access Package,” and thus spend the night in the area prior to the trip, we lodge you in nearly Innsbruck (if you are coming from the north side of the Alps) or Brixen / Bressanone (if from the south), and include the short train ride to Brenner in the Access Package price.



2. Our ACCESS PACKAGES
as of March 1, 2017

The closest intercontinental airport is Munich.  An early flight into Munich would allow you to land on the morning of the trip’s start:  there is a 9a train from the Munich Airport to Brenner. 

Alternatively, an equally early flight landing in Frankfurt would work:  Austrian Airlines (partner with Lufthansa and United) has an 8:55a flight from Frankfurt to Innsbruck, landing at 10a, which connects to the same Munich > Brenner train as it passes through Innsbruck.

Many other cities are only slightly further away (Venice, Milan, Rome, Zurich, Vienna), but they do not permit same-day arrivals.  This should not matter if you are coming from far away, as landing in Europe a day before you get on the bike is not a bad idea, regardless....

If you wish to make your own way to the trip (in other words, not to set up your travel arrangements through us), hints on getting there are offered at the bottom of this page.

Our “Access Package” includes a rail ticket to Innsbruck (from the north, east or west), or to Brixen / Bressanone (from the south), and a Saturday night hotel there, with breakfast.  Then, on Sunday, train tickets on to Brenner, to meet the trip.

Base (Starting) Access Package Price, based on double occupancy: 

  • 98€ from Innsbruck
  • 118€ from Verona
  • 135€ from downtown Munich (add 10€ for tickets from the airport), Florence, Bologna or Venice.
  • 159€ from Milan, Rome, Vienna or Zurich (add 15€ for tickets from the respective airports)

To see what these prices mean in your currency, look here:  http://www.bluemarble.org/CurrencyConv.html

Availability is not guaranteed.  Capacity controls on trains mean that discount prices may not be available.  Book as soon as you are sure of your plans....

Included:

  • Saturday train tickets to Innsbruck (from the north, east or west), or to Brixen / Bressane (from the south).
    Tickets are train-specific, not refundable or exchangeable once ordered.  Allow ample time for plane-train connections, as the railroad is not responsible for late planes.
  • A printed schedule / itinerary, highlighting any connections.
  • Our “Route Sheet to the Trip,” helping you through your journey.
  • A Saturday night hotel in Innsbruck or Brixen / Bressanone, based on shared occupancy.
  • A hearty mountain breakfast at your hotel.
  • A Sunday train to Brenner / Brennero, to meet the trip.
    Tickets on these trains are “open,” and can be used on any service.  Schedule choice can be made on the morning of travel.
  • All taxes, booking fees, baggage charges.
    In other words, there are no irritating add-on costs.

Options Offered at an Extra Cost (subject to availability)
Prices are in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price. 
For a general discussion of train upgrades, see here.  Topics include the relative comfort of first versus second class, and different types of accommodation available on overnight trains.

  • Saturday night in Munich or Verona, Sunday train to Brenner, in lieu of Saturday train to Innsbruck and a night there:  +14€.
  • Private single room in Innsbruck, Brixen / Bressanone, Munich or Verona:  +31€.
  • First class train tickets (in lieu of 2nd class).
    Ttickets are not refundable or exchangeable once ordered. Changeable tickets are available at an additional cost, and are suggested if you are attempting a tight plane-train connection.  See next term.
    - Innsbruck:  +6€, but this is a short trip, and the upgrade is probably pointless.
    - Munich or Verona:  +19€
    - Milan, Venice, Vienna or Rome:  +25€
    - Zurich:  +32€
  • Modifiable / refundable tickets:  free from Innsbruck, +21€ from all other points except Zurich or Paris, +35€ from Zurich or Paris.
    Can be modified for 10€ until the day before travel, for 20€ on the day of travel (until train departure).  Not changeable after train departure.  Can be refunded prior to train departure less 20 percent.

Alternate Arrangements, in lieu of our usual packages (subject to availability)
Prices are complete (in other words, they are not in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price)

  • Overnight train from Paris:  119€ in a “Comfort Couchette.”
    Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable once ordered.  Changeable tickets are available at an additional cost, and are suggested if you are attempting a tight plane-train connection.  See above.  Regular, 2nd class couchettes (6 people per cabin in lieu of 4) are available for 20€ less.  Sleeping car upgrades are available.
  • Overnight train from Rome:  89€ in a “Comfort Couchette.”
    Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable once ordered.  Changeable tickets are available at an additional cost, and are suggested if you are attempting a tight plane-train connection.  See above.  Regular, 2nd class couchettes (6 people per cabin in lieu of 4) are available for 20€ less.  Sleeping car upgrades are available.
  • Sunday morning train (no hotel):  reduces any cost by 70€.


3. TIMING Your Trip

If you are arriving from the north side of the Alps, Innsbruck has a pleasant old town, and getting there in time to walk around is a plus.  Brixen (if arriving from the south) is equally pleasant, but smaller, and the trip spends a night there, so a pre-trip visit is perhaps less essential.  If you would like a city visit, consider Verona, Venice or Rome for a longer stay.


4. Service Information
Schedules are approximate – exact timetables can be consulted at
http://www.raileurope.com/index.html.
Best trains are mentioned.  Others are slower or have multiple connections.

  • From Innsbruck to Brenner.  A 40-minute trip, Sunday morning trains run hourly.
    Tickets on this route are “open,” and may be used on any train, so advance choice of schedule is not necessary..
  • From Verona to Brenner.  A 3-hour trip, fast Sunday trains depart at 8a and 9a.
    The 9a service uses more comfortable equipment, and offers a restaurant car for a pleasant breakfast. 
  • From Munich (to Innsbruck).  A 2-hour trip, Saturday trains run hourly. 
    Add 30 minutes for the shuttle train in from the airport.
    If travelling directly from Munich to Brenner on Sunday morning, trains run at 7:30a and 9:30a
  • From Venice (to Brixen / Bressanone).  A 3.5 or 4-hour trip, generally via a connection in Verona.  Service is hourly.  Fast, direct trains run at 2p and 4p. 
    A Sunday morning train to Brenner runs at 7a, via a connection in Verona.
  • From Milan (to Brixen / Bressanone).  A 4-hour trip, Saturday trains run thoughout the day, on an irregular schedule, with 1 connection.  The last 1-connection train is at 6p, but there is a train at 7p with two connections (same travel time).
    Add an hour for the shuttle train in from the airport.
    There is a Sunday morning train to Brenner at 7a, via a connection in Verona.

  • From Rome or Florence (to Brixen / Bressanone).  A 5.5 or 6.5-hour trip (subtract 1.5 hours from Florence).  Saturday trains run every two hours, via a connection in Verona or Bolzano.  The last train is at 5:45p from Rome, 7:15p from Florence.
    There is also an overnight service on the route from Rome to Brenner, via a morning connection in Bolzano, which allows you to save most of a travel day.
    Add an hour for the shuttle train in from the airport.
  • From Vienna (to Innsbruck).  Trip time is 4 hours.  Saturday trains run hourly. 
    The same trains depart the Vienna airport half an hour earlier.  No connection is required in the city center.
    A Sunday morning train to Brenner runs at 7:30a, via a connection in Innsbruck.
  • From Zurich.  Trip time is circa 3.5 hours.  Saturday trains run every two hours, from 8:30a to 6:30p.. 
    Add 30 minutes for the shuttle train in from the airport.
    A Sunday morning train to Brenner runs at 6:30a, via a connection in Innsbruck.

  • From Paris.  Overnight service departs Paris circa 7p, morning connection in Verona.
  • From London.  Via Lille and Dijon, then overnight to Verona.  Depart London 4p (there is a one-hour time change).


5. Suggested PRE-TRIP VISITS

Venice, Vienna, Verona, Zurich, Innsbruck and Munich all offer Sunday morning trains to Brenner to meet the trip.



6. Hints on TRAVELLING INDEPENDENTLY to the Trip
Guests subscribing to an “Access Package” need not read this section.

See also “Timing Your Trip” and “Service Information,” above, as either of these may additionally help.

We gladly provide travel consulting (schedule or routing information) concerning pre-trip individual travel. In particular, we have invested a great deal to become railway experts.  Our service fees are reasonable:  a 20€ charge for all but the most complex projects – or the most simple (for instance, only a 10€ charge applies if the service is limited to the preparation of a routine rail ticket).  You will generally find them well-justified by the time they will save you in research, standing on line, overpaying for your tickets, or all three.

But, for some, this type of research is fun.  So, here are some hints, intended to start off hardened “do-it-yourselfers.”

Trains.  Schedules for all routes can be consulted on this web site:
http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/point_to_point/triprequest.htm

Brenner / Brennero is an important station on the line that crosses the Alps coming south from Munich (and passing through Innsbruck), or north from Verona (from whence fast trains are available to Rome, Milan, Venice...).  Service is good, but trip times in the mountains are long.  See service information, above.

Planes.  Innsbruck and Verona both have small airports with intra-European service.  Munich is the closest inter-continental airport.  Otherwise, Vienna, Venice, Rome, Milan and Zurich are roughly equidistant. 



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