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Getting Around Innsbruck
Direct trains serve Innsbruck from Munich, Vienna, Rome, and Zürich, and all arrive at the railroad station Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof at Südtiroler Platz. The station is outfitted with restaurants, cafés, a supermarket, and even a post office.
Innsbruck is connected by bus to other parts of Tirol, and the bus terminal is beside the train station. In Innsbruck, most bus and streetcar routes begin or end at Maria-Theresien-Strasse, nearby Bozner Platz, or the main train station (Hauptbahnhof). You can get single tickets costing €1.70 on the bus or streetcar. You can transfer to another line with the same ticket as long as you continue in more or less the same direction in a single journey.
If you're driving, remember that the Altstadt (Old City) is a pedestrian zone. Private cars are not allowed on many streets, and parking requires vouchers that you buy from blue coin-operated dispensers found around parking areas. Each half hour normally costs €0.50–€1.
In Innsbruck taxis are not much faster than walking, particularly along the one-way streets and in the Old City. Basic fare is €5.70 for the first 1½ km (1 mile), so that most rides within the city limits will amount to between €7and €12. Funktaxi is a good option if you want to call a cab.
Horse-drawn cabs, still a feature of Innsbruck life, can be hired at the stand in front of the Landestheater. Set the price before you head off; a half-hour ride will cost around €25.
The red Sightseer bus, a service of the Innsbruck Tourist Office, is the best way to see the sights of Innsbruck without walking. It features a recorded commentary in several languages, including English. There are two routes, both beginning from Maria-Theresien-Strasse in the Old City, but you can catch the bus from any of the nine marked stops, and jump off and on the bus whenever you like. The ride is free with your Innsbruck Card, or buy your ticket from the driver or at the tourist office.
Guided walking tours of the Old City run by the tourist office start daily at 11 and 2 from the tourist office and highlight historic personalities and some offbeat features of Innsbruck.
Innsbruck's main tourist office is open daily 9–6. Tirol's provincial tourist bureau, the Tirol Werbung, is also in Innsbruck. The Österreichischer Alpenverein is the place to go for information on Alpine huts and mountaineering advice. It's open weekdays 8:30–6, Saturday 9–noon.
Postbus AG (0512/390–390. www.postbus.at.)
Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof (Südtiroler Platz, Innsbruck, Tirol. 0512/930–000.)
Österreichische Bundesbahn (051–717 information and reservations. www.oebb.at.)
Innsbruck Tourist Office (Burggraben 3, Innsbruck, Tirol, A-6021. 0512/59850. www.innsbruck.info.)
Österreichischer Alpenverein (Wilhelm-Greil-Strasse 15, Innsbruck, Tirol. 0512/59547.)
Tirol Werbung (Maria-Theresien-Strasse 55, Innsbruck, Tirol, A-6010. 0512/7272. www.tirol.at.)
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