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Train from Vienna airport to Bruneck, Italy

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Old Jan 11, 19, 11:04 am
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Train from Vienna airport to Bruneck, Italy

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I will be arriving at Vienna airport at about 9am in a few weeks and would like to pre-book my train ticket to Bruneck-North in Italy. The OBB site will let me book part of it, but not the final leg. Is there a better site that will let me book the whole thing? I tried a couple of other sites, but sometimes got quite different routings and sometimes don't even start at the airport, even if I put that as a starting point. I'm not sure which of these sites are reputable, either.

Should I even bother pre-book or just buy it when I arrive? I know in the UK last minute train tickets are painfully expensive, but have no idea about Austria. The price is currently about 35 euros for a specific train (via Innsbruck) or 97 for flexible, though I can't see on the website just how flexible.

I will have skis and a ski bag with me, if that makes a difference.

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Old Jan 11, 19, 12:29 pm
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The last part of the journey is on a local train between Franzensfeste/Fortezza(I) and Innichen/San Candido(I) which sometimes continues to Lienz(A) and sometimes requires walking to a different train. ÖBB.at seems not to like interfacing with the Italian system to get a through ticket.

It seems to be possible to book one ticket from Flughafen Wien up to either Lienz or Franzensfeste. To Lienz the flexible price is €68.80 and it says that you can take any train on that day. That should also be the walk-up price, while I see fares as low as €25 for committing to a specific train, depending on how confident you feel that your flight will arrive on time.

As for the route, several options seem to be available some including Salzburg and/or Innsbruck, but I don't know how it works in Austria - as you were comparing to the UK, working out valid routes in the UK for a similar long-distance ticket would involve using the Routeing Guide, which comprises several tables that cover nearly 3000 pages if printed, and about 100 different maps. So maybe best to stick to the suggested route even if you have to take a later train (choose one on the ticket that runs reasonably often).

For the final train(s), Trenitalia seems to not want to sell online tickets at all. ÖBB.at will sell a ticket from Lienz to Bruneck for €14.70 but it says that is only valid for the train booked, so perhaps you should buy that at the station (or possibly online just before arriving there).
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Old Jan 11, 19, 6:47 pm
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The Fortezza-Lienz route is operated by neither OeBB nor Trenitalia. These trains and many others as well as buses are operated by the South Tirolean local transport agency SAD. Vienna Airport to Fortezza usually involves one change of trains, in Innsbruck, and Salzburg is one station on the way. Sometimes you would have to change in both Salzburg and Innsbruck. Just buy the local ticket in Fortezza (33 km, 38 minutes, costing 5 Euros).
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Old Jan 13, 19, 6:11 pm
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Thanks all! I didn't see the €68.80 price, but your explanations both explain really clearly what the routing should look like, and why I was struggling to find the last segment.

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