Die Pinzgaubahn | © Kitzsteinhorn/Dominik Wartbichler
The Glacier.

Soft Mobility

Aski vacation on the Kitzsteinhorn is also a vacation for the car. Ideally, guests will arrive in Zell am See climate-friendly by train. And as soon as they reach Kaprun, soft mobility ensures an environmentally-friendly ascent to the glacier ski resort.

Leisurely strolling from the hotel to the Kaprun Center, grabbing ski boots and skis from the ski depot and heading straight up to the glacier. The 3K K-onnection makes that possible, connecting the Kaprun town center via the Maiskogel family mountain with the Kitzsteinhorn. All cable cars in the ski resort are green-electricity powered. While some years ago guests would still have to drive back to the end of the Kaprun valley, today they find plenty of free parking space by the Kaprun Center. The 3K K-onnection avoids 1.5 million of kilometers driven with private cars. After a day on the slopes, guests swing back down to the Kaprun Center, where they can deposit their ski equipment in the ski depot and stroll back to their hotel, or take the busses 660, K or D free of charge. During winter season, bus connections from Niedernsill, Piesendorf and Bruck-Fusch as well as the local train (Pinzgauer Lokalbahn) are also free of charge for guests with a valid ski ticket.

Those who want to get to the Kitzsteinhorn via the Gletscherjet cable cars can also take free ski busses to reach the end of the Kaprun valley. Last winter, the company tested the first electric bus on the line 660. Standard operation of the local bus line with electric-drive vehicles from Zell am See with green electricity is planned for next year. And guests who travel with an electric car find numerous EV charging stations on both the Kaprun Center and the Gletscherjet parking space.

Im Kaprun Center befindet sich ein großes Skidepot | © Kitzsteinhorn/Stefanie Oberhauser ©Kitzsteinhorn/Stefanie Oberhauser
Skis are safely stored in the ski depot.

Car-free ski vacation

Who wants to go on vacation without traffic jams, takes the train. From Swedish Malmö, for instance, the night train "Snälltåget" heads to Zell am See via Denmark. On the weekends from December 23rd 2022 to April 4th 2023, there is a direct OEBB Railjet connection from Vienna to Zell am See, stopping at St. Poelten, Linz and Salzburg. The ICE Grossglockner runs on holidays from Hamburg to Zell am See. Guests from the Netherlands take the "Alpen Express" night train. Click here for more details on travelling car-free to the Kitzsteinhorn.

Die Pinzgaubahn | © Kitzsteinhorn/Dominik Wartbichler ©Kitzsteinhorn/Dominik Wartbichler
Pinzgau's nostalgic means of transport, the "Pinzgauer Lokalbahn".


5 arguments for a car-free vacation


Travelling by train is relaxing. You will reach Zell am See stressless without traffic jams before taking the free bus to Kaprun.


Travelling by night train will gain you an additional vacation day – jump off the train and head to the glacier.

3 Most carbon emissions during vacation are caused by travelling to the destination and back home. Taking the train reduces carbon, nitric oxide and fine dust emissions.
4 Short distances, pleasant strolls. In Kaprun, you can reach everything you need within walking distance: shops, restaurants, bars … and in case muscles are still tired from a long day on the slopes, there's the free town bus.

Ice scraping your car is a thing of the past, for in Kaprun, your car will be on vacation, too.