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Sustainable travel to South Tyrol

The tourist regions of the Alps are attractive because they are particularly worth living in: unspoilt nature invites us to relax, hospitable hotels and restaurants allow us to switch off from everyday life and enjoy life to the full. As mountaineers, we also appreciate the sporting challenges that the destination offers us. However, with the attractiveness of a destination comes an increase in the number of visitors and many regions are increasingly suffering from mass tourism.

South Tyrol, with its diverse regions, is therefore increasingly focusing on environmentally friendly tourism. Under the motto "Tourism can be done differently", South Tyrol offers sustainable alternatives in the form of organic hotels, the awarding of eco-labels and the creation of mobility offers. An important factor for an environmentally friendly holiday is the arrival and departure as well as the local mobility. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), mobility accounts for 75 per cent of CO2 emissions on holidays. Here are some greener options.

Eco-friendly mobility

Travelling to South Tyrol by bus and train

How do I get to Vinschgau from Germany, Austria or Switzerland? It's easier than you think with bus and train. We have selected some connections for you.

 

 

From Germany:

- Flixbus from Munich to Merano in 4:35 hours

- Deutsche Bahn from Munich via Bolzano to Merano in 4:41 hours

 

From Austria:

- With ÖBB from Innsbruck over the Brenner Pass to Meran in 2:51 hours

- With Flixbus from Vienna via Innsbruck to Meran in 7:57 hours

 

Switzerland:

- With Flixbus from Zurich to Bolzano in 7:10, then continue by bus or train

- With the SBB from Zurich via Landquart, Zernez, Mals, Töll to Meran in 6:04 hours

 

Details can be found on suedtirol.info and Trainline

 

To make your journey by train as comfortable as possible, south tyrolmobil has developed the connecting ticket for Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB customers. For the price of 5 euros, all regional buses and trains can be used on the same day at the place of arrival. The same applies on the day of departure. The ticket is available on the train and at DB Travel Centres.

A network for easier mobility: Südtirolmobil

Everyone knows the situation: You want to do without your car, but when you try to use public transport in a foreign region or city, the complicated fare system or the lack of a clear overview make it impossible. Not so in South Tyrol: The südtirolmobil network system simplifies the use of public transport thanks to a single ticket and a well-designed app 

 and a clear websiteSüdtirolmobil includes all city, regional and local buses, various cable cars and regional and regional express trains. Bicycles can also be taken along for a fee of €7 per day.

 

Free ride: with the South Tyrol Guest Pass

If you book a hotel room in South Tyrol, you can use buses and trains for free. The guest card includes unlimited and free use of all local public transport. And that's not all: the various regions of South Tyrol offer other benefits such as free entry to museums or free participation in events. The Guest Pass is not valid on long-distance trains such as EC, Italo and Railjet. Guests will receive details of the Guest Pass at their accommodation.


More information from South Tyrol Tourism


Picture and header © IDM Südtirol-Alto Adige

Flexible companion: Elan Voyager

Why struggle to get to your ski vacation when it could be so easy? The Elan Voyager is the world's first all-mountain ski that folds up easily and packs into a handy bag. So you can comfortably travel by bus or train to your ski vacation in South Tyrol. When folded, the ski is less than a metre long. The ski easily adapts to your travel preferences, no matter which mode of transport you prefer. The Voyager has no limits.

 

The Elan carving ski with Amphibio technology offers the same on-piste performance as its non-foldable siblings. For the Voyager, elan has used high-quality materials and well-thought-out constructions that promise plenty of power and fun.

 

Handling shows just how uncomplicated the ski is. The quick-change artist is ready for the slopes in just a few steps: unfold the skis, rotate the binding 180 degrees, click into place, and unlock the ski brakes.

 

And if you are not sure whether you can ski well with folding skis, watch the video below to see how professional ski crosser and Elan athlete Filip Flisar tries to push the ski to its limits.