Kufstein railway station

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Kufstein
038L33080678 Bahnhof Kufstein Festung Kufstein.jpg
The station in 1978 with the Kufstein Fortress in the background.
Station statistics
Address Südtiroler Platz
6330 Kufstein
Austria
Coordinates 47°34′59″N 12°09′57″E / 47.58306°N 12.16583°E / 47.58306; 12.16583Coordinates: 47°34′59″N 12°09′57″E / 47.58306°N 12.16583°E / 47.58306; 12.16583
Line(s) Lower Inn Valley railway
Rosenheim–Kufstein railway
Connections
  • Bus: City buses
    Regional buses
Distance 2.339 km (1.453 mi)
from GermanyAustria border
Platforms 3 (long distance platforms)
5 (bay platforms)
Other information
Opened 1876 (1876)
Rebuilt 1980
Owned by Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)
Operator ÖBB
Location
Kufstein railway station is located in Austria
Kufstein railway station
Location within Austria

Kufstein railway station serves the city of Kufstein, in the Kufstein district of the Austrian federal state of Tyrol. Opened in 1876, it is an Austrian-German border station, close to the border between Tyrol and Bavaria.

The station forms part of the Lower Inn Valley railway, and is also a terminus of the Rosenheim–Kufstein railway. It is owned and operated by the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB).

Location[edit]

Kufstein railway station is situated in Südtiroler Platz, right in the heart of the city, on the west bank of the Inn river.

History[edit]

In 1858, a railway was opened between Rosenheim and Innsbruck via Kufstein. However, it was not until 1876 that a station was built in Kufstein. In 1980, the city's original station building was completely replaced by what was, for that time, quite a modern structure.

At the start of the 1980s, the other facilities at the station were similarly comprehensively rebuilt. As part of the renovations, the pedestrian bridge in Kufstein's locality of Zell was moved a few hundred metres (yards) to the south.

More recently, a new park-and-ride facility was built on the west side of the station, and the platforms were equipped with lifts. The platforms at Kufstein are amongst the longest in Austria, at over 740 metres (2,430 ft).

Up until now, the station has never been a hub, although several projects are well advanced. Even so, it can be designated indirectly as a node, because Austrian domestic trains operate from Kufstein along the line to Rosenheim until just before Rosenheim, where they turn onto the Rosenheimer Schleife,[1] and then continue on to Salzburg, without stopping in Germany.

Current operations[edit]

Almost all trains passing through Kufstein stop there, including multiple daily ICE connections (to Vienna and Bregenz as well as to Innsbruck and Berlin).

Regional trains operate between Rosenheim und Innsbruck and other stops in the Upper Inn valley, as well as between Wörgl Hauptbahnhof and Kufstein, Kufstein and Rosenheim as well as Kufstein und Munich. Line S1 of the Tyrol S-Bahn links Kufstein at hourly intervals with Landeck.

EuroCity and InterCity trains operate at least hourly to Innsbruck and then to further destinations alternating between Bregenz, Switzerland and Italy and also at least every second hour to Munich and Vienna.

There are also other further trains, such as an express train to Zell am See, and various special trains and CityNightLine connections to Belgium, Denmark, northern Germany and the Netherlands.

Train type Route Frequency
Intercity-Express ViennaSalzburgKufsteinInnsbruckFeldkirchBregenz Once daily
Intercity-Express BerlinMünchenKufstein–Innsbruck Once daily
EuroCity Wien–Salzburg–Kufstein–Innsbruck–Feldkirch–Bregenz/Zürich/Basel Every two hours
InterCity München–Kufstein–Innsbruck–VeronaMilan/Rimini/Venice Every two hours
RegionalExpress Kufstein–Innsbruck Multiple times daily
RegionalExpress KufsteinRosenheim–München Multiple times daily
 S1  / RegionalBahn Landeck-Innsbruck–Kufstein–Rosenheim Hourly

Interchange[edit]

The station is a terminus for many regional and city buses. Taxis are available at a large taxi stand in front of the station building.

The future[edit]

In cooperation with the city of Kufstein and the Stadtwerke Kufstein,[2] the ÖBB is planning a redesigned station forecourt (Südtirolerplatz) - a concept still in development.

Currently, the new Unterinntaltrasse (English:Lower Inn Valley route) is under construction between Kundl and Hall in Tirol. In a few years, other sections of the route will be constructed between Wörgl and Kufstein, and between Kufstein and Brannenburg. However, a construction start on these sections before 2020 is no longer a possibility. In all likelihood, the new route will not affect Kufstein station, but will pass further west of the city through open fields, and then lead into a 10 km (6.2 mi) long tunnel to Flintsbach/Brannenburg. The route selection process for Kundl to Langkampfen section is presently underway, but future plans depend heavily on the interests of Germany, as the tunnel will run under the border.

Meanwhile, the ÖBB has submitted to the city of Kufstein a project for land use changes on the site of the former customs clearance facilities. The ÖBB hopes to obtain permission to build a multi-storey office and commercial building on that site.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kufstein railway station at Wikimedia Commons

This article is based upon a translation of the German language version as at February 2011.