Kufstein railway station
The station in 1978 with the Kufstein Fortress in the background.
|Line(s)||Lower Inn Valley railway
|Distance||2.339 km (1.453 mi)
from Germany–Austria border
|Platforms||3 (long distance platforms)
5 (bay platforms)
|Owned by||Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)|
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.
Kufstein railway station is situated in Südtiroler Platz, right in the heart of the city, on the west bank of the Inn river.
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, and then continue on to Salzburg, without stopping in Germany.
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.
|EuroCity||Wien–Salzburg–Kufstein–Innsbruck–Feldkirch–Bregenz/Zürich/Basel||Every two hours|
|InterCity||München–Kufstein–Innsbruck–Verona–Milan/Rimini/Venice||Every two hours|
|RegionalExpress||Kufstein–Innsbruck||Multiple times daily|
|RegionalExpress||Kufstein–Rosenheim–München||Multiple times daily|
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.
In cooperation with the city of Kufstein and the Stadtwerke Kufstein, 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.
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This article is based upon a translation of the German language version as at February 2011.