Zell am See / Kaprun
Zell am See
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Zell am See is a picturesque lakeside town located in the Austrian Alps.
The ski area of Zell am See offers a combination of slopes on the Schmittenhöhe mountain and the nearby Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Kaprun.
The town itself has a rich history and a charming old town center, stretching from the shores of Lake Zell, up the mountain. The main through route has been diverted underground now, so the traffic is much calmer. Skiers can access the slopes directly from several points in the town, making it convenient for a lot of the accomodation options.
The apres-ski scene in Zell am See is more laid-back compared to its neighbours in Saalbach Hinterglemm. However, due to it's size it really has something for everyone, pick from a great selection of bars and resturants in the town.
Kaprun is a small village located in the Salzburg region of Austria.
The main attraction of Kaprun is the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, which offers reliable snow conditions throughout the season. The glacier is accessible by a gondola from the village, it's particularly suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers who are looking for challenging terrain and off-piste opportunities.
The village itself has a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, with traditional alpine charm. While the apres-ski scene in Kaprun is not as lively as in Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, there are still bars and restaurants where visitors can unwind after a day on the slopes.
The direct area is 138km of slopes when combining Zell and Kaprun. The local area to Zell am See is tree lined, intermediate skiing, with a few challenging runs down to town - Not to mention stunning views of Lake Zell whilst you ski.
Kapruns Glacier offers high altitude skiing no matter the time of the season, this is where you'll find the most challenges if you're an adrenalin seeker.
You may have noticed we said there were 400+km of slopes
That's because you have the nearby area of Ski Circus included in a Multi-day pass. This area can be accessed by a short bus from Zell, or an event shorter bus if you ski over into the next valley. See the Ski pass section for more info, and visit the Ski Circus page!
(Airports, trains, shared options)
6 day pass
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Ski Alpin Card is not a specific ski area, but rather a multi-resort ski pass that covers three popular ski destinations in Austria: Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Zell am See, and Kaprun.
Each of these resorts offers its own unique skiing experience, apres-ski scene, and attractions.
When you buy a Multi-day pass over 2 days in any of these resorts, you automatically get full access to the area, the biggest connected area of which is the Saalbach Hinterglemm area.
Zell am See can be accessed from the Saalbach valley by a short connecting ski bus from the extreme end of the ski area. Kaprun, again, is totally disconnected section that can be accessed by short Ski bus from Zell am See.
Train + Bus Option
Zell am See
You can get the train equally from Innsbruck or Salzburg to Zell am See.
From Innsbruck it's more likely to be 2 trains (2hr) but direct services do exist.
Salzburg it's 1.5hrs direct.
Depending on where you're staying, you can switch to a regional train R33 to the outskirts of the town and Kaprun ( Fürth-Kaprun Bahnhof)
or use the frequent bus services around town eg. 660 takes you to Kaprun in 20min.
From Zell am See, various Buses will take you to Saalbach, Hinterglemm and the surrounding towns. Alternatively you can get a taxi the rest of the way.
Bus is the 680 and takes aprox 45min to Hinterglemm
The easiest way to plan train travel is use The Trainline (click the logo below)
This is because it's the most comprehensive integration of all European train operators, so you can even plan cross-border travel.
On average you can book 3-4 months in advance, read our full Guide to European Rail travel