There are six airports that you could use to visit Kötschach-Mauthen: Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich, Venice, Trieste, or Ljubljana. All of these are between 2 to 3 hours from the mountain village. Your choice of company will depend on your schedule. Ryan Air and Easy Jet fly to some of these airports depending on your departure city. Otherwise try the flight comparison websites, such as Kayak or Momondo.
You will need to decide on your choice of onward travel from the airport. Will you hire a car or use the public transport? That will depend on your holiday plans. Will you need the flexibility of a car once you are in Kötschach-Mauthen? See below for more information on these choices.
Via Train and Bus
To reach Kötschach-Mauthen by public transport you will need to use both the train and bus services. It is easy and relatively cheap to get the train from the airport to one of the towns nearby. Munich Airport has a train station within its complex. But this is not necessarily the same for the other airports. From Salzburg Airport, for example, you will need to get a local bus to reach the train station.
Once you have reached one of the nearby towns you will need to catch a local, Kärntner Linien, bus for your onward journey to Kötschach-Mauthen, as the local train line has an infrequent service. It is probably best to get a train to either: Hermagor and then use bus route 5058 to Kötschach-Mauthen; or Oberdrauburg and then use bus route 5052 to reach Kötschach-Mauthen.
During the Winter Ski Season you can book a bus to transfer you from certain airports to Kötschach-Mauthen, through the Nassfeld Ski Area website. Use the link on the left to be directed to the appropriate page on the Nassfeld website.
The beauty of driving to Kötschach-Mauthen is the fact you then have the ability to explore the local area when you are there. It may take a while to reach the village, but it is definitely worth it.
Driving in Europe is easy. The route isn't overly difficult, just long. Allow yourself plenty of time to rest during your journey.
If you are coming from the UK it is recommended to take the Dover to Dunkirk ferry, rather than Calais. This not only shortens the drive through Europe, but also avoids the French motorway tolls: Belgium, Holland and Germany don't charge for the use of their motorways.
Before you leave make sure you are aware of the statutory vehicle and driving requirements, such as the compulsory equipment you need to carry.
To drive in Austria you will need to obtain an Austrian Vignette to allow you to use their motorways. This can be purchased from the Germany Autobahn service stations before you enter Austria, or online. During the Winter you will also need winter tyres or snow chains.
If you are hiring a car at the airport check you have all the necessary equipment for your requirements.
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